Can Corn Cob Bob save Harper’s media strategy?

The PM has announced that 33-year old Kory Teneycke will be Stephen Harper’s new director of communications, replacing lawyer Sandra Buckler, a lightning rod for discontent amongst Ottawa and political media. It will be interesting to see if she can mend that relationship. Harper’s micromanaging style, though, may mitigate whatever good feelings Mr. Teneycke may generate amongst media.

Globe and Mail, July 10, 2008

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3 Responses

  1. It will be incredibly interesting to watch how – and if – Teneycke tries to change the PMO’s PR style.

    My hunch is that there won’t be a great deal of loosening up on the part of the PMO’s Comm shop, but Teneycke will try to put a friendlier face on the command-and-control approach.

    FinalSpin

  2. Thanks for this. Mr. Harper isn’t the only politician to have a contentious relationship with the media (most do). Pierre Trudeau had a legendary disdain/contempt for media, yet managed a number of majority governments. I think that’s the challenge for Prime Minister Harper — to find a way to communicate with the electorate at large, without having to rely solely on news media to do so.

  3. Great text., brother

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