One Nation, the NRA, and Al Jazeera: A Question of Public Interest Pt.2

29/03/2019

One of my university lecturers posed these questions to us regarding ethics in journalism:

Is it ever ok for the media to engage in covert activities and deception? What role does public interest play?

In Pt.1 I gave One Nation and the gun lobby no quarter, and it is in this piece that I wish to explore Al Jazeera’s role, as well as answer the above questions.

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Quick Quips: Out of Line

28/03/2019

David Draiman’s song Out of Line, featuring Serj Tankian, is easily my favourite song on his album Device. It doesn’t hold back on its criticism of abusive power, which remains undefined but can be applied to any autocratic or plutocratic institution. From the chorus:

“You try to justify the pain that you’ve wrought,

But you’re out of line, you’re out of line.”

It is safe to say in recent months, many have stepped out of line.

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ABC Predicts Coalition Win for NSW Election

23/03/2019

Despite all the corruption and scandals that the NSW Coalition parties have been caught out in, ABC’s top election analyst Antony Green has predicted a Coalition win for NSW, leaving Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro as Premier and Deputy Premier. No one is calling it straight, however, with everyone being cautious about the numbers. Coalition is now the confirmed winner.

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Quick Quips: One Million Voices

05/03/2019

Two Steps From Hell, an incredible music production company, recently hit one million subscribers on YouTube – a feat they are immensely proud of, for good reason. For the occasion, its founder and one of the main composers Thomas Bergersen released a track called One Million Voices, from his upcoming solo album Humanity.

I am no expert on music by any means, but the title of the song and album are entirely fitting. Merely through sound and a clash of cultures, art is created and (judging from the comments so far) fans globally have come together. If one piece of music, one man, one voice, can do that, imagine the impact of one million voices in unison. Imagine the power for change that remains untapped, each additional voice adding strength. Across borders, across cultures, across the divides we have made. Just imagine…

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Most Likely Pick for ABC Chair Not on Shortlist

25/02/2019

All media attention has been focused on Ita Buttrose as the likely candidate for the ABC chair position left by Justin Milne after he resigned. Likely because she was praised by Scott Morrison this week as the list of candidates for the job was shortlisted to three people. The only problem is, Buttrose was not on the panel’s shortlist. (Spot the joke: Morrison was concerned no women were on the shortlist. Hint, he is the joke.)

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Married at First Sight: The Tragic Endgame of Commercial Media

21/02/2019

If there is one thing I hate more than the commercial news stations, it is the other garbage that they spew out year after year to boost ratings and make absolute bellends ‘famous’. Shows like Master Chef used to have a level of prestige, where the personality was important but second to the cooking ability of the contestants. After the first few seasons, however, it quickly became all about the personalities and drama, with the actual cooking taking passenger seat in a cooking show. Nowadays, these types of shows don’t even bother trying to hold substance and go straight for the ratings fix. No more is this evident than with the absolute depths of media depravity, Married at First Sight.

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Quick Quips: First Month

31/01/2019

It may just be something that happens as you get older, but even at 20 the time seems to fly by with little regard for what one would like to do with said time. Already we are at the end of January, with the scene set for 2019. Yes, it looks like it’s going to just be another regular year.

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The ABC’s Fate

23/01/2019

You can look at the ABC from two angles. The first being that, as our public broadcaster, is one of the most trusted news sources in the country. The second is that that trust is being slowly undermined and whittled away as the ABC becomes a tool for the Coalition to bat away or play down stories detrimental to the government. It is very clear that, if the Coalition are allowed to retain their position after the election, the ABC will be a shell of its former self.

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The ABC Must Be Protected

01/10/2018

The past week has been an interesting one for our public broadcaster, and both the Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, and Chairman Justin Milne have left. Guthrie was cut off by the board amid growing concerns that she no longer represented the interests of the ABC, and Milne resigned following damning allegations that he had betrayed the editorial independence of the broadcaster. The rest of the media and some politicians have latched onto this frenzy and the ABC has been portrayed as a sinking ship. Was Guthrie’s axing and Milne’s departure the right choice, and is the ABC collapsing as some claim?

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