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.
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?
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.
Gavin Atkins’s post on ABC’s The Drum is the latest in a line of conservatives playing stupid numbers games to ‘prove’ that the ABC (or some other media organisation) has an inherent left-wing bias. In fact, all it demonstrates is that Atkins and his fellow cultural warriors do not have the faintest clue about the purpose of journalism.
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