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Bobcat
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posted 31 May 2001 06:42 PM      Profile for Bobcat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Frank has been quoted in the mainstream press. It's been lauded, vilified, damned with faint praise, praised with faint damns. What do you think of it?
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Michelle
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posted 31 May 2001 07:48 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I love Frank Magazine even though I know it's so politically incorrect in so many ways. Anyone who lampoons our esteemed politicians in so many ways can't be all bad!

I went through a real "frank" phase about a year and a half ago when a friend from work brought them to me every other week - her father had a subscription. Since then I've been considering getting a subscription off and on, but $45 is a bit out of the budget for diverting but not exactly necessary entertainment...


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skdadl
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posted 01 June 2001 08:50 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I haven't been following closely for a few years, but I remember thinking pretty much as Michelle does: Frank shoots low, but often hits its mark. Can't be all bad -- I guess we're damning with faint praise?
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Michelle
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posted 01 June 2001 09:23 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oh, I certainly didn't mean my message to be "faint praise" - I love that magazine. You're exactly right - shoots low and hits the mark. And I love it. If I had the money I would have a subscription to it - as it is, I just buy it occasionally from the newsstand and read it from cover to cover.
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 01 June 2001 10:18 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
I like the fact that gossip reporting in Canada is restricted to one little magazine like Frank (which I subscribe to). Here's what I mean:

When the US President's daughters are caught for underage drinking, it's all over the mainstream press. Heck, it was on the front page of the frikkin' Globe and Mail! But when a certain Canadian cabinet minister's daughter is caught drinking underage, the only paper that reports it is Frank.

I really like that trivial gossip like this gets reported in Frank, but isn't plastered all over the dailies. The info gets out, but doesn't dominate the news cycle. It's a good balance, IMHO.


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StephenGM
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posted 01 June 2001 11:01 AM      Profile for StephenGM     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
My attitude towards Frankwas permanently shaped by the Caroline Mulroney debacle. That incident is the one, the only time, that I ever felt for, Brian Mulroney. Compared to Frank, Mulroney looked like a sympathetic figure to me. That about says it all.

It's not that I don't think that our public figures deserve lampooning - I adore This Hour Has 22 Minutes, for instance - it's just that Frank is excessively meanspirited. Knee-jerk malice is not wit, scattershot misanthropy is not fearlessness.

Frank is simply too extreme, too vicious and unfocused, to be effective as satire. It has no editorial viewpoint other than printing nasty things about Canadian public figures. That imbues it with a sort of anti-authoritarian energy, I suppose, but
Mad and SNL both had that in their respective heydeys, without resorting to unpleasant jokes about statutory rape.


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LEX
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posted 01 June 2001 11:26 AM      Profile for LEX     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Frank seems sometimes amusing, but for the most part, just a childish distraction from real political issues.

I don't know any of these "political personages" parodied by Frank, and don't really give a tinker's damn about their pecadillos.

I think Gable's and Jenkins' cartoons in the Gloom & Doom are funnier ---- most of the time.


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905er
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posted 01 June 2001 12:15 PM      Profile for 905er     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I've come around on Frank. Used to hate the constant mean-spiritedness, and it offended my sense of fair play.

But often the skewering is richly deserved, and should be reported. Their latest issue has a play-by-play of Tom Wappel's idiocies and gay-bashing through the years -- this is relevant information in the context of the latest brouhaha about telling a constituent who didn't vote for him to go fuck himself. But did any "reputable" political analysis of l'affaire Wappel mention any of this? Bien sur que non.


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Tackaberry
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posted 01 June 2001 03:57 PM      Profile for Tackaberry   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
the problem I have with Frank is the number of corrections they print every issue. I don't mind lampooning the rich and political classes as long as they know it is true, and practicing solid journalism.
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 01 June 2001 04:00 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
I've always assumed that those corrections were jokes. Hehe.
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audra trower williams
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posted 05 June 2001 08:57 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'm just going to move this to "publishing", don't mind me.
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