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The Globe and Mail looks at the “compression” imposed on the Gazette by owners Postmedia. The print version will be mostly analysis, while breaking news will be put on the web.
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This is sad. I was about to say this was “the beginning of the end for newspapers” but it’s more like “the middle of the end”. As much as I like my laptop, smartphone, kindle, iPad etc, none of them come close to the same pleasant experience of diving into a thick stack of the days papers.
While I also love reading the paper, that the Gazette is the only English language newspaper in Montreal, the “cultural hub” of Anglo Quebec and yet has such consistently low standards of journalism and editorial content should serve as an embarrassment to every Anglo in this burg. It’s a crypto-fascist rag barely fit to line a birdcage.
If you think the Gazette is crypto-fascist, I wonder what you believe about Le Devoir or Vigile.net.
The Gazette is sloppy and bordering on incompetent from time to time but I don’t see any evidence of a vast right wing conspiracy in the paper. I thought they practically tripped over themselves trying to be neutral during the student demonstrations. I do see some anti-francophone snark sneak through in the paper from time to time. Not sure if that is what passes for “crypto-fascist” in Quebec.
The editorial tone is very supportive of the Federal conservatives and always has been (heck, they have L. Ian Macdonald – a Mulroney apologist), but I will admit I did find them surprisingly sympathetic at times in their coverage of the student movement considering that they are generally extremely law-and-order. They also tend toward angryphone hand-wringing of a fairly pathetic variety, and appeals to business over social interests are pretty much par for the course, too. Overall, the quality of writing is shamefully inept & I do think their editorial bias is fairly obvious right-wing schmuckery of the highest order. I’m a bit surprised they’re still in business at all, and am quite unsurprised to hear they have a 480 million dollar debt.
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