Nov 7, 2012

US election coverage: don’t mention China

The media is fascinated by the US election when a more important leadership handover is occurring with far less coverage in China.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Here’s a tale of two polls, and the Australian media’s reaction to both.

The first is the US elections, the second is the looming change of leadership in China which is arguably of greater importance to Australia. One tells us where, in the Asian Century and the media’s carping about the government’s white paper, the local media sees the easy yards; the coverage of the other tells us where the media doesn’t see easy gains for itself. Nowhere is this choice more starkly illustrated than at the national broadcaster.

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3 thoughts on “US election coverage: don’t mention China

  1. The_roth

    Bernard, Australian media all have output deals with their American counterparts. It’s a no brainer it’s free fill because it’s already paid for. If they had to cover China the same way the expenses would do their accountants heads in.

  2. The_roth

    oops sorry, Glenn :).

  3. z craig

    Well, good to suggest that the ABC reporter in China may do a leadership change story – would be good background for readers. I think, though, that the ABC might have earned a ‘do not call’ from the chinese government after their great story on Tibetan monks protesting against their overbearing chinese rulers.

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