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Dislike of press gallery journalists very evident

The Canberra press gallery clearly does not have many admirers among the ABC listening audience. The criticism of the questions asked of Prime Minister Julia Gillard at her afternoon press conference was quite savage. The concentration on the impact of flood relief spending on the federal budget deficit did not impress the listeners. That line of questioning was considered inappropriate with protests by phone call and SMS coming thick and fast when the conference ended.

The Stump readers can judge the appropriateness of the questioning and the criticism for themselves. The transcript is published here.


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  • 1
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Ahh the Press Gallery. Australia’s answer to a question nobody asked.

  • 2
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Probably explains why so many are turning to Facebook and twitter.

    The press gallery and their obsessions are becoming obsolete.

  • 3
    Rod Metcalfe
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    And judging by some of the questions to a Qld Minister on ABC TV last night, the media is already gearing up for ‘failure’ stories. Why weren’t there enough resources? Why weren’t people warned in time? etc etc etc. Never mind that the most recent event was unprecedented and Queensland overall has been suffering floods for weeks.

  • 4
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Yes, the gotcha approach to that interview was a disgrace.

  • 5
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink


    I heard Waleed Aly interviewing the ABC’s ‘social media’ reporter Latika Bourke this morning on 774. It seems that her role will be to aggregate the Twitter feeds and Facebook status updates of ‘important’ events and present this in some sort of digestible format to traditional media consumers. Not very new media, really.

  • 6
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    This from the relevant ABC bulletin (http://blogs.abc.net.au/abc_tv/2010/12/abc-news-appoints-social-media-reporter-latika-bourke.html):

    “As a reporter with 2UE, Latika Bourke was named young journalist of the year for *her coverage of the Liberal leadership coverage*, and her use of social media was key to this.”

    Covering the coverage? That’s rather meta, isn’t it?

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