Nov 5, 2012

Media briefs: Packer in SMHFin ad watch … Age in Africa

A thaw in the Packer-SMH war ... weak weekend ad numbers in the papers ... can't differentiate between African cities? ...

A thaw in the Packer-SMH war. Crikey‘s been tracking the fawning coverage Crown chairman James Packer, and his proposal for a second Sydney casino at Barangaroo, has been getting in most of the media. The Sydney Morning Herald has been among the more sceptical outlets, with NSW politics editor Sean Nicholls and columnists Mike Carlton and Richard Ackland questioning the need for a second casino and/or the lack of a tender process.

That’s no surprise given the decades-long animosity between the Herald and the Packers. The casino mogul unloaded on the Herald in August, saying: “And the pissants from The Sydney Morning Herald writing more of the crap that they have written for more than 10 years — which is why the Herald is going down the tube — doesn’t surprise me.” So it was an eye-opener for Herald readers to open up the news section of their Saturday paper to find a James Packer op-ed “exclusive” spruiking the need for his proposed whale sanctuary …

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: Packer in SMHFin ad watch … Age in Africa

  1. michael r james

    “A thaw in the Packer-SMH war”

    But in the same issue, in Weekend Business, Michael West laid into the whole smelly affair:

    [It emerged this week that the government of New South Paraguay, sorry .. Wales, under El Presidente Bario Farrell, quietly watered down the tender rules just before they gave the go-ahead for Corwn’s high-rent gambling den–smack-bang in the middle of what was to have been a park.
    With the connivance of both sides of government, Las Liberales and the equally feeble opposition, El Labor, this free licence to print money seems but a done deal.”]

  2. zut alors

    It’s difficult to follow the logic of replacing a public park with an exclusive hell hole ostensibly catering to fly-ins from the Far East.

    Why do major party politicians fear this man? I don’t get it.

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