Oct 2, 2012

Media Watch cops some self-inflicted sour medicine

The media regulator's mediation of Media Watch v The Daily Telegraph asks important questions about the ABC program, writes former Media Watch EP David Salter.

Quite understandably, the Sydney-based News Limited newspapers were delighted to report on Friday that the Australian Communications and Media Authority had made an adverse finding against Media Watch after a complaint from Daily Telegraph reporter Andrew Clennell.

The finding in itself seems reasonable enough, but the arguments that led ACMA to its conclusion turn on intricate interpretations of complex — and sometimes apparently conflicting — principles of journalistic practice. There’s a rather bizarre Alice in Wonderland flavour to this whole episode.

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3 thoughts on “Media Watch cops some self-inflicted sour medicine

  1. Merve

    If I was Media Watch, I would run the same story again, and give the reporter a right of reply.

  2. klewso

    Why did this Limited News franchise cherry-pick the eyes out of the report (that suited it’s cause) for publication and thus greater circulation?

  3. paul walter

    So it boils down to MW being blamed because the newspaper messed up its editing process.
    They’ve never been this picky with the likes Alan Jones and I agree it’s just a sop to curry favour with the tabloids, who are tired of having their manipulation of fact to accommodate ideologically comfortable outcomes being exposed by MW.

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