Friday, October 31, 2008

The Parliamentary Press Gallery is whining…again

The parliamentary press gallery is whining over the practice by Prime Minister's Office of compiling advance lists of media organizations who want to question Prime Minister Harper at news conferences.

Apparently, Harper rarely sits down in the National Press Theatre to answer questions—there, journalists serve as moderators and questions are asked on a first-come, first-served basis. The PM seems to prefer the foyer of the House of Commons, where his aides take names but apparently offer no guarantee of the order in which he will call on reporters—or even that he’ll call on everybody on the list.

The policy was instituted two years ago, and at that time the Prime Mininster’s Office said it wanted to preserve decorum and avoid disorder.

Sounds like a good idea to me. But the press gallery are like a bunch of spoils brats: it’s their way or no way. According to The Canadian Press:

“A number of news organizations, including The Canadian Press, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, have protested the rules by refusing to put their names on the PMO list of questioners.

“The CBC, which usually boycotts the list as well, participated Thursday—but said it did so only because a PMO staffer assured its reporter that every organization on the list would get a question.”

Get over it people; just do your jobs. Who says you get to make all the rules.

1 comment:

  1. That is one of the things that I like best about the Harper Government. The mainstream media such as Don Martin and Weston et al are not Harper's friends. let soneone else ask the questions. let them stew and cry. Leave then guessing. That is what they do best anyway. Let them guess wrong. They will lose their jobs if they do it often enough.