Michaelle Jean, Harper's New Best Friend?
After announcing yesterday that she will not attend the Press Gallery dinner, joining a growing list of mostly Conservative MP's and the Prime Minister declining the annual event, Governor General Michaelle Jean went one step further today and possibly gave hints as to why she would not attend. Michaelle Jean blasted the media for being too sensational and gossipy and not reporting on real news.
Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean cautioned Thursday against sensationalism and gossip replacing critical news reporting, urging an audience of journalists to remember their civic responsibility.Is the GG on the Prime Minister's side during this war with the Parlimentary Press Gallery? Well I don't think I would go that far and I'm sure even if she was she would not openly admit it. That being said, despite her sugar coating there is no doubt she is telling the media in Canada to stop the childish junior high mentality and to start doing their jobs. I can agree with her on that.
Without narrowing in on specifics, Jean painted a bleak picture of the dangers of transforming journalism into a commodity, where sales figures and deadline pressures erode the quality of reporting.