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Media briefs: Guardian non-disclosure … SBS gooooal … iSpat …

Did the Mail Online’s editor steal an Australian reporter’s iPad? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Guardian keeps it on the down-low. Simon Sheikh, described by The Guardian as a “Canberra-based writer,” had this to say about politics when writing for the lefty website yesterday:

Christine Milne’s offer to Tony Abbott, of a double dissolution trigger based on the Senate’s rejection of his bill to dissolve the clean energy finance corporation, was a smart move.”

Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he. The Guardian doesn’t tell you this, but Sheikh was a Greens candidate for the Senate in last year’s federal election (he lost). Instead, all the website tells us is:

Simon Sheikh is a Canberra based writer and was the National Director of GetUp between 2008 and 2012. He has previously worked as a Financial Analyst at the NSW Treasury and as a consultant to Australian banks and financial institutions.”

We rate that as incomplete. The Guardian also failed to disclose Sheikh’s candidature on this piece he wrote on June 9, spouting the party line on international climate action.

SBS dominates witching-hour ratings. SBS was keen to spruik its World Cup ratings today …

… but the network didn’t really emphasise the fact that this timeslot is, er, 2am on Thursday AEST. The only question Crikey has is what on earth were the other 30% watching? Roomba infomercials?

Quibbles aside, it’s good to see more than 760,000 of us were up and watching Tim Cahill’s magic goal in the wee hours. And with 232,000 carrying on to watch Spain v Chile at 5am, there must have been some tired people at work yesterday … — Cathy Alexander 

Press gallery filming row. The rules around what and where you can film at Parliament House can seem arbitrary. The titans of the press gallery have weighed in today on whether it was OK to film the Mid-Winter Ball, held in Parliament House on Wednesday night. It’s an annual knees-up for journos, MPs and lobbyists that makes good media fodder because the PM and opposition leader give speeches.

There have been some barbs sent Nine’s way for filming (that’s Andrew Greene from the ABC in the tweets below), but Laurie Oakes is defending the practice. Apparently the rules, set by the press gallery committee, are that media can report on what’s said at the ball but can’t broadcast images (video or stills).

These rules seem anachronistic — why should newspapers be able to run the story but not TV (who would be hampered from telling the story by the broadcast ban)? And given the slightly tedious practice of ball attendees broadcasting on social media pictures of themselves with “famous pollies” (plus the speeches, the food, etc, etc) it seems unfair that the media can’t do the same. — Cathy Alexander 

You stole my copy — and my iPad. The ongoing feud between The Australian and the Mail Online has descended into schoolyard bullying territory, with an alleged altercation between Mail Online’s Australian editor-in-chief Martin Clarke and the Oz’s media reporter Darren Davidson at a party as part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. According to Davidson, he approached Clarke and asked him about his refusal to comment on allegations the Mail Online was stealing content from News Corp websites. Here’s what Davidson says happened next:

Clarke stole this media business writer’s iPad, walking away with it. Clarke’s associates also verbally abused and then poured beer over me and a former colleague, Andrew McCormick, who was accompanying me.”

You can read the story here, or on page 3 of today’s Australian. While it’s undoubtedly unpleasant to be soaked in beer and deprived of your iPad, the story was roundly mocked on Twitter:

Even The Australian’s cadet journalist couldn’t resist having a dig:

Video of the day. Legendary BBC interviewer Jeremy Paxman, known for his hard-hitting style, has said good night to Newsnight, the well-respected program he has hosted for 25 years. Here he is interviewing Tony Blair (and listing the pornographic publications of one of the Labour Party’s donors) …

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