Aug 6, 2014

Media briefs: Baz v the Oz … Gannett splits … outbreak …

The Australian gets suckered by a fake Twitter account. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Was Carlton targetted? AJN editor insists there's no conspiracy. Former (as of this morning) Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton told Crikey he had no doubt there was a coordinated campaign to oust him by the Australian Jewish lobby, helped along by News Corp. It’s an allegation others have also made. On 2UE today, Mornings presenter Stuart Bocking pushed Australian Jewish News’ editor Zeddy Lawrence on whether there’d been a coordinated push to oust Carlton. “Never underestimate the power of the Jewish lobby,” Bocking said, prompting Lawrence to ask whether Bocking had any evidence for what he was saying. Frankly he was offended by the suggestion, Lawrence said. But readers don’t all approach the Oz “willy nilly,” Bocking insisted, referring to the multiple abusive letters Carlton sent to readers that were printed in The Australian this morning. “The comments to readers were collated – gathered together… to see him done in”. “It does appear part of a campaign,” Bocking said, repeatedly. But it wasn’t, Lawrence insisted. “If someone does something like [what Carlton did]… people are aware of it.” Jewish community groups are merely responding to concerns in their community, he added. -- Myriam Robin Baz v The Australian. You'd have to say the humour of fake Barrie Cassidy twitter account @BazCassidyABC was pretty lo-fi, if not a little stalky. Tweets that Cassidy could actually write -- "Back on #Insiders next week", mingle with the mildly demented -- "I sometimes wonder what side Paul Sheehan bats for." It was certainly flying too low for whatever poor workie was doing Rebecca Weisser's old job at Cut 'n' Paste yesterday. Going the tonk on Mike Carlton again, they thought'd they got a bonus, with Barrie Cassidy allegedly tweeting his support for the SMH columnist -- "There's nothing like a bit of shameless hypocrisy." Alas, it was Baz not Barrie, who doesn't tweet. Does he sue? Cut 'n' Paste's juxtaposition of the headline -- "Sorry? Hell no! Mike Carlton continues to support the indoctrination of children in Gaza" -- and fake quote look like slam-dunk libel to me, but I iz no law-talking guy.

@BazCassidyABC then became a Twitter handle for some of the best and worst jokes about the brouhaha ("Hook, line, plonker" -- ABC News Intern) and Baz actually got funny:

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  1. citizen k

    Isn’t it incorrect to refer to the “Jewish lobby?” Despite some Jewish community leaders and groups wishing that all Jewish Australians subscribed to their Zionist, pro-Israel views, not all do. Indeed some find Israel’s actions in attacking the people of Gaza to be – as our Minister of Foreign Affairs put it – “indefensible.” Similarly not all wish to suppress those who put the case against israel. Journalists and media outlets should exercise more care by not simply repeating labels used by both Zionists and anti-Semites. Jewish people are not necessarily Zionists.

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