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Media briefs: print woes… Serious Charge … meet the Spectators …

The Age sells has lost 20% of its circulation in a year. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: the Oz hearts the SMH … Snowden the patriot … Jezebel wins …

The Oz continues to hate on the Press Council. And other media tid-bits of the day.

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Rundle: sorry, Nick Cater, your ‘individualistic’ Australia is nonsense

Nick Cater’s spin on the 18C debacle in yesterday’s Oz is the latest fascinating study in magical thinking from the Right.

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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 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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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 briefs: Baz v the Oz … Gannett splits … outbreak …

The Australian gets suckered by a fake Twitter account. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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‘I hit back and told people to get fucked’: Mike Carlton explains why he quit

Former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton says the decision to suspend him came from Fairfax metro chief Sean Aylmer, who overruled Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir.

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Critics fail to see the funny side of SMH and Oz Gaza cartoons

A Palestinian advocacy group slams The Australian, as The Sydney Morning Herald apologises for publishing controversial cartoons.

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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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