Robert Parry is a journalist who got the Gary Webb treatment. he tried to cover Iran-Contra, and got hammered. so he started ConsortiumNews.com. his book Lost History, along with Tarpley & Chaitkin's Bush41 biography, provide the most insight into Bush41 that i've seen in one place.
anyway, i had gotten bits & pieces about Harper. this article kind of put it in one place. Feb. 6, 2006. a day that will live in Infamy ?
"Harper mandated that reporters sign up in advance to ask questions at news conferences and then weeded out journalists considered too liberal, according to Yves Malo, president of the press corps gallery.
Harper’s staff “made it very clear they were taking their cue from the White House,” Malo told me. “They were always telling us how things were done in Washington. The first time we resisted we were called ‘liberals.’ Now, we’re called ‘liberal ideologues.’”
Much as Bush speaks almost exclusively before friendly, well-screened audiences, Harper tends to grant exclusive interviews to CanWest media outlets, Malo said."