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iSentia Index: offhand comments dog the big men of parliament

Another shocker of a week for the federal and NSW state governments, with ill-thought-out statements and ICAC raising the ire of the public.

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Exclusive docs show News’ Australian papers dragging down the empire

Leaked documents show a forest of brackets in News Corp’s Australian newspapers, with The Australian particularly in the red. How long can the house that Rupert built sustain such body blows?

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Star Observer turns to crowdfunding as legal costs threaten its future

A series of legal settlements and threats have pushed Australia’s oldest gay newspaper to the brink.

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Finding tomorrow’s river of gold: Fairfax ties its future to property

Property and asset sales have led a Fairfax recovery, but it’s more precarious than it looks.

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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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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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iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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Something very rotten in the state of newspapers

Why don’t we trust the media any more? Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter says the internet and television are partly to blame.

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The dangerous essentialism of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic cartoons

In Australia, there should be no place for reactionary essentialism while we debate politics and ideas, says Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

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iSentia index: a big week in international news puts Bishop on top

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dominated news coverage, despite the political struggles back in Australia.

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iSentia index: MH17 disaster brings foreign affairs into sharp focus

A busy week in news — from MH17 to a certain PUP senator’s requirements for a partner.

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Higher standards for opinion writing as Press Council refocuses for digital age

Fact and opinion articles will be subjected to the same standards of accuracy and fairness under new Press Council principles to take effect from August 1.

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Fairfax ‘weathered the storm’, says Hywood, but more cuts possible

The Fairfax CEO had no patience for critics at a Melbourne Press Club appearance last week, telling those gathered that his company had “weathered the storm”.

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iSentia Index: Palmer rules broadcast as Senate wrangling dominates coverage

Clive Palmer and his rag-tag bunch of senators have got people talking across all forms of media.

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50 things The Australian hates

We celebrate The Australian’s 50th birthday with a list of 50 things that have come in for a lashing of its poisoned pen.

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Watchdog or attack dog? The Australian at 50

Australia’s only nationwide broadsheet turns 50 today. Former Australian media writers Matthew Ricketson and Andrew Dodd take a look at the vendettas it has pursued over the years.

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UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC’s International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

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Rundle: anatomy of a beat-up on Aboriginal literacy

The Australian is tearing down a straw-man in its stories on Aboriginal education this week. Time for a Rundle reality check.

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iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

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Update: Albrechtsen scores powerful gig at ABC/SBS

Culture warrior Janet Albrechtsen is to play a key role in appointments at the ABC and SBS

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iSentia index: with fancy footwork, Clive outshines them all

Clive Palmer certainly knows how to keep his name in the paper.

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A ‘brave’ cover, but will it sell? Women’s Weekly puts its money where its mouth is

It’s not unusual for the Australian Women’s Weekly to feature someone not known for their modelling on the front. But July’s cover is still, for the magazine industry, shocking. If it flops, it could be a long time before anyone takes the risk again.

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Crikey Clarifier: Coulson knew, so why is Brooks not guilty?

Coulson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit phone-hacking, but the evidence wasn’t there to convict his more powerful predecessor.

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Rundle: Brooks sheds the devil’s mark, does Australia beckon?

Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking, but redhead editrix Rebekah Brooks has got off scott-free. Where will she be heading next? Crikey’s writer-at-large speculates she could be Australia-bound.

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iSentia index: sport and foreign affairs dominate discussion

A big week for sports fans made for a quiet week politically — the first one since the budget was delivered.

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