SMH headline wasn't fair. The Australian
isn't the only publication in the Press Council's sights today. The Council also handed down a rebuke to the Sydney Morning Herald
for an article about an ALP supporter it described as "Chris Bowen's lieutenant" accused of being landlord to an illegal brothel. Frank Carbone, the subject of the article, complained that the report got the name of the business wrong, that the headline implied he knew what was going on in his property (even though the article made clear he did not), and inaccurately described him as a Bowen lieutenant.
The Press Council concluded "the publication did not take sufficient steps to ensure fairness to Mr Carbone" in its headline. It also disagreed with the paper's description that he was a Bowen lieutenant -- apparently his only involvement with Bowen's campaign was through handing out how-to-vote cards.
However, the Council concluded the newspaper was fair and accurate in calling the business a brothel and did not uphold this aspect of Carbone's complaint.
The story was published only a few days before the last federal election. Given it dealt with a political figure, "there may well have been good cause for further investigation before publishing the story", the Press Council's adjudication concluded. -- Myriam Robin
In praise of commas.
Here's a tweet sent by the Associated Press earlier today. And don't worry, there was no crash-landing, only a poor choice of either words or punctuation.
Might the AP have had more room to explain if it didn't feel the need to put "BREAKING" up the front? Don't get us started on that -- how can a totally expected arrival be "breaking"?
The AP went on to clarify: