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Friday, September 26, 2008

Liberal supporters silencing the media!

What's this? Liberal supporters have been reduced to having to shout down REPORTERS for asking questions of Mr. Dion?

Here's the report from CTV's Robert Fife.

Here's a hint guys... not such a good idea when the media is already turning against you.
Dion grilled over demands for Tory MP's firing
Liberal leader denies double-standard, says own candidate working with Jewish group
Last Updated: Friday, September 26, 2008 | 11:40 AM ET
CBC News

Stéphane Dion repeated his calls on Friday for a Tory MP to be fired for his comments linking immigrants to crime, but refused to discipline a Liberal candidate who suggested Israeli companies were given a heads-up ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Dion's press conference alongside former leadership rival Gerard Kennedy at a Toronto seniors home became heated as journalists questioning the Liberal leader were shouted down by party supporters attending the event, the CBC's Susan Bonner reported from the campaign.

Dion was pitching his party as the best to help seniors and protect Canada's economy in times of economic uncertainty, while Stephen Harper's "right-wing agenda" would hurt the economy.

But his message was quickly sidelined when he was asked about controversial comments by Lesley Hughes, the Liberal candidate in the Winnipeg riding of Kildonan-St. Paul.

Supporters heckle media

At one point during Friday's session, Liberal supporters yelled at a reporter for suggesting Dion was employing a double standard, calling the line of questioning irrelevant.

But Dion raised his hand to silence them, saying the Liberal party believed in freedom of the press and not in "handcuffing reporters" — a likely reference to an incident earlier in the campaign when RCMP agents removed comic Geri Hall of CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes from a Harper press event.

The Liberal leader denied it was a double standard to call for Richardson's dismissal, saying the Tories had "no process" to show they were taking the controversy over his statements seriously.

The emotional outcry from the supporters could show the frustration some Liberals are feeling in the campaign as the party is struggling to sell Dion's leadership and his Green Shift carbon tax plan, the CBC's Bonner said.

"We may see more of this," she said.


But Dion himself declined to criticize the media's coverage of his campaign.

"The media cover me, and I don't come at the media," he said.

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1 Comments:

  • At Fri. Sep. 26, 01:09:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I loved it when the CTV talking head commented to Robert Fife about how feisty the seniors were at Dions campaign stop because they were shouting a reporter down when he asked a question about double standards. "Seems like they don't believe in freedom of the press like we do." she said. Fife corrected her by pointing out that it was not seniors but actually Liberal supporters who shouted at the reporter and all she could come up with was a feeble 'aha' as she swallowed her tongue.
    NeilD

     

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