Media Circus: Shock! Horror! The ABC pays people!

@PrestonTowers lays out the latest GG attempt to stoke up animus against the ABC on AusOpinion.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?


As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).



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6 replies

  1. Naturally, the GG media is awfully quiet on a much larger expenditure of public money for a much lesser result:
    Joe Hockey blowing hundreds of millions to make himself look good

    Forget a few thousand here and there on the cost of weddings and Cairns “meetings”, Hockey’s petty budget politics will cost tax payers about $300 million over the next 12 months and another couple of hundred million the next year.

  2. Squinching – or how to make it look like you don’t trust the person behind the camera in my case. I can see how this works, with people who are already quite photogenic though.
    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/not-very-photogenic-then-give-squinching-a-go-20131122-2y09j.html

  3. Just gonna quote John Quiggin’s FB page status update:

    Gold from Annabel Crabb “an Australian editorial – so squealingly high-pitched in its outrage that loyal readers in the bat community are understood to have asked for their money back”
    Annabel Crabb in the SMH: A free press is valuable, no matter what it costs

    • A longer big-picture post by Quiggin: Why spies never discover anything useful

      The spy myth clearly served the interests of intelligence agencies, which prospered during the 20th century more than any set of spies before them. The real beneficiaries, however, were the counterintelligence agencies or, to dispense with euphemisms, the secret police, of both Western and Communist countries. The powers granted to them for their struggle against armies of spies were used primarily against domestic dissidents. Terms such as ‘agent of influence’ were used to stigmatise anyone whose activities, however open and above-board, could be represented as helpful to the other side.
      The supposed role of the secret police, to keep secrets from opposing governments, was, as we have seen, futile. Secret police, and the associated panoply of security laws, Official Secrets Acts and so forth, were much more successful in protecting their governments’ secrets from potentially embarrassing public scrutiny in their own countries.

  4. Immigration detention centres no longer formally report childbirth
    Clinical depression also removed from reporting categories, while self-harm events are downgraded under new guidelines

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/25/immigration-detention-centres-no-longer-formally-report-childbirth

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