Journalism

Aug 11, 2014

Smelling an adverse ruling, The Australian turns on Press Council

The Australian has turned its particular brand of venom on Julian Disney, chair of the Press Council. Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter writes that self-regulation of the press is clearly no regulation at all.

Self-regulation, at least in the ethical fantasyland of News Corp, is only a worthwhile system of media accountability so long as it doesn’t inquire into the abuse of a newspaper’s power to pursue vendettas and parade its own paranoia.

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  1. Chris Key

    I am bemused that a once valued newspaper has spent so much effort over the last few years wrecking its reputation through biased reporting and campaigns.

    I can only conclude that, since most paid newspapers are likely to be extinct in a decade, there is an opportunity to create some political goodwill before the paper is gone.

  2. klewso

    Oh for the good old days – when they got to edit and Con-troll most of what we got to see in print?

  3. SusieQ

    Maybe if we all ignore the OZ, it will go away? Best thing they ever did, putting the thing behind a paywall.

  4. JohnB

    The endless discussion on the minor press services of the bias of Australia’s largest news organisation and the imminent failure of #2, if not the whole print world is tedious.

    For the past several years, I have experienced the worst of both worlds: nothing worth buying on dead tree newspapers. Little worth reading on electronic newspapers. This includes Crikey and its many associates, including the Guardian, OLO, The COnversation – volunteer, not-for-profit and commercial.

    Surely reduction in the “sour grapes” quotient and an enhancement of the “new and interesting” quotient would be a Good Thing.

    While I am offering suggestions as to what not to do in order to avoid being entirely soporific, I suggest that Crikey limit poll-driven commentary to one round-up per quarter, plus allowances for during the actual election period.

  5. JohnB

    What’s up, Crikey? Banished to the Moderator’s Purgatory because I used the word “soporific”?

  6. dazza

    media self-regulation simply does not work. In fact, self regulation in any industry simply does’t work.
    Why we don’t need a media-regulating body and why the barons and hacks are dead against the idea, is obvious for everyone to see.

  7. Liamj

    With the ABC and Fairfax mostly happy to ‘see no evil’ in return for only routine monstering by the Sun Kings trolls, its good that somebody is counting the bodies that News Corpse feasts on. Once upon a time, there was a profession called journalism…

  8. leon knight

    Plenty of good journalism still available at the Drum, Crikey, the Guardian Aus, and the Saturday paper – no need at all to waste time,money, or emotion on gutter papers like the Aus and the Tele…or listen to the likes of Bolt and Hadley on the radio.
    And media watch tells us pretty much all we need to know about what we are avoiding.
    And then the joy of Insiders and Q&A, watching the antics of such as Henderson in action…rich indeed.

  9. The Hood

    What ever happened to one time News Ltd head in Oz Kim “bollocks” Williams who loved to dish it out but couldn’t take the slightest criticism of his own incompetent reign at News and in fact sued anyone who had said a nasty word against him. What is it about News Corps ability to attract hypocrites of the highest order.? But then their master is the greatest hypocrite of all.

  10. Luke Redgen

    It’s worse than no regulation: it creates the illusion of regulation, which although some of we, hardened cynics, might see through, but the public at large could also misconstrue as genuine oversight.

    It also permits the logically fallacious argument of “it’s better than nothing”.

    People deserve better protection from powerful, loud and agenda-centric media deception and patent fear mongering, and one that involves an independent body.

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