The Harper government initially said its ban on the media covering homecoming ceremonies was out of respect for the wishes of the families, but that was quickly proven a lie when the families said they wanted the media there. And, judging from a CP story today, the soldiers want the media there too.
Harper banished the media to the other side of a fence outside the base beside a highway outside CFB Trenton during the arrival ceremonies. To help the media out though, and to show their displeasure with the situation, the base personnel moved equipment out of the way so the cameras could have a clear shot at the ceremony.
If it wasn’t obvious before, it would seem to be painfully obvious now that this whole mess by Harper and his defence lobby minister O’Connor has been about nothing but politics from day one. Conservatives. Playing politics with our solders. In our cities. I did not make this up.
I look forward to watching the Conservatives try to spin this one. Recommended spin/attempts at obfuscation for my Conservative friends:
- Must be a slow news day.
- Clearly the media is out to get Harper again, whay with reporting actual facts and all, and like, the truth.
- I don’t care what evidence there is, I feel in my gut we're right and they're wrong.
- When are the Liberanos going to pay back some sum we made up to rectify some imagined scandal, while we ignore evidence of wrongdoing in our own party?
- Hey, look over there! (While they’re looking, run away.)
OTTAWA — Senior military officials opposed the Conservative government's controversial ban on media coverage of homecoming ceremonies for soldiers killed in Afghanistan, documents obtained under the Access to Information Act suggest.
A Department of National Defence official snapped photographs outside a repatriation ceremony in April to illustrate how the government's policy was causing security concerns.
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