I have never taken a journalism class but I do know that there are certain rules and codes of conduct that professional journalists must follow. Many of these rules are written but there are a number of important ones that are unwritten. One of which, at least it seems to me by the way we treat most people who have recently died, is that a writer shouldn’t be spitting on the legacy of the deceased or go out of their way to badmouth the deceased.
A funny thing has happened in Canadian politics. For some odd reason, Jack Layton and the NDP are growing in the polls and are could quite possibly be the official opposition at the end of election day on May 2nd.
It’s good to be back and writing again. This return couldn’t have come at a better time because the Quebec municipal elections are now over. It was kind of bizarre to witness because it was a trainwreck in so many ways yet so many people couldn’t care less about the carnage. I’ve got a few thoughts about the ordeal.
We have been very fortunate for the election gods to have blessed us with a gauntlet of elections throughout the island of Montreal this season. We are bombarded with messages about how it is our chance to exercise our democratic right to elect people we have no idea who they are. It allows us to show off our amazing eeny, meeny, miny, mo skills as those of us who do bother to show up usually pick our candidates more on a lark than on actual knowledge of the issues. That is unless the mayor is running unappossed which makes things easier. If it was up to Dollard Des Ormeaux mayor Ed Janiszewski, nobody would be running against him.
I don’t want to go nuts with my first post back from hiatus but something is seriously wrong with the world. Many of the problems have to with America but then again, it’s always America. The whole universal health care debate is dividing the nation more than it ever was during the George W. Bush era. There are plenty of faulty arguments on both sides. The fact that these poor arguments are able to keep circulating in the media shows how piss-poor the American media has become (Internet media included).