Very interesting piece from the electronic magazine Inside Story, about the Queensland election and the malign role played by the News Limited papers.
Veteran journalist Geoffrey Barker argues;
But perhaps more importantly the media’s Queensland election debacle exposed two disturbing aspects of contemporary Australian political journalism. The first is the apparent spin that is put on the interpretation of events by News Limited papers; the second is the strong tendency of other media to follow News Limited’s lead – especially when they have the empirical support of polls commissioned by News Limited.
It’s well written and convincing and I urge you to have a look.
It also explains how Crikey’s Andrew Crook could produce this howler on the Thursday before the Queensland election;
Even if the ALP somehow squeaks home on Saturday, it would be galling indeed for the Queensland Left if its most senior campaigner Wood ended up costing his internal ally Bligh the election. But with the finger pointing already beginning in earnest, it seems Bligh, Kaiser and Wood may have already boarded a slow train to political oblivion.
“Squeaks home” eh? Oh dear. What a schlub.
Really, if Crikey is just going to parrot the nonsense talked in the mainstream media – then what’s the point?