Hag

Secondly, why did a head-spinner, pun intended, from DPAC contact other media outlets and inform them of the impending police presence at the Examiner so they could report it?

Furthermore, it wasn’t that long ago that the Mercury obtained two leaked Treasury reports, one on TT Line and another on the Meander Dam, but with no subsequent police action. Perhaps even Rough Red is loathe to take on News Limited, but feels that Rural Press is fair game?

IT ISN’T often that I can smell anything beyond the mixture of my own rancid breath, from an addiction to chewing tobacco and absinthe, but I did smell a massive rat when I staggered past the Examiner’s Hobart office on Tuesday.

Avid TT readers will be well aware of the ‘police raid’ to seize an allegedly fake letter from the Department of Premier and Cabinet pertaining to Bryan, have-I-got-a-deal-for-you, Green but may not be aware its implications for the Fourth Estate.

Firstly, and perhaps most disturbingly, was the Examiner’s willingness to reveal its source in handing over the document to Tasmania Police. No I am not for a minute suggesting that Steadman et al should have barricaded themselves in the office.

However, Hag’s sources reliably informed her that not only did the Examiner supply an edited copy to the police on Monday prior to publication, an exercise that failed to placate Rough Red or the police, but simply handed over the letter when the police arrived at a pre-arranged time on Tuesday.

So what is Hag’s point exactly?

Well, journalists should NEVER reveal their sources and if you knew that the police were coming to execute a search warrant, as the Examiner did, then why not destroy any documentation that could expose them.

No chance of a Herald Sun style defence of the Fourth Estate here.

Secondly, why did a head-spinner, pun intended, from DPAC contact other media outlets and inform them of the impending police presence at the Examiner so they could report it?

Furthermore, it wasn’t that long ago that the Mercury obtained two leaked Treasury reports, one on TT Line and another on the Meander Dam, but with no subsequent police action. Perhaps even Rough Red is loathe to take on News Limited, but feels that Rural Press is fair game?

And … while I am on my soap box, congratulations to the indomitable Wes Young and his judges’ commendation in the Student Journalist Competition, organised by the Walkley Foundation and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

To view the judges’ comments follow the link, http://www.alliance.org.au/content/view/213/52/

Nothing quite says stuff you and your ‘reasonably factual’ journalism like peer recognition. Let us all hope that Mr Young sends a copy to the Examiner so they can put on the shelf next to the Barra, Ricky Ponting statue, Commsec Report, numerous Media Watch Reports and a myriad other “awards”.

Perhaps the greatest irony is that the Walkley Foundation and the MEAA are sponsored by Minter Ellison Lawyers, the Examiner’s legal representative in its dealings with Mr Young.