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March 5, 2004

This article by Catherine Lumby on the way the media shapes politics is pretty good. She says:

"Politicians simply aren't rewarded [by journalists] for posing questions that they don't have an answer to. Indeed, there's a long history of mocking anyone in politics who brings anything that smacks of book learning into parliament......In conventional journalistic terms, proper politics is about economics, foreign affairs, defence and factional power struggles. Before it can be taken seriously an issue has to be crunched down into facts, figures, graphs and stats."

This is a problem because politics cannot be squeezed into such narrow categories. Lumby says:

"......many of the political issues that confront Australia today - issues such as how we balance work and kids, how we give young people the best chance in life, how universal we want our education to be - can't be rendered so starkly."

She adds that the depth and vision to make broad changes is never going to happen whilst public debate is structured by the conflict-driven, left versus right, hard news versus soft news culture that currently dominates the media agenda.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:51 PM | | Comments (0)