PLG, over at POGGE (it's an acronym day!), has lots to say about Jeffrey Simpson's "Oh, woe is us" piece in The Globe today about how the Harper government just refuses to talk to the press about icky stuff it doesn't want to talk about.
I like this part best (but the whole post is worth the read):
...If the Conservative government doesn't want to talk, there are lots of people with interests in policy, who don't like the Conservative government much, who would be happy to get some coverage. If the Cons won't talk about their environmental policies, ask David Suzuki--you'll get lots better quotes anyway. If they won't talk about First Nations, ask Charlie Angus, or maybe even (gasp!) a First Nations leader. Imagine: "In answer to our queries, a communications representative of the minister repeated an irrelevant talking point. But First Nations band leader Joseph Awesomedude said the policy seemed designed to punish First Nations who attempt to take independent steps forward."..
And then, of course, there is always the 'Shame The Watercarriers' approach.
More on that later...