Strings Attached

Posted 21 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp, Political News

Business institutions so large and powerful that they distort the democratic process; frightened politicians in the pockets of large monopolistic companies; a corrupted and constricted public debate and an ever increasing separation between the actions of those large institutions and the generally agreed standards of public decency: The grim pathology of the global financial crisis comes to mind when watching the beginning of the end of Rupert Murdoch’s malignant […]

Changing the Frame

Posted 13 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, Political News

Meanwhile, in another media universe…     ‘Geo Gina’: Iron Woman Robs Australians Blind The Australian, June 2, 2011  Outrage is growing in the Australian community at the involvement of multi-billionaire Gina Rinehart in campaigns protesting against action on climate change and efforts for citizens to earn a fairer share from the sale of our natural resources. Rinehart, the nation’s richest person with a fortune of more than $10 […]

The Truth Test

Posted 13 CommentsPosted in Ethical Standards, Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp, Profession

What responsibility do journalists have to tell the truth? If the commercial or ideological interests of their employers require them to misrepresent an issue or incite conflict or exploit partisanship, what protections are there for the public against that deceit? And if journalists are the professionals they insist they are, what sanctions do they face for breaching the ethics of their trade?

Radio Ga Ga

Posted 24 CommentsPosted in Craft Standards, Government Policy and Regulation, Opinion, Radio, Talkback

As people marvel at the immediacy of news via the internet, it is easy to overlook the fact that old fashioned steam radio has been doing this for 70 years or more. The words come out of the announcer’s mouth and they are worming into listeners’ ears in real time. And therein lie the potential problems.

This is Australia?

Posted 18 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, Political News, Public Interest

I don’t recognise this Australia. From where did it hail? The Australia I have come to admire is one of the world’s wealthiest nations; rich in spirit and resources; a country that takes almost childish pride in its generosity of spirit, its good humour, its open-heartedness and its willingness to look after the underdog. It is the Australia that is always willing to extend a hand to the desperate and the needy. As the […]

Here’s that Rainy Day

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Craft Standards, Financial journalism, Financial News, Government Policy and Regulation, Political News, Uncategorized

What is it with the Australian parliamentary press gallery and its obsession with budget deficits? It seems every government initiative is met with questions about what it means for the Labor government’s election campaign pledge (extracted under pressure) to restore the budget to surplus within three years – as if this means anything. To be fair, successive governments have brought this on themselves by making a fetish of having […]