Jul 23, 2014

Media briefs: cure for TB … anonymous sources … Markson’s tape …

The good news you missed, and the WH's new press secretary is sick of all the anonymous sources bagging the administration. And other media tidbits of the day.

Good news fails to make the news. MH17 has taken up so much airtime that stories that would normally be huge haven’t gotten much of a look-in. That includes the announcement at AIDS  2014 that a potent cocktail of three drugs could cure tuberculosis in 75% of cases. We asked iSentia to send us the TV rundowns for Melbourne on Monday, and only the ABC mentioned the story at all — even then it was eight stories into its bulletin. Nine and Ten both had three stories on MH17 in their nightly Melbourne bulletins, while Seven had four. If the world seems bleak this week, remember there is good stuff happening, even if it doesn’t make the news.

Reporters should discount anonymous sources, White House tells press corps. Newish White House press secretary Josh Earnest told a room of journalists he was sick of reporters using anonymous sources. This led to a minor revolt as journalists threw the White House’s own media management practices back at it.

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: cure for TB … anonymous sources … Markson’s tape …

  1. zut alors

    Re Boris Johnson: and once Fairfax culls their more experienced journos who will remain to remind us of historical facts?

    Apparently the ones who’ve been put out to pasture.

  2. Kevin Herbert

    Sharri Markson is yet another News Limited hasbara stooge, who is way out of her depth in any discussion

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