Former News of the World editor Paul McMullan admitted to Steve Coogan they published dross in order to fund real invesitgations. Are Fairfax also compromising themselves with their equal reliance on clicks, eyeballs and advertisers driven by linkbait like today’s Steve Jobs “story” by Julian Lee?
I finally caught up with the ABC’s Four Corners Hackgate show “Bad News this week.
By Reporter Sarah Ferguson and Producer Michael Doyle For more than five years Rupert Murdoch and his most trusted executives told the world that a rogue reporter and a rogue private detective were responsible for hacking phones for the News of the World.
I found myself offended by Paul McMullan while watching. I couldn’t figure out why (and before you say it, it wasn’t because of that hideous scar he seems to have developed on his face in the past few weeks). So I searched his name and came up with this:
Didn’t you just want to hear it was Steve Coogan, a victim of Murdoch’s Minions and #hackgate, who left that scar on his face?
But I digress, we already know the articles of Journalism at Fairfax have become few and far between in recent years. There’s been plenty written illustrating that in recent years (Google and Crikey are your friend if you want to find them).
Its pretty clear after all Jobs only abandoned Apple because they and they alone are responsible for our addiction to shiny things. Not to mention the pain and suffering Apple alone cause at Chinese Manufacturing and in the Jungles of the Congo where they mine rare earth metals for Mobile circuitry.
But the objective of the piece wasn’t to do any research or any journalism, it was clearly just
So my advice to Fairfax is, rather than publishing such navel gazing idiocy, better:
One where they would send journalists to the manufacturing hubs, the mining centres and the supply chains. I’m sure Greenpeace or other NGO’s in the space would be happy to partner with them.
But that costs money and while it’s been investigated, won’t drive them clicks. And more importantly it’ll probably scare off some of their advertisers.
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