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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of The Australian. Crikey’s The Australian coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Why crying wolf on anti-Semitism harms us all

The pro-Israel lobby is quick to use the term “anti-Semitism” where it is not warranted. But there really are people who hate Jews and by overusing the term we reduce its power, writes Larry Stillman from the executive of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society.

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Tips and rumours

Macfarlane likes ARENA and CSG … The AFL’s got issues … the ATO thanks you for your taxes …

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Rundle: Cold Warriors rattling kalashnikovs can’t give MH17 meaning

MH17 was almost certainly not shot down by the Russian military in a deliberate act of war against any nation with a citizen on board. But tell that to the Right.

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Media briefs: HuffPo eyes Australia … Forbes sells … enough is enough …

Forbes magazine has been sold. The Press Council wants a new chair. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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‘A lost cause’: is The Australian really Canberra’s most influential paper?

Anyone who’s anyone in Canberra reads The Australian. But that doesn’t mean the paper is as influential as it says it is.

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Mal Turnbull so camera-shy at Rupert’s party

The Australian celebrated its 50th birthday with a gala dinner in Sydney — but why was Turnbull so shy, and where was Ken Cowley? Crikey stood outside to get the goss.

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Don’t lower the minimum wage

Crikey readers talk youth unemployment and The Australian’s so-called objectivity.

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Tips and rumours

Air force security question … have the Oz’s cake and eat it too … to name or not to name? …

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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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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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Exclusive watch: what makes an exclusive, and who has the most?

An investigation? An interview? Or a drop? There appears to be no consensus on what deserves to be called an exclusive in Australia’s major papers.

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Tips and rumours

Party-watch at The Australian … why Fairfax management discovered the Twitter … time to tweet Jesus! …

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Why Howard’s book did so well

Crikey readers talk pollies’ books, government trust and why we should let the bulls run where they may.

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Media briefs: escalators of decline (pt 3) … territorial borders … Holden on the Oz

Guy Rundle’s ever-watchful eye on the outpourings at Surry Hills. And other media tidbits of the day …

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Brown Studies: meet the appointee who wants to sell the ABC

If you thought Albrechtsen was the only ideological appointment to the ABC appointments panel, think again. Co-appointee Neil Brown, a QC and former Liberal Party deputy leader, reckons the ABC should be sold, or, failing that, hobbled so it doesn’t compete with the commercial media sector.

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Rundle: Dale’s worst problem was anti-Semitism, not ‘Demidenko’

She’s baaaaaaaaack. Helen Demidenko speaks up to re-claim her controversial book.

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Smoking out the truth in the Oz‘s plain packaging war

You can cherry-pick the data to prove the case either way, but it seems The Australian’s war on plain packaging is self-defeating in the face of evidence.

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Media briefs: beard fetish … Oz self-reflects … Fairfax deadlines …

The Australian media just can’t get enough of beard stories. And other media tidbits of the day.

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The letter to the editor The Australian wouldn’t run

When public health expert Professor Mike Daube wrote to the Oz about their ‘exclusive’ plain packaging yarn, they refused to publish his letter in full. Here’s what it said.

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Media briefs: exclusive watch … Oz v Media Watch (yet again) … winners and losers …

The Australian is now taking the ABC to the Australian Communications and Media Authority over its plain packaging story. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Oz gives Media Watch a lecture on ethics, fails to disclose again

The Australian is accusing Media Watch of a lapse in journalistic ethics. But there’s plenty that’s dubious about it’s own reporting on the plain packaging issue.

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Media briefs: a certain scribe who smokes … bet on Jesus … Fairfax shares …

Up in the air, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Jesus? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Oz exclusive: Big Tobacco-funded research hates plain packaging

Christian Kerr has insisted that plain packaging is not curbing Australians’ cigarette habit in this morning’s Australian. Where do the numbers come from? It’s there that things get interesting …

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Who’s to replace Chris Mitchell? Rumblings over Oz editorship

The Australian’s editor-in-chief has suggested there’s no-one in the company to replace him. Is this news to his editor?

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