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Next issue/AIG/MSM alert

Just a heads-up for anyone following this blog that a really great issue of Canadian Business(if I do say so myself) is hitting newsstands tomorrow. The cover package is a journal of a cross-country trip staff writer Joe Castaldotook a few weeks ago, to “take the pulse” of communities from Newfoundland to BC and how they’re dealing with the economic downturn. Some great reporting in the piece, as well as a few surprises. (eg Saskatchewan really is doing pretty well…) Check it out in print, or wait a while to see it online…
Also, I’ve been itching to jump in on the AIG bonus saga in this space, but have instead dumped my thoughts into ink and paper–they’re in an Editor’s Note in the next issue. Basically, I argue along similar lines to Tom Watson’s probably unpopular take here.
Finally, as an MSM alert: is it just me, or are you starting to feel sorry for big newspapers? Not only are they shutting down or cutting backall over the place, but last night even Barack Obama dissed them. During his prime-time news conference, he did not as is usual presidential practice field questions from The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today or the Los Angeles, reports Howard Kurtz, of the neglected WP. Instead, Obama called on not only the usual suspects from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, but also reporters for Ebony, Stars and Stripes, the Washington Times (the capital’s second newspaper, with a fraction of the circulation of the WP), Univision and Agence France-Presse.
Expect a return of the Freedom Friesmovement any day now…