National Newswatch

Presidenting 101: Intro to denouncing racism

Aug 18 2017 — Tabatha Southey — It’s long been assumed that denouncing white supremacists or at least literal swastika-waving Nazis was a pretty easy task, that not liking Nazis was something that most post-Second World War people just knew how to do. Sure, it has not always been that way, but a general distaste for at least openly genocidal white supremacists […]

The White House rock band needs some new tunes

Aug 11 2017 — Tabatha Southey — Everything about Donald Trump’s administration has been less “steady hand at the tiller of a great country” and more “newly formed garage band.” From the non-stop bombastic declarations of unique and immortal greatness to the ever-changing lineup, it’s all very White-House-as-epic-rehearsal-space in those parts – though actual output suggests they mostly just smoke weed in […]

A confederacy of idiots? If only it were that innocent

Jul 28 2017 — Tabatha Southey — I know many of you are at the cottage, not glued to your computers in the office, pretending to work while watching for news, so I’ll recap the week for you. On Wednesday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets that, forthwith, transgender people will no longer be permitted to serve […]

Donald Trump Jr.’s guide to invoking a witch hunt

Jul 14 2017 — Tabatha Southey — “My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, should the “Sad!” not give the source away. “Sad!” is becoming Mr. Trump’s signature sign-off. It is the mirror of Edward R. Murrow’s “Good night […]

Comey-Trump: The actors’ commentary track

Jun 9 2017 — Tabatha Southey — Speculation about how future generations will view the current state of American politics grew intense this week as former FBI director James Comey followed up his prepared written statement by testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Thankfully, due to a lucky break in the space-DVD-special-feature-time continuum, I am in possession of portions of the actors’ […]

Enjoy the Rose Garden, before the squid monsters take over

Jun 3 2017 — Tabatha Southey — On Wednesday morning Donald Trump tweeted, “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Agreement on climate change over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” That’s right, America, your President was teasing pulling out of the historic and vital Paris agreement like it was a possible lesbian kiss coming up on a […]

Trump and Duterte: A talk to remember

May 26 2017 — Tabatha Southey — A Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs transcript of a call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was leaked this week. It appears to show Mr. Trump cold-calling the Philippine leader late in the evening to interrupt his dinner and congratulate him, specifically, on having presided over the slaughter of many of […]

The Trump administration would make a fine Russian novel

May 13 2017 — Tabatha Southey — This week, the President of the United States fired James Comey, the director of the FBI, while that agency was in the midst of investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. It’s an unexpected plot twist and the letter terminating Mr. Comey’s tenure was delivered by the President’s bodyguard turned director of […]

Ivanka Trump’s new book is a vacuous exercise in branding

May 6 2017 — Tabatha Southey — Move over, Trump Natural Spring Water. When it comes to flavourless, odourless, tasteless and utterly transparent products you really don’t want to get on your e-reader, the arrival this past week of Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work means you have been replaced. As with the bottled water, Women Who Work is, essentially, a repackaging and […]

Stirring the pot legislation

Apr 21 2017 — Tabatha Southey — It seems there is no task in Canada as thankless as legalizing marijuana. Last week, the Liberals announced their plans to fulfill their campaign promise and do just that – by July 1, 2018, at the latest – and a chorus of complaints went round the country. People opposed to legalization of any kind, public-policy-failure […]