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Dec 21, 2016

The 2016 Crikeys: the best and worst of the media

Triumph at Fairfax, problems at the ABC and sexual harassment pretty much everywhere: it's the 2016 Crikey Awards for Media.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Arse-grabbing. Messy workplace affairs with the executive assistant leading to quiet payoffs. Trips to foreign countries to snatch children off the street. And lots (we mean lots) of hand-wringing about the gays. In 2016, the stories about the media had a decidedly retro feel. The Mad Men days have been, it seems, alive and well this whole time. But enough people were outraged about it this year to suggest cultural change is happening. Slowly, in grubby headline after grubby headline.

Hardest Right-Wing Turn

Will small-L liberals ever forgive The Australian its year-long attack on an anti-bullying program aimed at making childhood less traumatic for gay and transgender kids? The Australian, under new editor Paul “Boris” Whittaker, spent much of the year attacking the Safe Schools program, and after that, any program aimed to overcome or diminish decades of prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI Australians. The paper has always had enemies and campaigns, but rarely have we seen an attack quite like this. Of course, no one would have expected The Australian to love Roz Ward, the program’s Marxist, academic co-founder. But in attacking so vehemently and extensively what she helped create, The Australian appeared to condone — or at least not care about — the bullying and ostracisation faced by many gay children. By the end of the year, the whole thing had gotten ridiculous, with the paper even reporting, as if it were a strange thing, that the Victorian public service was warning its employees against using derogatory terms such as “dyke” or “fag”, or of asking transgender people about the state of their anatomy.

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  1. graybul

    For fighting the good fight, thanks . . . .

    always starts with an individual: Kate McClymont.
    for those with deeper pockets prepared to back an individual: Sydney Morning Herald.
    and an impartial Institution that acts on behalf of we the People: ICAC.

    1. CML

      McClymont is a one-eyed, right-wing, biased b…h!
      After what she and her mates at Fairfax did to Craig Thomson, I will never believe a word she says/writes. Read Peter Wicks in Independent Australia and then compare the two accounts of the Thomson saga.
      The sooner that woman and her Liberal mates start telling the truth, the better. Oh! I forgot….her said Lib mates have defanged ICAC, so we will never find out about criminality and corruption in the LNP. How convenient!!!

  2. graybul

    May well be so CML . . . but we can’t deny the results of the Obeid saga?

    1. CML

      ‘…the Obeid saga’… would have come to its inevitable conclusion with or without madam McClymont. Or don’t you trust the courts???

  3. Northy

    Great summary Myriam. So well written. Big congrats to Fairfax and Kate MClymont. Massive shame on The Australian and Paul Whittaker.

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