This is an informative book about the battle for truth on Parliament Hill. The book represents a remarkable celebrate of our country and the value of a free and outspoken press.
The history of the press galley is rich in anecdotes about the people on Parliament Hill who have covered 23 prime ministers and 42 elections in the pat 150 years.
Mining the archives and his own interviews, Robert Lewis turns the spotlight on the watchers, including reporters who got too close to power and others who kept their distance.
The Red Rebellion, the Pacific Scandal, two world wars, the Depression, women’s liberation, Quebec separatism, and terrorism are all part of the sweeping background to this lively account of how the news gets made, manipulated, and sometimes mangled. Since Watergate, press gallery coverage has become more confrontational, a fact Lewis argues that fails Canadian democracy.
This is an informative book about reporting for all of us Canadians. We watch from the sidelines, with the trust and assurance that what will be reported is true and reasoned. But this hardly ever happens in news reporting.
I learned a lot about the press on Parliament Hill. How wonderful to finally have a lot of my questions answered.