Remedial Media: Press Gallery pissing matches

Journos are a touchy lot, and none are as thin-skinned as the hacks on Parliament Hill.

Take Tom Korski and Liz Thompson, please!

They both work out of the gallery “hot room,” Thompson for iPolitics and Korski for his own news site, Blacklocks Reporter.

The gruesome duo have been sniping and bickering for years, but the bad blood spilled into the open a couple of weeks ago, when the gallery executive held an emergency meeting to discuss a “formal complaint concerning personal matters between two members.” (Ssshhh! Don’t tell anyone. It’s er, Korski and Thompson!)

How the gallery brain trust expected to advise members of its secret meeting since the meeting was, er, secret, is a real mystery. This from the same press gallery that whinges about lack of access to and transparency from President Steve and his gang of goniffs.

Of course, the real reason they didn’t mention names was because the executive committee was terrified Korski would lawyer up.

And with good reason. Back when he applied for Blacklocks’ accreditation, the committee played silly buggers until Korski lost patience and began muttering about a “legal challenge.”

Membership approved!

But the feud got personal when Korski’s wife, Holly Doan, also tried to get into the gallery for Blacklocks. Led by Thompson, the executive demanded the Missus answer detailed questions which Korski deemed invasive.

The executive refused to budge. Korski called his lawyer. The executive caved.

Thompson has since claimed she’s increasingly a victim of Korski’s abuse, workplace harassment, etc.
Crusty Korski suspects the gallery is looking for an excuse to give him the heave. Sometimes paranoia is well-founded.

Meanwhile, over on the TV side of the shooting gallery, bitching broke out between Rosie Barton of CBC-TV and Sun Media’s David Akin.

As is well known, both of the protagonists are avid Twitter users and thus, by definition, masters of banality. Akin in particular has perfected the mindless missive and he’s a leading contender for Frank’s “I’m seriously considering unzipping my cardigan” Award.

Highlights:
@davidakin I’m in the market for a new snow blower.
@davidakin This hour at the Morrisburg Legion.
@davidakin On board the “little green bus” on Parliament Hill.

Now Mr. Adrenalin has turned his attention to Barton, after she tweeted: “The Sun reporter just asked PMSH for comments on his thoughts on the division inside the Liberal party on Iraq.”

She followed that by wise-assing on-air about softball questions from the press.

Mistakin took umbrage and fired back: “Not sure @RosieBarton‬‬ that you ought be cackling on TV at questions reporters ask. Glass houses and all that.”

For emphasis, he linked to a Heather Mallick column crapping on CBC anchor Peter Mansbingo’s interview last March with Rob Ford, featuring Peter’s “pillow-like, non-tactile questions. He was the Ford brothers’ ottoman.”

“Thanks @davidakin,” Barton replied‬‬. “I know how to do my job.”

And then everybody went down for their nap.

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One comment on “Remedial Media: Press Gallery pissing matches
  1. portabletrading says:

    Haven’t trusted Akin since he screwed over a McMaster prof nearly 20 years ago when at the Spec. Rosie can be prickly at times, but as far as I know doesn’t violate OTR or carry water for the government.

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