Mar 18, 2013

Media briefs: reform fact check … News photo stunt … No Idea on Ellen …

ABC journos have been ensnared in a Sunday Telegraph stunt in a campaign against Labor's proposed media reforms.

Get Fact: media on media reform. The legislation outlining the most contentious aspect of the Gillard government’s media reforms — the creation of a Public Interest Media Advocate to oversee self-regulation schemes — was released last Thursday morning. A mere 17 pages long, and written in plain English, it takes around 10 minutes to read. Yet much of the reporting on what it contains has been dead wrong. Take veteran media commentator Mark Day. In his column in The Australian today, Day states:

“The PIMA [Public Interest Media Advocate] would have the capacity to impose a sanction on any company it decided was acting outside the standards set by self-regulatory bodies such as the Australian Press Council. It could deny journalists working for that company the protections of being exempted from privacy laws.”

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6 thoughts on “Media briefs: reform fact check … News photo stunt … No Idea on Ellen …

  1. Will

    Vocal opposition, even strident unfair hyperbole is almost expected. But simply lying about the package is amazingly brazen.

    Hard to know whether they are just blindly or ignorantly repeating the court gossip going around in an Dionysian orgy of outage, or whether they are being deliberately mendacious because they know public-interest test is unacceptable to their proprietor. Either way, it’s a stunning indictment on the appalling nature of the press in this country.

    Thank goodness Crikey is capable of reporting the matter without making stuff up. Its a contentious enough reform without the lies – and surely can be scuttled without such a blatant breach of standards.

  2. Pete from Sydney

    if you’re scared of Piers Ackerperson, you don’t get out enough….the panelists had it right, better to laugh at him than fear him

  3. klewso

    The media “misrepresenting facts to bolster support for it’s cause” – now that’s novel?

  4. Tristan

    Piers’-poor effort…

  5. Bill Hilliger

    After Sunday’s effort Piers should go back to Holland and put his finger in a dike somewhere, he might do better than he does now. Fool of a man! Laughing at him is the only thing any sane person can do.

  6. zut alors

    I confess to a thrill going through me yesterday when Piers launched into his moment of outrage. It was reminiscent of Mrs Slocombe in high dudgeon after someone slandered her pvssy.

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