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Mar 18, 2013

Crikey says: a lopsided debate on media reform

A magnum of pinot noir to celebrate an alleged dodgy deal: another day at ICAC. Remember when News Ltd backed media reform? Bernard Keane does. Oliver Yates' $10 billion green warchest. Your invite to dinner with Rupert Murdoch. And is Nathan Tinkler finally broke?

The Crikey scoreboard isn't pretty. Think Hawthorn v Western Sydney; Australia v anyone else in cricket at the moment. That's our count of the number of positive articles -- opinion columns plus our assessment of news pieces -- compared with the ones toeing a concerted line across News Limited and Fairfax publications against government proposals for regulatory reform of the media. Let's be clear, this is flawed law -- we've said so a bunch of times. But when the debate is this overwhelmingly one-sided, legitimate criticism is lost. The government wants to toughen media standards to give the public what it deserves: fair and balanced journalism. Funny thing is, on this very issue, Australia's media has proven it's incapable of delivering it.

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3 thoughts on “Crikey says: a lopsided debate on media reform

  1. klewso

    Jealously guarding their own form of censorship and free speech – being able to edit in or out that which they decide constitutes “the public interest” – which way did you expect them to marshall their forces and fall?

  2. drovers cat

    I’ve stopped reading Fairfax. At least it pretended balance a while back. (while the Australiar and its stable-mates prove a waste of space).
    But now, you get stupid stories like this morning’s ‘Voters desert Gillard’ based on a poll which actually shows a slight improvement in the ALP standing, and shadowed by a Newspoll seemingly far more on the mark than its own predecessor. Thanks Gina.
    Sure like anyone else I probably have a little bias – but all I can say now is “bring on the Guardian”.

  3. zut alors

    The indignation of the MSM and their excessive ranting and skewing of this debate proves that reform is desperately needed.

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