Media propaganda a scourge on democracy
What do news reports about Grace Tame’s bong, Jenny Morrison’s 60 Minutes fluff piece and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s China scare campaign have in common?
They’re all symptoms of a particular class of political journalism that is closer to propaganda than news.
- Victoria Fielding
These examples show that some journalists would prefer to advocate for powerful interests instead of holding the powerful to account.
Australia has many quality journalists who rightly subscribe to the idea that their job is to speak truth to power and to represent the voices of the marginalised who don’t have powerful platforms to speak on their own behalf.
But these ideals…