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Mar 22, 2018

Packer’s shock resignation and the pitfalls of mental health reporting

Packer's life will always draw interest but how does the Australian press tread the balance?

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

When James Packer announced yesterday he was stepping down as director of Crown Resorts for mental health reasons, news outlets started pumping out backgrounders and timelines of his life and times.

And the newspapers today have extensive coverage, with much of it by the book when it comes to mental health reporting.

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7 thoughts on “Packer’s shock resignation and the pitfalls of mental health reporting

  1. Richard

    Sorry to hear about his sadness, but here’s a number of suggestions to help Mr Packer cheer up..
    1) Donate some of his extraordinary wealth to support groups for the socially marginalised around the country.
    2) Donate some of his extraordinary wealth to support groups for the educationally deprived around the country.
    3) Donate some of his extraordinary wealth to support groups for those fighting polluting, planet destroying industries (like filthy great coal mines in Q’Land).
    4) Donate some of his extraordinary wealth to support groups for the introduction of truth and integrity in the media.
    5) Donate some of his extraordinary wealth to support groups fighting for equity and human rights for the downtrodden, oppressed and murdered in the ME particularly in Syria and of course Palestine.
    He could do all this so very easily. If I had all his wealth and was feeling a bit fed up (*wipes away an errant tear*) this is where I would start my therapy.
    oh, how could I forget…
    6) Throw all the pokie machines he benefits from on the nearest (recycling) tip.

    1. Richard

      Don’t misunderstand me please..
      I have nothing but compassion for people with anxiety and depression etc.
      But getting off his great big boat and getting his hands dirty spreading his do$$$h about as indicated (or otherwise) will be an amazing benefit for him.
      If some of us can contribute up to 10% of our gross to charity, I am sure he can contribute the same % or more.. Whatever the tax lawyers might suggest. Ba$$tard$$..

  2. Norm

    When one very rich man is in trouble with mental health issues, it rates numerous sympathetic articles in the mainstream media. When tens of thousands of people are struggling with mental health issues, and with an unsympathetic Centrelink, it rates the occasional article in the mainstream media, some of which are abominable.

  3. pinkocommierat

    Surely growing up under a Hancock, a Packer, or a Murdoch is a damaging experience. There seems to be a lot of pressure to build on the achievements of the previous generation, and the kids turn out peculiar: the only man Gina Rinehart ever loved was Lang; Kerry seems to be disapproving of James from beyond the grave, and Rupert still is trying to show Sir Keith that he was good enough to run the family business.
    No wonder Gina’s kids hate her, James has broken under the strain, and Rupert ignores his competent daughter and shifts his favourable treatment between the two sons.

    1. AR

      That seems a fair assessment of a malign group.
      Especially the mudorc’s ludicrous treatment of his daughter Elisabeth, who is orders of magnitude smarter than her brothers put together, or multiplied.

  4. Robert Pullan

    You quote Marc Bryant: ‘that doesn’t meant he’s fair game for stimatisation’. I think you mean ‘that doesn’t mean he’s fair game for stigmatisation’.

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