Monday, January 28, 2008

Media Manipulation Basics

With respect to Kady, this is entirely expected. How else to make sure that tonight's newscasts are not dominated by clips from question period of an embattled Stephen Harper? It is much better to have images of your guy, surrounded by Canadian flags, taking questions from the ink-stained wretches of the fourth and fifth estates.

I can guarantee two things. Tonight and tomorrow, there will be a lot of ink spilled about how good he is in this format and there will also be plaintive cries for more news conferences. And, any "news" to come out of this conference will be purely coincidental.

Update: Harper accepts the Manley Report. That will be the big headline tomorrow rather than "Harper Defends Embattled Press Flack". Harper may not be a very good Prime Minister, but he sure knows how to manage headlines.

Update 2:

See what I mean about the visual. The background is much better than a bunch of sweaty backbenchers.
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1 comment:

  1. He may have something else to say -- Harper loves surprising the press.

    Like in September (was it then?) when he lowered the boom with that "every vote is a confidence vote" tack. (Mixing my sailing metaphors, I know.)