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October 27, 2005

Media criticism in Australia very rarely touches on the politics media nexus to show how it works.The politicians condemn the media (lack of diversity) whilst the media condemn the politicians (corruption). What falls between the two is the nexus or link. Mark Latham was the only person to lift the lid on this and it was quickly slammed down by both sides.

Here is one account that explores the nexus:

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Eric Devericks

News Limited is digging its heels in regarding Freedom Of Information laws and it is supportive of two journalists who are under threat of gaol for not revealing their sources over a leaked government document.

What the cartoon ignores is the way the politicians feed the media and manage the news and have many journalists in their pockets. John Doyle in the Andrew Olle Media Lecture says:

To state a truism politicians and journalists need each other, feed each other and form marriages of convenience. I remember working with a high profile journalist on a commercial network a few years ago who stated that his ambition was to work as Peter Costello’s press secretary when he assumes the Prime Ministership. His newspaper column has been nothing but full of praise for the Treasurer ever since.

The culture critics argue that the media is a business, and going tabloid and low sells and highlight how News Ltd in running with this, avoids elite opinion and expresses populist opinion that fuels a jingoistic nationalism.

Is this not in accord with the conservative movement and its attempt to establish a cultural and poiltical hegemony?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:33 AM | | Comments (0)
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