Stalin Would be Proud
Harper Censors Media
Globe and Mail Update
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that his communications office must get advanced drafts of all newspaper editorials and cartoons, and only those which they approve will be allowed to go to press.
"In any free society, there must be limits on the media," said Sandra Buckler, Prime Minister Harper's spokeswoman. "The Prime Minister is loath to allow the media to print without any checks when they have demonstrated a rabid Liberal bias over the years."
The new rules come after a string of negative editorials and unflattering comics in Canadian papers across the country. It is unclear what penalties will apply to newspapers who do not comply, or how many editorials the Harper PMO will veto.
Expect a huge backlash over this and, possibly, attempts by the opposition to bring down the government. My only hope is that if we do get a premature election, that it will be Paul Martin leading the Liberals into battle.