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David Salter

Journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.

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Dick Smith is an exemplary candidate for Arsehat of the Year

September 7, 2017 27 Comments

Dick Smith is a huckster with an ego issue, writes David Salter.

If the ABC crosses the commercial Rubicon, it can never go back

September 5, 2017 6 Comments

Making the ABC ad-free was a political decision, not an ideological one, but once the national broadcaster goes into the business of making money it will never come back.

Aunty’s pain in the arts

August 29, 2017 4 Comments

With the ABC announcing another review into its arts programming, David Salter explores the unfortunate complexities involved in the modern media marketplace.

Greg Sheridan says God is dead, confusing God with his journalistic integrity

August 28, 2017 13 Comments

Greg Sheridan's turned the Oz into his own personal pulpit, but what he's preaching isn't news.

The Oz continues to confuse pontificating for news

August 22, 2017 6 Comments

Once again the Oz has run commentary without appropriately distinguishing it from news.

Chris Kenny’s burqa nonsense is opinion dressed in news’ clothing

August 18, 2017 12 Comments

Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt was big news across Australia — except in The Australian.

Hanson vs the ABC: Aunty needn’t get her knickers in a knot

August 17, 2017 13 Comments

With Malcolm Turnbull wooing Pauling Hanson by (at least pretending to be) attacking the ABC, should Aunty and her fans worry? Probably not.

Media Watch’s appeal to the future of ‘public interest journalism’ is snobbish and unbalanced

July 11, 2017 16 Comments

What was meant to be a "special edition" of Media Watch was actually a predictable lecturette.

It’s 2017, for Christ’s sake. Can we finally stop saying The Lord’s Prayer in Parliament?

June 29, 2017 12 Comments

Our constitution mandates freedom of religion. So why do we open Parliament with a Protestant prayer?

The Australian claims another scalp as it hounds Press Council boss out of office

June 22, 2017 11 Comments

The Australian has run a vicious three-week campaign against Weisbrot and the McGrath appointment, and this morning the paper gloried in its kill.