Wednesday, September 01, 2004

the Herald Sun vs the Greens

When the Herald Sun hacks, they hack hard. Yesterday Gerard McManus thoroughly misrepresented the Greens policies and was humiliated for being a hack of the highest order by Bob Brown in front of the entire press corp.
Did McManus apologise. No way, he just enlisted the help of Michael Harvey to produce this pile of puke under the disgracefully dishonest headline "Brown backs off Greens' drug ideas".

Brown stood by the real Greens policies of investigating drug harm minimisation stratergies and attacked McManus' dodgy interpretation of them. But who cares about facts anyway. Certainly not McManus.

Anyone would think the Hack of 2004 Trophy is a coverted award the way the Herald Sun journalists are racking up the votes.

Michael Harvey backed up his hard news story with an editorial on page 5 on the same topic. Oh arn't the lines between news and editorials being thoroughly blurred at the Melbourne tabloid. It's probably good the Herald Sun labled Harvey's second piece as "comment" because without this tag it would be hard to tell where the news was.

Andrew Bolt again showed why he has very short odds to win "Hack of 2004" with his effort on the Greens. The Hun hasn't posted his latest column yet but let me assure you guys, he brought up his Green Nazi theory again.

At least my local News Ltd tabloid, the Geelong Advertiser didn't touch this dog.

Perhaps the whole affair was unwittingly summed up by Elizabeth Coleman in her letter to the editor that said, "I though I was reading fiction when I read about the Greens' policies. As I read further it only got worse." Yes Mrs Coleman, you were reading fiction, and yes it was getting worse.


At 3:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck Hackwatch, you certainly have your work cut out.

At 4:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan Jones has to get a vote for this interveiw with Mark Latham.
Jones' "I've got a letter saying you king hit someone, and I'm not telling you who wrote it" was just pathetic.
So to was Jones' quoting of Piers akerman's figures about Latham's council days.

At 4:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but i thought journalists were supposed to get both sides of the story. Surely if you are going to discuss Green policy you would ring up bob brown for a comment.
McManus is a dick.

At 5:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Herald sun beatup must be bad, the Daily Telegraph wont even run it!

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

You can expect the Murdoch press to go really hard on the Greens and Labor because of the timing of this election.
Australia would normally be a sideshow for Murdoch, but with the US election 3 weeks later and Bush under threat, Murdoch will be putting plenty of political pressure on to ensure Bush's staunchest ally wins.
Great site and so desperately needed when our democracy is under serious threat from a diminishing number of unscrupulous big media players.

At 9:26 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

To show I am not playing favourites, I'm awarding Michael Moore two points towards the "Hack of 2004" award for Farenheit 911.
Moore took Bush out of context during his "Have and Have more quote" speech. This was a comedy routine at the Al Smith Charity Dinner.
I'll also award Bob Brown a point for not spotting Moore's out of context hack in his movie reveiw.Moore's other point is awarded for claiming the Saudi's own 7% of the USA. Yes the Saudis have a lot of investment in the US but putting a definite figure like that on the amount was disingenuous.

At 1:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember when refering to andrew bolt that this is the man who called "Finding Nemo" enviromental propoganda because all the animals were goodies and all the humans were bad (plus it was degenerate because it had a lesbian doing one of the voices- ellen degeneres)
i don't think you should try to lump andrew in with the jurnos he's more of a comedy turn really

At 12:49 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

Well so much for the Geelong Addy not misrepresenting Greens policies. John Boland, a veteran conservative columnist couldn't help himself and get a vote for "The Hack of 2004" award.
The Addy is one of those technology averse papers so no link is available. Boland went the Greens will introduce "over the counter availability for illicit drus" line and then moved on to his Democrats "policy vacuum" argument.
Because I really want to improve our democratic process, I'll link the Dems Website so journalists can download their policies at the click of a button.
Policy Vacuum my arse.
In another clunker, Boland argued "Peter Garrett's defection to Labor from the Greens was a masterstroke orchestrated by Latham". Since when was Garrett in the Greens. 2 votes Boland for complete incompetence.


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