Jul 17, 2014

‘A lost cause’: is The Australian really Canberra’s most influential paper?

Anyone who's anyone in Canberra reads The Australian. But that doesn't mean the paper is as influential as it says it is.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

A former prime minister to Rupert Murdoch’s left, the current prime minister to the right. Around the room were Ricky Ponting, James Packer, Kerry Stokes, Ian Narev, Frank Lowy, Richard Goyder and plenty more. Was it, as Daily Telegraph editor-at-large John Lehmann asked, “the biggest power room ever?”


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15 thoughts on “‘A lost cause’: is The Australian really Canberra’s most influential paper?

  1. klewso

    And when it acts in concert with the rest of Murdoch’s viewsmedia empire?
    The vendettas pursued?
    Politicians hooked on good PR for re-election?

  2. Popeye

    ‘Its tendency to pursue issues fiercely and uncompromisingly’! Pursuing issues in a way that was fair and balanced would almost certainly make it more credible; I might even start reading it again. But there’s not much danger of any of these things happening. The paper, for many people, is now just a propaganda arm for conservative governments – and conservative oppositions.

  3. Pete from Sydney

    let’s be honest, The Oz was never going to get anything but a half hearted tick of approval from Crikey at best…they did have 1 current and 3 ex prime-ministers, a bunch of senators and pollies and a fair swag of CEO’s in the room…not sure that crikey would ever pull that crowd or too many other media groups for that matter

  4. Jaybuoy

    The Australian was a great paper prior to its proprietors overt use of it as his personal stamp..the journalists working there need to spend some time in the room with is currently in its death throes..

  5. Roberto Tedesco

    It’s recent hack-work on supposed increases in smoking rates after the introduction of plain packaging – tripe written solely to be “sold” to the UK media to “show” how “unsuccessful” plain packaging has been….really, it’s just a broadsheet IPA blog with added Coalition kowtow sauce.

  6. AR

    The OZ is much like Alan Jones, lots of noise, smoke, mirrors and confirmations of prejudices but, influential amongst those with more than double digit IQ? I think not.

  7. Kevin Herbert

    The Oz is used by public affairs consultants to impress their clients with some national coverage from time to time. If a consultant has some national news sense, it’s not hard to place a story.

    However, since the Dirty Digger’s hatchet man Chris Mitchell assumed its management, it’s credibility has fallen dramatically, due to its vendettas against people it doesn’t like e.g anything to do with Islam or Arabs in the Middle East. Its slavish dedication to apartheid ethnic cleansing Israel is something of a standing joke among its staff. This pro Zionist stance on anything is more influenced by the Dirty Digger’s membership of the neocon warmongers than anything to do with Australia’s far right ethno religious Zionist influence.

    I wonder how the Oz is going to report the next phase of the DD’s entrapment in the UK phone hacking criminal investigation. He’s on tape admitting that he knew the hacking was going on, and the reporters he sold out to save his own scalp, are itching to table that tape at the next Commons Inquiry. Expect Big Red to be in the dock for perjury this time round.

    The cold hard truth is that the Oz won’t exist in print for much longer, as its bleeding losses at a growing when it goes on the net, it’ll be competing on exactly the same basis as Crikey and all the other local news websites…bring it on.

  8. Kevin Herbert

    Pete from Sydney:

    Spoken like a true media outsider.

  9. Margaret Ludowyk

    The Australian is junk. A propaganda sheet for a greedy American who has only his own self interest at heart

  10. David Hand

    This is alarming!!

    This is unwelcome news for the inmates down here in the Crikey Crypt! Perceived wisdom here is that Murdoch influences sub-intelligent suburbanites through his newspapers to vote Liberal. Now we are told that the supposed most extreme campaigning right wing publication in Australia has not much influence at all. How did Latham put it? “If it was influential, it wouldn’t need (criticise others for not following its lead)”.

    What are we to believe??

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