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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA |

‘Condemn or be condemned’: the optics of responding to jihad

When it comes to acts of Islamic terrorism, Muslim community leaders feel they have no choice but to wade into a debate that has little to do with them.

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iSentia index: Federal ministers struggle with words and NSW ICAC claims two more scalps

It was a week of gaffes and general embarrassments for MPs at state and federal level.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Mrs Doubtfire upstages Bringing Sexy Back

The Ten Network showed far more flexibility than either Nine or Seven in whipping a Robin Williams movie to air last night in prime time. Of course it was Mrs Doubtfire and it helped the network to solid result on the night, halting the reversion to the weak ratings performances of old on Sunday and […]

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MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: farewelling Williams … Insight walk-off … ad-free magazines …

The world, and the Australian media, farewells Robin Williams. And other media tid-bits of the day.

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Welcome to the Department of Australia’s Bureau of Regret

Nothing shows you the true measure of a public figure like the things they try to cover up — and the Department of Australia would like to share them with you.

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Surveillance advocates hit us with their best shot

The advocates for data retention have now had an opportunity to put their case, and they’ve failed to offer anything credible.

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MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Press Council v the OzJezebel and the pornbots … RIP Robin Williams …

Should media outlets pay any attention to the Jihadi PR machine? And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a lacklustre night for Seven

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets thanks to The Block Glasshouse (1.815 million national/ 1.231 million metro/ 588,000 regional viewers) and Nine’s 6pm News which had  a big win over Seven News, especially in Sydney (by 132,000), Melbourne (by 111,000) and Brisbane (by 62,000) and beat Seven News by 300,000 nationally. The ABC was […]

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MEDIA | 11 UNLOCK?

Smelling an adverse ruling, The Australian turns on Press Council

The Australian has turned its particular brand of venom on Julian Disney, chair of the Press Council. Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter writes that self-regulation of the press is clearly no regulation at all.

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MEDIA | 4

The neverending echo chamber of Chris Kenny’s prolonged Twitter farewell tour

By virtue of their reach and influence, Chris Kenny’s columns have become echo chambers — and on no topic is this more evident than in his conviction that Twitter is an echo chamber, writes economist Tom Westland.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten’s ratings slump continues

Back to the future again for Ten with the network seeing its main channel metro and regional shares back to the nasty readings of earlier in the year, before MasterChef Australia, the Commonwealth Games and Offspring provided a temporary resurgence in the network’s prime time ratings. Ten’s main channel share in the metros was just […]

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MEDIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: EMMA winners and losers … Quadrant own goal … IPA says ABC biased …

Some newspapers boosted their print circulations, according to the latest figures. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 10 UNLOCK?

Frances Abbott leak reveals legal blackhole for whistleblowers

Experts say the case against the alleged whistleblower in “Daughtergate” is a good example of why comprehensive whistleblower protection is a very important issue for Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | MEDIA | 20

Turnbull finally provides some progress on metadata definition

After a discussion with ASIO and the AFP, Malcolm Turnbull has presented a definition of metadata that makes more sense than any offered so far by his colleagues.

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Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

Turkey’s gearing up for its first presidential election, but Turkish commentator Okan Altiparmak has doubts about how democratic it will really be.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a ho-hum night of viewing

With The Block Glasshouse in the lineup last night, plus the strong 6 to 7pm performance of the news, Nine was always going to be the winner last night in overall, the main channels and in the demos. The Block Glasshouse had 1.521 million national/ 1.062 million metro/ 459,000 regional viewers last night, second nationally […]

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MEDIA | 1

Media briefs: Crikey and pictures … Tharunka prank … hand-drawn newspapers …

Tharunka’s prank landed a big fish, and other media tidbits of the day.

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JEFF SPARROW | MEDIA | 16 UNLOCK?

Fairfax turns on Carlton as we increasingly shoot the messenger

Here and abroad, there’s a pattern emerging where the harshest punishments are reserved for those who expose crimes rather than those who may have committed them, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

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Brandis’ disastrous data definition reflects a confused government

The government’s stumbling over data retention raises the question of how prepared it was for this debate.

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MEDIA | 7

The frantic and exhausting life of a parliamentary media adviser

Former Greens staffer Colin Jacobs offers a glimpse into the life of a parliamentary media adviser — one of the most influential denizens in the corridors of power.

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MEDIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Watch out that selfie: when private moments can destroy your career

Advances in technology and our increased online activities are enabling employers to more easily scrutinise our private lives — with dire consequences, write Giri Sivaraman and Kate Luckman.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Offspring the outright winner

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets. The finale of Offspring on Ten stood out. The third episode of The Bachelor didn’t stand out, even though its audience snuck up on the debut a week ago — 712,000 metro viewers v 692,000.  Its national audience rose to 916,000 from 888,000 with regional audience rising to 205,000 from […]

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MEDIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: gloating galore … Fibonnaci sequences … goodbye, Offspring

Renaissance photography, gloating over Mike Carlton, and other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA |

Essential: Post-election rebound lifts trust in media from the deep

Media outlets have regained some of the trust they lost during the 2013 federal election, the latest Essential Trust in Media survey shows.

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BERNARD KEANE | MEDIA | 4

Data retention may include Facebook and Twitter

The government appears confused about what data will be retained under its data retention scheme — but it could include your social media activity and your whole internet browsing history.

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