Journalism

Sep 21, 2010

Herald Sun beats up on bureaucrats, censors Murdoch comparison

The Herald Sun's decision to lead off with an attack on public service pay left the paper wide open to charges of hypocrisy.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

The Herald Sun worked up a double-page spread last Friday, which opened up as follows:

Huge bonuses for bureaucrats, a $50 million Grand Prix blowout and worsening ambulance delays were contained in hundreds of reports dumped in Parliament yesterday. About 20,000 pages of documents were tabled, including reports on stressed teachers getting more compensation and accusations of police cover-ups. Annual reports from Government departments showed bureaucrats swimming in millions of dollars of bonuses.

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4 thoughts on “Herald Sun beats up on bureaucrats, censors Murdoch comparison

  1. David

    Stephen unlike your good self, not to as a followup, pick up the phone and call the HS editor and ask what he is afraid of that he will not print your perfectly legitimate correspondence. Surely not fearful of engaging you in a conversation about News Ltd bonus payments?
    Go get him 🙂

  2. Meski

    I suspect any letter you might write to a Rupert Murdoch paper, Stephen would get killed on sight. And one that detracts from the story-line they are pushing? LOL.

  3. Meski

    damn, there was meant to be a comma after Stephen.

    I suspect any letter you might write to a Rupert Murdoch paper, Stephen, would get killed on sight.

  4. John Bennetts

    The corporations are expected, nay, required, to disclose continually, to obtain shareholder approval of annual report and executive remuneration, etc. These requirements tend to be manipulated and disregarded with impunity. I cannot remember the last time a CEO of a public company did time for fibbing about his company’s performance or prospects. Rupert certainly could do with a bit of scrutiny in this regard but is far from alone.

    The Government’s own businesses (departments, state-owned corporations, statutory bodies and so forth) also are bound to report. By comparison with those above, their reports are typically examples of clarity, disclosure, truth and punctuality.

    Unless one considers that the main need for bonuses is to promote excellence in lying, dissembling and avoidance of the truth, this spat about bonuses is difficult to justify.

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