How the Australian Government Created a Treasure Trove for Citizen Journalists

Going into bat for the legacy media which had had his own back for so long, Barack Obama praised them as “the curated media”. Likewise drunk on their own self-regard, the legacy media developed a mania for so-called “fact-checking”. Both Obama and his cheerleaders in the legacy media labour under the delusion that they are …

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Principled Media Stand or Last Gasp of Hypocrisy?

Recently, Australia’s newspapers took the unprecedented collective action of publishing their front pages entirely redacted. This, they say, is a united call for greater media freedom following a sustained attack on the rights of journalists to hold governments to account and report the truth to the Australian public. Are the nation’s newspapers really taking such …

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Fake News: How We Got Where We Are

First Donald Trump broke the media, then he made them a laughing-stock. Despite their endless self-regard, everyone knows who the real fake news are now. The 2004 comedy Anchorman opens with the observation that “there was a time…when people believed everything they heard on TV”. The joke is grounded in reality: in the early 70s, …

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