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Articles by Andrew Dodd

The ‘torture’ of writing about climate change at The Oz

A former senior News Limited journalist has described trying to write about human-induced climate change at The Australian newspaper as “torture” and has blamed the editor-in-chief for limiting coverage on the topic because he has “taken a political view”.

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Meglomaniacal Abbott finally comes out of the cabinet

Generally, Tony Abbott does humility pretty well. But in a couple of questions at the Rooty Hill RSL on Wednesday night his guard slipped and we saw another side of his personality.

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Joyce: he can’t hit the the broad side of a Barn(aby) without fluffy stuff

Nobody in federal parliament uses metaphors like Barnaby Joyce. He thinks and speaks in pictures and has a natural ability to deliver sound bites that cut through all the normal verbiage of political reporting.

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Pyne: faceless Labor freefalls off a derailed train wreck while eating poisonous pudding

The shadow education minister, Christopher Pyne, has taken metaphor mixing to new heights.

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Liberal use of pollie speak labours too many points

Alas, in this campaign we’re seeing plenty of repetition, as well as many other insidious aspects of pollie speak. Andrew Dodd examines the rhetoric.

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Image is everything: once Rudd lost Sunrise persona, it was over

When honeymoons end and we get to see what really makes our leaders tick, their media presence becomes all powerful.

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Diary of an iVirgin: this apps caper is expensive

After a week of mucking about with his new iPad, media writer Andrew Dodd concludes it is both brilliant and idiotic in equal measure.

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What about our own oil spill shame?

US Congress has noted some striking parallels between the calamity unfolding off the coast of Louisiana and an almost forgotten oil spill off the coast of north-west Australia last year.

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Our (possibly, but we can’t prove it) worst columnist

Sure, Kylie Eastwood, the woman who got her five year old son drink isn’t exactly mum of the year, but does she deserve to be dubbed by Hun ‘Our worst mum’? To use the language of the tabloids, this week’s column by Alan Howe was a stinker.

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Republican movement’s new enemy: Prince William

Prince William’s visit has left more than just giggling schoolgirls and a princely display of bowling. It has also revealed how unprepared the Australian Republic movement is for the next generation of royals.

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Walkleys schmalkleys: excuse us while we dine on these sour grapes

It seems that one of the major criteria for winning a Walkley is already having won one. This year is no different with a list of the usual suspects fronting up for another gong.

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The Age slashes commissions for real estate advertisers to staunch bleeding

The Age has taken the desperate measure of cutting commissions for real estate advertisers in an effort to protect its deteriorating balance sheet, a sign of how dire things have become inside the paper.

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Low key in Kuta as Top topped at last

Metro TV had been running the news all day. First the raid, then the siege, then the shoot out, until finally the police were prepared to confirm the mastermind of the Bali bombings had been killed.

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ACCC head warns News and Fairfax over cartel risk

Graeme Samuel has reminded newspaper companies of the need to abide by the Trade Practices Act after Fairfax chief executive Brian McCarthy touted the possibility of talks with News Ltd last week.

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Many unhappy returns for newsagents

News Limited has just purchased a multi-million dollar circulation software package that is giving The Age enormous problems and angering newsagents across Victoria.

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The Kyle and Jackie O Code of Contrition

In commercial radio, if you grossly offend the nation’s sensibilities, you simply suspend yourself for two weeks and move on, writes Andrew Dodd.

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Paper’s terror edition on streets before raids

Copies of The Australian were readily available in Melbourne hours before the terror raids yesterday.

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The Oz risked police lives with terror scoop, says top cop

Today’s scoop by The Oz on an alleged terrorist plot has been accused of endangering the lives of police officers by revealing details of the arrest of terror suspects.

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There is a God Dept: Sandilands dumped from Idol

Kyle Sandilands has lost his judging job on Australian Idol. Meanwhile, his absence from radio today has been interpreted as a suspension — but apparently that may not be the case.

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Spend $2million for 100,000 sales: an Age reader offer

The Age is desperate to shore up dropping sales figures and it’s taking desperate steps — giveaways and reader promotions — to try and halt the decline.

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You Liar: never charged, but “suspected murderer” Sands loses defamation case

An extraordinary five year defamation case, involving a TV station, a radio network, a federal MP and a press photographer, ended yesterday when the court ruled in favour of the media organisations.

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The Sydney-ification of ABC local radio

ABC local and regional radio will be back under Sydney control next week when all of the senior management roles are taken up by people in NSW.

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Daily Tele Poh-faced over MasterChef cook up

The Daily Telegraph has egg, and perhaps a few other ingredients, on its face after naming the wrong winner of MasterChef Australia last night. So what happened?

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On Line Opinion opens editorial complaint to public

An exchange between the chief editor of Australian e-journal On Line Opinion, Graham Young, and NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, whose story he didn’t publish, reveals the inner thoughts of an online media outlet. Refreshing.

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Reporting Michael Jackson? It’s a war zone out there

What would happen if we compared the coverage of the death and funeral of Michael Jackson with the reportage of the situation in Afghanistan by Australian TV networks …. Andrew Dodd found out.

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