In one of those silly we'll-show-you moments, the Canadian Association of Journalists last week honoured the Harper government again with its Code of Silence Award.
Maybe if those newshounds developed a few extra sources, we thought. Or worked a little harder. Or were not so biased.
Perhaps then there would not be so many high-fives today among the PMO's press secretariat.
A couple of days later, on World Press Freedom Day, an outfit called the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) -- who they? -- slammed the same Harper government for playing hardball with its freedom of information laws and stonewalling access requests.
And, no, they did not even mention Crown agencies such as the CBC, or its stubborn adherence to faux secrecy when it comes to info requests from Sun Media and Sun News Network, but to the entire Conservative government.
Why? Because lefties do not go after lefties, even though they have the freedom in Canada to do so.
And the CJFE is packed with lefties, its president being Arnold Amber, a former executive producer at CBC and the current director of the Communications Workers of America Canada, the parent body of the Canadian Media Guild and 25 other smaller unions that represent employees in the newspaper industry.
Say no more, right?
It should also be noted that on the same day the Harper government was being criticized domestically for not rolling over for lazy journalists (even as the good ones seem to be able to get their share of scoops), an international journalists' group rated the 10 worst countries in the world for media censorship.
No. 1 was Eritrea, followed closely by North Korea, Syria and Iran.
Canada? Nowhere to be found.
The list, for those curious, is filled out by Equatorial Guinea, Uzbekistan, Burma (aka Myanmar), Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Belarus.
Hell, when communist China fails to make the list of the world's great censors, then Canada is not even in the ballpark -- especially when violence-plagued Sudan also fell short of making the Top 10 despite shutting down 15 newspapers since May of last year.
The Canadian Association of Journalists must have forgotten the Chretien years.
Worst. Censorship. Ever.
HRDC. Shawinigate. Sponsorship.
Laughing. Out. Loud.
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