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Pollies, press and police ..too cosy here, too? : Comments

By Cheryl Kernot, published 18/7/2011

Pollies, police and media proprietors are probably more incestuously close in Australia than in Great Britain.

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There is an assertion in this piece that just doesn't ring true. It is that competition forces newspapers to produce better news reporting. I don't see it. The multi paper towns have headlines that scream at you with the latest scintillating news. If the news isn't scintillating they dress it up, or generate some of their own by having a campaign on some issue. And each paper withdraws to a particular section of the market - be that left, right, worker, business, green and writes stories that resonate with that market. The one paper towns have to appeal to all audiences and can get away with boring factual reporting.

And as for this:

"Beyond the confronting UK examples of alleged bribery and illegality we should be asking what systems we have in place to allow us to presume that it can't happen here. ... There are no real sanctions here or there."

Is Cheryl suggesting there some stronger signal than being forced to show down your most profitable newspaper? It wasn't shut down because some oversight committee forced it to be. If anything it is a rare example of how well self regulation and the market can work.

All these weak excuses seem to be justifying Cheryl's desire to impose her own standards on news reporting. For what it's worth Cheryl I don't like tabloid reporting either, but I solve the problem by going to the ABC. Solving it by allowing the likes of Cheryl to set the standards might bias things towards my preferences in the short term, but only while Cheryl gets to set the agenda. In the long term it's seems far safer to let the press have a good deal of independence on what they publish.
Posted by rstuart, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:02:13 AM
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Interesting comments from a promising Party Leader then sad Labor casualty.

To the perceived combination of media, police and senior politicians should be added lawyers (the Crownies formula?).

Its natural that PM's talk to captains of industry even if the industry is media. Murdoch's power on several continents (eg. the US Oval Office) made/make talks with him a diplomatic event.

Its natural that people share insights - which can be beneficial.

I imagine the combination of interests here in Oz are so close that not much will be revealed until some Deep Throat talks - with the risk of being nailed by all sides.

Pete
Posted by plantagenet, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:27:39 AM
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Kernot failed to present a list of how much News Corporation (Murdoch) actually owns in Australia. Can't understand why as it supports her argument.

News Corporation owns:

Newspapers
The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (Australia)
The Australian (Australia)
The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail (Australia)
The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia)
Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
mX (Australia)
The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (Australia)
Northern Territory News and Sunday Territorian (Australia)
Perth Now (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)
Weekly Times (Australia)

http://www.cjr.org/resources/?c=newscorp

In the "land-of-the-free":

Television
Cable Television
FOX News Channel
FOX Business Network
FOX College Sports
Fox Deportes
Fox Movie Channel
Fox Pan American Sports (33%)
Fox Regional Sports Networks
FOX Soccer Channel
FOX Sports Enterprises
FOX Sports Net
Big Ten Network (49%)
FSN
FUEl TV
FX
Nat Geo Wild (71%)
National Geographic Channel United States (71%)
SPEED
STAR
Stats, Inc. (50%)
Fox Television Stations
WAGA (Atlanta)
KTBC (Austin)
WUTB (Baltimore)
WFXT (Boston)
WFLD (Chicago)
WPWR (Chicago)
KDFW (Dallas)
KDFI (Dallas)
WJBK (Detroit)
KRIV (Houston)
KTXH (Houston)
KTTV (Los Angeles)
KCOP (Los Angeles)
WHBQ (Memphis)
KMSP (Minneapolis)
WFTC (Minneapolis)
WNYW (New York City)
WWOR (New Jersey)
WOGX (Ocala-Gainesville)
WRBW (Orlando)
WOFL (Orlando)
WTXF (Philadelphia)
KUTP (Phoenix)
KSAZ (Phoenix)
WTVT (Tampa Bay)
WTTG (Washington D.C.)
WDCA (Washington D.C.)
Satellite Television
BSkyB (39%)
FOXTEL (25%)
Sky Deutschland
SKY Italia
Sky Network Television Limited (44%)
TATA Sky (20%)

Other Television
FOX Broadcasting Company
FOX Sports
FOX Sports Australia
FOX Television Stations
MyNetworkTV
Film
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Espanol
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Television
Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox Music
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Studios Australia
Fox Studios LA
Fox Television Studios
Blue Sky Studios
Twentieth Television
20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising
Premium Movie Partnership (Australia and New Zealand - 20%)
Newspapers (U.S.)
New York Post
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
SmartSource (Coupons)

Be afraid, very afraid.
Posted by Ammonite, Monday, 18 July 2011 12:12:26 PM
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If we can only look with open eyes at this problem.
If we can take the time to ask just in what way did the police get involved.
It is not true that they partnered the NOW or that that paper was the only one doing the wrong thing.
Police take bribes, all over the world, do many know the big yellow arch sells them food at much less than us.
Murdock has form, only some one not wanting truth could not know he pays Penny's for influence and gets pounds and control in return.
From the first single page news pamphlet ever printed the printer wanted more than cash in return, influence and control power are Murdock's wants.
His father in Adelaide Goggle it!
Had Australian Prime Ministers stand before his office desk hat in hand and call him Sir!
Murdock's papers are under orders, get an election get rid of Labor.
It is almost sure that will happen.
While we toss our fears of Brown and his greens about We forget, most of us, Murdock has more influence than any of our leaders.
Can I say this? is truth a defense?
I truly believe Murdock not voters run My country, we are but servants to his bank cash/influence and fear of falling out with him silences us.
Posted by Belly, Monday, 18 July 2011 1:15:46 PM
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I just love the way the likes of rstuart- a genx/yer for sure address public intellectuals like Ms Kernot, formerly senator, formerly right honourable member for Dickson, as 'Cheryl'. My generation was never allowed to refer to our parents friends, teachers etc in any way except by their title. Aunty, uncle,Mr Mrs then Ms and so on. So someone who has barely begun to shave can be so insolent? Thats the internet for you. Opinions, and not intelligent discussion. Even at uni in a tutorial setting one had to come up with a rational argument and not resort to bullying tactics.
Posted by Hestia, Monday, 18 July 2011 2:26:14 PM
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Sorry Hexia I truly found your pomposity harsh.
I have met our Cheryl, never considered calling her anything else.
I have much doubt the right Hon best describes any one in any Australian Parliament.
If rstuart is indeed a youngster, how do you know?
Would you be ok if he said you or I are old fogy's?
Posted by Belly, Monday, 18 July 2011 4:06:06 PM
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