A watchdog on the media

The drawn out contest to determine the next President of the USA is an extraordinary process. I find some components highly laudable, and some of them less than ideal. One of the problems with such a very long process is the need for the media (and the general public to some extent) to constantly try…

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Covering elections

Further to my post from the previous weekend, featuring Michael Gawenda (and me) bemoaning the nature of election campaigns and coverage, Margaret Simons has some suggestions in today’s Crikey on “what might be some more useful ways of covering an election campaign”. Please like & share:

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Empty vessels and hollow men

Michael Gawenda’s article in this weekend’s Age & SMH is a dispiriting but accurate account by an internationally experienced journalist of just how hollow Australian political campaigning and the media ‘coverage’ of it has become. He writes of “the emptiness of this campaign, empty in the sense not of its importance, but of spontaneity and…

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Some campaign media and events

I will refrain from regularly doing my own commentary on the media commentary. I have no doubt that, however much coverage I manage to get, I would always like more, and however much coverage there is of the Senate contest, I will believe there should be more. Having said that, I did manage to get…

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The Hollow Men

On the eve of a crucial federal election, with both the government and the Senate in the balance, our national political debate is reduced to front page news in the Sunday Papers repeating gossip about a government Minister, married with kids, who is allegedly visiting gay bath houses and having gay affairs, followed by petty…

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Can’t get no satisfaction

As my post from just 4 days ago suggests, commenting on a different media frenzy that came out of the Canberra press gallery, I REALLY hate media stories that feed the notion of politics as a soap opera, or as a gossip factory full of intrigue. The latest excitement about the story of Kevin Rudd’s…

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News & Terror

The arrest of a Gold Coast based Doctor for questioning over possible links to failed bombings in the UK has been big news in Brisbane. The first seven pages of my local newspaper, The Courier-Mail, were given over to the topic. At this stage there’s no information about whether this Doctor is a suspect. A…

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Close the Gap

A couple of weeks ago I attended the launch of the Close the Gap campaign – to eliminate the gap between the life expectancy and opportunities for Indigenous Australians and the rest of our nation. It was held at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, and there was a big media contingent there in part due…

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I heard a rumour

There’s lots of fluttering in the media at the moment about whether or not Kim Beazley’s leadership of the ALP is safe. There are some posts on a few of the Australian political blogs that are fairly dismissive about the substance of the story. Tim Dunlop at Blogocracy says it is “purest waffle”. However, his…

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Sexualising Children

The Australia Institute has just issued a report provocatively titled Corporate Paedophilia (see summary here). It examines concerns with the early sexualisation of children, particularly young girls, and the role of corporate Australia in supporting and promoting this through marketing. Emma Rush, who co-authored the report, also touches on aspects such as sales and peer…

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Media ownership laws

The Senate resumes today for two weeks of sittings. Legislative debate for the first few days is expected to be focussed on the proposed media ownership changes. You can read the Senate Committee report by clicking here, although it’s more accurate to say it is four separate reports – one each from the Liberals, Nationals,…

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Government laws to further concentrate media ownership set to be pushed through Senate next week

The federal government’s legislation to allow further concentration in the ownership of Australia’s media was introduced into Parliament on the 14th September. It was sent straight to a Senate Committee which has to report by the end of this week (6th October). The government’s draft program has listed the Media Ownership Bills for debate as…

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You can read it in the Sunday papers

The story splashed all over today’s News Limited papers about John Howard’s supposed “vow” back in 1994 to stand aside in favour of Peter Costello after serving just two terms as Liberal Party leader provides an example of how political reporting can be not much more than a gossip column with some low grade soap…

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