Given mainstream newspapers like the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and the rest of the Murdoch and Fairfax papers (don’t start me on the daily telegraph in NSW) represent the rich dictating to the poor and middle class, the Fin reviews criticism was somewhat laughable.
That’s a significant public response to an important federal issue.
Yet, the The Australian nor the Australian Financial Review ran any reports of note on these demonstrations. The Telegraph in NSW of course ran a partisan line.
This highlights the fact that under the present mainstream media duopoly the views of a large number of Australians are ignored, and skewed.
The Daily Terrorgraph’s front page today is an absolute disgrace. Not because of the side of politics it supports, but because it is so partisan, so blatantly NOT in the spirit of journalism.
Clearly newspapers in Australia are now nothing more than mouth pieces for the ruling class, for the 1%. So where can the 99% go? Is it time to let them go completely, and embrace new social media for independence, or do we need to restore balance in the mainstream media?
This will be an interesting election campaign. Not just around who gets elected, but how. It will also provide an insight into the influence and effectiveness of new and old media.
As a friend of mine wrote today on Facebook, “While News Corp have made it abundantly clear they’ll be running an incredibly partisan line in their newspapers, never before has social media and the internet provided such an alternative for political discussion and debate. In many ways, printed newspapers will be the biggest loser if Rudd wins, because it will confirm their reducing influence and power in Australian politics.”
So will this election be a defining moment for the media?