We got a new pope! We got a new pope! We got a new pope! And so ends my impression of the Canadian media today (thanks for the idea Dan). Did I mention we have a new pope? For years now, the mainstream papers in Canada have demanded a new foreign policy statement and a new defence policy. It's been a major theme. The last defence white paper was drafted in 1994, they were fond of pointing out, the world has changed since then. We need guidance in the era of terrorism. Yesterday, a new foreign policy statement (including a defence policy section) was released, and the Toronto Star and Montreal Gazette saw fit to run just two news stories on it. And that's twice what the rest of the heavy-hitters ran. That's right, according to the Globe, Post and Citizen, all that was in the 116-plus page document can be summed up in a single story. New direction for the military? New rules on foreign aid? New structure in DFAIT? Trade issues? One story. Throw in the commentaries and editorials and there were 16 pieces on the policy statement in the Globe, Post, Citizen, Gazette, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun and Toronto Star combined. For a comparison, let's count hits on the naming of the new pope from the National Post alone: 15. Now we're going to play the context game that I know and love. According to the 2001 Canadian census, 12.8 million Canadians identified themself as Roman Catholic. That's 43 per cent of the population. According to the 2001 Canadian census, just over 30 million Canadians existed. That's 100 per cent of the population. Each and every Canadian will be affected by the new foreign and defence policy guidelines. How can the corporate media bigwigs justify this imbalance in coverage? Remember that World Bank report on poor kids The Post pulled another "UN report on Arab democracy" stunt and rather than report on the World Bank's findings, it published excerpts from the report a few days after the fact. Context? Quotes? Nah, just toss in the report, let people figure it out for themselves. Border scare! AAAAAAHHHH!! The Post also continued its border security fear-monger-fest with an opinion piece from an important U.S. congressman talking about Canada's weak performance on border securit. . . wait a minute. . . that name looks familiar. . . Mark Souder? Wasn't he the one quoted in that story last week. . . yes, yes he was. So essentially, they gave him an opinion piece in which to reiterate the comments made in a news story last week. What's the matter, Post, couldn't find anyone else to spin your line for you? Sorry about yesterday, I didn't get a chance to repost my rant after my computer decided to take a nap. My new iBook should be here today, but in the meantime, I'll keep posting from work. Oh, and I added a link to a cool new blog by my good buddy Ryan. It's a megalomedia-esque take on the world of advertising. Check it out here.