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Mar 5, 2012

Simons: how the Fink nailed the media inquiry

You will find it difficult to get an idea of what the Finkelstein report on news media regulation actually says, or why it has reached its controversial conclusions, from reading the mainstream media.

Margaret Simons

Journalist, author and director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism

Start with this. You will find it difficult to get an idea of what the Finkelstein report on news media regulation actually says, or why it has reached its controversial conclusions, from reading the mainstream media.

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58 thoughts on “Simons: how the Fink nailed the media inquiry

  1. izatso?

    self regulation’s great. it is. no-one appreciates ‘being Told’ , its so much better to do that for one’s self, to set a standard……… and to recall one’s own fathers raised eyebrow……… and part of that ‘standard’ is putting one’s hand up, when a mistake has been made……. to not do so, is to have it fester inside, accumulatively, not good………… owning up to one’s blues is freedom itself ……….. of course, a standard, is a big issue …….. much too big for a mere piece of media to hang in front of itself, every day 24/7 ……. most in the media sold their parents yonks ago….. and so you will duck, dive, dodge and weave, before you can say ‘thanks Finkelstein……….. ‘

  2. mikeb

    @suzanne blake. Presumably you are one of the less than half who “say they trust them” – i.e. the non-ABC media. I’m also guessing that you’d be one of the one-third and one-fifths of people who doesn’t trust the ABC. If you believe there is no problem that we can’t ignore then you are sadly delusional.

  3. DF

    SB and GWizz are not actually people – they are robots much like those programmed to buy or sell in reaction to whatever is happening on the stock market. In their case, they have a “new blog” sensor to which they react with a random quote from a quite limited and very unimaginative stock.

  4. GeeWizz

    [“So Suzanne Blake : you don’t seem to see a problem that 70% of Australian newspapers are run by a corporation”]

    Stop whinging lefties and setup your own newspaper.

    There is nothing stopping you other than your own inability to do anything successfully

  5. J Borowicz

    Suzanne honey, you don’t need a comminist state to have a controlled press. Just eliminate other viewpoints by allowing right wing moguls and billionaires to own and control most of the news outlets and presto, we have our own capitilist version of Pravda!

  6. Microseris

    As part of his culture wars, Howard threw away the ethics book with his partisan board appointees especially the ABC & SBS:
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2007/11/29/the-howard-governments-record-of-political-appointments/

    The list is too long to detail here. Check the link.

  7. paddy

    Just the sort of pointers to the “meaty bits” of Fink’s report I was hoping to find.
    Bravo and thanks Margaret.

  8. calyptorhynchus

    Sounds good, let’s hope it happens.

  9. DF

    gwizz wrote: “Stop whinging lefties and setup your own newspaper.”

    Just wondering which newspaper(s) the righties consider their own or, at the least, are not the ones for the lefties.

  10. guytaur

    I like the Journalist code of ethics being made enforceable by law.
    Of course this means the shonky journalism of the tabloid tv shows could be in big trouble.
    Anothe show that might go is Mediawatch. No jornos doing the wrong thing no programme.

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