So, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has advised reporters he wants five feet of space between him and the media when he does a scrum. “Critics” and commentators seem to be having some fun with this, but in fact it’s quite a fair and reasonable request. Media have had excellent equipment for decades that can pick people up at 100 paces (e.g. the Superbowl), yet reporters still cling to the culture of up close and personal, as if somehow jamming a mic up someone’s nose is going to generate a better response. McGuinty is quite correct in protecting his personal space, but is probably better off not doing scrums, and just holding a regular news conference where he can sit behind a table or podium and achieve the same result.
Canoe/CP, February 12 2009