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Nov 26, 2010

The ‘torture’ of writing about climate change at The Oz

A former senior News Limited journalist has described trying to write about human-induced climate change at The Australian newspaper as "torture" and has blamed the editor-in-chief for limiting coverage on the topic because he has "taken a political view".

Andrew Dodd

Media lecturer and journalist

A former senior News Limited journalist has described trying to write about human-induced climate change at The Australian newspaper as “torture” and has blamed the editor-in-chief for limiting coverage on the topic because he has “taken a political view”.

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  1. shepherdmarilyn

    Good for her. The OO has been unbelievable for years now and Asa is an amazing journo. Her book on the true situation of the Murray Darling got little coverage even in the OO and that is a disgrace on it’s own.

    Two very senior journos at the OO told me last year that they could not cover refugee stories honestly because the paper had taken a “position”, even though that position was totally illegal and many editorials seemed to advocate genocide rather than tell the truth that anyone is allowed to come here.

    Even when some of their journalists sid report the truth about refugees we had imprisoned in Indonesia they were howled down by vicious editorials by the faceless, nameless and gutless editorial writers.

    To say it has been appalling is to understate it somewhat.

    And their war on the NBN has been pure self interest yet even today they cannot just give it up.

    It will be built.

  2. rubiginosa

    We need to increase the immigration rate, lest Chris Mitchell and The Australian run out of individuals to attack, sue, and intimidate.

  3. Ben Carew

    the claim that the Oz has accepted climate change as being man made for the better part of a decade is pure garbage. I remember reading an editorial in 2006 that left me gobsmacked and in no doubt that they didn’t accept it at all.
    Cowtowing to your readers is apparently just good business, even if journalism is supposed to be getting to the truth.

  4. Scarpat

    It amuses me that anyone at News Ltd could sue for defmation with a straight face. The journalistic ethics of News Ltd are exemplified by the News of the World and the Herald-Sun, their business ethics by Storm Ltd.

  5. klewso

    It’s funny how Murdoch can profess some “interest” in “man’s role in climate change”, while the actions of his editors, in his pay, and probably “privy”, seem to reflect something else?

  6. CHRISTOPHER DUNNE

    A newspaper editor has been ‘misrepresented’ and wants to sue? Especially as it’s the Oz.

    That’s too funny to make up!

  7. 6minutes

    Chris Mitchell threatened by bloggers so he outs them, now getting legal with tweeters. He’s like a one man Chinese government.

  8. Cuppa

    It’s just a matter of time before disgruntled staff lift the lid on the pressures brought to bear at the ABC to toe the Liberal Party/News Ltd/Board of Directors line.

    Come on, step right up, don’t be shy!

  9. Jackol

    I really really really hope that Mitchell’s legal action blows up in his face, both in terms of publicly enumerating his paper’s ‘record’ (oh what a list that would make if someone spent the time to compile it) and ultimately blowing a lot of money – I can’t imagine that would make Uncle Roop happy.

  10. Mr Squid

    The Right to Know campaign? The right to free speech? The right to fair comment? The right to speak about matters of public interest?

    Only if you agree with what the the neo-facist totalitarians at Newscrap vomit out every minute of every day.

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