How the media stuffed up twice on $10 billion black hole yarn

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Supreme confusion reigns among our esteemed media on the story, the players, their roles and the status of information released by the Government today. The Government claims that earlier performed departmental costings and modelling of the Coalition’s policies showed that they are likely to produce a $10 Billion black hole. Below is a quick summary […]

Media Rules: Election campaign bus 1996

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By Margo Kingston 9 July, 2013 AS AUSTRALIA gears up for another federal election, I let my mind return to the 1996 election campaign bus. The caught-in-a-trap feeling returns, as does the strength of my determination when it was over to never, ever get on another election campaign media bus. Little wonder that the public has […]

Ethical lapses by journalists contributed to Gillard’s demise

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By Denis Muller, University of Melbourne Originally published at The Conversation June 28 2013 An integral power of the media is that of portrayal: the act of determining how people, events, ideas and organisations are described to the public, and therefore how they are perceived by the public. In this way, the media constructs for us […]

FOI delivers your not so up-to-date Press Gallery membership list

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  by Margo Kingston On May 1 I sought the list of Press Gally members from the Parliamentary Liaison office after the Press Gallery Committee advised that it was private My FOI was successful. Here is the letter granting access to the information, free of charge, and the list. I’d like to thank the PLO for their […]

Your current federal Press Gallery list

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  Another member if the Press Gallery reckons a secret list is not on, so here is, drumroll, the latest version. We recently published the September 2012 list.  Anyone like to explore what the changes in 6 months say about how the PG is changing? Also refer to No Fibs stories on Your guide to the Press Gallery […]

Is the media reporting facts or opinion, and how does one tell the difference?

Row 1: Budget Coverage. Row 2: Budget Reply Coverage

By Paul Davis May 29, 2013 The second Tuesday in May saw the Federal Government hand down the 2013-14 Federal Budget, with the Federal Opposition budget reply the following Thursday. While some people may be avid budget followers and analyse the speeches and budget papers, chances are the majority of Australian’s rely on the media […]

She’s still standing but the media is blind

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PM Julia Gillard: “Well, the first thing I would say is, don’t write crap, can’t be that hard.” National Press Club 18/07/11 By @Thefinnigans Source: The Bisons The ides of March AFHP:  This is the updated list of blindfolded journos and commentators, courtesy of @Thefinnigans, updated to the moment  The Finnigans has collated this incredibly long list […]

The MSM won’t report this, so here’s Gillard and Conroy on media reform

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Question Time House of Representatives March 13, 2013 Mr TURNBULL (Wentworth) (14:29): My question is to the Prime Minister. Can she provide the House examples of published content in breach of the standards her government wishes to enforce through the Public Interest Media Advocate? Is the front page of today’s Telegraph such an example? If she […]

The round-up: For whom the poll ticks

By Sarah Capper, Sheilas Editor VOTER support for Labor has jumped to its strongest levels since the last election to put the federal government within striking distance of the Coalition … This story appeared not two years ago, not six months ago, but less than six weeks ago, on 15 January, 2013 (in The Australian […]

Why this punter’s cheering for the underdog, despite her Labor colours

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By Noely Neate February 21, 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au I am not a big fan of the ‘hating the MSM’ club to be found on Twitter, as I really don’t feel you can lump a whole profession of print, radio and television journalists in the one basket.  I have seen some good reports in the Main […]