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What’s the connection bw Dave and Jeremy leaving Crikey and Fairfax editors quitting?

Jeremy Sear June 26, 2012 9 Comments

Jeremy (from Victoria) and Dave (from NSW) announce that they’re leaving Crikey at the end of the week. Suddenly the editors of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald both quit. Coincidence? We’d love to tell you, but we can’t. Yet. UPDATE: An old friend thinks they might be after him, instead.

“Unfair, unbalanced and savagely skewed to fit his ideological inclinations”

Jeremy Sear June 25, 2012 37 Comments

A newspaper writer discusses another member of his profession: …whose writing I’ve often found to be unfair, unbalanced and savagely skewed to fit his ideological inclinations, sometimes to the point of melodrama. I suspect everyone who’s stuck by Pure Poison to its final week can guess who it’s about, and who’s making the comment.

Actually, I’m more concerned about what Tina Alldis admitted than her offending journalists

Jeremy Sear June 24, 2012 12 Comments

One effect of sacking large numbers of journos is that those remaining will have less time to file more content. Which, based on what we’ve seen in the past, is often a great opportunity for PR flacks hoping that their thinly-veiled advertorial media releases might appear in formerly credible publications with little scrutiny. Here’s Tina […]

A worrying coincidence?

A worrying coincidence?

Dave Gaukroger June 20, 2012 60 Comments

A tweet from the ABC’s Mark Colvin caught my eye last night: Fairfax mgmt spox @ SMH today, asked if paywall will be undermined by ABC: “After next election, I don’t think the ABC will be a problem”. — Mark Colvin (@Colvinius) June 18, 2012 Then today this pops up on the front of The […]

Not many #lolBolts left

Jeremy Sear June 20, 2012 21 Comments

There’s not much time left for the gentle amusement of #lolBolts, but the great man is doing his best to send us off in style. Andrew Bolt complains that he appears to be in the higher income brackets that aren’t getting much out of the carbon price compensation package. “Amazing that I’ve missed out“, he […]

Actually, the Craig Thomson beat-up is exactly the sort of political “up-skirting” that’s turning those wanting quality journalism off the old mastheads

Jeremy Sear June 19, 2012 13 Comments

I agree with John Birmingham that there has to be a model for paying real journalists exposing important stories about which we need to know for our democracy to function – and that mixing their work in with celebrity fluff isn’t it. But I think he could have picked a better example of a “worthy” […]

I think it would be fun to ruin a newspaper

Jeremy Sear June 18, 2012 25 Comments

Crikey sends Jeremy Sear and Dave Gaukroger on their way. And today, the inevitable next step: Fairfax to shed 1900 staff, erect paywalls Who’s mocking the slippery slope now? In other news, how canny an investor is Gina Rinehart? Just days before the Fairfax share price rockets, she dramatically increases her stake in the company. […]

“Those who want less scrutiny”

Jeremy Sear June 17, 2012 10 Comments

Andrew Bolt on Leveson, calling out those complaining about holding a powerful media organisation to account, those …giving every appearance of sympathy to those who want less scrutiny… Good on Andrew for standing up against the shameless self-interested bleating of those who think no law, no regulation should apply to them. Those who think “scrutiny” […]

Did Andrew Bolt get /anything/ right in his post on marriage equality in Denmark?

Jeremy Sear June 9, 2012 44 Comments

So Denmark has finally removed gender gender discrimination from its marriage law thereby causing same sex marriages to be recognised by the state. They’re even to be performed in the official state church, although pastors retain the right to refuse to participate if discrimination against gay people is a fundamental part of their belief system. […]

When the figures don’t fit the narrative

Dave Gaukroger June 7, 2012 6 Comments

Yesterday saw a surprisingly strong GDP growth figure delivered by the ABS, which you would think would be welcomed by economics correspondents. Peter Martin in the Sydney Morning Herald: GDP. We’re booming, if you can believe it The figures suggest Australians bought 4 per cent more food during the quarter, 6 per cent more transport […]