Shades of Nixon: The PM’s media suspicions

Richard Nixon and Stephen Harper

By Lawrence Martin,, 16 June 2011

Here’s a prime minister coming off a triumphant election, one in which he received editorial endorsement from 90 per cent of the country’s newspapers. He has the country’s major media chains in his corner. For an official opposition, he has a party, the New Democrats, with barely a single major media backer in the land.

Yet one of Stephen Harper’s first post-election moves is to mount a vituperative campaign against journalists. His party president, John Walsh, sends out a letter soliciting funds to fight what he calls the hailstorm of negative attacks from the media elite. Stockwell Day joins the fray with broadsides at the Conservative convention. Senate leader Marjory LeBreton climbs aboard with fourth estate denunciations. [...]
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