Media Watch is progressively losing the plot

2021-11-22T09:13:09+11:0019 November 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Believe it or not, Howard Kurtz’s MediaBuzz program on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel in the US (it airs on Foxtel in Australia) is fair and balanced – whereas Paul Barry’s weekly ABC TV Media Watch program is devoid of pluralism. Before going to Fox News, Kurtz hosted CNN’s media criticism program Reliable Sources. Prior [...]

ICAC’s ‘hat-trick’ of lynchings must not be extended

2021-11-08T09:07:02+11:005 November 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The concept that a book cannot be judged by its cover is a cliche of long standing. However, in democratic societies at least, it has been accepted that the scope of an ­organisation can be ascertained by its title. Not so the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. As the recent public hearings in ICAC’s Operation Keppel demonstrate, [...]

Emissions schism exposes Nationals’ innate vulnerability

2021-10-25T09:00:21+11:0022 October 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The one-time British prime minister Harold Wilson is perhaps best remembered for having said, apparently in 1964, that a week is a long time in politics. Over half a century later, a day is a long time in politics. Just over a week ago, there was considerable talk about whether Scott Morrison would represent Australia at [...]

Royal heir chances his arm in our domestic politics

2021-10-18T08:58:44+11:0015 October 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Where’s the Australian Republic Movement when it might be relevant? There was no sign of the normally loquacious Peter Fitz­Simons, the ARM’s chairman, after Prince Charles gave his interview with BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt last Monday (London time). Strolling through the gardens of the royal family’s estate in Balmoral, the Prince of Wales saw [...]

Premier Perrottet is so much more than just his faith

2021-10-11T09:16:50+11:009 October 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

It seems that the advent of Dominic Perrottet as Premier of NSW has placed Nine newspapers between The Rock and a contemporary sectarian hard place. How else to explain the article by Stephanie Dowrick (aka The Reverend Stephanie Dowrick) in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Monday? Dowrick’s piece – which was titled [...]

Beware radical left behind ‘Voices of’ independents

2021-10-11T09:19:33+11:002 October 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Some Australians may regard it as amazing that Laura Tingle remains as the chief political correspondent for ABC television’s 7.30 program with regular appearances on Insiders, despite having accused the Scott Morrison-led Coalition of “ideological bastardry” in a late-night tweet not so long ago. For her part, Tingle told 7.30 viewers on Wednesday that former [...]

Subs pact makes us a target for nuke attack? Gao figure

2021-09-27T09:53:40+10:0025 September 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

It was one of the more extraordinary interviews of recent memory – which was barely covered in the media. On Monday, Stan Grant interviewed Victor Gao on ABC television’s China Tonight program in the wake of the decision that Australia would purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the US or Britain under the new AUKUS trilateral security [...]

We’re ill-served when only the rich can take on Aunty

2021-09-20T10:02:59+10:0018 September 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

If Industry Minister Christian Porter is forced to quit the ministry on account of accepting anonymous donations to cover personal legal costs, then only super-rich politicians will be able to defend their reputations by means of defamation actions. The likes of Clive Palmer, who held the Queensland seat of Fairfax for the Palmer United Party [...]

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the ABC

2021-09-13T09:21:34+10:0011 September 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Just when you thought no further apologies or settlements would be required by the ABC for some time at least, the ABC communications department was busy again this week. On Tuesday, ABC communications released a document by Peter Munro titled “ABC Statement on Ms Represented”. The documentary, which aired for a total of two hours [...]

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