The Post takes selling out to a whole new level
It finally happened. When I was the editor-in-chief of Carleton University's independent weekly newspaper the Charlatan, I was approached on more than one occasion by our advertising department with requests from adveritisers to put ads on our cover. The requests ranged from simple banner ads (the likes of which appear at the bottom of most major daily papers) to one extreme request to wrap the paper in an ad. It appears the Post had less restraint than us. This is not the front page of the paper, despite what you might think. The paper is actually wrapped with a Mazda ad, which covers the entire back page and half of the front. Here's the kicker though, they actually ran the left half of their masthead on the ad page. So you pick up the paper, and the masthead runs seamlessly across the front page, but the left half runs over an ad, while the right half runs over the exposed part of their A1. Unreal. It's probably hard to visualize, so I'll try to find a way to get a picture of it up here as soon as I can. UPDATE: Here it is: But my favourite part of the whole debacle is that above the masthead on the ad half, they tried to further the illusion by including their standard teaser - to a story about Mars developing chocolate-flavoured candy with a photo of a Mars bar accompanying it. At least Mazada paid for their ad. Your news, brought to you by Mazda and Mars. Peter Worthington doesn't know when to shut up After his callous "in Britain, police now shoot suspects. Good," line yesterday, Worthington skipped his chance to move on somewhat gracefully by penning this piece of shit. He suggests that police in London had no choice, given that the guy was wearing a heavy coat and ran from police. Uh Peter, you forgot to point out that they were undercover cops. That's a pretty substantial fact to ignore. Imagine you're a brown person in a city gripped with xenophobia after a spate of bombings. You're in a subway station when suddenly a group of gun-toting white men in plain clothes starts screaming at you and running at you. I don't have the time (I'm doing the MediaScout again today) or energy to disect all of Worthington's points, you'll have to wade through his alarmist, racist diatribe yourself. My personal favourite part is where he blames Muslims for the policy that led to the shooting of an innocent man. Is it all bad? Thankfully, no. Fifth Estate and Globe and Mail veteran Ron Haggart penned a Megalomedia-esque piece on the coverage of the shooting in today's Globe. Read it and love it, right here. Okay, that's good for today. Don't forget to check out the Scout for more sparkling insight.