Feb 25, 2014

Media briefs: Mitchell nails it … Hockey misquoted? … exclusive watch …

Chris Mitchell to Paul Barry: I'll nail you ... Hockey cries misquoted -- you be the judge ... New Zealand Herald columnist attacks Charlotte Dawson ...

Chris Mitchell to Paul Barry: I’ll nail you. On last week’s Media Watch, host Paul Barry spent some time traversing the woes of News Limited. He made special mention of The Australian, which he said, quoting “insiders”, was losing up to $50 million a year. Barry didn’t contact editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell to comment, a fact News Corp outlets have made much of in recent days.

Yesterday, Mitchell revealed (in an interview with his media editor) that he planned to lodge a complaint against Media Watch with communications industry watchdog ACMA, accusing the program of failing to follow the ABC’s own policies. On last night’s program, Barry responded. He said he’d received a legal letter from News Corp’s lawyers, and so sent Mitchell an email asking what exactly were the Oz‘s losses. Mitchell responded with:

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10 thoughts on “Media briefs: Mitchell nails it … Hockey misquoted? … exclusive watch …

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Many agree with Chris Mitchell, the loss was actually $49,999,999.99 not $50,000,000.

  2. Electric Lardyland

    Yes, Chris Mitchell and The Australian, defenders of all things truthy.

  3. Will

    Given Mitchell’s studious evasion of the actual issue – the size of The Australian’s losses – nailing Barry is the last thing he is doing. One can readily infer from all the red herrings about metrics of readership and other ancillary matters, that any comment sought would be similarly tangential to the issue.

  4. Electric Lardyland

    If George Pell got the promotion, what must the rest of the candidates be like?

  5. paddy

    I know that here in Oz, we have some fine examples of pond scum impersonating opinionistas…… But gosh, that Deborah Cone Hill really takes the biscuit.

  6. klewso

    Or the “Corn Hole”?

  7. AR

    Am I alone in finding the pic of Pell & Pope infinitely more offensive than the Burt & Deb “kiss in wet Eternity” spoof?

  8. klewso

    “Kiss m’ ring?”

  9. Electric Lardyland

    And how old is the ring?

  10. klewso

    “Shockey misquoted” with his “Humpty Dumpty/Through the Looking Glass Defence” – that’s the trouble with words, they don’t always mean just what you choose them to mean?

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