Selling out ethical journalism: @journlaw on @theage secret recordings #springst

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It is a sad day when senior political figures steal a journalist’s recording device and destroy its contents, as we have been told happened at this year’s Victorian Labor conference. But it is an even sadder day when we hear a major newspaper – The Age – justifying a senior reporter secretly recording their conversations […]

Abbott’s confession: I never left the Oz in spirit

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Margo: Thought Abbott couldn’t grovel to Murdoch more than in his ‘Freedom’s discerning friend‘ speech to the IPA last year? Read this. Address to the Australian’s 50th Birthday Gala Dinner Sydney – Check Against Delivery-under Embargo by Political Alert

A Murdoch-free household is a galaxy too far: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #NewsCorp

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  NEWS sites are getting harder to access for free of late. Paywalls are up and apparently profitable for News Corp and Fairfax. Crikey had one for years and recently Wendy Harmer’s flagship site The Hoopla shut the gate on free reads with its 34 cent per day subscription. Media-hungry online consumers are faced with a choice about […]

Stand up, citizen journalists: @burgewords comments on #FairfaxStrike

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  A very simple tweet went out on the same afternoon Fairfax journalists agreed to strike in protest at the company’s plan to cut 80 jobs, mainly in production (layout and sub-editing) and photography. Since the current Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearing will continue through the strike, a citizen journalist (‘CJ’) asked whether any […]

The Tele’s disappearing act on Abbott’s #KnightsAndDames: @btckr comments

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By Barry Tucker @btckr Every now and then the mainstream news media (MSM) does something that demonstrates the gulf between itself, its audience and social media (SM). It is almost comical because the MSM is trying to move from its dying print model to the digital world of SM. Much of the MSM has made the […]

More questions than answers after Adelaide #MarchInMarch: @WorsleyTrevor reports

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Story & Photos by Trevor Worsley  @WorsleyTrevor   23rd March 2014 I am not a political activist. I have never been to a protest or demonstration of any kind. I had long considered myself a swinging voter, trying at each election to make decisions based on issues and not slogans or political spin. Gradually, over the past […]

Mary Lucas open letter to Jon Faine regarding #MarchinMarch

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By Mary Lucas 17th March 2014 [dropshadowbox align="none" effect="lifted-both" width="650px" height="" background_color="#ffffff" border_width="1" border_color="#dddddd" ] Attention: Jon Faine  Subject: #MarchinMarch Dear John, You took three calls this morning regarding MarchinMarch, two of which concentrated on the ratbag fringe and distasteful signs. I get the feeling neither of these callers actually went to the March, if they […]

Abbott’s attack on ABC proves politicians are free press chameleons – @journlaw reports

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By Mark Pearson  @journlaw 5th February 2014 Politicians are free expression chameleons. Regardless of their political colours, they are inevitably staunch advocates of a free media and the free flow of information while in opposition. When they win government they tend to shut down criticism and negative press by implementing policies and passing laws to limit scrutiny. […]

Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession by Paul Barry

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By Margaret O’Connor 1 November 2013 If you want a quick and telling glimpse of the psychopathology that infested Rupert Murdoch’s power house tabloid News of the World (NoTW), turn to the Leveson Inquiry Hearings for Wednesday, 29 November, 2011. On that day, Paul McMullan, ex-NoTW reporter, reluctantly gave testimony about his work practices there – […]

How will Media, Finance and AFP handle the evidence that the PM is a cheat?

Peter Slipper and Tony Abbott in Parliament in 2009. - News.com.au

By Margo Kingston, 8 October, 2013 It looks like the Prime Minister is a serial cheat. It’s hard to imagine a bigger test of the integrity and fairness of our democratic institutions than that. Will the press gallery get forensic and press for answers from the PM and action from the authorities? Will the AFP investigate? […]