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Us and Them

December 29, 2017 - 18:14 -- Admin

If you’re a government propagandist, the silly season always provides a happy hunting ground. Newsrooms are thinly staffed and there’s little beyond the holiday road toll and bushfires to fill the bulletin until the sports report kicks in.  This means the bar for ‘news’ is set abnormally low. A perfect time, then, to flick the ‘Our-Welfare-Bill-is Out-of-Control’ switch. And so it was that in the cicada-punctuated slumber between Christmas […]

Flake News

July 6, 2017 - 07:27 -- Admin

Now Murdoch’s media has abandoned claims of a connection to actual journalism and shark-vaulted into the Trumpian post-truth void, we can set aside conventional media criticism and marvel at the death-throes desperation of its ‘yarn’-spinning.  No longer content to merely feed today’s news through the standard News Corp grinder and pack it together with the […]

On Bullshit

October 16, 2016 - 09:29 -- Admin

Bullshit. It’s so pervasive right now in our politics and media that we are losing respect for the truth. Disturbed by this barrage of bluff, a Princeton professor of philosophy Harry Frankfurt wrote a book about the phenomenon. In ‘On … Continue reading →

God is Dead

July 7, 2016 - 13:26 -- Admin

“Did the media get the election wrong?” asks Fairfax journalist Matthew Knott in an attempt to turn the spotlight fleetingly on he and his colleagues in the press gallery. “The consensus, speaking to colleagues in the Canberra press gallery, is … Continue reading →

Tick Tick Tick

April 19, 2016 - 22:45 -- Admin

Watching the scandal over 60 Minutes’ apparent complicity in a violent child abduction in Lebanon, I’m struck by two things – the cynicism of Channel Nine in using a child custody dispute for ratings and the complete ignorance of journalistic … Continue reading →

Do Keep Up

April 3, 2016 - 11:31 -- Admin

For millions of Australians forced to save for their own retirement, ‘finance’ is Alan Kohler on the news every night telling them what happened to the Baltic Dry index that day or explaining why Stock A’s share price went up … Continue reading →

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