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Archive for July, 2012

Gordon Campbell on the lack of context (and love of tears) in our news bulletins

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Television news is notorious for having no memory, and little room for history or context. The average news bulletin consists of a series of talking heads standing in front of the latest footage of weeping crime victims/storms/plane crashes/war carnage punctuated by the day’s flying cat light relief, some exhaustive coverage ...

Gordon Campbell on drug testing for those on benefits

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

During the past month, how many people working in the Parliamentary precinct might have engaged in recreational drug use that impaired their performance on the job? In the same period, has any MP ever consumed alcohol to a point where they would have failed a sobriety test if suddenly subjected ...