Category: Media

Palestinians Are Not Liars: Confronting the Violence of Media Delegitimization – scheerpost.com

55 journalists have been killed and hundreds more injured or detained by Israel since 2000. Yet for many Palestinian, the physical harm they face pales in comparison to the constant delegitimization of their work by in the media.

PRIORITIZING PALESTINE 

Only Palestinian voices can convey the emotions of highly charged stories about Palestine, stories that never make it to mainstream media coverage. When they do, these stories are often missing context, prioritize Israeli views – if not outright lies – and sometimes omit Palestinians altogether. But as the work of Abu Akleh, al-Samoudi, Alnaouq and Shalash, and hundreds more, continues to demonstrate, Palestinians are qualified to produce high-quality journalism with integrity and professionalism.

Source: Palestinians Are Not Liars: Confronting the Violence of Media Delegitimization – scheerpost.com

Mark Dreyfus’ exclusive media diversity club

It’s all about the numbers, Fake News continues to dominate REAL News and the ALP is just as much an ally as the LNP. In that regard, they are Trumpist-rating chasers. Murdoch destroyed News in the UK for ratings and when busted fled to the US. He destroyed News in the US and they live with the consequence today. He struggled in Australia because we had the ABC so he called on the LNP to dilute and weaken what was a bulwark to democracy that kept the bastards honest. With every successive LNP government that safety net to REAL trusted News and information has been broken.

(Image by Dan Jensen) Following the Coalition’s example, News Corp and Nine have been prioritised over small independent publishers in the Albanese Government’s “media roundtable” initiative. Michelle Pini reports.

Source: Mark Dreyfus’ exclusive media diversity club

King Charles conspires with Rupert Murdoch to destroy his son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Kangaroo Court of Australia

Rupert Murdoch and King Charles

Individuals Harry and Megan battle “The Firm” and the Corporation what chance do they have in a long-lasting war? Murdoch knows he can’t lose no matter what happens. Let the millions roll in.

King Charles has been colluding with Rupert Murdoch, via his wife Camilla, to destroy the reputation of his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. Prince Harry has strongly alluded to this without expressly stating it in numerous interviews he has given to promote his new book.

Source: King Charles conspires with Rupert Murdoch to destroy his son Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleKangaroo Court of Australia

Jacinda Ardern resigns: New Zealand housing crisis

This article entitled the “Housing Crisis” is in Costello’s and the CH9 Age yesterday. The Statistic above is what Ardern achieved  for NZ in housing and if you note an all-time high.  Amazing how Ch9 is so intent on preferring bullshit to the facts in order to run  Jacinda Ardern down. If this had been  the past 5 years of an Australian or NZ Conservative government The Age opinionators would be all praises.

Here’s another statistic that The Age “OPINIONISTS” seemed to have missed or avoided telling Australia and why they are more Murdoch today than they are news and information..

Despite her celebrity status, outgoing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern failed to resolve the country’s housing crisis.

Source: Jacinda Ardern resigns: New Zealand housing crisis

Promoting Falsehoods and Marginalizing Truth-Tellers – scheerpost.com

The Washington Post’s coverage of a January 2023 study arguing that the post-2016 coverage of Russia election meddling may have been overblown, reveals a corrosive trend in legacy news media where the personalities and outlets that perpetuate inaccurate or false news are rewarded, and the truth-tellers who expose legacy media lies are marginalized and ostracized

Source: Promoting Falsehoods and Marginalizing Truth-Tellers – scheerpost.com

Up For Auction: The Contents of an Inconsequential Mind – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If taste may be characterised as a capacity for self-restraint, this is a virtue neither visible here nor generally associated with AJOA who, among other singular achievements was in 2007 deemed to have encouraged the Cronulla riots and engaged in the vilification of Lebanese people. Like a boxed set, AJOA’s racism has been consistently accompanied by a relentless misogyny (some memorable instances being that in his opinion women leaders were “destroying the joint”, recommending Julia Gillard be taken out to sea in a chaff bag, and that New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern have a sock shoved down her throat for her public views on climate), a characterological explanation for which remains elusive despite the grovelling walk-backs and apologies.

