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Jun 26, 2007

Crikey Bias-o-meter: The newspapers

The market is too small to support newspapers that don’t play to the centre ground, so the Crikey bias-o-meter has had to be finely calibrated. In a marketplace full of bland centrist publications and carefully mixed stables of commentators, small deviations can look extreme.

Thanks to the dominance of News Limited and its gimlet-eyed boyo editors, the print media in Australia skews to the right: old fashioned, blokey, economically libertarian but socially conservative and mostly anti-intellectual.

Meanwhile Fairfax has become more liberal left wing in recent years, or perhaps just more confused, largely because nobody at the top understands how journalists work which leaves them liable to write for themselves and their peers. The truth is there aren’t many out-there radicals in Australian newspaper-land, whether of the left or the right.

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2 thoughts on “Crikey Bias-o-meter: The newspapers

  1. Richard Davoren

    Crikey Webmaster,
    How about getting your links to work, the email version is a complete mess, so trying to link to the on-line version is impossible. The top link is off the screen and the bottom link goes no where.

    Richard Davoren

  2. Daniel

    Try doing journalism, that might help

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