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June 12, 2003

I could not agree more. This rightly fingers the press.

Sections of the media have allowed themselves to become conduits for government spin. The journalists are either on the drip feed or they are content to recycle media releases. Either way they become publicity agents for particular politicians. The feeding is all carefully planned and organized.

And as the article says:

"Their market-driven editors are complicit, ready to hype what is often little more than tendentious hearsay in order to present front-page scoops."

Its shows how far some journalists have gone dumped their responsibilities to democracy.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:59 AM | | Comments (4)


There are plenty of good journos still over there, believe it or not. The problem is that if they're good (ie; thoughtful, hardworking and independent) they won't get promoted or syndicated.

I can't decide which is the greater problem - the swing to the right of Genghis Khan that we see all around us or the failure of the media to question it's champions or to warn it's victims, who constitute the vast majority.

Judging from the number of comments to this post it doesn't look like anybody much disagrees with your statement Gary.

Everyone's to sad and depressed by the awful truth to summon the energy to type!

True Rex. I sometimes read Gary's posts and especially Rob Schaap's and find myself nodding in rueful agreement, unable to add anything of moment. It's really only the ignorant gits who inspire me to respond. Like an ignorant git I suppose. Just been over at the Blair residence to bait the bears.. I don't think anyone noticed really, as I'm not singing the team song, but in a sense it's this meeting of arguments on the killing floor that matters most in the blogworld. Likeminded forums can educate and inspire, but if there's no conflict an odour of formaldehyde can start to dominate. Preaching to the converted and all that.