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Jan 11, 2011

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 pr

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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.

Richard Farmer —

Richard Farmer

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  1. @confessions.

    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.

  2. 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.
    R