The opacity of Tory transparency


relic
Free Thinker
+1
#31
Yes,and clements boss is ? I doubt that the minions are allowed to publicly voice any personal,unsanctioned ideas.
And just to be clear,I voted tory for a lot of years,I don't have a problem with any PARTY,it's harper and his minions,and the slimy american way they try to do things that I take issue with.
 
tay
#32
Touring the Vimy Ridge battlefield in France one day, Stephen Harper went down into one of the First World War trenches that have been preserved to give visitors a sense of what it was like there in 1917. Coming out later, the prime minister glanced at two TV photographers with their cameras pointing at him and quipped, “In those days, the enemy had guns.”


Sometimes Harper’s disdain for the Ottawa-based media — which he saw as part of the eastern establishment that had at one time helped solidify a Liberal stranglehold on Canadian politics — seemed half-serious, somewhat in the vein of the partisan posturing on display daily in the House of Commons. But for the most part, it was clear Harper saw the national reporting corps as self-important upstarts who amounted to little more than an obstacle to the Conservatives’ all-encompassing effort to shape and frame public attitudes toward their government.



Call it government by photo op. More than any previous ruling party on the federal scene, the Harper team elevated message delivery and image creation to priority status.


Once Harper was in power, his handlers wasted little time changing the way things were done when it came to the media. One of the highlights of the average week on Parliament Hill in previous years had been the Tuesday morning cabinet meetings held on the second floor of the Centre Block, just down the hall from the prime minister’s office. Reporters gathered in the hallway adjacent to the cabinet room before noon every Tuesday when Parliament was sitting and waited for ministers to wrap up their meeting.


But the whole business flew in the face of the controlled messaging strategy developed by Harper. Information on when the cabinet was meeting was no longer made public, and Commons security guards were ordered to keep reporters from hanging around near the cabinet room. This pattern held true, generally speaking, for all interactions between the Conservatives and reporters. The informal, movable scrums that were a part of life at provincial legislatures and, previously, at Parliament Hill became the exception with the Harper Conservatives.




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‘Government by photo op’: How Stephen Harper froze out Ottawa’s press corps | Toronto Star
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
#33
So Harper isn't a media wh ore like his predecessors.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#34
Control freaks generally aren't. Challenge is so exposing....
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#35
Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Touring the Vimy Ridge battlefield in France one day, Stephen Harper went down into one of the First World War trenches that have been preserved to give visitors a sense of what it was like there in 1917. Coming out later, the prime minister glanced at two TV photographers with their cameras pointing at him and quipped, “In those days, the enemy had guns.”


Sometimes Harper’s disdain for the Ottawa-based media — which he saw as part of the eastern establishment that had at one time helped solidify a Liberal stranglehold on Canadian politics — seemed half-serious, somewhat in the vein of the partisan posturing on display daily in the House of Commons. But for the most part, it was clear Harper saw the national reporting corps as self-important upstarts who amounted to little more than an obstacle to the Conservatives’ all-encompassing effort to shape and frame public attitudes toward their government.



Call it government by photo op. More than any previous ruling party on the federal scene, the Harper team elevated message delivery and image creation to priority status.


Once Harper was in power, his handlers wasted little time changing the way things were done when it came to the media. One of the highlights of the average week on Parliament Hill in previous years had been the Tuesday morning cabinet meetings held on the second floor of the Centre Block, just down the hall from the prime minister’s office. Reporters gathered in the hallway adjacent to the cabinet room before noon every Tuesday when Parliament was sitting and waited for ministers to wrap up their meeting.


But the whole business flew in the face of the controlled messaging strategy developed by Harper. Information on when the cabinet was meeting was no longer made public, and Commons security guards were ordered to keep reporters from hanging around near the cabinet room. This pattern held true, generally speaking, for all interactions between the Conservatives and reporters. The informal, movable scrums that were a part of life at provincial legislatures and, previously, at Parliament Hill became the exception with the Harper Conservatives.




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‘Government by photo op’: How Stephen Harper froze out Ottawa’s press corps | Toronto Star

Hmmn as one who has on occasion been misquoted by the press I don't blame him or anyone for that matter not talking with them .
 
personal touch
Bloc Québécois
#36
I don't believe a thing a Conservative says,and so should you not believe a thing a Conservative says,an intelligent person doesn't hear a word they say,Conservatives are so predictable.
i hope they take all their misfit followers with them in the next election.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#37
Quote: Originally Posted by personal touchView Post

I don't believe a thing a Conservative says,and so should you not believe a thing a Conservative says,an intelligent person doesn't hear a word they say,Conservatives are so predictable.
i hope they take all their misfit followers with them in the next election.

And there is no way in the world that I would ever believe any thing that came out of the mouth of a Bloc Quebecer .Every one knows that those stinking rotten BQ's are lying cheating cheats .And don't get me started on those rotten liberals they are not the party of St. Laurent .. But boy that Thomas man he just makes my body quiver .
 

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