Chris Uhlmann fails to declare Phil de Fegely as auctioneer – @Qldaah #Mediawatch #auspol

An auctioneer interviewed on an ABC negative gearing news story was presented as an housing investor.

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 […]

Big coal gets hot and heavy with protestors: @georgefwoods responds to @NSWMC and @ResourcesQLD

By Georgina Woods  @georgefwoods 19th March 2014 The industry bodies that represent the coal export industry in NSW and Queensland have recently taken to lambasting, belittling and smearing the intentions of individuals and organisations that have dared to face up to them and speak the truth about the consequences of the unchecked expansion of coal in Australia. Some politicians, particularly in Queensland, have joined this chorus. I am glad that it is a matter of public record that these people have tried to shame people and groups opposing the expansion of the coal industry. Our children need to know that this was a fierce battle of right and wrong. The underdog pose being struck by the coal industry associations in […]

#Mediawatch honest broker for silent, censored Piers’ ABC

The art of deflecting blame David Koch: And is Tim Gay? Howard Sattler: He must be gay, he’s a hair dresser… David Koch: Julia Gillard quizzed about her partner’s sexuality… — Channel Seven, Sunrise, 14th June, 2013 That’s how Kochie promo’d it on Seven’s Sunrise: “Is Tim Gay?” Not, “Shock jock madness.” Welcome to Media Watch, I’m Jonathan Holmes, and I can’t remember a nastier, grubbier week in the nation’s politics. Howard Sattler, the star of the West, has now been sacked by Fairfax Media’s 6PR in Perth. Howard Sattler: But you hear it, he must be gay, he’s a hairdresser. Julia Gillard: Oh, isn’t that.. Howard Sattler: But you […]

Are journos about truth or reporting what they say?

By Peter Clarke March 11, 2013 Margo: My first journalism job was at The Courier Mail. One day I wrote a story about a disagreement in the Queensland National Liberal Coalition Cabinet about condom vending machines. My first paragraph quoted the then health minister  Mike Ahern. My second said that his statement contradicted another minister, Lyne Powell. The chief sub editor, Graham Earle, called me over to demand an explanation for my story. ‘What is this?” he asked. ‘The truth,’ I replied. ‘Your job is not to write the truth, your job is to write what people say.” I was devastated. I was relieved when Fairfax’s the Times on Sunday, successor […]

@MediaActive interviews @JonaHolmesMW on #Faine

By Peter Clarke March 6, 2013 If you have been following the Jon Faine ‘bias’ affair you will know that ABC Television’s Media Watch covered the Faine controversy on 4 February – almost the only ABC coverage of the finding and resultant strong dissent by Faine and several leading ABC current affairs journalists. (Faine archive) In that edition, the presenter, Jonathan Holmes, made it clear that, with some caveats, he supported the negative finding against Faine by the ABC’s blandly titled Audience and Consumer Affairs Department. Within the tight time constraints of that fourteen minute program, he made his reasons reasonably plain. While writing the previous articles on this affair, […]