Source: Up For Auction: The Contents of an Inconsequential Mind – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Propaganda isn’t something that only happens to others. – Pearls and Irritations

Hand holding TV headed businessmen on rope. Manipulation and brainwash concept.

Let be clear

One of the empire’s strongest assets is the widespread assumption that propaganda is something that only happens to other people. Another is the widespread assumption that propaganda only comes from other countries and other political ideologies.

Source: Propaganda isn’t something that only happens to others. – Pearls and Irritations

Chris Smith and the way people downplay, excuse and protect predatory scum | The Shot

If you’re thinking, ‘well he lost his job, that’s great, let’s move on’, sadly, we can’t just move on until we unpack all the shit that happened along the way.

Source: Chris Smith and the way people downplay, excuse and protect predatory scum | The Shot

Number 1 for 2022: Jenny Morrison Slammed For Lack Of Manners! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The countdown is over! In proving that satire and a good laugh can lift our spirits in the darkest of political times, Number 1 goes to Rossleigh for this article from February.Media

Source: Number 1 for 2022: Jenny Morrison Slammed For Lack Of Manners! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How NewsGuard Judged Consortium News

In defence of reporting facts and critical thinking for the benefit of a Nation mislead

NewsGuard is a government-affiliated organization judging Consortium News, which is totally independent of government or corporations. NewsGuard acknowledges CN‘s independence in its judgment.

NewsGuard’s ties to the U.S. government suggests that its role is to uphold government narratives and to fend off evidence that challenges it, at the risk of undermining its own position.

If CN were really an “anti-U.S.” website it would be happy to let things in the U.S. run its course towards steep decline. It would welcome rather than criticize foreign and domestic policy decisions by U.S. leaders that are harming the nation.    

Because CN argues for a more equitable society and an end to U.S. aggression in pursuit of dominating the world, it wants the U.S. to improve the treatment of its citizens and to become a more responsible citizen abroad. Performing journalism’s supreme function of critically analyzing government does not make one “anti-U.S.”

Source: How NewsGuard Judged Consortium News

A cry from the regions: media dominated by billionaires and corporations is not journalism – Michael West

Broome, Western Australia

This submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Newspapers by Broome journalist Andrew Chambers was rejected by the Committee for containing content “adverse” to another party so we published it here.

Source: A cry from the regions: media dominated by billionaires and corporations is not journalism – Michael West

#9 TOP IA STORY OF 2022: John Pilger – War in Europe and the rise of raw propaganda

 This contentious February story on the Ukraine War by one of IA’s biggest stars was extremely popular with readers.

Source: #9 TOP IA STORY OF 2022: John Pilger – War in Europe and the rise of raw propaganda

#10 TOP IA STORY OF 2022: Dirty little secrets exposed in Higgins’ case against Lehrmann

 

Here’s the thing about sexual assault: it is usually a dirty little secret. A dirty little secret that emboldens perpetrators, disempowers victims and allows the whole sordid business to continue on repeat. And so it goes.

Source: #10 TOP IA STORY OF 2022: Dirty little secrets exposed in Higgins’ case against Lehrmann

Elon Musk Is Taking Aim at Journalists. I’m One of Them.

Elon Musk waves while providing an update on Starship, on Feb. 10, 2022, near Brownsville, Texas. Twitter on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.

Soundproofing the Twitter

I got suspended from Twitter yesterday. I’m one of at least eight journalists who were casualties of Elon Musk’s “Thursday Night Massacre,” after the billionaire went on a power-hungry suspension spree. Twitter didn’t explain what rules I allegedly broke — but that’s to be expected under the new management, whose transparency has mostly consisted of Musk personally replying to tweets explaining his decision-making. My suspension is likely temporary, or it could be permanent. Who knows?

Source: Elon Musk Is Taking Aim at Journalists. I’m One of Them.

“The RNC has done a great job”: Fox’s Kellyanne Conway repeatedly praised RNC without disclosing it paid her over $800K | Media Matters for America

Kellyanne Conway and GOP money

Laughing at you America.. What’s the Scam

Fox News contributor Kellyanne Conway repeatedly went out of her way to praise the efforts of the Republican National Committee around the midterm elections, saying the organization did a “great job” and touting its voter contact program. Neither Fox nor Conway disclosed that the RNC has paid Conway’s firm more than $800,000 since last year.

