Will PM rethink approach to media?
The image of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s underlings extending a long rope through a 4th of July parade to keep reporters away had the U.S. press corps and conservative pundits squawking. But have they heard the one about the velvet rope on the tundra?
Last August, the small band of Canadian journalists travelling with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his annual Arctic tour had the surreal experience of standing behind bank-style stanchions in Baffin Island’s remote York Sound.
Nine years after the Conservatives took power, not much has changed in Harper’s general approach to managing the media — be the party in minority or majority status.
But will the thinking shift in an election that is perceived to be much closer, a pre-campaign that is stretching out for months?
Yaroslav Baran, a former Conservative campaign communications aide, said the modus operandi all depends on the particular alchemy of a campaign.
An underdog might seek out media attention as much as possible to gain more visibility. Frontrunners will traditionally do everything possible to limit the potential for mistakes, to protect their lead.
Baran says the trick is avoiding the extremes.