Shake the Fault Lines and Watch the Hypocrites Fall Out

Federal police raiding union offices in 2017. Photo: AAP. There’s not a lot that I agree with Martin Hirst about, but on one thing he is absolutely right: journalism operates on “fault lines”. Fault lines are those ethical conflicts that are part and parcel of the trade of journalism. Sometimes the fault lines are as …

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The Citizen’s Guide to the Media Pt. 1

The Citizen's Guide to the Media is a series I'll be writing, with the aim of empowering readers to build up their personal bullshit-detecting toolkit, so as to sniff out the fake news, the click-bait and the propaganda from the real news. This first installment is a brief overview of where we're at, in contemporary media. Do read on ...

The journalistic sin that festers in open sight

The idea that "Everyone I don't like is Hitler" is a common social media meme, but there's a more insidious instance of this thinking that is promulgated by the supposedly "curated" media - the almost reflexive habit of labelling anyone who deviates from the received centre-left wisdom as "far-right", which is as much to say, …

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