This article proposes an analysis of the influence the media have in the policy-making cycle based on a case study of the 2006 controversy regarding the Quebec High School History and Citizenship Education program. We highlight the importance of the media in the emergence of the debate within the public sphere, the feeding and amplification of the latter, and its direct impact on the decision to review the program by the Government of Quebec. To do so, we conceptualize the controversy, which we categorize into five key areas, each in the centre of a confrontation. It is from this conceptualization that we build our analysis, and then proceed to a content analysis of the preliminary version of the program, its revised second version, and approximately 30 newspaper articles published between the beginning of the controversy and the presentation of the second version. Finally, this analysis allows us to observe that in the quantitative view, the controversy did not have much effect, while in the qualitative view, we can observe some subtle, but important changes.