The Black Rod

The origin of the Usher of the Black Rod goes back to early fourteenth century England . Today, with no royal duties to perform, the Usher knocks on the doors of the House of Commons with the Black Rod at the start of Parliament to summon the members. The rod is a symbol for the authority of debate in the upper house. We of The Black Rod have adopted the symbol to knock some sense and the right questions into the heads of Legislators, pundits, and other opinion makers.

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

We are citizen journalists in Winnipeg. When not breaking exclusive stories, we analyze news coverage by the mainstream media and highlight bias, ignorance, incompetence, flawed logic, missed angles and, where warranted, good work. We serve as the only overall news monitors in the province of Manitoba. We do the same with politicians (who require even more monitoring.) EMAIL:

Monday, April 18, 2005

New Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press

Another exclusive for The Black Rod.

The Winnipeg Free Press is only hours away from announcing that Bob Cox is the paper's new Editor.

If the name sounds familiar, you have a good memory.

Bob covered the courts for the Winnipeg Free Press more than 20 years
ago. He also worked here as the local Canadian Press reporter a number of years.

He moved on to the Edmonton Journal where he worked with current
Free Press publisher Murdoch Davis. Davis obviously has a long memory, too.

Bob is presently the Night Editor at the Toronto Globe and Mail.

We welcome Bob's return and hope it will mean a better relationship between the FP and the blogosphere. Bob recently saw his name spread across cyberspace when he was asked by the Minneapolis Star Tribune to comment on the work of Capt. Ed in breaking the ban on publication at the Gomery Inquiry. We quote:

"Within hours of (the blog) being posted people found it and were passing it around," said Bob Cox, the night editor of the Toronto newspaper, The Globe and Mail. "There was a great desire amongst Canadians for the information. As a Canadian journalist, I can tell you it's frustrating," Cox said. "Every Canadian with a computer can sit down and read it but we can't publish it. We're kind of envious that he can do this."

We hope he shares his opinion of bloggers with the high mucky-mucks at the Winnipeg Free Press when he comes. The last time we heard from the Freep was after we exposed the carefully-crafted puff piece on Lloyd Axworthy's "discovery" of the blogosphere. Newspaper owner Bob Silver personally told us never to darken his computer door again. OOOH, we tgouched a nerve.

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