Murdoch-Zionist lobby power: @antloewenstein and @margokingston1 on 2003 Ashwari Peace Prize scandal #MikeCarlton

In the wake of Mike Carlton’s removal as a Sydney Morning Herald columnist, it’s worth recalling another instance of Zionist lobby power. Here’s the chapter by Antony Loewenstein in Not Happy, John! featuring an interview with Bob Carr. First, my scene-setting introduction to the story. I'm hearing there's considerable pressure at #Fairfax board level for action against @MikeCarlton01 over his #Israel comments. Passing it on — Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) August 5, 2014 After a fortnight of being called Nazi,Jew-hating slime, I told a few people to fuck off. We do that in this country occasionally. — Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) August 6, 2014 Updated with Carlton: “The immense pressure from News Limited […]

Time for @mediaalliance to take charge of secret tapes ethics debate: @margokingston1 #MediaMargo #MediaWatch

I sent this email to the Media Alliance today. Dear Media Alliance, Last night’s Media Watch discussed the ethical dispute among journalists over the ethics of recording interviewees without their permission. The dispute shows serious disagreement on the matter. The Age believes it is always ethical. Some others, including me, believe it it permissible only in exceptional circumstances: In general it is unethical for a journo to record a private convo, phone or in person, w/o express or implied consent. #springst @bencubby — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) July 29, 2014 After some debate among journalists on Twitter, I commissioned media law and ethics professor Mark Pearson, who writes the No Fibs media […]

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

[clear] 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 with sources. That newspaper’s editorial thundered at the state opposition leader: “Here is a lesson in the law, Mr Andrews: it is not illegal in this state to record people without their consent if you are a party to the call.” The journalist involved – The Sunday Age’s state political editor Farrah Tomazin – went […]

#leardblockade protestors remain positive despite eviction: @l_k_oconnor reports

  On March 31 over 100 people walked onto the Whitehaven Maules Creek coal mine to protest and more than 80 were arrested. Work at the mine was halted for a day and events were widely reported by the mainstream media. The demonstrations coincided with a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that predicted devastating consequences for agriculture, traditional ownership and the economy in the wake of climate change. One of the demonstrators, Simon Outred, who holds the cause very close to his heart, is concerned that his right to protest is not being protected. “They are taking everybody that was on the mine site [to the […]

Citizen journo @Jansant met Billy Bragg and asked him why he supports #MarchInMarch

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 15th March 2014 After hearing rumours Billy Bragg (@billybragg) would be performing at one of the March in March (MiM) events, I contacted his publicists in both Australia and the UK hoping to get a few words out of the legendary musician and social justice campaigner. At about the same time I got confirmation Billy would be speaking and performing at Sydney MiM, I also received an apologetic knock-back from his publicists. I didn’t really think I’d get a shot, but there was no harm in trying. A few minutes later an email dropped into my account – “Pretty much self explanatory … I suggest you print this email […]

Audio: The inside story of the fight to save SPC by its boss @MD_SPC

[clear] By Margo Kingston, 14 March, 2014 I spoke to SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly for the first time this morning. He was on speaker phone with his marketing and communication director Bronwyn Powell. I had all your Twitter questions written down to ask, but Peter had read them all last night in preparation for our interview. My recording failed after the first 25 minutes and didn’t pic up till 44 minutes in. So I had a nervous breakdown, so to speak, but then I let that go and looked at what I had. Here is 25 amazing minutes of Peter Kelly telling the inside story of the fight to […]

#Griffithvotes citizen journo @Griffithelects live twitter reports of Libs ‘group call’ and campaign launch

[clear] By Jan Bowman @GriffithElects Mass Teleconference in Griffith On Wednesday February 29 the LNP ran a mass virtual ‘town hall’ teleconference with voters in Griffith. Apparently Labor used this technology recently in Griffith to link party members with Opposition leader Bill Shorten and is planning something similar in the last week of the campaign. I arrived home from work on Tuesday to see my voice mail flashing. I rarely use my landline and had expected one of the usual wrong number messages. Instead there was a recorded message from Dr Glasson inviting me to join, on the following evening, a virtual town hall meeting with himself and Foreign Minister […]

Margo interviews @macavitykat, monopole sitter at #leardblockade

By Margo Kingston @margokingston1 31st January 2014 I met Kat Moore briefly the evening before she was arrested on Tuesday at #Leardblockade up a monopole on the Whitehaven construction site after stopping 13 Trucks from working all day. I interviewed her yesterday by phone shortly after her return to Melbourne. Margo How does it feel to be home after that experience? Kat It feels good. I feel more entitled to be actively speaking about this. I’ve taken that stand, so I’m not just sitting on the sideline preaching. I’m actually doing something about it. Margo How did you come to be at #leardblockade? Kat  I found out about the Australian […]

My experiment with a Twinterview, by @ChrisToppSydney

[clear] By Chris Topp 27 October, 2013 On Saturday, October 19 I picked up a postcard promo at my local caffeine dealer and had a little idea. Five minutes later I was home and emailing The Launch Group, the PR company dealing with this year’s Blue Knot Day  launch on Monday October 28. I suggested I do a live interview via Twitter with someone connected to the Adults Surviving Child Abuse event. The ‘live interview’ evolved to Twinterview, an interview conducted over Twitter. Here’s a link to the Storify The saw the interview as a different way of collecting and presenting stories, and as a new experience as a journalist. […]

Katter Party face in Hindmarsh: @JackieDettman interview

by Jacqueline Dettman  August 24, 2013 Interview with Kym McKay, Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Hindmarsh As with all candidates to date, I interviewed Kym McKay, Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Hindmarsh, over a coffee in beachside Glenelg. The interview was conducted on the morning of Wednesday, August 21 and lasted about an hour. Would you like to introduce yourself to readers? I was born in Glanville in a mid-wifery in 1957 which was the go in those days. From that I moved around the state with my parents; my father worked for the EW&S. I grew up for a while in Berri in the Riverland and then returned to Adelaide […]