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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Two sides of the same coin

"The Australian is not noticeably a worse paper than the other quality papers. It is however, a more ideological paper, with much more kind of explicit agendas, than the natural rivals, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. And I think that gives it an importance in the balance of opinion in the society, because a lot of intelligent people read The Australian, and I think because it has a neo-conservative agenda by and large, and the other papers don’t have much of an agenda..."

Robert Manne, ABC Radio National Media Report, August 11, 2005

Manne is delusional, of course. The Murdoch press has a more transparent agenda, if anything, while Fairfax equally believes in the same ideology: privatisation, deregulation, the US alliance and free markets. To suggest otherwise is a far too convenient way of understanding the mainstream media's failure.

5 Comments:

Blogger paul said...

You don't read much op/ed content in Fairfax organs, do you, let alone the obvious editorial bias and the fact that most of the writing staff appear to be rejects from TASS. Fairfax under the wee Scotsman makes the ABC appear balanced.

Friday, August 12, 2005 11:32:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Oh, I read the Fairfax press, daily (though it's getting harder.) To suggest that Jaspan is a raving leftie is laughable. Questioning Western hegemony isn't leftie, it's rational. Though, really, the Fairfax press operates under a similiar ideology, in a much more subtle way.
Keep reading...

Friday, August 12, 2005 11:35:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Paul, why does criticism of the Oz imply unquestioning loyalty to Fairfax? Antony's blog has been pretty forthright in its criticisms of the latter. Have I missed something? Or is this a straw man from a troll with nothing better to do?

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:09:00 pm  
Blogger paul said...

I didn't say anything about the Murdoch press- The Oz has shifted editorially to the right quite markedly since the change of editor (Chris Mitchell), and has increased its circulation; Fairfax has been turning into a broadsheet Green Left Weekly, or a lame version of The Guardian under Jaspan, with consequent circulation freefall. I'm glad I have shares in the former and not the latter.

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:37:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Fairfax is like the Green Left Weekly? Jesus Christ, I'm sure you read GLW often, and stop simply saying what the Blairs on this world parrot.
It's nonsense. The occasional piece criticising Iraq et al does not make the paper left-wing. My thoughts on Fairfax are clear for all to see, and I used to work there.

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:44:00 pm  

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