Media briefs

May 7, 2014

Media briefs: Twitter calls it in … Nando’s stung … ABC cut fears …

Packer and Gyngell looked like they were going to get away with it, until Twitter called it in. And other media tidbits of the day...

How Twitter called it in. Another day, and there’s still reams of pages about the Packer/Gyngell brawl in The Daily Telegraph. Even though many reporters clearly weren’t too horrified at the events, plenty of people were, and they wondered why the duo hadn’t been charged by police. On May 5th, New South Wales Police were asked why they hadn’t pressed charges, and responded that they hadn’t received any specific reports. In response, twits began calling in reports of the bout, sharing the phone number of the Bondi police station around to encourage more people to do so. And then, lo and behold, there was an investigation. Freelance writer Darryl Mason wrote about the events on The Orstrahyun, noting:

“If the same media personalities who shed tears on TV over coward punches and ugly street violence earlier this year weren’t shocked and disgusted by these two men punching each other out in broad daylight, then, seriously, what the hell was the whole anti-street violence campaign about?

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