A quick Monday morning thread . . .
This morning I made a rare visit to the front page of news.com in a misguided attempt to read, dare I say the word, the news.
Most of it was old. The ALP leadership challenge is well-worn. Everything that was written may well be true, but it’s hard to believe stories that are based around “according to un-named sources”. Maybe the stories where the sources can be identified – or not fabricated – could attract some credibility.
Here’s one, for example. Talking heads chatty during silence.
The Governor-General Quentin Bryce and the Prime Minister Julia Gillard have both been accused of talking through the minute’s silence during the memorial for the 70th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.
Heather Malcolm said she saw both the ladies talking.
In agreement was Alana Chapman who said she saw Ms Bryce and Ms Gillard talking and said they should be able to show respect and not talk.
“She was. She was talking to the Prime Minister. Very disgraceful and disrespectful,” Darren Becker said.
“Yep. Saw them talking, very disrespectful,” Jenn Cameron said.
Dud story but at least the people were real. Real people aren’t that hard to find, as this story shows. Makes the story seem real.
Apart from the leadership talk and the usual Julia Gillard slag-fest, one thing on the front page stood out. It was under the heading “Most Recommended”. Here we have a news organisation that rams the leadership talk down our throats yet recommends we read something else. And what is today’s most recommended? Here are the thrillers that round off the top three:
And their point is? The headlines might be bullshit but we want you to read the other crap.