Saturday, September 11, 2004

Hack Watch

Gerard McManus has just taken the lead on the "Hack of 2004" points table for this effort in the Herald Sun.
The big question is, Why didn't the Herald Sun lable this article an opinion piece?

This piece is just so bloody flimsey it is ridiculous. Could Gerard actually tell us what event (besides him digging for figures he won't source adequately) actually took place for his story.

McManus claims the Tasmanian business investment growth rate of 42% declined. Gee Gerard, can you name any place in Australia where they have been able to sustain that type of business investment growth rate, especially during a "recession we had to have".

While SA and Vic were going broke Bob Brown and the independents (Yes Gerard, The Greens were not even a political party at this time) supported severe cut backs to deal with a $100 million deficit left by the Liberals.

McManus is an absolute disgrace, and the day this type of crap becomes a regular feature in our newspapers is the day we can kiss our democracy goodbye.


At 7:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Hackwatch,
McManus is an embarassment to the profession. I should know I work with him.

At 3:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need a good sub-editor old chum. I know it's not something they teach at uni. Perhaps someone at the Herald Sun can recommend one.

In the first par, the word "why" after the comma doesn't need a capital. "Lable" is spelled "label" and "flimsey" is spelled "flimsy". You need a question mark at the end of your third par, a comma after "broke" in the fourth, no capital on the "yes" and cutbacks is one word. Also, the comma in the fifth par is redundant.

Sniping at spelling on the internet is usually beneath me, but if you're going to hold yourself out as the arbiter on all things journalistic, you're going to need to look after the basics.


Goat Boy.

At 11:49 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

As you can see from my intro Goat Boy, i fully acknowledge my crappy spelling. So what do you think about the opinion piece from McManus, or are you happy teaching English over the net?


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