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Media Watch gets it right, and then gets it wrong

All in the space of two consecutive segments.

First up, their excellent report in to the media management and manipulation of the Rudd government [1], which press gallery journalists seem to agree is much worse than it was under the Howard government.

And then a peculiar beat up about questions which Alan Jones didn’t ask of Cronulla Sharks CEO Tony Zappia [2].

The point which Media Watch seem to have missed here is that the interview was about Cronulla’s financial issues, not about Mr. Zappia accidentally hitting an employee some time ago.

Perhaps Alan could have asked the question, but it wasn’t what the interview was about, and it’s entirely possible that Alan ran out of time…after all, the interview did go for five minutes, which is fairly standard for an interview during a breakfast show.

The analogy here is that if I was interviewing the manager of the local supermarket about their new checkouts, I wouldn’t ask him about the price of frozen peas…unless of course I needed to fill half a minute and wanted to buy frozen peas after work.

Anyway, go and check out the first link. The report in to the media management and manipulation of the Rudd government is quite excellent. I was watching ABC news on Sunday night and was wondering why they took a pot shot at Kevin Rudd asking himself questions…now I know.

Samuel