Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tory War Room Tanks

Later yesterday, the Conservatives announced they are pulling back from the strategy of news conferences at dawn. They said they would move today's announcement to 8 a.m. and will likely have evening announcements.

Just as I predicted. Because I know reporters. Just try to get them out of bed before 6:00 AM.


penlan said...

If they were in the War Room at 8 a.m. today I haven't heard a thing about it. Have you?

I'm not surprised in the least that they changed the time...lol.

Reality Bites said...

Getting a reporter out of bed early? Easy peasy. Two words - open bar. ;)

(I'm a reporter at heart)

Mike said...

As a former reporter myself, I can tell you the reason you can't get them out of bed before 6 a.m. are the two words 'Open Bar'...

Ti-Guy said...

I can tell you the reason you can't get them out of bed before 6 a.m. are the two words 'Open Bar'...

Ain't that the truth.

I'm actually a little dismayed that "journalists" are not criticising this stunt more for what it is...an attempt to control the news cycle on a daily basis. This "total spectrum dominance" on the part of the "Conservatives" is alarmingly anti-democratic.

RuralSandi said...

An American journalist's view of our campaign:

David Weinberger

Canadian Election Gets Down and Redolent of Loam
September 8, 2008 | 01:10 PM (EST)

"Canada cannot afford risky experiments at a time of uncertainty."
It's as if Obama were to say, "My opponent's steadiness of purpose is challenged by recent announcements seemingly at odds with this character," or if McCain were to state, "To what end shall our nation proceed if driven by hands untested by trial?"

The Conservative site does feature "MyCampaign", a "virtual campaign office" that lets you write letters to editors, recruit friends, call talk radio, and engage in other acts of personal broadcasting. As far as I can see, there's no actual social networking available.

The Liberal party site does some Ajax-y launch-on-hover things, and has a prominent link to Facebook where Dion has 12,000 supporters. The page was updated on December 14, June 19, and August 19. The Liberal's YouTube page leads with a video of a slow clap for nature, posted two months ago.

The NDP's Facebook page has 13,000 supporters and a campaign video uploaded yesterday, although the updates have been about monthly. And the NDP has been twittering. Well, to be exact, they've tweeted three times, but once was six minutes ago. They have 169 followers, but are following 151, creating an amazing following-to-follower relationship that they can only hope will not be sustainable in the long run.

(And, yes, although I'm being snarky about the Canadian Web sites' campaign rhetoric, I do prefer it to America's.)

Auntie Liberal said...

Well you're right on that. Reporters are lazy. Dawn is the time that only farmers, hunters, and people with real jobs would ever see.

Auntie Liberal said...

You're shitting us, right ti-guy?

"This "total spectrum dominance" on the part of the "Conservatives" is alarmingly anti-democratic."

In which universe do the conservatives control the media?

Ti-Guy said...

In which universe do the conservatives control the media?

Other potential questions from Auntie: "What day is it? Where am I? Did I remember to put panties on this morning?"

..etc. etc. and so forth...

Auntie Liberal said...

Ti-Guy said...

Did I remember to put panties on this morning?


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