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Reality-based journalism: some updates

May 25th, 2011
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  1. Donald Oats
    May 26th, 2011 at 03:07 | #1

    The rapture captcha was rather interesting to note: in the wake of the failed parting of the Red Sea and yadda yadda yadda, I expected at least a couple of stories on the “new look” ABC; instead, it was apparently given a very quick mention on one news slot and then Phffft! Gone! Relegated to the Drum, the ABC’s boulevard of broken dreams.

  2. May 28th, 2011 at 09:28 | #2

    Pr Q said:

    A scathing piece from archetypal centrist Dana Milbank on default denialism,

    Dana Milbank would be only be described as a “Centrist” by someone from the Far-Left. It would be more accurate to describe him as an establishment liberal. He has spent most of the noughties attacking Right-wing parties and movements. No doubt they had it coming to them. His wikipedia entry focuses on enemies to the Right:

    He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of…the Progressive Party…

    After Bush won the 2000 election, Karl Rove asked the Washington Post not to assign Milbank to cover White House news.[4] In 2001, a pool report penned by Milbank which covered a Bush visit to the US Capitol generated controversy within conservative circles.[5] According to Milbank, the nickname given to him by the president is “not printable in a family publication.”[6]

    On October 5, 2010, Doubleday released Milbank’s polemic biography of right-wing pundit Glenn Beck: Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America,[15] which a review in Milbank’s paper, the Washington Post said was a “droll, take-no-prisoners account of the nation’s most audacious conspiracy-spinner.”[16]

    And of course Milbank rigidly conforms to every last article of faith in the Left-liberal cultural credo, like most of his fellow free-thinkers in the MSM.

    Milbank himself acknowledges that his ideological position is somewhat Left-wing:

    “Anybody reading my column would make an informed judgment that I’m left-of-center, and I wouldn’t quarrel with that,” he says. “But strongly ideological people on the left do not recognize me as one of their own.”

    Hmmm…”strongly ideological people on the left”, I wonder who on earth he could be talking about!

  3. May 28th, 2011 at 09:29 | #3

    Pr Q said:

    A scathing piece from archetypal centrist Dana Milbank on default denialism,

    Dana Milbank would be only be described as a “Centrist” by someone from the Far-Left. It would be more accurate to describe him as an establishment liberal. He has spent most of the noughties attacking Right-wing parties and movements. No doubt they had it coming to them. His wikipedia entry focuses on enemies to the Right:

    He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of…the Progressive Party…

    After Bush won the 2000 election, Karl Rove asked the Washington Post not to assign Milbank to cover White House news.[4] In 2001, a pool report penned by Milbank which covered a Bush visit to the US Capitol generated controversy within conservative circles.[5] According to Milbank, the nickname given to him by the president is “not printable in a family publication.”[6]

    On October 5, 2010, Doubleday released Milbank’s polemic biography of right-wing pundit Glenn Beck: Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America,[15] which a review in Milbank’s paper, the Washington Post said was a “droll, take-no-prisoners account of the nation’s most audacious conspiracy-spinner.”[16]

    And of course Milbank rigidly conforms to every last article of faith in the Left-liberal cultural credo, like most of his fellow free-thinkers in the MSM.

    Milbank himself acknowledges that his ideological position is somewhat Left-wing:

    “Anybody reading my column would make an informed judgment that I’m left-of-center, and I wouldn’t quarrel with that,” he says. “But strongly ideological people on the left do not recognize me as one of their own.”

    Hmmm…”strongly ideological people on the left”, I wonder who on earth he could be talking about!

  4. Chris Warren
    May 28th, 2011 at 13:28 | #4

    Compared to how I see things – Krugman is an optimist.

    Anyway the ensuing comments were interesting. I particularly liked the comment by:

    Kirk Tofte
    Des Moines, IA
    May 24th, 2011
    5:02 pm

  5. Donald Oats
    May 28th, 2011 at 19:37 | #5

    Concerning the Roman Catholics and priests “with problems”; even as news breaks, via Time Magazine (taken from an Italian newspaper article), concerning the cardinal dude advising the Pope on reforms to deal with priests-with-problems (yeah, that paedo issue that just won’t go away), we have our once esteemed ABC’s The Drum: Catholic sexual abuse study greeted with incurious contempt.

    I am stunned. This is delusional behaviour (by the ABC’s intrepid reporter) writ large. While it is wise to adhere to the “innocent until proven guilty” mantra, wiretaps should make a reporter’s antenna go up…and this journalist is in the business (of writing about religion and ethics in that context).

    I do agree with the journalist that there are probably a range of factors involved in why priests engage in paedophilia, but that does not alter the main fact, namely that there is something seriously amiss when the most senior clergy (allegedly) commit serious criminal acts against minors.

  6. Freelander
    May 29th, 2011 at 07:36 | #6

    I’m sure the ‘cardinal dude’ was simply on a fact finding mission. We are bound to hear ‘his holiness’, once again, deride the persecution the church is now suffering on the issue.

    As for the ABC’s drum author, maybe Scott Stephens is a former seminarian making the now traditional, former seminarian – journalist – liberal politician career path. I would not be surprised if Chris Ulhmann is on that career track as well. I did a search on Mr Ulhmann to see if he had written anything in any academic or quasi-academic journal, and yes, in 2006 he wrote something in Agenda which included describing Canberra as a command economy. I get the distinct impression he is yet another right-wing libertarian looney. Certainly wouldn’t be inconsistent with his performance on ‘our’ ABC. ‘Our’ ABC or Rupert’s?

  7. Freelander
    May 29th, 2011 at 08:52 | #7

    The Roman Catholic church investigating itself is reminiscent of OJ Simpson’s never ending search for the ‘real’ killer.

  8. Alice
    May 29th, 2011 at 09:44 | #8

    Its a bit like Tepco being in charge of investigating what went on at Fuskushima?
    The real truth comes out now after the media storm has abated…the meltdown happened within hours of the earthquake, not just at one reactor
    when the media were pushing “It hasnt melted down yet”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13497656

    How can we have reality based journalism when the culture of lying is so widespread (driven by corporate interests and an “interested in corporate interests for his own corporate interest” media baron)?. Reality based journalism doesnt exist unless its purely funded by the public purse and even then its a risk if certain politicians stack the management with political types (ABC).

    Now there is a tornado heading to Japan and they havent got a lid on it.

  9. Alice
    May 29th, 2011 at 09:45 | #9

    Oh and Tepcos CEO has resigned. He has bailed.

  10. Donald Oats
    May 29th, 2011 at 19:12 | #10

    @Alice
    “Holy Tepco, Batman!” as Robin might say in a moment of significance. Much of official TEPCO news has been relayed too late, in diminished form, or with claims of uncertainty at points when the circumstantial evidence (or direct observation) has already confirmed the bad news. This is in direct breach of the PR rules Pr Quiggin has in the title of another of his blog posts, ie “Tell early, tell it all, tell it yourself”. Not surprised that the CEO resigned because of illness: the unfolding disaster would have made any human being sick to the stomach, and especially someone at TEPCO who knows the score!

    @Freelander
    Great analogy! LOL!

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