Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Harper declares war on the Ottawa press gallery


Our Illustrious Leader has decided the Ottawa press gallery can shove it, pronto. He’s refusing to give press conferences, and instead using Republican tactics and talking to voters through local media. On the one hand, this kind of high-handed media snubbing burns my chaps on general principle. On the other hand, the press gallery probably IS biased toward the Liberals, and I can hardly blame Harper for getting a little sick and tired of what’s undoubtedly a fairly insular, hostile group. But playing fast and loose with the fourth estate probably isn’t the way to reign them in.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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