Mar 13, 2013

Media wrap: papers unite against press reforms

After a "messy delay" a "dog's breakfast" that "fails the public interest test". And that's just one newspaper. Crikey wraps coverage of the federal government's media regulation reforms.

News Limited and Fairfax rallied their troops against Stephen Conroy's media regulation reforms announced yesterday. Here's a selection of the opinion ...

The Australian Mark Day: "A long wait for a dog's breakfast"
"After a year of cogitation, negotiation and indecision, Stephen Conroy's media reform plan is a dog's breakfast, raising more questions than it answers."
David Crowe: "Delays mean messy fight just as PM's load lifting"
"Labor made a damaging political mistake by dithering on media reform for most of the past year when it always knew its ideas were anathema to most of the industry."
James Paterson: "Conroy's media regulation proposals fail the public interest test"
"All politicians are self-interested. But few are as shameless as Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. His proposed 'media reforms' may be a thinly veiled response to a technologically driven changing media landscape, but we all know their real purpose: to punish and rein in the federal government's critics in the media."
Editorial: "Senator Conroy's reckless and flawed media reforms"
"So denuded is Julia Gillard's standing, and so chaotic is executive process, that the Communications Minister was able to ambush cabinet, catching wiser heads unaware. To his credit, the minister has at least given the Prime Minister a chance to secure her place in history. If the plan is passed, her's will be the first peacetime government to restrict press freedom since censorship was abolished in NSW in 1823. Her reputation could be sealed by the impetuous judgment of one of her worst ministers."
The Australian Financial Review Laura Tingle: "Full impact of Conroy's media proposals is hidden"
"Whatever happens to the plan the Minister outlined on Tuesday, the changes that he has been able to get through -- like the re-stacking of spectrum to concentrate broadcasters at one end and free the rest up for telephony, the complete switch to digital broadcasting, and the NBN -- will have a bigger impact on the changing media environment than many of the reforms he has announced on either standards or media ownership or content supply."
Ben Holgate: "Conroy has failed to do his homework on media reforms"
"The senator is right to point out that freedom of expression lies at the heart of a healthy democracy. But it’s his idea for a public interest media advocate that runs counter to democratic principles."
Stuart Simson: "Relevance of media reforms lost in digital world"
"The federal government’s so-called media reforms if they become law are likely to be a case of the bark being worse than the bite. That’s not to say they are smart, except perhaps politically, nor rational. They deliver the government the right headlines and sound bites to its political constituencies seven months from the election."
Dominic White: "Conroy's break in transmission"
"The reforms he had hoped to announce would have struck at Australia’s most powerful media organisation, whose critical coverage of Labor Conroy has denounced with routine scorn. But some Labor party insiders are nervous about a full-blown war with Murdoch in an election year."
Editorial: "Classic case of bad regulation"
"Senator Stephen Conroy has huffed and puffed over media regulation for more than a year, without providing compelling evidence of any problem that needed solving other than Labor’s political interests. The so-called reforms that he released in a 1½-page statement on Tuesday and wants to crash through federal Parliament in the next two weeks are a mish-mash of disturbing threats to media freedoms and a needless increase in regulatory commercial uncertainty."

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16 thoughts on “Media wrap: papers unite against press reforms

  1. drmick

    Conroy must be spot on if you are all squealing like the proverbials.
    What the “press” fail to realise, (and this is proven by the continual decline in sales, relevance and quality etc.), is that they have no idea what is in the “public” interest. Further, the “public” have run away in droves from whatever the “press” has replaced accurate quality journalism with. In their star chambers, the “editors” think the public are the problem.
    When an international “news” organisation is ordered to provide a manufactured negative daily report on any individual, it is sad and reflects more on the “news” organisation, its owner and employees, that on the individual being crucified. When the same organisation pays pro$titute$ to say whatever they tell them to say, the difference between their “journalists” and the pros diminishes, along with their credibility.
    “Ignore us at your own peril” they seem to be echoing, & just like the grotesque squawking bitter old white goblin that provided that “threat”,less and less people care.

  2. Holden Back

    The classic ‘outraged’ rhetorical movement is seen in the Advertiser’s editorial: attribute your own motivation to your opponent.

  3. Mark

    I love the list of dictatorships that “censor” their press. The free press is doing a great job censoring itself outside of the public interest.

  4. Diana Taylor

    If the vested interests are venting such fury, it must be good legislation.

  5. Holden Back

    ‘your’ media – oh please, Mr Williams.

  6. drmick

    Two owners and how many papers? Move along; nothing to see here.

  7. klewso

    Dr, one of them doesn’t even like living here.

  8. klewso

    Up here in Q, our one viewspaper (The Curry or Maul – with it’s editorial control of what we get to see and read – ie their views) trotted out “ex-spirts” to validate their case, such “loominaries” as “Cap’n” Flint, Murdoch employee Kim “O’Saaby” Williams, ex-Murdoch employee Hamish McLelland (picked ripe to take over “Charnel 10”), “Seven West Media(?)”, and Abbott’s “Minister for Limited News – M. T-ball” : to one against …. that being their hand-picked “Slipper the Tongue” (obviously shopped for affect, “If this rat thinks it’s a good idea ….!”?)

  9. drmick

    Klewso that sounds like the roll call for the current version of a “balanced” ABC program panel of ex perts.

  10. Robert Brown

    “All politicians are self-interested…”
    Oh sweet irony!

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