In a fascinating piece on Brian Lilley’s show Byline (see here), David Akin gives us his insight into how the media pack mentality works in Ottawa and how some within the Press Gallery actively pressure fellow journos:
“…you get a lot of bullies in the [media] pack…” (apx 1:30 mark)
“Paul Wells never shows up at press conferences…Paul, respond to Macleans’ readers and don’t be bullying journos…” (apx 4:15 mark)
This of course flies in the face of media insiders who hate when I expose these little cliques like what happened last night after I chastised the BC media for first refusing to report on Christy Clark liking being called a MILF (see here) and then when it finally did appear (see here) the Liberal media shills started running defense for her (see here).
Here’s an example from last night:
Adam Stirling: Victoria radio host until a couple months ago. From his Twitter bio “Taking a break from being on radio & TV, but I still like to joke around on twitter”
“That’s right Dean. It’s all a conspiracy. A big huge conspiracy. That’s why there’s never been a negative news story about Clark”
Then in chimes Global’s Keith Baldrey:
“good luck dealing with that guy, who seems to be struggling with very serious anger-management issues.”
And then responds to another ex-radio journo:
“Thank you! He’s irrational!
@BrettMineer: @Adam_Stirling I blocked Skoreyko like a year ago for chronic illogicality…”
I won’t post the lengthy back-and-forths but wanted to show a perfect example of these media packs and the bullies within who have no qualms about publicly and personally smearing someone who dares criticizes them.