I certainly agree with you that there is a "media Party" that is not doing its job correctly right now (and a particular annoyance of mine is how, every time he presents a positive story on Trudeau, Peter Mansbridge has a gleeful look that makes it seem he has a hard-on).
However, this being said, the attendance of the PM, any PM, at the Calgary Stampede, regardless of the reception he gets (unless it causes a riot
) is never front page news to me. It is a minor, purely political act that is almost a compulsory attendance ( in French we say "passage obligé") for any PM to the point that it means nothing, other than being seen - hopefully in a positive light - in one of Canada's major city. Fourth or fifth page is appropriate - but you still have to be honest when reporting the reception he got.
More important to me, as a Canadian, was how friggin annoying it looked when he commented, for the press, on the Nice killings, and later on little Taliyah Marsman's murder: These are somber occasions: Take the damn cowboy hat off you jerk. At the very least, uncovered head was called for. Personally, I would also have asked for a jacket to put over the cowboy shirt for the duration of the meeting with the press. You have to do something to make it look that this is a somber occasion, not merely a quick step outside the merriment of the Stampede that you sort of improvised. Imagine you are the president of France and watching this on your TV and it is presented to you as Canada's answer to the Nice events:"Hey, were standing with you France - now can I go back to the party?"
Sorry, them's my beefs for the week end. /RANT OFF