Friday, September 24, 2004

Hack Watch

I don't know if Craig Binnie had anything to do with the headline but "Greens grab for widow's millions" in today's Hun is beyond a joke.
If the story is true, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Greens. Binnie's "no comments" paragraph from the ACF, was subbed out for their on-line addition. Why this was done is beyond my comprehension.
2 votes for the "Hack of 2004".
It wasn't a bomb you morons, but that didn't stop the Daily Terror editorialising about one.
The Daily Terror ramped up the fear declaring "While it is too early yet to say whether the device found on the Virgin Boeing 737 on Monday morning posed an actual threat to the aircraft". This is absolute rubbish, unless you believe in spontaneous combustion. The Age was just as bad.
Malcomn Farr gives the Lib's dirt file on Latham a great run in the Daily Terror today.
Farr talks about the dirt file and then repeats the claims as fact.
Surely he should have added the phrase "the Liberals claim" to this paragraph, "Back in October, 1992, when mayor of Liverpool, he had urged the State Government to close eight Sydney hospitals to save $150 million a year."
In a very flimsy story Farr argues "The Liverpool Leader (local paper) at the time reported Mr Latham's Labor colleagues weren't impressed with Craig Knowles, a future health minister and then Liverpool alderman, calling it simplistic."
Repeating a Liberal dirt unit's claims as facts and then finding this totally unrelated report in the local paper can only be described as pathetic.
One vote for Farr.
Will file again later.


At 4:24 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

Yes I know the blog layout has gone mad, and it is pobably the Greens fault.

At 4:44 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

Just a quick update for the millions of Hackwatch fans.
Gerard McManus is now well and truly leading the race for "Hack of 2004". Not only has he been wrong on so many occasions, he has been deliberately mischievous and is an insult to the fourth estate.
His latest article about "Green groups ... marshalling their forces to stage a large protest, designed to disrupt the Liberal Party's campaign launch..." is absolutely disgraceful.
What evidence does McManus have that this is the aim of the protest?
McManus is setting this story up as professional protestors creating a "security nightmare" for police. He is also deliberately overstating the Greens involvement in organising the "End the Lies" rallies with his lead and photo.
If there is trouble, guess who is going to get the blame?
Someone will have to do something pretty special to beat McManus for "The Hack".
Sportsbet have got him at $1.05

At 4:44 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

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At 8:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story makes the daily telegraph's last four days reporting of "bombs" look ridiculous. Hopeless sensationalism.

At 8:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Herald Sun was on very dangerous legal grounds on "Greens grab for Widow's Millions" and have made a correction in this story. Note how the correction is at the very end of the story where it is most likely to go unread.

At 7:45 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

No apology either. On the face of it the Greens could sue for defamation.

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