Top general slams ‘toxic narratives’ in media coverage of Canadian Forces – The Globe and Mail

13 Feb 2017. This is certainly fair comment from General Vance, but surely this has been the case for much longer than his tenure. In talking to journalists, a frequent complaint is that the military isn't always receptive to requests for interviews and information. Also fair comment. The point, all too often overlooked, is that the Canadian Forces are not autonomous; they are accountable to the government and are required to implement government policies. When a government adopts a media policy of secrecy or constrains the release of information, journalists have to scramble for crumbs of information and thus speculate on situations. General Vance's remarks are merely reflections of the consequences of government media policy.

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