David Bartlett is at it again, making a major speech to the Committee of Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) conference in Hobart to sell his “vision” for Tasmania. But, as with his address to the Labor Party’s State Conference in late July, ( Spinning Bartlett’s ALP conference speech ) there will be no opportunity for journalists to ask questions.
Back then, Bartlett’s Senior Political Adviser, Matt Rogers, explained that the benefit of this PR tactic was to avoid the coverage of the speech being potentially skewed by answers to journalists questions ( Why there was no doorstop ).
Will Bartlett’s speech gain coverage, even though there is no opportunity for journalists to ask questions? If it does, will the stories mention that Bartlett did not allow time after his speech for journalists questions. Stay tuned.
Bob Burton is a Hobart-based freelance journalist and author of Inside Spin: The Dark Underbelly of the PR Industry, Allen & Unwin, August 2007.