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Friday, March 31, 2006

Another perspective 
(en francais)

From Veritas Communications weekly "Touchdowns and Fumbles" newsletter:
FUMBLE:
MP Suggests Jailing Reporters

From the “politicians say the darndest things” file … backbench British Columbia Conservative MP Colin Mayes sent a column to his riding newspapers, suggesting that reporters who write distorted articles in the course of covering the Harper government should be jailed, adding that it might help the public get “accurate and true information.” Sure, it’s both ludicrous and laughable, but it’s the kind of ill-considered (if considered at all) comment that shows the damage that can be done to an organization (in this case, the Harper government overall) by a spokesperson saying the wrong thing. He promptly issued a complete retraction – obviously the right move, but the damage had been done. Suddenly the PMO’s directive that all MP communications be vetted by the corner office doesn’t seem like such a bad idea after all, does it?
Mr. Mayes could probably use some of Veritas' service right about now.
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Paul Synnott at 5:02 p.m.    | en francais | Go to Top|


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