Friday, January 27, 2012

The Frame Game

Photo: Lucas Coch, AAP
Life as a TV news cameraman in Canberra is not one normally filled with adrenalin. Most of their days are spent trudging from doorstop to doorstop. Once in a blue-moon, there's a leadership spill and they get to walk backwards down a corridor as the new leadership team promenade for the press. But riots? In their dreams only.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Play's the Thing

What do you think the pokies story is about?  According to the Australian press gallery, it's a story about individual politicians and party politics. The prime minister they have dubbed 'Jul-iar' Gillard, incapable of keeping promises, has done it again - ripped up a deal, walked away from an agreement and put pure politics ahead of principle. It's the story her opponent wants run. And , of course, the genuises of the press gallery dutifully report it ('The Blame Game Begins', says Seven News).

Monday, January 16, 2012

You Can't Handle the Truth!

If the world of politics is now so dominated by spin and media management that 'reality' is whatever you choose it to be, what's the proper role of journalism?

It's to find the truth and report it, right? Journalists are employed to serve their readers and viewers by cutting through hype, digging out red herrings, challenging misleading statements and exposing what's really going on. You would think so, wouldn't you?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

News Anonymous: The 12-Step Program

One of the joys of the silly season in Australian media is that the focus switches from being bored to death by Duelling Press Releases in backwoods Canberra to the relative excitement of watching five-day cricket tests on television.
Like a blowfly loose in the kitchen, you only notice the enervating influence of the drone from the nation’s capital when the Raid starts working. The resulting quiet allows you the space to make New Year’s resolutions about your media consumption.