Category Archives: Media

Megaphone Madness: how reckless media impeded Victoria’s Covid-19 recovery

The media we consume influences our compliance with Covid-19 recommendations. Poor media coverage in Victoria is impeding the state’s recovery.

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James Murdoch, Rebellious Scion (NYTimes Oct 10, 2020)

Increasingly uncomfortable with News Corp’s politics and profit motives, Rupert’s younger son chose chickens and sheep over Fox, and insists he doesn’t watch ‘Succession.’

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Remembering Harold Evans (AIIA Oct 9, 2020)

Harold Evans had an indefatigable role in encouraging and expanding coverage of international affairs in the publications he edited and in the books he published. He also had great enthusiasm for hiring and fostering well-trained Australian journalists.

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Julian Assange and failure of mainstream media

On 18 September, a little over a year since Amal Clooney was appointed as the UK’s special envoy for media freedom, she resigned. Among Clooney’s barrister colleagues are Geoffrey Robertson, Jennifer Robinson, and Gareth Pierce, all of whom, at their … Continue reading

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Australian media in the Asian century

Pompeo and circumstance Our foreign minister, Marise Payne, flew off to Tokyo for a rare meeting of the “Quad” on Tuesday with counterparts including the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

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Media failure again on alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria

Two new reports from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons challenge claims that chemical weapons were used in two alleged attacks in Syria.

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The Liberals Quietly Removed That Budget Surplus Mug From Its Store & We Can All Sip The Tea (Pedestrian March 10, 2020)

The Liberal Party has quietly removed a mug promoting a return to federal budget surplus from its official merchandise range, amid mounting speculation the Federal Government won’t put the 2019-2020 budget “Back In Black” after all.

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The numbers game: how Morrison is playing journalism off a break (Crikey Oct 5, 2020)

All politicians know that numbers create news. It’s simple maths: the bigger the number, the greater the news. And Scott Morrison knows this better than most. He knows how to use numbers as signs of action for the media — … Continue reading

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Australian media in the Asian Century

The struggles and contradictions in media understanding of China.

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Assange: Still waiting… for your right to know

We’re all still waiting … for your right to know. The right of the public in our democracies to know what’s really going on is being tested at this very moment at the Old Bailey in Merry England.

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Feeding the Chooks: Scott Morrison’s marketing triumph over mainstream media complete

Scott Morrison has perfected the art of media manipulation by briefing a select club of Canberra correspondents together, rather than leaking to individual media outlets. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the marketing genius of the Prime Minister and … Continue reading

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Les Miserables – Killing the ABC in a time of national emergency

Empty chairs at empty tables … where my friends will sing no more. (Les Miserables – the musical). The departure of many of the ABC’s most experienced journalists, producers and presenters has immiserated the public broadcaster. 

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Local lad’s strife pips looming crisis

It’s one of journalism’s nastier cynicisms: When judging news values 100 distant deaths equals ten closer to home and one in the suburb where the paper circulates.  If public contempt for the media is to be cured then The West Australian … Continue reading

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An apology

My regrets that the Pearls and Irritations site was down for an extended period yesterday. It is now up and running again with all articles available.  Regards   John Menadue

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Australian Media in the Asian Century

Aided by the media frenzy,the Government  blitz on China continues and Tony Abbott takes a job serving Boris Johnson.

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ABC News should chase ratings – but differently

It is not logical to have high production values and excellent journalism if nobody is watching. ABC News needs to serve a majority Australian audience.

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Friendlyjordies’ interview with Michael West

Earlier this month John and Michael sat down with Friendlyjordies for a long-form interview. Please watch Michael and Jordan discuss Australia’s media landscape, lobbying and independent journalism.

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Media sensationalism of the virus

The media in Victoria gave widespread coverage to the death from Covid-19 of a man in his twenties – the youngest death from the virus in Australia. But it turns out he didn’t die from the virus!

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ABC News Should Fight Back

The ABC News and Current Affairs division is a shadow of its former self, but the public doesn’t know. It’s time to fight back. 

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A progress report on Pearls and Irritations

Pearls and Irritations has topped 10,000 subscribers.

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War and Pandemic Journalism: the Truth Can Disappear Fast (Counter Punch August 7, 2020)

The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough.

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Media in the Asian Century

Our main stream media just does not understand Asia. It’s ignorance and hostility is on display day after day.It relies on news ‘drops’ from our security and defence agencies.

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James Murdoch’s resignation is the result of News Corp’s increasing shift to the right – not just on climate (The Conversation August 2 2020)

James Murdoch is not the most obvious candidate for editorial heroism. His route to resigning from the News Corp board because of “disagreements over certain editorial content” has been circuitous and colourful.

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Uncle Sam grabs CCP playbook (APAC News, 3 August 2020)

The US State Department is quietly funding a Chinese-language news service in Australia, a move more typically associated with China’s state media propagandists.

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Media in the Asian Century

As it turned out, Marise Payne seemed to be using the John Howard playbook of alliance management in the Washington visit.

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How 5G is different – explained without jargon

5G has hit the headlines through the banning of Huawei’s 5G network technology in several countries. But what is 5G? And how is it different from what we have already?

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Three identical and inaccurate reports on the South China Sea.

Several leading Australian journalists have made identical but inaccurate statements on the recent letter sent by the Australian government to the UN on China’s South China Sea claims. Were they briefed by a political staffer pushing a false interpretation?

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Watching Fox News in the US may kill you

Recent US studies demonstrate that watching Murdoch’s US Fox News increases the likelihood of you believing what’s not true about COVID-19 and – if acting on it – possibly dying.

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The war against China is largely facilitated by propaganda.

We are indeed now in the thick of a Third World War. It has been started by US and UK, aided by minor Five Eyes allies  Canada and Australia. They have chosen their preferred strategic fighting terrain –  information warfare

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Whether a ratings chase or ideological war, News Corp’s coronavirus coverage is dangerous (The Conversation 22.7.20)

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation… has become a clear and present danger to the welfare of Australian society. What a  contrast between The Daily Telegraph’s coverage of the Ruby Princess debacle (Coalition government in New South Wales) and the Herald Sun’s … Continue reading

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