Sep 9, 2011

Manne’s Quarterly Essay: silence so far from The Oz

Robert Manne's account of the influence of The Australian and the tactics it uses to promote its conservative views and discredit its enemies has so far been met with silence from Holt Street.

The silence emanating from The Australian’s HQ in Holt Street, Surry Hills, is eerie. Earlier this week, Black Inc published Bad News, Robert Manne’s disturbing account of the influence of the Murdoch broadsheet and the tactics it uses to promote its conservative views and discredit its enemies.

A splenetic response from the news, opinion and editorial departments would be expected. But the dilemma for Chris Mitchell, the paper’s editor-in-chief, is apparent. A reflex campaign of aggression, ridicule and character assassination would only serve to prove Manne’s claims about thin-skinned vindictiveness.

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12 thoughts on “Manne’s Quarterly Essay: silence so far from The Oz

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Some people say given the New’s Limited outed overseas MO; the appalling phone hacking scandal that claims more and more New Limited empoyees, there should be an independent enquiry into News Limimited operations in Australia. This would ensure once and for all that their dealings here are above board.

  2. Holden Back

    I figure there’s been a lot of highlighting and underlining as the basis of a concerted effort in the Weekend Australian.

  3. granorlewis

    How a so-called professor of public ethics could write such appalling unethical stuff is beyond me – and i suggest any thinking person. One can expect it of Robert Manne, and his Quarterly Essay is absolutely within his ethical rights.

    But not a professor of public ethics. Clive as always your lop-sided bias shows out like a beacon.

  4. Vireo Browning


    Having studied Robert Manne’s essay I can only say that Clive Hamilton, as a Professor of Public Ethics, is dead within his rights to comment as he has done because the Robert Manne essay is totally about the lack of ethics shown by the Australian.

    The only aspect I disagree with the essay about is that he describes Greg Sheridon as intelligent but unable to learn from his mistakes. I’ve always considered that to be a sure indication of the lack of intelligence.

  5. klewso

    I’m confused – this sounds like the sort of m.o. we’ve come to expect from “Scientology”?
    Bill, aren’t you assured by the sort of assurances we’ve been getting from Limited News, about that aberration, over there?

  6. Jim Reiher

    Granorlewis: what is your preferred lopsided bias? That of the Coalition? Or that of the Australian? Are you suggesting that the article above is factually incorrect?

  7. John Bennetts

    “The Australian does not hack the phones of dead schoolgirls.”

    I’m not so sure that such an absolute statement can be supported without full inside knowledge.

    How about:
    The Australian has not been shown to have hacked the phones of dead schoolgirls.

  8. Meski

    The Australian does not hack the phones of dead schoolgirls.

    They are a component of the multinational that did. What one tentacle is capable of, another is.

  9. daveb

    I’m fairly sure that “well liked young journalist” is our good twitter pariah friend and former Canberra Times journo (which was when he was well liked and respected) James Massola.

  10. Jeremy Williams

    good article clive
    As soon as I heard robert on lnl I thought hello wait for the out of context quote in the cut and paste section really quite childish but anyway.

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