Sep 17, 2013

Media briefs: Baker shamed … ABC groupthink … Ten’s ratings dramas …

The Australian Press Council has taken a whack at The Age for its reporting on the AWU slush fund affair. That and other media tidbits.

AWU affair: press council slaps Age. The Australian Press Council has upheld a complaint against The Age and its editor-at-large Mark Baker over the paper’s reporting of the Australian Workers Union slush fund scandal. The press council found The Age should have sought comment from Julia Gillard’s former law firm Slater & Gordon before publishing a news report and feature article on the 17-year-old affair.

In an October piece “Gillard gave support for union group’s registration“, Baker wrote Slater & Gordon was “being accused of resisting pressure to open its file on the incorporation of the [AWU workplace reform] association. The file is believed to contain a copy of the letter Ms Gillard sent to the Corporate Affairs Commission affirming the association would be devoted to workplace safety.”

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: Baker shamed … ABC groupthink … Ten’s ratings dramas …

  1. Ruprecht

    Press Council upholds a complaint, delivering a slap on the wrist in September 2013 about an article published in October 2012, reminding the publisher to allow prompt right of reply.

    Media self-regulation is a joke.

  2. CML

    Re: Groupthink at the ABC.
    If anyone can find a ‘left’ leaning journalist at the ABC, I’d like to know about it!
    The place is run by a former Liberal staffer, Mark Scott, who has quietly hired more right wing employees from all areas, than we have ever seen before.
    What do these people want? An endless stream of the bolt report (lower case on purpose!) type programs? YUK!!

  3. CML

    Sorry – should read ‘….employees in all areas’.

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