Jun 17, 2014

Media briefs: Tobacco addictions … yesterday’s news … MacroBusiness’ paywall …

Erik Jensen got shot in the leg by the subject of his Adam Cullin biography. And other media tid-bits of the day...

News Corp’s tobacco addiction. Last night Media Watch joined the chorus slamming the Oz’s scoop on how plain packaging was supposedly causing smoking rates to rise. We now know how the Oz misread the statistics on sales and consumption and failed to relate that to the rise in tobacco excise at the end of December. As usual when excises rise, retailers order more of a product (beer is another example) to build up stocks of the lower taxed product. Tobacco was no different. Tobacco sales by the cigarette companies will have fallen in the early months of 2014, but don’t expect the Oz to explore that line.

Media Watch pointed out the links between the author of the story, journalist Christian Kerr, and right-wing lobby group the Institute of Public Affairs. But Media Watch could have gone further and detailed the 25 years of links between Big Tobacco and News Corp, which owns The Australian — not to mention Rupert Murdoch.

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: Tobacco addictions … yesterday’s news … MacroBusiness’ paywall …

  1. Pete from Sydney

    ‘When newspapers go extinct’ crikey will be half its size

  2. klewso

    They produce the headlines sponsors can refer to, overseas – as if factual?

  3. klewso

    And the ABC doesn’t like upsetting Rupert too much.

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