Taking out the trash

The federal government’s attempt to bury some negative news by releasing it at 6 p.m. Friday of a long weekend has instead drawn more attention to it (the Saturday Globe ran it on the front page). It’s an old trick, but it’s never worked. Twenty five years ago the Alberta government tried the same thing, putting out an 11 page news release on the glories of its long term care system, putting a large fee increase at the very end. Same result: front page on the next day’s Edmonton Journal. National Post’s Don Martin takes a look in today’s National Post.

That’s why media covering this or any other government should be at their most vigilant after filing deadlines have passed.

National Post August 6 2008

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