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The Daily Telegraph's moral outrage « Previous | |Next »
September 15, 2012

Jonathon Green in The staggering hypocrisy of the supertrollers on the ABC's The Drum refers to the Daily Telegraph being up in arms about a lack of civility in public discourse. Its running a Stop the Trolls campaign---waging a war on the monsters that lurk on the internet.


Green says about this tabloid's style of "journalism":

It would be fair to say that their routine journalistic tone is hectoring, enraged and pugilistic ... these are the leitmotifs of a modern mass media that sees a future in venting at its audience and in encouraging a sense of shared outrage in response. It is a community built on anger and nameless omnidirectional dread. It is also a mass media alarmed at the penetration and mainstream subverting influence of social media.

The Daily Telegraph, which routinely uses anger, confrontation and provocation as the foundation of a populist business model, is a paper that is profoundly and utterly incensed by the conduct of vile and abusive trolls on Twitter.

What Green doesn't refer to is the way that Murdoch's tabloids condone practices which had encouraged their journalists to pay cash for unauthorised disclosures – from the alleged bribery of police officers and public officials. It is a well-established procedure in the tabloids that is fostered and condoned by Murdoch and it results in a network of corrupted officials across public life.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:27 PM | | Comments (10)


One thing is certain... the DT knows exactly what it's customers want to read... and delivers.

Green article about the hypocrisy of bullies complaining when they are bullied back is spot on.

"their routine journalistic tone is hectoring, enraged and pugilistic "

Piers Akerman and Andrew Bolt etc are bullies wearing the hat of journalism. They are really 'flamers'--paid to enflame political discourse by building on anger, moral outrage and hatred. Its aim is to polarise opinion and to displace reasoned argument in political discourse.

Newspapers have a responsibility to provide profit to their shareholders NOT as it seems to provide YOUR version of the truth in every article and opinion.
You seem to miss the point of advertising revenue/ bums on seats and the part it plays in news.

Fair enough Marvin... to a point. But in my experience, some of the most stubborn, reactionary, outraged, knuckle-draggers I've known wouldn't have a clue about the likes of Bolt, Akerman and Devine. And they don't listen to Jones or Hadley. So... what influences THEIR views?

sure, Murdoch's tabloids are commercial companies seeking to increase circulation and their profit in a competitive market. But they are more than that, as they do rave on about freedom of the press, say they are the fourth estate, and usually justify their enflaming in terms of the public interest.

Yeah true. Its called marketing

There's a difference between marketing and false advertising...

or mass deception

Much the same as the picture of the hamburger and the real thing