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Oct 10, 2012

Media briefs: Slipper txt-gate … rats in the ranks … Big Bird and Barack …

Why are mussels off the menu at the ABC? Newspapers have run Peter Slipper's lewd comment on female genitalia -- which cost him his job -- but the TV stations have remained prudish.

Mussels off the menu at the ABC. It was a series of vulgar text messages from Peter Slipper — including one comparing  female genitalia to shell-less mussels — that eventually forced him out of the speaker’s chair. Yet Crikey suspects many media consumers, especially those who rely on the ABC for news, would be utterly confused about exactly why the speaker has resigned. The mussels remark, first reported by The Australian Financial Review last Thursday, dominated parliament yesterday and is repeated in print today by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

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  1. Bob the builder

    I think there might be a case for tv and radio, which could be heard by all and sundry, including the kiddies, be a little more discrete in terms of offensive material, but that doesn’t apply to their online emanations.
    But, as tasteless as “shell-less mussels” is, it’s hardly going to make your hair go white. If that’s as bad as it gets, then I think there’d be a fair swag of the parliament and the press gallery who’d need to find a new job.
    Given there’s masses of media coverage of this issue, it would seem imperative that us, the mug punters, get a chance to read the primary sources, not have our betters in the media pant breathlessly about how terrible it is, but not let us get a chance to evaluate ourselves. It’s on the public record apparently – how about a link to a copy of the texts? (even if someone has to feed them into a scanner and put them up somewhere)
    … and the old media wonders why we don’t remain loyal!

  2. klewso

    Why is the media in such melt-down over this “offensive language to describe female genitalia”?
    They’ve never heard such things before – let those that have never used the “c” word, or been on friendly terms with those that have, and continued there-after (their sensitivites apparently having not been offended forever then) go …. can the rest stay back and explain that.

  3. klewso

    Sorry :-
    [Why is the media in such melt-down over this “offensive language to describe female genitalia”?
    They’ve never heard such things before?
    Let those that have never used the “c” word, or been on friendly terms with those that have, and discontinued that friendship there-after, because of that use (their sensitivites having been offended forever then) go …. can the rest stay back and explain that?]

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