Subscribe to our weekly and daily Pearls and Irritations newsletter!
Most viewed recently
- PETER MANNING. A tone-deaf chairman at the ABC.
- ABUL RIZVI. Privatising visa processing – the alarm bells are ringing (Part 1)
- JOHN MENADUE. Ignore the planet and our grand children at our peril.
- EMMA ALBERICI. There’s no case for a corporate tax cut when one in five of Australia’s top companies don’t pay it.
- JACK WATERFORD. Turnbull’s ABC chickens home to roost (Canberra Times 28.9.2018)
- BOB CARR. How the Israeli Lobby operates.A repost 17 October 2018
- JOHN MCCARTHY. The Jerusalem Embassy,Iran and our national interest 17 October 2018
- RICHARD BUTLER. Will behaving like the 51st state of the United States win Wentworth for the Liberals? 17 October 2018
- GREG AUSTIN: Australia, Israel and the Pentecostal PM 17 October 2018
- GEORGE BROWNING. The Jerusalem Embassy thought bubble. 17 October 2018
- Arts and Reviews (40)
- Defence/Security (820)
- Drug Reform (22)
- Economy (1,126)
- Education (219)
- Environment and climate (387)
- Health (540)
- Housing (75)
- Human Rights (423)
- Indigenous affairs (70)
- Industrial relations (34)
- Infrastructure (173)
- International Affairs (1,670)
- Asia (253)
- Links (10)
- Media (546)
- NBN (74)
- Politics (2,661)
- Refugees, Immigration (576)
- Religion and Faith (537)
- SERIES: Freedom, opportunity and security (60)
- SERIES: Making housing affordable (15)
- Sport (54)
- Technology, start-ups and new media (1)
- Tributes (36)
- Uncategorized (200)
- JOHN MCCARTHY. The Jerusalem Embassy,Iran and our national interest on
- GREG AUSTIN: Australia, Israel and the Pentecostal PM on
- RICHARD BUTLER. Will behaving like the 51st state of the United States win Wentworth for the Liberals? on
- JOHN MCCARTHY. The Jerusalem Embassy,Iran and our national interest on
- RICHARD ECKERSLY. Getting to the heart of democracy’s decline. on
Category Archives: Media
Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds often feel frustrated about media coverage of news events and issues that portray them in a negative light. A new study analysing media coverage of issues related to multicultural Australia found that more than a … Continue reading
The government has thrown in its lot with climate sceptics, the loony right which includes the Murdoch media and the coal miners. We have a government with no policy on climate change at all. The responses by the Prime Minister, … Continue reading
When the artist by the name of Banksy had his own artwork shredded, it was his right. It was (and is) his own artwork and he wanted to make a statement about his work being sold at an auction. But … Continue reading
A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts covered in other media.
In June this year I posted in these pages a piece entitled ‘ Meanings of War’. It reported the publication of new translations and editions of the German-language classic Simplicius Simplicissimus, first-published in its original German edition in 1669.
I know its obnoxious to say “I told you so”, but I’m going to nevertheless. Back in June I told Pearls and Irritations readers that “the greatest danger to the ABC comes from within, from the board and the corporation’s … Continue reading
The firestorm that hit the ABC this week is an opportunity for Australians to demand that all political parties commit to absolute independent governance of the ABC.
Malcolm Turnbull is a gift that keeps giving to the Labor opposition. Scott Morrison’s ongoing efforts to be all things to all people were again derailed this week by the ABC implosion, which saw the loss of its board chairman and … Continue reading
The Morrison government is to appoint a new ABC chairman immediately as fallout continues over the sacking of managing director Michelle Guthrie.
Times are dangerous for the ABC, at least to those who appreciate fair, independent journalism. My example is Emma Alberici’s report on corporate tax cuts, which was stating what is well-known across the OECD for years. In addition, taxes are … Continue reading
The Scott Morrison government and the ABC board are moving to pressure ABC chairman Justin Milne to resign as soon as possible.
