Agree or Disagree: Political Leaders limiting media availability.
I recognize that many people will not like the article we will be using today. But it is in part of an interesting conversation going around the States and in Canada. First, let's look at Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to limit media availability this week. Which during an election year, is an interesting decision. One might think you would need a solid relationship with the media going forward.
One media person that has expressed his concern was Justin Ling. You can read that article here.
This is also an interesting article on the topic.
Now, this is also happening in the United States. Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton is also...limiting her media availability. In a recent appearance, the media was actually roped off from speaking with her. Again, an interesting decision considering she is running a campaign. Here is the story.
This leads to a couple of questions in my head.
1) Do the media feel entitled that they can talk to who they want when they want? Just because there is a public appearance, does that mean the media should be asking questions?
2) I mentioned it's an interesting decision by both Harper and Clinton. It may not be wrong though. Remember when some were upset that Rachel Notley didn't appear on NewsTalk 770 the weekend before the Provincial Election? I was one that found it odd. But, it's understandable. When you speak, you have the potential to give your opponent something to criticize. Or, someone to take comments out of context.
But, what do you think? Do you Agree or Disagree when political leaders like Harper, Clinton, or others limit the media from asking questions?