Media hits new low, tries to report Prime Minister's speech - 2013-10-17
The judging was done by the usual Ottawa crowd, who — just by coincidence — are caught in another tiff with the Prime Minister's staff of aides, advisors and heavies after reporters were banned from a speech Mr. Harper delivered to his caucus. Upset that reporters had tried to ask him questions at a similar previous address, the Prime Minister's staff ruled that cameras could enter, but not journalists. In protest, all but one camera crew refused.
Is it possible there's a correlation between these two events? The Conservatives' popularity numbers have been flat for months. The Prime Minister's image is flagging. Nanos Research says Mr. Harper has never before been so low in the polls on the day of a Throne Speech. In fact, it's the first time the speech was delivered without the Tories leading the polls. Fewer voters than ever in Mr. Harper's mandate say they'd vote for him again; the only reason for optimism is that Justin Trudeau's halo is dimming a little with time. Another pollster says the party has become out of touch with supporters.
So, as they set out to regain ground, the Conservatives renew their ongoing crusade against the media crowd that relates its activities to millions of Canadians. Yes, there is "new media" out there — Twitter, Facebook etc — but mostly what they're tweeting are columns and comments from many of the people the PMO insists on treating like something unsightly, stepped on in the grass on Parliament Hill.