MSM Media – ” Our job is to inflame, not to educate!”

A story that is making the rounds right now is Prime Minister Harper’s reception of the Chinese Pandas as opposed to staying in Ottawa and receiving David Kawapit after his impressive 1,600 km march.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/aboriginal-affairs-minister-to-meet-young-first-nations-walkers-after-1600-km-trek/article10292486/

Unfortunately I couldn’t find one story where the media actually attempted to explain the way schedules of our senior elected officials work or how they get set. They all have people responsible for their schedules and these are often set quite far in advance. Having been in a couple of organizations dealing with elected officials, it was quite evident how far schedules were set in advance ( 6 months to a year).  I think the media has a responsibility to provide clear information and in this case they haven’t. I don’t think many people would agree that it would be a good idea to cancel a diplomatic photo op with a large trading partner that had probably been set for at least a year, in favour of meeting someone who had walked 1,600 km from since January and probably did not have a set date to arrive in Ottawa until a week before.

And I’ll ask the other question that nobody has seemed to ask: ” Did Kawapit or any of his organizers ask to meet with the PM? and if yes, was it made in a reasonable time frame ( i.e. not 2 days before)”

Another example of this is the $16 orange juice. There are several items in Bev Oda’s expenses to get upset about, but a $16 OJ just isn’t one of them!

WHAT! I’m defending that???

Because I know what hotels charge and I have seen the small print.

Let’s say one night you are thirsty and would like to order a glass of OJ from room service. Hmmm… $3 is what the room service menu says, that’s not too bad. I doubt anyone would get in a flap over that. However, read the small print and you end up paying a minimum room service charge of $8, then you pay $3 for delivery, plus taxes. So that $3 OJ, becomes $16 pretty quick.

It’s how hotels work. Don’t believe me ? look at a room service menu from the Westin. Hotels don’t make money on rooms, they make it on F & B

Canned pop  $4

Carafe of Coffee $12

Continental Breakfast $20.00

Cookie $2.50

Yeah, $16 seems excessive, but when all the hotels are doing it………

Now, her movement to another hotel and the limo ride from one to another…….That’s what they should be focusing on.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “MSM Media – ” Our job is to inflame, not to educate!”

  1. Schedules can be changed, I worked as an assistant for an MLA, nothing is carved in stone. Consider the tenuous relationship between the PM and First Nations at this point in time..the pandas will go back to china, we are not going anywhere, we will continue to be Idle No More, the PM should check his book now because groups of more youth are leaving communities across the country walking to Ottawa. This morning three separate groups started off, so will a group of elders..maybe Stevie will get the hint, we are never, never, ever going to stop, this is only the beginning this is our country, our nation, our responsibility to protect the environment and our treaties.

    • Wow. Where do I start here?

      I’m not going to get into your last statement, but I’ll just say that working in an industry where we have contact with MPs and department heads, while you might naively think that schedules can be changed at the drop of a hat, that’s simply not the case ( ever wonder why funerals for heads of state are held a week or longer after the passing?)

      And I’ll ask again a question which I haven’t seen asked by anyone: ” Did anybody bother to actually ask the PM, or are people just assuming he should be there?”

      • If he is unaware of what is happening in Canada or on the front yard of parliament he should hire reliable staff, your comment is an indication of how out of touch you are on the issues. Defend the conservatives, considering the polls they need all the help they can get.

  2. Well I’m not defending the Conservatives. I’m pointing out that sometimes as much as you’d like to think otherwise there is information and processes that you are probably not aware of. I’m curious to know what part of my comment leads you to think I am out of touch? If it is the part of about asking the PM to meet, please provide a link to published documentation as I haven’t seen anything. Is it the part about having set schedules? I have first hand experience with how difficult MP and MLA scheduling is and how hard it is to change it at the last minute – I’m sure that’s not it.

    Or is it simply easier to name call those that don’t share your opinion.

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