Jan 25, 2013

Media briefs: Sunday Mail ed sacked … dodgy cyber stats … bumper watch …

Sunday Mail ed's brutal sacking. The editor of Adelaide’s The Sunday Mail, Megan Lloyd, has been removed from the job by News Limited’s S

Sunday Mail ed's brutal sacking. The editor of Adelaide’s The Sunday Mail, Megan Lloyd, has been removed from the job by News Limited’s Sydney bosses after 25 years with the company. Crikey understands Lloyd was given the heave-ho on Wednesday night and was not offered another position in the company – a development that has left News Limited’s South Australian staffers stunned. Lloyd, the current president of the SA Press Club, started at News Limited as a cadet in 1987 and served as editor-in-chief of Messenger Newspapers from 2004 to 2009. She took over the editorship of The Sunday Mail (sister paper to the Adelaide Advertiser) in late 2008 when her predecessor Phil Gardner was appointed editor-in-chief of the Herald Sun. Neither Lloyd nor News Limited’s SA editorial director Melvin Mansell were available for comment this morning. News Ltd is yet to announce a replacement. -- Matthew Knott Discredited report? Not for print. You know how the media, and especially The Australian Financial Review and The Australian, work. Imagine the government had been shown to have been relying on a dodgy, biased, private-sector report to justify a major policy decision. Not its own research, not independent work, but propaganda slapped together by an interested party. Well, a major scandal would have erupted, and the relevant opposition spokesperson would have decried it as further evidence of Labor’s incompetence. But oddly, that's exactly what's happened -- and yet rather than excoriate the government, its usual critics have simply repeated the government's claims verbatim. Yesterday the government cited a report from Norton about the extent of cybercrime in Australia as a reason for its new focus on cybersecurity. The Prime Minister's office tweeted: "5.4 million Australians fell victim to cyber crime in 2012 which cost the economy $1.6bn." The source for that claim is a report by Norton, a manufacturer of cybersecurity products, based on interviews with 500 people. Crikey discredited that Norton report last year. With Essential Research, we did our own independent polling on the incidence and cost of cybercrime, based on a sample of around 1000 people, which showed the Norton report wildly overstated both the extent of cybercrime and its cost. Nor is this the first time Crikey has busted ministers stretching the truth on cybercrime. But The AFR today repeated the government’s numbers as if they were Holy Writ. Indeed, its entire reporting of cybersecurity issue has been one of uncritical acceptance of the views of government. Strange for an outlet normally so quick to attack and question a Labor government. -- Bernard Keane The $20t oil find that wasn't. Yesterday, there was this ...

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: Sunday Mail ed sacked … dodgy cyber stats … bumper watch …

  1. Mark Duffett

    Hmmm. ‘Incorrect’ isn’t really the right word to use about the media-calculated oil resource valuation, wildly or otherwise. It’s extremely unreliable, even very unlikely, but not impossible. This is a classic case of absence of evidence not equalling evidence of absence. The SMH story makes this clear.

  2. klewso

    “Discredited report” – you’re not a member of that club of their’s are you?

    How was Moylan reported – sans investigation, hook line and sinker by some….

    [speaking of which, when he did that damage to shares how was he treated? When that “Oil strike” broke in the ‘Tiser, did that do anything for shares?]

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