Saturday, March 05, 2005

I told you ages ago!

This just in, Gerard McManus is officially a fucking disgrace.
Here in all it's glory the Press Council's view of the reporting of the "Hack of 2004".
Does this mean he gets a promotion at the Herald Sun?



THE AUSTRALIAN PRESS COUNCIL

ADJUDICATION No. 1270

The Press Council has upheld a complaint by Senator Bob Brown against The Herald Sun, Melbourne, for an article, headed Greens back illegal drugs, published on 31 August 2004 in the lead-up to the 2004 federal election.
The Council views this article as irresponsible journalism.
In the article a number of false claims were made about Greens Party policies. The article was accompanied by a graphic entitled ‘What they stand for’. The graphic listed 20 broad proposals claimed to be advocated by the Greens.
Sen. Brown said a number of claims made by the paper in the article or graphic were wrong, including:
? an alleged policy of a 33% hike in company tax to at least 49 cents in the dollar (which did not reflect current Greens policy);
? suggestions that people would be forced to ride bicycles more often and eat less meat and business people to use alternatives such as rail, boat and teleconferencing (no coercion is advocated in the policies);
? existence of policies to keep out business immigrants, introduce taxes on family homes, drive farmers from their land and reduce infrastructure to 1995 levels (no such policies exists, Sen. Brown says); and
? a desire to cut the population by 2 million (Sen. Brown says there is no such policy and the claim is based on a Liberal Party paper).
Additionally, regarding the headline on the article, Sen. Brown said that it was ‘manifestly wrong’ and that Greens policy was a call for ‘a study of options’.
Given the sweeping and unqualified nature of the claims, the newspaper ought to have checked the veracity and currency of the policy claims. Prior to the publication of the article, the reporter rang Sen. Brown’s office asking for the Greens’ policies. He was informed ‘that all current policies were available on the website’. There is evidence that, as well as any use made of the Party’s website in writing the article, the reporter preferred other statements of Greens’ policies, some erroneous and hostile to the Greens.
In the context of an approaching election, the potential damage was considerable. The actual electoral impact cannot be known but readers were seriously misled. On the day of publication, Senator Brown addressed his concerns with the article to the bylined journalist during a press conference, but no redress was forthcoming. In fact, a follow-up article, published the next day, was described by Sen. Brown as “derogatory”.
An article by Sen. Brown, which responded to some points in the 31 August article, as well as comments by Treasurer Costello in a subsequent article, was published by the paper a month later.
The claims made in the original article were seriously inaccurate and breached the Council’s guiding principles of checking the accuracy of what is reported, taking prompt measures to counter the effects of harmfully inaccurate reporting, ensuring that the facts are not distorted, and being fair and balanced in reports on matters of public concern.

20 Comments:

At 5:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou.

Some people still read and notice.

 
At 2:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sun publishing all those loony policies would probably have got the greens more votes than they would have otherwise received.

 
At 9:13 pm, Blogger emily said...

I really enjoyed the content on your blog about teleconferencing will be back very frequently! I actually have my own teleconferencing exposed blog with all kinds of stuff in it. You�re welcome to com by

 
At 9:29 pm, Blogger Weedlet said...

I really enjoyed the content on your blog about teleconferencing will be back very frequently! I actually have my own teleconferencing exposed blog with all kinds of stuff in it. You�re welcome to com by

 
At 7:10 am, Blogger sarah said...

Your blog is great! It's hard to find blogs with good content and people talking about teleconferencing these days! I have a secret teleconferencing exposed if you want to come check it out

 
At 7:19 am, Blogger Jessy said...

I really enjoyed the content on your blog about teleconferencing will be back very frequently! I actually have my own teleconferencing exposed blog with all kinds of stuff in it. You�re welcome to com by

 
At 7:27 am, Blogger paige said...

Wow - you're blog is full of good info. It's getting hard to find blogs with useful content and people talking about teleconferencing these days. I have just started my Latest teleconferencing news blog and would really appreciate you coming by - thanks again

 
At 10:38 am, Blogger Adult Personals said...

hey nice site you have here!

Any tips on bloggin ? id like to see your reply to this story :)

look forward to the next edition

i have bookmarked you

 
At 7:11 am, Blogger startonline said...

Hi :)

You have a great blog! Keep up the great work, and I'll be sure to visit regularly.

I have a accredited online college degree related site, check it out if you get some time!

Look forward to reading more of your insightful post!

 
At 8:14 am, Blogger Yalta resources said...

Free Blog Hosting Using Wordpress Blog Software At www.Blogsilla..com

 
At 6:48 am, Blogger Mizambar 6294 said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you! The information and Internet marketing product evaluations that you provide are great for beginner webmasters.

Now, I have a related internet business site/blog. It pretty much covers internet business related stuff. In addition, I supply the secrets that I used to make $12,124 from Google Adsense last month.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

 
At 12:20 pm, Blogger mwcart said...

Hello. Do you know the you can California Search Engine Optimization
online. The internet is the perfect place to find California Search Engine Optimization
. Great blog, keep up the good work.

 
At 9:49 am, Blogger doer said...

Hello, just visited your blog, it's informative. I also have a website related togoogle adsense software. So make sure you visit and hope it's useful.

 
At 8:09 am, Blogger OneBigMama said...

Hello! What at great blog you have going. I blog about internet marketing search engine. I am also offering the eBook "Adsense Empire" to my visitors.... Stop by & get your copy today

 
At 4:05 am, Blogger Va Virginia House Cleaning said...

Unusual blog. I liked the site its from so much I
have to visit it again! I surf the web for blogs like
yours in my spare time.
Check out the blog site with my serious home based business opportunity in it!

 
At 5:13 pm, Blogger Molly Johnson said...

Intro to picture of zoroastrianism

 
At 12:36 pm, Blogger Scott A. Edwards said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! You really are very talented and deserve an honest compliment, congradulations! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a marketing global online site/blog. It successfully covers marketing global online related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time, Scott.

 
At 10:40 am, Blogger Scott A. Edwards said...

NEW Space Age Technology. This is a NEW Revolution and YOU Must Check this Out!!! Can You Really Take a FREE Picture of Yourself Without a Camera? This is Amazing... "This is a very simple and safe process- Your monitor puts off a magnetic field, this software enables your computer to detect the reflection of the field. This is just as safe as using your monitor everyday".
Click here: FREE PICTURE WITHOUT A CAMERA

 
At 5:40 am, Blogger Scott A. Edwards said...

Dear friend, for only $2, you can now get started with success university. What is even better (we think) is that the nominal processing fee will be donated to feed the children- a non- profit organization providing humanitarian support world- wide. Click here: FREE Information

 
At 1:03 pm, Blogger Scott A. Edwards said...

Are You an Advanced Marketer? Click here to learn how to broadcast thousands of messages directly to people's desktops with just a click from your mouse, Spam Free. Learn more about it here: money making internet business site. It pretty much covers money making internet business related stuff and it is FREE to join.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home