Pipe down Lindsay. How unbelievabley banal. Oh, God. How often do you get shut down for stating an obvious truth? Mine was, to ask, as an invited member of a panel on The Future of Journalism, a provocative question; actually a very ordinary question. The Question, perhaps more a statement: Was that The Mercury and The Examiner were disaffected from their communities. That they actually weren’t loved by all of their communities, as Moderator Barbara Cox asserted. The reaction of Moderator Cox:

“That’s enough Lindsay. Leave those cheap shots for your website.”

Oh OK? — Lindsay Tuffin, The Tasmanian Times

Rudd labels The Oz right wing. It’s hardly on par with the White House’s war with Fox News in Washington, but prime minister Kevin Rudd has directed a pointed jibe at The Australian newspaper, describing it as a “right-wing” publication with a determined agenda to oppose the government. At a public meeting in Tasmania last night, the Prime Minister was asked by a member of the public about the emissions trading scheme’s economic impact on businesses and consumers. — MediaSpy

Stuff White People Like in Melbourne. Pretending to Hate Cars White Melbournians love road trips but hate cars. This is because road trips let them enjoy cars without feeling guilty. When a white Melbournian gets behind the wheel a type of alchemy occurs – for them the act of driving is magically different compared to when other white people do it. Their love of crude machinery from the early 1900s is sublimated in various ways — it’s a means to see Mexico or a way to save the forests of East Gippsland. This is similar to how it’s acceptable for white Melbournians to be in the Hungry Jacks drive-thru between the hours of 3am and 6am. — Stuff White People Like In Melbourne

Auschwitz hits Facebook. The Polish authorities in charge of Auschwitz have launched an official site for the former Nazi death camp on the social networking website Facebook. A spokesman said the move was aimed at reaching the younger generation and educating them about the Holocaust. — BBC News

Perils of a Talking Head. Anyone who regularly does TV interviews knows that one is always required to do a pre-interview in which a producer feels you out as to what you will say in response to certain hypothetical questions. It would be simpler if they just came out and said, “We are looking for someone to go on air and say Obama is the anti-Christ (or whatever). Are you willing to do that?” Such a method, however, is crass and offends the dignity of potential guests, so instead the producer will talk around the issue. — Capital Gains and Games

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