This is an open letter to whomever is the Prime Minister of the day. Could be a current one, could be a former one, could be a future one - who's kidding who.
The media is a purveyor of criticism and bad news. Always has been, always will be. There's shoddy journalism, but there's no [insert direction here] wing bias.
Shocking, I know.
Newspapers wouldn't sell a lot of papers or sell a lot of ads for the 6 o'clock news if all of the stories were "on message". I mean, would you buy a newspaper that had as it's lead headline, "Minivan Successfully Executes Left Turn at Busy Intersection", or "Liechtenstein: Not Under Scrutiny for Possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction." Even less, would you watch CBC Newsworld, if the lead story was "Breaking News : PM Stephen Harper just approved a stationery resupply notice for the House of Commons ; Jack Layton relieved to get rid of that worn out pencil with all of the bite marks."
Public criticism, be it of governments or any other institution, is healthy and necessary. Even if it's off-base and from way out in left-field; it makes you consider the alternatives. It makes you consider that there is another position to take outside of the message from the originator and, in the case of governments, the position of the opposition.
Stories that are fabrication, ultimately get dissected and proven untrue.
The media, rightly or wrongly, has turned criticism and "bad news" stories into a profit-making venture and that is the reality of dealing with the media.
Refusing to subject "the message" to that scrutiny smells rotten, and realizing that the media isn't there to sell a message will lead to a first positive step in PM / Media relations.
Tags: canada, media, politics