Rann rips into The Australian. Former premier Mike Rann has let fly at The Australian for its supposed “beat-up” style of journalism. In a speech last night at Flinders University — available in full here — Rann criticised “desperate journalists” at the newspaper. “They try to be amateur political players themselves or, at worst, twist their story and sometimes even their quotes in order to get their ‘beat-up’ into the paper,” he said.
The former premier’s remarks are reported today in The Australian Financial Review, which received an advanced copy of the speech. Rann, who was recently appointed a professor in the university’s School of Social and Policy Studies, said News Ltd had an “unhealthy” dominance of the media landscape in South Australia. He said The Advertiser had “fallen into the entertainment or anger trajectory”, but “worst of all, in the eyes of many from my side of politics, is The Australian“: “Unfortunately, its editorial line sometimes infects its reporting of politics. Even worse, there are examples where political bias and distortion collide in a toxic cocktail which has nothing to do with real journalism.”