August 21, 2015

What REALLY goes on at a Harper press conference? A veteran journalist tells all

Brian LilleyArchive

If the left's accusations about Harper press conferences were true, don't you think they'd sound more like Justin Trudeau press conferences with questions like, 'What shampoo do you use?' 'Who's your favourite Avenger?' 'Do you like babies?'

Ask yourself, would Harper be getting non-stop Duffy questions if there were any truth to the accusations we've heard in recent opinion pieces like the one from Stephen Marche?

I bring the facts from my years of experience with the Ottawa Press Gallery so you don't have to be fed left wing pablum. I explain how things were done in the past and how they're done now because unlike those who belong to the Media Party, I believe you deserve the truth.


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commented 2015-08-26 06:20:10 -0400
And thanks Jimmy, I appreciate that.

“By not caring too much about what people think, I’m able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.” – Albert Ellis

“The history of progress is written in the blood and men of women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause…” – Emma Goldman

“The only possible effect one can have on the world is through unpopular ideas” – Vivienne Westwood

“Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.” – Winston Churchill

“A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson

“Commitment to the rule of law provides a basic assurance that people can know what to expect whether what they do is popular or unpopular at the time.” – Sandra Day O’Connor
commented 2015-08-26 05:39:26 -0400
Charleton, try to have a sense of humour.
commented 2015-08-25 16:54:22 -0400

No – but as you can see, I can get along just fine with sensible and reasonable conservatives. You are the opposite of that.
commented 2015-08-25 16:37:07 -0400
Geek Jimmy trilling for a date? You are a joke.
commented 2015-08-25 13:54:34 -0400

You are one of my favorite people here. We may not agree on a whole lot, but I think you are completely reasonable and I hope you don’t take this the wrong way – but you seem like a cool chick with a good sense of humor.
commented 2015-08-25 12:22:01 -0400
What is this, the Jimmy Da Silva page or ‘The Rebel’. He said it himself, below, “ignore me”. That is the first thing he has said that makes sense. He will , no doubt, continue with his left wing Rants. Just follow his advice, ignore him.
commented 2015-08-25 01:36:09 -0400
And Jimmy, thanks for giving the Post some credit for attempting some political balance.
Jimmy gets it, so I don’t know why people still have a problem with him. Plus, talking to him is fun. I highly recommend engaging with him.
commented 2015-08-25 01:33:45 -0400
If it was anyone other than Margaret Atwood, we wouldn’t even be discussing it.
commented 2015-08-25 01:32:10 -0400
Jimmy, agreed :) When you can’t get out to the shooting range, sometimes video games do the trick. Margaret Atwood may be widely respected as a Canadian novelist and poet, but I suspect most of her supporters would cringe if they actually read her recent National Post article, edited or not. I certainly did. I admire the woman for her creativity when it comes to novels like The Handmaid’s Tale, or poetry like Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing, because these are valuable works of art. But that doesn’t make her an authority on the 2015 federal election.
The National Post probably believed they would be getting a funny puff piece about the importance of a good hairstyle in contemporary Canadian politics, but what she delivered instead was factually-questionable, pro-Trudeau propaganda.
Even staff columnists have their copy edited and shortened without their awareness or consent, and it’s not censorship. It’s called fact-checking and lawyering. I expect The National Post just didn’t want to get sued for printing Atwood’s half-assed suppositions and conspiracy theories.
People, PLEASE, read up on a topic before commenting. That said, as far as I can tell, The National Post only deleted the two phrases Jimmy mentioned. This isn’t censorship, it’s the editorial process. Atwood has the gall to demand she be consulted before any changes are made, and that’s the only reason she’s pissed, and that’s the only reason this is even a story at all.
commented 2015-08-24 21:44:58 -0400


The changes are shown here:

Journalist Jonathan Goldsbie has made a complete list of these changes. The censored sections are significant, and accuse Stephen Harper of hiding “the two-million-dollar-donors to his party leadership race,” and make reference to Harper having given “four mutually exclusive answers” about the Duffy cover-up.

and it’s covered here:
commented 2015-08-24 16:27:57 -0400
No Jimmy, there were no changes in the article. It even headlined the web-page as the top article for a full day. I’ll go with my own empirical observations as opposed to anything a G & M hack writes; about an article written by a Canada Council Grant hack. By the way, did you read the third article in John Robson’s series about not voting, but this time taking aim at the NDP and Liberals. It came out in the N/P same day as Maggie’s article. Much better written than hers of course, but that goes without writing.
commented 2015-08-24 15:33:24 -0400

That doesn’t even make sense – thus proving my point.
commented 2015-08-24 15:16:27 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron Brain power? If I ignored creeps like you it would prove I have no brain like you. I don’t ignore things I find detestable like little trolls like you.
commented 2015-08-24 14:33:59 -0400

I am sorry you don’t have the brain power to just ignore something you don’t like.
commented 2015-08-24 14:01:19 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron you are that thing that is so ugly I can’t ignore. Yes trolls like you do eventually shrivel up and die but not quick enough.
commented 2015-08-24 13:52:05 -0400

Shooting people in video games does relieve stress as well if you can’t get to the shooting range today. :)
commented 2015-08-24 13:50:32 -0400

If you think I am a troll – then why do you continually feed me. Why not just ignore me?
commented 2015-08-24 13:49:18 -0400

Maybe you should click on links next time. The article was posted, then deleted and then reposted with edits made without Atwood’s approval. She was in fact censored.
commented 2015-08-24 13:47:43 -0400

I have always said that while The National Post is conservative – and they themselves state that – they do offer a liberal view as well. Sometimes even side by side with the conservative view to allow people to make up their own mind.

