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Friday, November 14, 2008

Tomorrow’s headline today: Conservatives shut out media

The Conservative party made the decision to exclude media from the policy discussions held today at the party’s convention in Winnipeg.

Watching CPAC tonight, it’s clear that the media is frustrated by the lack of access to delegates and tomorrow’s headlines will likey read “Conservatives shut out media.”

The Conservatives have every right to exclude whomever they want from this private function, and past experience has no doubt taught party officials that unscripted delegates can be a liability to a party running from its ideological base.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 14, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink

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Matthew,

"The Conservatives have every right to exclude whomever they want from this private function...."

True. And the media have every right to report whatever stories they like, including one with the headline "Conservatives Shut Out Media". Given that they *were* shut out, they really don't have much else to report from the convention anyway.

PS - The headline "Conservatives shutout media" might make people wonder if they were playing hockey. And unless Ken Dryden crosses the floor, I doubt the Cons could earn a shutout. Although with Thomas Steen, they could win a shootout.

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-11-14 9:14:30 PM


Thanks, Spell Check.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-14 9:20:19 PM


One of the great things about this convention is that the Conservatives were actually registering bloggers this time around. Great to see independent journalists/commentators getting some recognition for their contribution to the political climate in Canada.

Posted by: Emrys Graefe | 2008-11-14 11:22:50 PM



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