Fun at the Walkleys
My wife alerted me to these Amazing scenes at the Walkley Awards. Stephen Mayne (founder of Crikey) was presenting an award when Glenn Milne (subsequently described by Mayne as “the former Sunday Telegraph political correspondent Glenn Milne, sponsored by Fosters”) rushed on to the state and pushed Mayne over, calling him a disgrace before being dragged off the stage by security shouting insults.
Meanwhile, sticking to more traditional modes of stoush, I have a piece in the latest Walkley magazine criticising the opinion pages of the “quality press” for giving equal time to global warming denialists. Reading it, it’s striking how radically the Australian debate has changed in the time since I wrote the piece (early October). The denialist position has collapsed so completely in Australia that my analysis is primarily of historical interest now, as an example of how the media can be manipulated by notions of ‘balance’.