Nov 23, 2012

Media briefs: Leveson’s trip … Bramston’s plug-fest … ‘rich’ refugees …

Leveson's trip ... Bramston's plug-fest ... "rich" refugees in the Tele ...

Bramston does a Fitzy. Watch out Peter FitzSimons: we’ve received a late entry into the Fitzshameless Awards, our gong awarded to journos who brazenly use their precious column inches to promote their books or other side projects. Labor speechwriter turned Australian columnist Troy Bramston is relatively new to the journalism game but is already proving himself an overachiever in the self-promotion stakes.

In saturation coverage only matched by the AWU affair, the pages of The Oz have been overflowing over the past fortnight with pieces drawn from Bramston’s tome (most containing an obligatory plug at the end). Among the Labor man’s offerings were a 1900 word feature on Gough Whitlam’s “It’s Time” speech, an “exclusive” news story revealing Paul Keating thinks voters were wrong to kick him out in 1996 and a lengthy piece over the weekend containing Bramston’s top 10 ALP speeches of all time. Political speech aficionados gagging for more were delighted to find Bramston return to the topic in his regular Monday opinion piece. One for the true believers indeed. — Matthew KnottĀ 

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