The Tyranny of the Talking Point
“I know that your role, as a so-called communications professional, is to put the best spin on what the government is or isn’t doing.
“That means you often don’t respond the questions I ask, you help elected officials do the same thing and you won’t let me talk to those who actually have the answers.
“While this may work out very well for you, it doesn’t work out so well for my audience who, by the way, are taxpayers, voters and citizens.
“So your refusal to provide me with information is actually a refusal to provide the public with information.
“And if the public doesn’t know what their government is actually doing, it can continue doing things the public wouldn’t want it to do.”
It’s gotten to the point where I ask for answers from government not because I expect answers, but because it’s a force of habit. There has to be a fight back against this.