So while they are conservative – maybe not enough to your liking, they do try to be fair and balanced on occasion and I give them credit for that. But a liberal source wouldn’t edit Liberal hero Margaret Atwood’s article. Atwood is a respected Canadian – thus that is the reason why The National Post posted it in the first place.
commented 2015-08-24 12:47:54 -0400
Lefties just hate it when they are called out on a lie. Just witness the response here on this site. Thanks Brian Lilley for being straight forward and pulling no punches with this one. We need to see more of the truth, spoken without the preamble of “I’m sorry but”. The average Canadian is craving the truth, and will respond when it is spoken without apology. Just as the average American is, which is why Donald Trump is as popular as he is right now.
commented 2015-08-24 12:32:02 -0400

You wrote that the National Post pulled the Margaret Atwood article. Typical regressive left lies. Here is the link,
which I just now pulled off the National Post web-site, 10:20 M.D.T., August 24, 2015. Granted, it was well down the news list, which makes sense considering it was first published Aug 21, 2015 when I first read it; but it is there. Usual B-grade writing, Atwood is noted for, but it is there for all to read, on the National Post web-site.
commented 2015-08-24 10:51:17 -0400
Jimmy Da Moron is trying to discredit Ezra and the Rebel staff. Much like Terry Rudden,he is trying to bring down the Rebel.
commented 2015-08-24 10:44:10 -0400
Jimmy Da Morin is trying to side track the issues and get us to debate his nonsense. Typical troll.
commented 2015-08-24 10:42:18 -0400
Gail that is Jimmy Da Morons objective. Flood the thread with Liberal left wing garbage so you won’t post.
commented 2015-08-24 09:19:12 -0400
Thanks Brian for helping us understand the process and revealing the lie that has been foisted on us for 8 years now about Harper…I had no idea how this worked…the big surprise is that Harper ever shows up to news conferences at all when he knows the never ending SINGLE QUESTION will be about Duffy or some other “attack” journalism.

…I for one am so sick of hearing about Duffy…Of course Harper would never cherry pick questions about Duffy…this is so obvious…so why does the media think we will believe it? Because they know how easy it is to dupe us into preferring the candidate who is asked about what shampoo he uses or other nonsense (Trudeau).

Folks, don’t miss…
Why doesn’t the press ask Mulcair about these!!!!
commented 2015-08-24 09:07:27 -0400
Good News clip on what actually takes place at these Press Conferences!
I knew the stories I was reading were full of pablum, what I like about Lilley’s reporting is his straight forward tell it like it is!
commented 2015-08-24 04:16:59 -0400
Peter, no, yelling at the TV does not help. I suggest a visit to your local shooting range. Best thing I’ve discovered to relieve stress so far. I started going after university exams, especially during law school. I even took my mother on mother’s day, and she loved it too. Commenting on TheRebel also helps.
And this is to everyone, who appear to need a gentle reminder that it’s a GOOD thing to hear opposing viewpoints, otherwise we become radicalized, close-minded and intolerant.
Jimmy, thanks for the link about Margaret Atwood’s Post column. I have to say, however, that while the National Post may have began having a conservative editorial slant, the fact that it ran this column at all “clearly” disabuses the notion that it’s still a conservative newspaper. Frankly, I’m surprised all they did was delete a few sentences rather than yanking the whole thing, which is probably what a more liberal paper would have done, and no one would ever even know.
commented 2015-08-23 22:22:03 -0400

Liberals are not stopping conservatives from posting here. We are greatly outnumbered here.
commented 2015-08-23 21:09:12 -0400
No point making a comment here anymore. Jimmy Da Silva has taken over the bloody comment section. It is time the Rebel booted this jerk out like SNN finally gave the boot to Dennis Dales. BTW, I suspect this is who Jimmy Da Silva is – who knows what is real name is – eh Dennis?
commented 2015-08-23 19:13:21 -0400
good post..unfortunately most canadians do not understand how canadian journalists
manipulate the election by the sort of questions they ask….the ‘truth’ as many believe from media dilligence is
not the ‘truth of real truth’…..journalist should be asking and highlighting just what Mulcair and Trudeau
will be doing to enhance the french language to a higher level than we have today. (since their stated
actions on this will interfere with canada’s industry,trade,jobs …hope some journalists wants to report
the truth of language changes via opposition leaders.