Patrick Gossage, a one-time press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, thinks good will flow from the decision by newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be more open with the parliamentary press gallery. And then there’s social media.
A foolish controversy involving an obscure backbench B.C. Tory MP named Wai Young erupted in the past week. One part of it was her telling her evangelical church audience that she doesn’t read the newspapers anymore because they aren’t factual. Former Sun Media executive Kory Teneycke, now a communications staffer for the federal Conservatives, rather […]
This article, from the U.S.-based Campaigns and Elections, is about the distorting effect of Twitter on young campaign press officials, but author Mark Harris also has some things to say about reporters too.
From the Hill Times: The swelling of the federal government’s communications bureaucracy to more than 3,000 workers reflects a “public relations state” designed to keep pace with the news cycle and politicize government messaging, experts say.
An author argues that while many complain that U.S. election coverage is too weighted to the race and not policies, journalists themselves don’t understand how much the quantitative side of political campaigning has advanced.
An amusing comic by way of The Strip in the New York Times.
National Post columnist Andrew Coyne had a pre-written column about the Alberta election, one that turned out to be wildly at odds with the final result. It was un-published.
The Globe and Mail’s Gary Mason said the Wildrose Alliance party, the presumed frontrunner in the Alberta provincial election, isn’t restraining itself to correcting matters of fact.
A New York Times article asks whether Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame is to our times what CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow was to the news media of the 1950s. My tweeted response? Jon Stewart has his Murrow-esque moments mainly when he abandons his comedic persona & plays a journalist on TV.
David Akin had posted the following to his blog on Tuesday: The U.S. government’s shocking lack of financial reporting accountability. It got some attention on Twitter on Wednesday. About the same time, Akin tweeted: An auditor’s report like this would bring down govts in Canada. In the U.S., barely a shrug http://bit.ly/eMPAoc This provoked me into asking Mr. Akin […]