What the papers didn’t say: Reporters Without Borders have released their Third World Press Freedom rankings
and Australia is there at Number 41. Behind Slovakia. Estonia.
Slovenia. Lithuania. The Czech Republic. Bosnia. South Africa. Benin.
El Salvador. Hungary. The Dominican Republic. Poland. Hong-Kong. Costa
Rica. Bulgaria. Israel. And Cape Verde. But, hey, we’re one above
Chile.

Whistleblowers: A damning report by the NSW Independent
Commission Against Corruption has discounted the allegations of Camden
and Campbelltown hospital whistleblowers Nola Fraser, Sheree Martin
and a handful of other nurses, dismissing them as rumour and innuendo, TheSydney Morning Heraldreports today.
“While the commission accepts that Ms Fraser and Ms Martin are likely
to have personally believed that their allegations were true, it has
concluded that the allegations were founded on nothing more than
gossip, speculation and hearsay,” ICAC says. And who were their biggest
fans? The NSW Libs – but, even more so, the Parrot.

Bias:
Bias is in the eye of the beholder, but when you decide to leave
crucial facts out of cases it doesn’t make it any easier for said
beholder to form a picture. Alan R M Jones slams coverage of John
Brogden’s and Frank Sartor’s gaffes in The Australian
today. The headline – One is Liberal, the other is Labor – says all
you need to know about his thesis. It might be handier if he said
Brogden’s office chose to initially deny his remarks, letting the issue
fester. Sartor stuffed up on radio – and had no choice but to deal with
his problem head on. The Oz points that out. Jones is “a former
NSW and federal Liberal Party adviser.” In which case he should also
have known the best way to tackle an issue like this. Dumb all
round, Alan.

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