After being heckled by a Global News journalist, Federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre penned an email claiming media “cannot be counted on to communicate” politicians’ messaging.
During a press conference on Sept. 13, to address inflation, Poilievre stepped up to the microphone just as Global reporter David Akin started yelling from the crowd and interrupting the politician’s opening remarks.
Akin has since taken to Twitter to apologize for the behaviour.
Lots of readers/viewers called me about today’s Parliament Hill presser. Many said I was rude and disrespectful to @PierrePoilievre . I agree. I’m sorry for that. We all want politicians to answer questions — but there are better ways of making that point.— David Akin 🇨🇦 (@davidakin) September 14, 2022
Poilievre wrote in an email to followers that Akin “wasn’t interested in hearing what I had to say, and he certainly wasn’t interested in reporting it in an unbiased way.”
Poilievre followed by stating the Conservatives are not fighting against just the Liberals, but against the media as well.
“It’s the media, who are no longer interested in even pretending to be unbiased. They want us to lose.”
The politician closes the email by encouraging supporters to donate to “go around the biased media.”
“We can’t count on the media to communicate our messages to Canadians. We have to go around them and their biased coverage. We need to do it directly with ads, mail, phone calls and knocking on millions of doors. And to do all that we need your help.”
A bright red button sits just above the email signature linking to the Conservative website’s donation page.
As of this posting Global News has not made a public response to Akin’s outburst at the press conference, nor to his apology.