Subtlety Lost: Craig Emerson On The Australian Media

The Minister for Trade, Craig Emerson, has written an opinion piece criticising coverage by the Australian media of recent political controversies.

EmersonEmerson focuses on the Gillard-AWU issue and the issues surrounding the sexual harassment case brought by James Ashby against Peter Slipper. He is especially critical of coverage by the News Limited papers, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph.

Emerson also directs his fire at Tony Abbott, Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne.

Of the media overall, Emerson says: “I am not asserting there is a general bias in the media. Some editors and a few journalists are blatantly biased. That has always been the case. But the real problem is the abandonment of professional standards to give effect to that bias. All subtlety is lost.”

Text of an opinion piece by the Minister for Trade, Craig Emerson.

Subtlety lost

At Sydney University in the early 1970s a course simply called “Government” was offered to economics, arts and law students. It was a time of social upheaval and the election of the Whitlam Government had ended 23 years of conservative rule. The Murdoch press had backed a change of government.

My tutor in Government, Lex Watson, a gay rights activist, had set us a task: to identify bias in the media. But as left-wing as Lex was, the six-week project wasn’t about left versus right, it was about the techniques used by the print media to slant a story to suit an editorial position. [Read more...]


Rupert Murdoch Eulogises His Mother At Memorial Service In Melbourne

Rupert Murdoch has eulogised his mother at her memorial service in Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch died on December 5, aged 103.

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In a service that referred frequently to the actual and metaphorical import of Dame Elisabeth’s love of flowers and gardening, her 81 year old son described his mother as “an exquisite garden that is a life lived always in full bloom”. [Read more...]


What Does It Take To Get Gun Reform In The US?

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Murdoch And Turnbull Tweet About Guns

Rupert Murdoch’s tweet earlier today and Malcolm Turnbull’s reply tonight need little explanation.

Although you do have to wonder how many other shadow ministers would engage like this. Or ministers.

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Slipper And Ashby: The Media Then And Now

Gillard government ministers continued their attack on the opposition today over its involvement in the Slipper-Ashby sexual harassment case.

Ministers repeatedly called on the Liberal National Party in Queensland to disendorse Mal Brough in Slipper’s electorate of Fisher.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Mike Kelly, described the affair as an “Australian Watergate”.

On social media, the Australian media was repeatedly attacked for its coverage of yesterday’s decision by the Federal Court to dismiss the case as an abuse of process and a conspiracy to damage Slipper politically.

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Leveson’s Australian Speech On The Media

Fresh from delivering his report on media standards and ethics to the British government, Lord Chief Justice Brian Leveson has given a speech on the media at the University of Melbourne.

Leveson called for tougher laws to regulate a changing media. He said the criminal and civil law needed to be equally applicable to the established media and the new world of bloggers and tweeters.

Leveson

In an unusual speech that somewhat simplistically restated basic observations about recent changes in the media, Leveson suggested that, in the face of amateur journalists online, the established media might cut corners and behave unethically in order to stay ahead of the game. “It may encourage unethical and, potentially, unlawful practices to get a story,” Leveson said.

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ABC Puts News24 Channel On YouTube

The ABC has put its 24-hour news channel, News24, on YouTube, as part of its strategy to integrate its offerings into social media.

News24 can now be integrated into YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The ABC says: “It means users no longer need to leave these platforms to access the live ABC News 24 stream online.”

The YouTube service also enables third party websites such as this one to stream News24:

News24 is also streaming in higher quality on the ABC’s website at http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/.

Text of media statement from the ABC.

ABC News 24: Breaking New Ground In Social Media

In an Australian first, ABC News 24 is integrating the channel’s live news and other programs into YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, so viewers can watch live news within their favourite social network. It means users no longer need to leave these platforms to access the live ABC News 24 stream online.

From today, ABC News 24 can be watched live within YouTube, Facebook and Twitter with ‘YouTube live streaming’ at: http://bit.ly/abcnewsnow. [Read more...]