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Why Harper doesn’t care if the media like him

Prime Minister Stephen Harper runs tough, ‘take-no-prisoners’ style election campaigns, exactly the kind the media detests; he shuns in-depth interviews and he imposes savage message discipline on his caucus.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Here comes the boss: All of this at least partly explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have a toxic relationship with the much of the Canadian media. The point is, he doesn’t care if the media likes him or his strategy. Like any successful politician, Harper would rather win an election than a media popularity contest.

OAKVILLE, ONT.—If you’re a politician and you’re not making journalists angry, then odds are you’re doing something wrong.

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Why Harper doesn’t care if the media like him

Prime Minister Stephen Harper runs tough, ‘take-no-prisoners’ style election campaigns, exactly the kind the media detests; he shuns in-depth interviews and he imposes savage message discipline on his caucus.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Here comes the boss: All of this at least partly explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have a toxic relationship with the much of the Canadian media. The point is, he doesn’t care if the media likes him or his strategy. Like any successful politician, Harper would rather win an election than a media popularity contest.

OAKVILLE, ONT.—If you’re a politician and you’re not making journalists angry, then odds are you’re doing something wrong.

  

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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