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Get Fact: is Tony Abbott right about the ABC?

Tony Abbott claims “a lot of people” think the ABC is biased and anti-Australian. Is there any evidence to support the claim? We fact-check the Prime Minister.

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Editorial audit: ABC calls in outsiders for news bias probe

ABC chairman James Spigelman says external auditors will vet Aunty for editorial bias, while journalists will be instructed how to report on issues that matter more widely to the general public. But will that satisfy vocal ABC critic Andrew Bolt?

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Crikey analysis: how the papers responded to media reform

Crikey crunches the numbers on how the newspapers have covered the federal government’s proposed media reforms — and finds the coverage heavily negative, with few alternative views presented.

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What you won’t read in The Australian on climate change

The Australian has backed down from its claim that sea rise is “not linked to warming” — but to get the full story on the scientific paper at the heart of the controversy, read on …

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The Murdoch paradox: bias in climate reporting

Research has found more than 80% of stories on climate change from selected US News Corp outlets are “misleading” — and the problem seems to extend to Australia, writes ANU’s Simon Copland.

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Essential: we trust the leaders-in-waiting more than the leaders

Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull are trusted more than either of their leaders by voters, today’s Essential Report shows, while Labor and unions are seen as the target of media bias.

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‘Carbon Cate’ and the confected outrage of News Limited

News Limited’s hatchet job on Cate Blanchett hit all the right notes for this sort of confected outrage. It highlights the assumption that commercial media outlets reflect “community concerns” isn’t borne out by evidence.

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On politics, older Australians most switched-on, most sceptical

Older Australians emerge as the most politically informed and most sceptical of media users, according to Essential Research’s polling of attitudes toward political coverage.

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Who do you trust?

There is a trust gap between public broadcasting (especially the ABC) and commercial media. And it’s substantial.

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ABC | JOURNALISM|

Measuring media bias: problematic and out-dated

Media organisations often come under criticism for bias reporting. But measuring bias is no easy task and the tradition model of looking for partisan opinions is out-dated and riddled with complexities, writes Jason Wilson.

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New Matilda | FEDERAL|

How the press demolished the Education Revolution

The media coverage of the Government’s Building the Education Revolution scheme has been wonkier than a half-constructed public school tuck shop, says Ben Eltham. The press’s distortions will end up costing all Australians.

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Dracos | JOURNALISM|

Spot the difference: English Sun vs. Scottish Sun

There are two versions of the Sun newspaper: one published in England, and one in Scotland. Check out how the same article on the UK election has been tweaked for each market

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

How the BER went from success to screw-up in a few short hours

Tobias Ziegler tracks how news outlets spun the Building the Education Revolution audit report from success to scandal in the hours following its release yesterday.

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Animal | JOURNALISM|

America finds a better car bomb hero

The real “hero” of the Times Square car bomb threat incident was an immigrant from Senegal. But the US media preferred to anoint a Vietnam vet.

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Slate | JOURNALISM|

Find out how healthy your news diet really is

Do you really read from a wide range of news sources? Slate has created a wonderful little widget that looks at your recent news-browsing history and lays your true media biases bare.

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The Guardian | EUROPE|

John Prescott: Brown’s “bigot” gaffe is a Murdoch beat-up

News that British PM Gordon Brown called a voter a “bigot” has exploded in the UK press. But it’s all just part of the Mudoch media’s attempt to decide the election, writes former Deputy PM John Prescott.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Richardson: Why I’ve stopped reading News Ltd

The latest NSW Newspoll found latest Newspoll found premier Kristina Keneally’s personal ratings are going strong — so why did The Oz run with the line “the Keneally government is dead in the water”, asks Charles Richardson.

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Newser | JOURNALISM|

Wolff: Will Murdoch lose the UK election?

Rupert Murdoch’s media war on Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in the UK are about to bite him in the arse, says Michael Wollf.

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Indymedia | JOURNALISM|

The NSW media blackout over deaths in custody

There were three tragic deaths in custody in NSW in 2009. So why did the media only report on that of Mark Holcroft? asks the Indigenous Social Justice Association’s Ray Jackson. Could it be because he was the only one with white skin?

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The Political Sword | JOURNALISM|

ABC’s Insiders: as balanced as a fat kid on a see-saw

The ABC’s Insiders may include an equal number of panellists with diametrically opposed views, but that doesn’t make it “balanced”, says The Political Sword. One David Marr does not equal one Andrew Bolt or Piers Akerman.

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Washington Post | ONLINE|

Washington Post launches an unashamedly right-wing blog

The Washington Post has a new blog all about the “conservative movement” and Republican Party, promising to explain what the right is “doing, thinking, and planning”. Could be fascinating reading for political junkies of all persuasions.

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How PR leans with the wind

Successful PR doesn’t seek to manipulate the media — it tailors its media contributions to the lifestyle and socio-economic segment a media outlet targets to win advertising, writes Noel Turnbull.

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Salon | JOURNALISM|

How the media has manipulated America’s minds on Afghanistan

Glenn Greenwald’s comprehensive take-down of the US media’s “mindless” and “unquestioning” coverage of the war in Afghanistan, comparing it to far more objective reporting by Afghani news agencies.

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The Australian | JOURNALISM|

Ethical wipeout at surf magazines

A gnarly expose on the surf magazine industry, where reports of racism and drug scandals have been spiked and censored in an effort to keep relationships with multi-million-dollar surf brands sunny. Bummer.

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The Political Sword | FEDERAL|

Rupert’s war on Rudd

The entire stable of News Ltd papers — with The Oz at their helm — seem to be waging a war on Kevin Rudd, with relentlessly negative coverage of anything and everything the Government does, writes The Political Sword.

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