Pierre Poilievre's war on the media has only just begun - 2022-09-13

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F99.png Pierre Poilievre's war on the media has only just begun September 13, 2022, Max Fawcett, National Observer

Bannon famously declared war on the press during his time as Trump's key strategist and made it clear that he wasn't prepared to treat them as a neutral force in his country's political life. As he reportedly said in 2018, "The Democrats don't matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit."

Poilievre, who assiduously avoided doing interviews with mainstream outlets throughout the course of his leadership campaign, took a swipe of his own during a May appearance on Jordan Peterson's podcast. "The political media in the parliamentary press gallery are part of the establishment that finds me threatening because I'm upsetting the apple cart," he said.

Poilievre also has an obvious gift for shit-flooding, as his numerous YouTube videos about lumber, cryptocurrency and the Bank of Canada make clear. But while those were distractions or diversions, his attack on Global News' Rachel Gilmore was a direct assault on democracy. She covered Poilievre's march with anti-mandate activist James Topp and tried to ask some probing questions of the candidate, but instead of actually answering them, his campaign decided to counterattack.

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