ABC Chair Justin Milne has criticized Michelle Guthrie’s leadership skills as not good enough for the Board of the ABC. The truth is his own communication skills in relating to staff are deficient and tone-deaf.
Commentating on the sacking, former MD David Hill says that “no reasonable explanation” has been given as to why. While there’s some truth to that, I think we can begin to sort out why board chairman Justin Milne acted. And … Continue reading
PETER MANNING. Despite her good intentions, Michelle Guthrie was never the right fit for the ABC (the Conversation, 25.09.18)
Michelle Guthrie has been badly treated – not by being sacked, but by being hired in the first place. As a former Head of ABC TV News and Current Affairs, I met Guthrie several times at functions in the ABC, … Continue reading
The unexpected sacking of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has raised one big question, among the many.
DENIS MULLER. Media power: why the full story of Murdoch, Stokes and the Liberal leadership spill needs to be told (The Conversation, 20.09.18)
The first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said there were two sights the public should not see: the making of laws and the making of sausages. To this list of enduringly nauseating spectacles we should add one more: the political … Continue reading
The news that billionaires Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes essentially war-gamed the ousting of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should appal all Australians wanting media diversity and an open and transparent polity.
Rupert Murdoch’s form in abusing power and finding truth hard to handle continues. ‘Turnbull has to go’ is typical behaviour for a man who has done more to damage democracy than any living media person . I worked with Rupert … Continue reading
MELISSA SWEET. Please support this crowdfunding campaign, so we can cover the 4th Peoples’ Health Assembly – #PHA4.
Please consider supporting this crowdfunding campaign to enable Dr Lesley Russell to report for Croakey from a landmark global health meeting in Bangladesh from November 15-19 – the 4th Peoples’ Health Assembly – or #PHA4.
If the Liberal leadership upheaval was a Muppet show, as Scott Morrison described it, Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes have been revealed as its Statler and Waldorf. Muppets fans will remember the two cantankerous old men who heckled from the … Continue reading
Murdoch met with Seven West proprietor Kerry Stokes …… “Malcolm has got to go,” he told the Perth billionaire. (This abuse of power by media barons is appalling.There is strong case for Bill Shorten to propose a Royal Commission into this unacceptable … Continue reading
As a form of symbolism, banning a website works much more effectively than conventional expressions of official displeasure such as flexing military muscles, cancelling a trade deal, recalling a country’s ambassador or refusing a foreign correspondent’s visa.
This week a new CEO joined the Internet Society – the global not-for-profit overseeing the development of the Internet since1992. In his first official statement Andrew Sullivan noted that it’s a challenging time for the Internet. I agree. Which is … Continue reading
BRIAN STELTER, CNN HOST: Welcome back to RELIABLE SOURCES. I’m Brian Stelter. If you asked New York City’s mayor what lies behind a lot of the negativity and the divisiveness creeping this nation, he’s got a simple answer for you. … Continue reading
We are spending an inordinate amount of money on ‘defence’ and ‘security’ to protect ourselves from an enemy without, but it is now clear that we face a far greater threat from the enemy within, revealed through ‘alternative facts and … Continue reading
The two overpowering impressions remaining after last week’s political drama are an abuse of media influence correctly identified by Chris Uhlmann and a mistaken view among some Liberal MPs about the nature of their Party’s “base.”
Peter Dutton was set up to lose the next election and to lose it badly. That would have left the Liberals in an even more chaotic mess than they are in today. To whom should they turn for salvation? Why, … Continue reading
Anyone who doubts Rupert Murdoch’s role in the political chaos that has played out in recent days has never worked for him at a senior level. Murdoch’s annual visits to Australia invariably trigger seismic events both in and outside News … Continue reading
GILES PARKINSON. Turnbull survives as puppet of right wing, as Australia burns (RenewEconomy, 21.08.18)
At least in 2009, Turnbull left his job as then Opposition leader with his dignity intact.But not now.
PAUL BUDDE. National Party has failed regional Australia on broadband — Repost from 1 September 2018
It is still a battle to extend the perception of the importance of high-speed broadband beyond fast access to the internet or to Netflix.