Saturday, September 25, 2004

Whinnett hacks harder than the logging industry.

Tasmanian journo Ellen Whinnett has got herself a vote for “Hack of 2004” with her story about only 18 per cent of people supporting an immediate end to old growth logging.

Whinnett forgot to tell readers who paid for the polling (the timber industry) and what question was asked. The question was heavily slanted towards potential job losses (according the industry estimates) if logging was stopped immediately.

She also gave logging interests twice the column space compared to those disputing the poll. The National Association of Forest Industries PR department will be celebrating tonight.

And Whinnett is the “Chief Reporter” at the Mercury. I wonder how bad the cadets are?

7 Comments:

At 9:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Forest industry PR dept deserve a pay rise while Whinnett deserves the sack.

 
At 5:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Ellen personally but I know her work through many years or reading the Mercury. I can say this without fear of error: she's a far better journalist than you'd ever be.

 
At 5:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pretty clear from the lead it's a forest industry poll. Unless you're an illiterate freak.

 
At 4:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellen Whinnett - Winner of Walkley Award for Journalismn, (ya twat)

 
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