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Symptoms of media dysfunction

May 21, 2019 - 09:33 -- Admin

In an analysis of the election
result of May 18, Samantha Maiden, stating that the Labor Party was “trounced
on Saturday night”. While use of the word ‘trounced’ would indicate some sort
of electoral landslide, the Labor Party overall lost only a few seats, such
that the Coalition will now have a majority of a couple of seats in the House
of Representatives. Hardly a trouncing. Perhaps the most pathetic item in

Online abuse of women

May 20, 2019 - 10:27 -- Admin

I don’t know whether on-line abuse is
mostly reserved for women, especially prominent women, but I suspect it is.
Misogyny runs deep in our society, as does envy. Author and commentator, Jane
Caro, related some of the abuse she received after tweeting subsequent to the May
18 election result. It was the usual sort of abuse reserved for women, I presume:
Blah, blah, bitch, blah, blah, cow, blah, blah. To give an example: some right-wing

Combover supports coal-fired Abbott

May 15, 2019 - 09:36 -- Admin

The combover, Maurice
Newman, climate change denier and intimate of Tony Abbott, seems to be
suspicious of Four Corners’ efforts to understand the Zali Steggall campaign to
unseat Tony Abbott, stating they are “risking time and money to capture the
surreal moment when Abbott may be out of the parliament”. Then he states that
it is a “consummation devoutly to be wished by the Left”. This is where he is

Rowan Dean is not a liar

May 13, 2019 - 10:18 -- Admin

Sky News, in the
persons of Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow, had a guest on their show,
whose name is David Burton and who was said to be an ‘astrometeorologist’. He
supposedly can predict the weather up to one thousand years in advance by the
position of the planets in the solar system and by the star Vega, which is 25
light years away1. I saw part of the ‘interview’ with him which was

Media impartiality

May 12, 2019 - 08:58 -- Admin

The International Journalists’ Network
published an article by David Brewer entitled ‘Impartiality in journalism’. It
begins with: “being impartial means not being
prejudiced towards or against any particular side, and to be fair and balanced.
This is a tough one. All journalists have their own views, and yet, to deliver
comprehensive and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs they must