Apr 23, 2014

Media briefs: Greens’ ad pulled … Sat Paper expands … Bard B-day …

The Greens say The Sydney Morning Herald pulled their ad because of bias. The paper's editors say the ad muddled advertising and editorial. Plus other media tidbits ...

Greens v SMH over ad. The New South Wales Greens have accused The Sydney Morning Herald of censorship after the newspaper declined to publish a $10,000 ad they’d created for an eight-page Independent Commission Against Corruption lift-out on Good Friday. The Greens claim “newspaper editorial issues” boiled down to an attempt by Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir to censor their party after he knocked back the ad for containing images taken from an SMH article, and then again for being too negative.

But the Herald argues that the ad — which focused on promoting the Greens as an alternative to the two major parties, in light of former premier Barry O’Farrell’s resignation — was blurring the lines between editorial and advertising. Editors at the SMH say the ad inappropriately used editorial content to sell the Greens’ message, and editors weren’t prepared to publish it on the page the Greens were insisting. SMH editors maintain there is no bias against the NSW Greens and that the number of SMH stories featuring them is a testament to that. — Luke Cooper

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5 thoughts on “Media briefs: Greens’ ad pulled … Sat Paper expands … Bard B-day …

  1. klewso

    There’s a line between advertising and editorials in our press?
    Personal-opinion laden commentary, by an op-ed presenter, isn’t “advertising”?

  2. klewso

    I missed it – did Murdoch’s muppets at the Teletrash capture “Bunsen Honeydew” Sinodinos, as well as they have “Toady the Truth Fairy”?

  3. Bill Hilliger

    On the other hand the photoshopping wizards of the Teletrash graphics department and cartoonist John Tiedemann were to depict their boss, you know that ol’ fart Rupert they would surely draw a cockroach.

  4. Matt Hardin

    Why is Kermit left handed in all these pictures? He played right handed in the movie.

  5. AR

    Fing about the original political Kermit, Nick “it ain’t easy being green” Greiner, is that he required so little photoshop tweaking.

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