Source: “The RNC has done a great job”: Fox’s Kellyanne Conway repeatedly praised RNC without disclosing it paid her over $800K | Media Matters for America

Media go for drama on Victorian election – and miss the story – Pearls and Irritations

Victoria Election Labour Reception Dan Andrews victory. Image: AAP / James Ross

The Herald Sun and The Age went further than just “dramatic reporting” they became what they’ve always been. Murdoch is an LNP .IPA paid political activist and Costello the new wanna-be-paid Ch9 kid on the block. To say they missed the point is to have missed the point.

For the best part of two weeks, Victorian voters were told by the media that the election on November 26 might result in either a hung parliament or a minority Labor government.

Source: Media go for drama on Victorian election – and miss the story – Pearls and Irritations

Media Serve the Governors, Not the Governed

Australia created the ABC as an Independent Statuary Body yet the LNP has censured, beaten, and financially bruised the ABC to become a shadow of itself over the past ten years. They did it to gain the quid pro quo support of dominant private media and other corporately controlled sectors in this country and they will continue to do so should they regain power.

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

Source: Media Serve the Governors, Not the Governed

Seven boss Kerry Stokes defends bankrolling Roberts-Smith in spray against ‘scumbag’ journalists – Michael West

Afghan war crimes

Kerry Stokes, and Lachlan Murdoch both regard the “press” as scumbags” Peter Costello remains behind the curtain. Isn’t that the “pot calling the kettle…”

Why is billionaire Kerry Stokes funding the media defamation action of Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith against Nine Newspapers? He gave the reason to Callum Foote, directly and in person at today’s Seven annual meeting.

Source: Seven boss Kerry Stokes defends bankrolling Roberts-Smith in spray against ‘scumbag’ journalists – Michael West

Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer and Lachlan Murdoch should be charged with conspiring to intimidate Brittany HigginsKangaroo Court of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany Higgins, Bruce Lehrmann and Lachlan Murdoch

The trial has become a national scandal and Justice Lucy McCallum needs to take action for contempt of court against Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer Steve Whybrow, Lachlan Murdoch, his attack dogs at News Corp and Senator Linda Reynolds. If Justice McCallum fails to do so her reputation and the reputation of the court will be trashed for many years to come and will likely become an example used at law schools on how not to run a court case.

Source: Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer and Lachlan Murdoch should be charged with conspiring to intimidate Brittany HigginsKangaroo Court of Australia

Terror on Crimea Bridge and Russia unleashing shock’n awe – Pearls and Irritations

Kerch Strait Bridge Crimea - image: AP

Informed or Uninformed Opinion? Is this what Russian Propaganda in English looks like or is this the real cutting-edge reporting? Who are we to believe?

Media Wars

How a humiliated western Empire can possibly raise the stakes now, short of going nuclear, remains a key question. Moscow has shown admirable restraint for too long. No one should ever forget that in the real Great Game – how to coordinate the emergence of the multipolar world – Ukraine is just a mere sideshow. But now the sideshow runners better run for cover, because General Armageddon is on the loose.

Source: Terror on Crimea Bridge and Russia unleashing shock’n awe – Pearls and Irritations

Federal MP Linda Burney applies for an AVO against a social media user to protect her “reputation”Kangaroo Court of Australia

The Court is out

Federal MP Linda Burney has filed an application for an AVO against social media user McKenzie Raymond with all the evidence pointing to it being a frivolous and vexatious attempt to silence McKenzie Raymond.

Source: Federal MP Linda Burney applies for an AVO against a social media user to protect her “reputation”Kangaroo Court of Australia

News Corp again scoops the pool at News Awards as Walkleys reveal nominations | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch at the 2019 News awards, where they hand out prizes to News Corp journalists.

The Biggest Fantasy Show in Australia’s News Industry.The Murdoch News Corp’s own News Awards. Always presented before the Media’s true event the Wakeleys

Fri 14 Oct 2022 14.11 AEDT  There’s one thing guaranteed at the annual “prestigious” News awards for journalism. A News Corp Australia journalist will win every category. Judged by News Corp editors, and usually attended by Rupert and/or Lachlan Murdoch, the in-house awards will be handed out across company mastheads at a gala ceremony on 8 November.

