Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Canadian Media on tasers - bless their hearts...

What follows in a small extract from a much larger essay. The essay as a whole is exactly right, but I'm not sure what was meant by the following sentence.

"The Canadian media's failure to criticize Taser International on these matters effectively is a reflection of Canada's underdeveloped public sphere." By Am Johal, rabble, available on [LINK]

Overall, the Canadian media have done an outstanding job with the taser issue over the past year or more. Like almost everyone, they didn't really get started until Mr. Dziekanski was killed in late-2007 (along with several other taser-"associated" deaths in quick succession during the same late-2007 time frame).

CBC / RC have done some very hard hitting and in-depth investigations, supported by reputable and highly competent scientists.

And the Canadian newspapers are all on side now. Editorials have a general tone that are all pretty much aligned with the new, virtually unified, Canadian view of the taser issue.

I give all of them good grades for their recent coverage of the taser issue. Especially the CBC / RC group that has broken so many important stories on the subject.

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