The unbelievable things coming out of Jason Kenney's 'War Room' - 2020-02-13
When the Alberta government promised to implement a "War Room" to address the myths and negative perceptions of the oil sands, I was not one of the journalists who feared this represented an imminent threat to democracy.
Despite Jason Kenney's combative tone, what the government described at the War Room's launch was actually an entirely basic communications strategy. Letters to the editor, requests for corrections, social media accounts dedicated to rapid-response fact checking; these are now common features of most corporate and government communications departments.
If I make a mistake in a column, I expect to hear about it. I have received reasonable requests for clarifications or corrections from such organizations, and, if they're right, either myself or the outlet I work for is usually pretty happy to grant them. If I've really screwed up, I'll try to thank them for correcting me. These relationships are not always cordial. Nor are they necessarily nefarious.