Source: News Corp again scoops the pool at News Awards as Walkleys reveal nominations | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Local man surprised after anal beads fail to improve chess game | The Shovel

72-year-old grandfather and amateur chess enthusiast Gavin Frampton said inserting a vibrating sex toy up his anus has not improved his win rate, despite chess prodigy Hans Niemann seemingly having success with the technique.

“I put the beads in, played 1.e4 as usual, and then waited for the magic to happen,” Frampton explained. “But after five minutes, it had had absolutely no impact. On the chess game,” Frampton explained.

Source: Local man surprised after anal beads fail to improve chess game | The Shovel

Sky News’ Chris Kenny fails to read fine print over Facebook’s IPA ‘censorship’ | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Chris Kenny

Kenny is such a lazy journalist he says anything for effect. He claimed Nauru detention centre was a tropical “holiday resort” he’d happily take his family to. He didn’t even apply for permission to do so. Big mouth small foot always deep in it.

But the IPA warriors might have saved their outrage for another day if they had just read the fine print. It was not the content of their ad that was the problem.

Facebook’s rules require ads which have political content to carry a “disclaimer, disclosure and ad labelling”. From the Heart, the campaign for the voice to parliament, had an ad removed earlier for the same reason.

Source: Sky News’ Chris Kenny fails to read fine print over Facebook’s IPA ‘censorship’ | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Fascist-Sympathizing Newspaper Barons Were the Blueprint for Today’s Right-Wing Media

In the 1930s, six right-wing oligarchs used the US’s and UK’s largest newspapers to spout sensationalist xenophobia, and at times even boost fascist propaganda. Today, Fox News and other right-wing mass media outlets are using the very same blueprint.

Source: Fascist-Sympathizing Newspaper Barons Were the Blueprint for Today’s Right-Wing Media

Scientists Conclude Climate Change Contributed to 1/3 of Pakistan being Under Water; Calls for Debt Relief

Climate scientists are very careful about attribution. But these scientists wrote, “we found that the 5-day maximum rainfall over the provinces Sindh and Balochistan is now about 75% more intense than it would have been had the climate not warmed by 1.2C, whereas the 60-day rain across the basin is now about 50% more intense, meaning rainfall this heavy is now more likely to happen.”

Source: Scientists Conclude Climate Change Contributed to 1/3 of Pakistan being Under Water; Calls for Debt Relief

Crikey and Media Watch v Friendlyjordies and IA

One needs to ask why is IA so readily flailing away at another independent media publisher rather than putting up a united stand against mainstream white man’s media? Why aren’t the other Independents responding and supporting them in their attack on Crikey? They don’t seem to feel Donavan and Pini have an argument worth backing.

Is IA just the sound of a single mouse roaring? Wailing against a competitor in a small Independent alternative market? They seem to have taken their eyes off the ball, the greater Australian media system? Or is this simply the sound of sour grapes? Do you really have to be poor to have both integrity and Independence?

Despite its claims of being small and independent, Crikey uses its cronies in the mainstream media, including ABC Media Watch, to promote itself and its funding campaigns and attack its competitors. Another eye-opening exposé by Dave Donovan and Michelle Pini.

Source: Crikey and Media Watch v Friendlyjordies and IA

Australia’s new defamation laws should stop criminals like Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes from abusing the law to silence journalistsKangaroo Court of Australia

Australia’s new defamation laws should stop criminals like Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes from abusing the law to silence journalists By Shane Dowling on September 18, 2022 • ( Leave a comment )

Source: Australia’s new defamation laws should stop criminals like Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes from abusing the law to silence journalistsKangaroo Court of Australia

Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce

In Australia, as in Britain and the United States, professional mass media are part of the Establishment. This status even has its own name: the fourth estate. So at times like the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the pressure to conform to political and social expectations is intense.

Source: Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce

Fossil Fuel Industry Wants Free Speech for Corporations but Not Citizens

Demonstrators walks past the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 10, 2017. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders arranged for the march to protect native sovereignty, keep fossil fuels in the ground and stop construction of the DAPL project. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right to protest is forever being restricted while Fake Advertising and media propaganda is increasingly tolerated

As oil companies push to criminalize dissent, they’re also making the case that climate denialism is protected speech, not fraudulent advertising.

