Michael Stutchbury writes in this morning’s OO:
JULIA Gillard’s retribution over her perceived enemies in the press has latched on to an extremist rights agenda that would reregulate free speech and encourage a more litigious society.
Well, well Michael Stutchbury..so that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about the standards or rather lack thereof in Australian media – encouraged by the Murdoch scandal – it’s all about Julia Gillard seeking “retribution over her perceived enemies”.
Given that Bob Brown’s Greens have always had this as part of their media policy:
3.media diversity in content and format is a right of all Australians.
4.strong, independent public and community media are an essential part of Australia’s media sector…and that it was Brown who first mooted an investigation into Australia’s media, how amazing that all of a sudden the OO has decided to lay the ‘blame’ on Gillard.
The OO continues with this editorial.
Surely only a cabal of political operatives cloistered in Canberra could deduce that one of the nation’s most pressing issues is privacy legislation and the role of the media.
This privacy frolic has the hallmarks of being conjured up by ministerial advisers who have no understanding of the priorities of working families. Instead of focusing on the serious issues confronting government, they barrack for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy as he blames News Limited for the government’s woes. Squealing about media must be easier than self-analysis. While this will strike a chord on ABC radio or in the echo chamber of university students and bored public servants on Twitter, it will not provide the desired distraction for mainstream voters. In the suburbs, people are much more likely to perceive a government losing touch with their priorities, and looking for someone else to blame.
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