But this is a battle now in which increasingly the PPG no longer holds all the weapons of public persuasion. A proliferation of alternate media sources--including us humble bloggers--now puts PMO on a much more even footing against the PPG and its allies.
And now he's playing divide and conquer. If the official PPG doesn't want to play by the rules, he'll create a new PPG out of the ranks of local media:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the national media are biased against him so he will avoid them from now on.
The prime minister says the Ottawa press gallery seems to have decided to become the opposition to his Conservative government.
He told a London, Ont., TV station Wednesday that he is having problems with the media that a Liberal prime minister would never have to face.
So Harper says he will take his message out on the road and deal with the less hostile local media.
"Unfortunately the press gallery has taken the view they are going to be the opposition to the government," Harper told London's A-Channel.
"They don't ask questions at my press conferences now.
"We'll just take the message out on the road. There's lots of media who do want to ask questions and hear what the government is doing."
At some point, the media is going to run out of angles on this story, and will find itself trying frantically to get back in the government's good graces. But they may have left it too late.
Moreover, by hiving off smaller media outlets from their ranks with increased access and opportunities for stories, the press will be facing divided ranks. Do you think reporters in Saskatoon and Sydney are going to turn down their newfound fortune to stand in solidarity with their starving brethren in the Ottawa press corps?
PPG will have none but itself to blame for being ostracized.
And isn't it sweet to see a PM not admit Liberal media bias, but also do something about it!