Tuesday, February 16, 2010

VERITAS: CAUTION - POLITICIANS HAD BETTER PICK THEIR OLYMPIC SPOTS CAREFULLY


This call is a first here at TD&F, but it’s a pre-emptive warning from this official to those politicians assembling on the field of dreamy-good Olympic media coverage. From Stephen Harper and his federal colleagues to the lowliest of Vancouver city councilors, getting their mugs on camera amid the Olympic fervour now taking hold is the crack cocaine of photo-ops. The temptation for politicos to horn in on magical sporting moments can be irresistible – just ask Otto Jelinek, who was the federal Minister of Sport during our last Olympic hosting turn in Calgary, 1988. You couldn’t swing a zoom lens without hitting the guy (and he wasn’t the only one), and it rubbed people the wrong way. Of course there is a place for elected officials at this international celebration of sport – but it’s a limited one, and smart politicians will govern themselves, accordingly.

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