Chris Mitchell and The Australian – good oil or snake oil?
The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Chris Mitchell, has been recognised with a special honour:
THE editor-in-chief of The Australian, Chris Mitchell, has won the JN Pierce Award for Media Excellence for leading the newspaper’s coverage of climate change policy.
For the first time, the judging panel presented the award to an editor rather than a reporter or columnist.
And who decided Mitchell and his paper deserved such an award?
The award is presented each year by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.
While the petroleum lobby might be fans of the Oz’s coverage of climate change issues, others seem to disagree.
Should a newspaper – or its editor – feel honoured to receive an award on its reporting and coverage from a group that appears to have a clear vested interest in the nature of the coverage?
ELSEWHERE: Mitchell’s award is being discussed at Pollytics and Larvatus Prodeo. Andrew Bolt, who is normally quick to criticise awards that he thinks are judged based on how well they suit the judges’ agenda, hasn’t picked it up yet.
ELSEWHERE #2: Tim Lambert notes:
The Australian did not report on their 2008 victory in RealClimates’s prestigious award for Most consistently wrong media outlet, but the APPEA award generated this headline: Editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell wins top award.