Speaking of Canada, they've launched yet another effort to make sure that Americans appreciate them. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to be the country's salesman in chief and has hired the new odd couple of the PR world -- Ari Fleischer and Mike McCurry -- to book him some face time on American television and garner positive newspaper coverage.Oh well, I'm sure no one saw that in the Washington Post anyway...
The former Bush and Clinton press secretaries have already been on the job, Canwest News Service reports. Fleischer has helped Harper with print interviews and appearances on the Sunday talk shows before the recent economic and NATO summits in Europe, while McCurry is helping him get the word out of Canada's great friendship with this country before the Summit of the Americas this weekend. The Canadians are chronically worried that the U.S. media don't pay any attention to them -- or focus on such things as Ottawa's ties to Cuba or its refusal to join the invasion of Iraq.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
We're a country, eh?
Al Kamen of the Washington Post picks up on Harper's hiring of Ari Fleischer and Mike McCurry: