The press gallery has disgraced itself yet again by falling for an old trick, which some can anticipate but none seem able to head off. This time it's failing to spot information released after 8pm on a Friday night.
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Australian political journalism is abysmal.
The Liberal rightwingers who want to turn a large party into a small one have succeeded in convincing gullible broadcasters into calling them "reformers". It's an achievement for them I suppose, but it's amazing how the word "reform" acts as a verbal prophylactic on further thought.
More than most journalists, political journalists get caught up on the idea that their work is "the first draft of history". Laurie Oakes has a particularly bad case of it.
Malcolm Turnbull addressed the NSW State Council of the Liberal Party and was jeered for claiming that the party isn't run by factions (see video in this article).Here's what he was doing by saying that.
I got the horse right here The name is Paul Revere And here's a guy that says if the weather's clear Can do, can do, this guy says the horse can do If he says the horse can do, can do, can doFrank Loesser Fugue for Tinhorns (from Guys and Dolls)
One of the things that keeps this blog going is a desire to use its backlog as the raw material for some in-depth studies into how the Australian media misinformed Australians about the way they were governed 2006-15, and the alternatives we might've had (and might yet have).
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.- Newton's Third Law of Motion
I just am not going to get caught up in Canberra gossip, I'm not going to play Canberra games.- Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (!), Monday
The selection of Andrew Hastie as the Liberal candidate for Canning is a nice summary of all that was wrong with the Abbott government (and yes, the choice of past tense is deliberate). Due processThere was a time when no self-respecting political party would touch a candidate who was still under investigation for serious matters on the field of battle.