Even though it has been the major part of a week since Tony Abbott most recently said something stupid in public, a steady stream of stories is continually dribbling down the legs of the media and staining the trousers of public discourse. And rather than being content merely reporting on the former PM’s utterances (or,…
There is no issue about which Australian journalists’ heads are further up their own arseholes than data retention.
Recently on ABC TV, newsreader Jeremy Fernandes referred to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service as “What’s thought to be one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in South Africa’s history”. This hyperbolic vagueness is nothing out of the ordinary. Our language harbours a growing cancer of over-the-top uncertainty.
The story circulating the world about a looming crisis in the bacon supply has turned out to be a load of porkies, just self-serving propaganda by the British National Pig Association. Who saw that coming? (The dead giveaway was that the media release urged consumers to “make a point of selecting pork and bacon with the…
New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird has proposed lowering the GST-free threshold for online purchases from overseas from the current $1,000 to $30. This, he says, will raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional GST revenue. He claims this could pave the way for abolishing stamp duty on housing and other state taxes. Bullshit….
By the time Apple actually gets around to selling the iPhone 5 to Australian consumers, local media outlets will each have managed to publish approximately 20 non-stories on this vital topic.
People who think the phrase ‘as a mother…’ lends moral authority to anything that comes after Media outlets that invite non-scientists to ‘have your say’ on topics of scientific debate People who say ‘…[person] that…’ or ‘…[non-person] who…’ (I’m looking at you, Tyra Banks) Inbox Zero zealots who are so pleased with their efforts to…
Newspaper editors are deeply concerned about the declining quality of journalism in this country. So why are they more worried about ensuring their staff have monetisable social media skills than about hiring journalists who can write?
Mainstream media journalists contemptuously treat social media as a uniform group of ‘citizen journalist’ cranks with a single, non-mainstream opinion. But social media are just the aggregated thoughts of people, and those people are your readers. For now.
If this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald online front page is any guide, we’re in for two weeks of insulting, click-baiting tabloid bullshit Olympics coverage. It has already become truly offensive.
IT journalist Renai LeMay wonders how the media should treat a politician who has clearly moved beyond ‘factually inaccurate’ and deep into ‘lying his arse off’ territory. Fortunately, there is a simple answer.
Australian journalists often state scary-sounding statistics without taking into account the context, which usually shows that things are about the same or getting better. Is this because they’re sensationalist or stupid?
Priests and politicians tell lies, but do journalists ask even the basic questions? Not their job, apparently.
Australian journalists either no longer know how to write clear, concise and grammatical sentences, or they no longer care. Every day, in ever newspaper in the land, we read sloppy, vague sentences written in the passive voice with hazy attribution and bad grammar. I’m going to pick on one example in particular, but if you…
One major criticism of reality TV shows, especially in the pre-MasterChef era, was they profited from encouraging and rewarding all the worst aspects of human behaviour. I think it’s time we recognised comments on online news and opinion websites have exactly the same problem.
Any time Coalitions pollies endlessly repeat a stock phrase, in unison, to every media outlet that will listen, you can be guaranteed the exact opposite is actually the case.