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Thursday, May 25, 2006


What the heck is up with Stephen Harper?

For those who haven't heard, there's been some wacky goings-on in Ottawa. Yesterday, Harper threw up his hands and said, "Ya know what? I'm not talking to the national media anymore! The national media has too much of a Liberal bias! They're too anti-Conservative! So I'm not talking to them anymore!"

I believe Harper's exact quotes were that the national press gallery has "taken it upon themselves to act as the official Opposition" and that "these problems would never happen to a Liberal prime minister."

This is a long-standing dispute between the Ottawa press gallery and the Conservative government. Ever since the Conservatives came to power, they've been putting tight restrictions on the media.

This latest blow-up all started on Tuesday. The Conservatives want to start picking and choosing which reporters can go to press conferences, and pre-screening the questions. Of course, the media thought that was too restrictive, so they protested by storming out of one of Harper's news conferences.

Leading Harper to make his announcement yesterday.

Here's the whole story for you.

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