Cornwall Ontario – It was really odd reading the headline about Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wanting to fight the media or hold us accountable.
I have no bone to pick with Captain Creepy. It’s tough being Stephen Harper light, without substance, and a face that makes Tim Hudak look kinda warm and fuzzy.
I remember trying to get an interview with Stephen Harper and was laughingly told to “Go F!!! myself!” by his media guy. It was funny. I laughed too.
Some politicians get it and some don’t. This election I was fortunate enough to be granted an interview with now Premier Doug Ford. While I may not agree with all of his policies and that strange Russian like “people’s” this and that terms, we had a frank and fair chat. It’s not ironic that his two main foes for the leadership ducked an interview with moi and finished out of the money.
Too many politicians just don’t get that we media have to be courted, even if we’re not in your camp. Our voices do matter because of our audiences and frankly when someone tries to come on hard, as Captain Creepy wants to, it may pander to their loyal following, but it will bite them in their brains.
As a politician there’s something special about walking into a Lion’s Den when you know the media isn’t friendly. It’s more of a rush than when they are. Sometimes it’s easier to hit a fast ball than slo pitch.
And what many fail to understand is that as long as we journalists are writing about you, you’re still in the game. It’s when we don’t that you simply don’t matter any longer.
I don’t think I’ve written anything up until now about Andrew Scheer because he simply is an unremarkable placeholder for a party missing Stephen Harper.
I am now Hyper Non Partisan, and as I age, probably what used to be known as a Red Tory in spirit. While I may not have appreciated Mr. Harper, he did manage to control his party through several election wins; never an easy thing. And today there are quite a few Canadians who’d rather see him back in power than the Trudeau regime. That says something too.
So Captain Creepy, bring it on. Sadly it’s not like we media outlets aren’t used to abuse from political wannabees.