"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Martin Gilmour
21.07.14 2:30 am
The Editorial columns in today’s Sunday Examiner speaks volumes about the paper and its Tasmanian readership.
Mercury editor Matt Deighton. Lindsay Tuffin
21.07.14 2:15 am
NEW figures have confirmed the Mercury is Tasmania’s No.1 newspaper brand, reaching a total print and digital audience of 368,000 people each month.
Peter Jukes, New Statesman
21.07.14 12:10 am
Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor’s extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial. Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.
14.07.14 1:45 am
In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail’s Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year. All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.
Roy Greenslade, The Guardian. Pic*
02.07.14 3:30 am
The conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault dominates today’s national newspapers. It gets front page treatment in each of the 10 titles and I counted a total of 43 pages devoted to the case, plus several leading articles.
01.07.14 5:30 am
Pics: All pics copyright Simon Bonny, http://www.simonbonny.com . Top pic: Clifton Beach.
Nick Davies, The Guardian. Pic*
30.06.14 5:12 am
TT linked to this story off a news report ... It is a brilliant analysis of the ‘Trial of the Century’. We point to it again ... Rupert Murdoch’s money washed through the ‘trial of the century’ like a Rolls-Royce. The story behind the News of the World scandal was not about journalists behaving badly, but the power of money and its abuses
• Robin Lustig: Something is rotten What do you call an organisation, originally based in Sicily, that uses bribes and threats to buy influence and power? Here’s a clue: it begins with the letter M. Here’s another question: Whom did the Labour MP Tom Watson, at a parliamentary select committee hearing in November 2011, call “the first mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise”? Again, the answer begins with the letter M. That’s M for Murdoch. In this case, James Murdoch, the hapless son hung out to dry. Forget Andy Coulson. If you can, forget phone-hacking. The real scandal is how senior politicians—and police officers—allowed themselves to be used by a ruthless media tycoon for his own commercial ends. And if you think it’s all over, it’s not ... • HERE
Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia
25.06.14 11:30 pm
The unjust conviction of Peter Greste and other Al Jazeera journalists continues a long and often bloody vendetta against this truth telling media organisation — and not just by Egypt. Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence reports.
Margaret Reynolds President Friends of the ABC Tasmania Media Release
24.06.14 12:00 am
A Federal Government commissioned report recommending outsourcing of all ABC television programs is totally out of touch with the responsibilities of the national broadcaster.
• Glenys Stradijot: Cost-cutting review of ABC must become public ...
23.06.14 6:46 pm
Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues have been found guilty by an Egypt court of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. They have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a judge.
(Dr) Frank Nicklason
23.06.14 1:40 am
It has been disappointing to see photos of young women who smoke on the front pages of The Australian recently.
The Idiot Tax blog* First pub: June 2
08.06.14 5:30 am
The Tone. Smokin’ Joe. Lies, daughters, dancing and winking eyes. There’s been rage aplenty and recriminations as many across Australia copped a raw one from the budget. The media quickly apportioned blame. First up was the Tone Government for their lying ways. Liberal HQ then brainstormed and the focus was to be you. A little guilt for the lazy Australians who should be thankful they’re not living in the third world. Then came a little seasoning with Labor’s debt and finally, a subtle hint about those brave souls (your local LNP member) who’d be doing their all to eradicate it.
MEANWHILE, here’s a different future ...
• ABC: Work begins on converting Triabunna mill into tourism venture
• Nicole Anderson, in Comments: Great writing Idiot Tax Blog. The depth of deception in Braddon continues to grow as OS companies “play the public for fools”. Its staggering! You are quite correct about the media’s role, however I ask the question: what exactly must a regional newspaper do to affect positive/constructive attitudes in its area so lacking in literacy and entrenched in prejudice against the greenies? Especially when the greenies were actually correct in the first instance? Catch 22 I think.
02.06.14 4:53 am
Once again this year The Mercury has rolled out the fear campaign about rats and mice coming into your home, and once again they are advising that “it’s better to put bait or traps outdoors”.
• mUmBRELLA: ABCs: Newspapers continue print declines with mixed results on digital subscriptions (Updated with new figs; thanks Peter!x)
26.05.14 3:28 am
Like most people who are self employed, I’ve worked hard to craft, to build and to nurture my business, since it began five years ago.
Bob Burton. First pub: May 23
24.05.14 11:15 am
In the absence of an acknowledgement of its error, readers are entitled to wonder what exactly the agenda of The Mercury is. Was The Mercury’s misleading article aimed at putting pressure on Hodgman to promise to provide financial support to Bold’s cable car project even though he is adamant he hasn’t asked for it and doesn’t want it? Or is The Mercury pushing the government to provide funding for a new feasibility study for another developer on the assumption that Bold’s project may well falter due to a lack of funding or a project partner? Whatever the agenda, the story certainly wasn’t “news”.
Lindsay Tuffin. First pub: May 19
22.05.14 5:00 am
It’s nearly 12 years (Oct) since a tiny gnat with a couple of readers - but an impressive list of writers from Richard Flanagan, to Pete Hay, Hilary McPhee and then-Liberal Leader Bob Cheek - entered the meedja landscape. And we’re still here, with a somewhat bigger readership ...
The Idiot Tax Free your money. Free your mind.
12.05.14 3:45 am
Shame knows no bounds in real estate. Sloppiness knows no bounds in journalism. When the two couple up, the result is unfettered lobbying, statistical misrepresentation and an obvious care factor of zero from the media.
12.05.14 2:50 am
Matthew Denholm has been named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Tasmanian Media Awards announced in Hobart earlier this year. Denholm was recognised for his body of work for The Australian and The Weekend Australian.
Tasmanians for Transparency
17.04.14 5:50 am
Tasmanians for Transparency (TfT) has been alarmed to discover that several Government Departmental Libraries have been closed to public access.
• David Obendorf, in Comments: Is this correct – Tell me I am wrong? Knowledge and information is power, and with the closure of several important public libraries and repositories of archival collections we, the people, lose our ability to be informed about our society, to learn from decades of history and to access documents prepared by our Government and its bureaucracy.
Glenys Stradijot, Friends of the ABC MR
13.04.14 7:45 am
“If Mr Abbott does not promptly deny reports that the Government plans to cut ABC funds he risks being branded a liar,” said Glenys Stradijot, ABC Friends national spokesperson.
Unlike Giddings, at least Peter Gutwein has some experience and qualifications to be a Treasurer, though you wouldn’t…