Source: Fossil Fuel Industry Wants Free Speech for Corporations but Not Citizens

White Man’s Media: Legacy media in the US and UK frames and conditions our thinking and actions – Pearls and Irritations

White mans media

Most political colonies have come to an end. But a colonial mind set continues in the media .That colonial media mind set in turn promotes a ‘colonisation of the mind’. The US Department of Defence maintains, in its own words ‘full spectrum dominance’ throughout the world. Legacy media in the US and the UK has the same dominance. It frames and influences how we think and particularly how governments act.

Source: White Man’s Media: Legacy media in the US and UK frames and conditions our thinking and actions – Pearls and Irritations

Is this the madness that comes with monarchy – or is it the disdain that’s over the top?

Is this the madness that comes with monarchy – or is it the disdain that’s over the top?

ITA and the ABC the Monthly Women’s Magazine is back

Is this the madness that comes with monarchy – or is it the disdain that’s over the top? by Mark Sawyer and Callum Foote | Sep 16, 2022 The ABC’s has sent its big guns to London for the funeral of the Queen. Is this a wise use of taxpayer dollars – or entirely justified by the event’s historic nature?

Source: Michael West Media – investigative journalists – always independent

More about the Crikey crowdfunding con

Is this a fight between two competitors where one, IA, fears it’s about to lose, and lose out big-time, the pot of gold- subscription money? According to them the crowdfunding of Crikey needs to be stopped why? Because they are already well funded? Well, there goes the Monthly or any other Independent publisher fighting to deliver better quality REAL News and Information. Are Murdochs funding IA or has AI merely jumped ship and joined the Murdochs of their own accord? What value is there when IA have turned to play the man and has taken it’s eyes off the ball and the man happens to be on their own team?

CRIKEY … “INDEPENDENT”? 

Long before Crikey decided to stick its head above the parapet and issue this challenge to Lachlan Murdoch, Independent Australia was being mauled by Murdoch’s minions. We were being attacked, scorned and subjected to almost innumerable legal letters from News Corp, practically all of which threatened our very continuation as a publication. That’s because we were actually broke — not pretend poor, like Crikey. IA

The deeper you dig into Crikey’s crowdfunding in its defamation case against the Murdochs, the muddier it becomes.

Source: More about the Crikey crowdfunding con

Press freedom under threat again for whistleblowers

Bearing hallmarks of the 2019 Australia Federal Police raid on the ABC over its ‘Afghan Files’, Finnish journalists are on trial for treason after reporting on Finland’s national security, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

Press freedom under threat again for whistleblowers

The truth about Crikey’s crowdfunding campaign

The truth about Crikey’s crowdfunding campaign

But this crowdfunding initiative, appealing to your better instincts by allowing them to misconceive Crikey as being a poor, independent media company up against a titan, has been launched under false pretences.

The question Australians need to ask themselves is, why would they use their hard-earned to displace one allegedly unethical media tycoon with one who also appears, from what we’ve seen here, to play it fast and loose?

The truth about Crikey’s crowdfunding campaign

Rex Patrick: will Timor Leste become China’s latest aircraft carrier? – Michael West

Meanwhile the demented idiots on Sky News Kenny and Dean were spruiking that the Conflict Islands, privately owned, are up for sale. “where’s Penny Wong where’s Wong” both screamed. In fact the islands aren’t up for sale and never were according to their owner. It seems Kenny and Dean were demanding Australia buy them and some 800 other islands between us and NG.

These claiming to be balanced news jocks just fall over and over every night for the amusement of the same audience of less than 30k half of which are probably their opposition and the other half sitting with their food trays in their laps with the TV on for their amusement.

In the wake of Scott Morrison and Marise Payne’s disastrous foreign affairs stewardship, Penny Wong jets to Timor-Leste today in what may be another rescue mission to save a Pacific neighbour from China’s expansion in the region. Rex Patrick has long warned the young nation might spurn Australia in favour of Chinese investment.

Rex Patrick: will Timor Leste become China’s latest aircraft carrier? – Michael West

Lack of scrutiny helped Morrison scandal go unnoticed

With the ABC neutered these past decade and Murdoch media, Ch9 and other mainstream organizations tied to the Government and it’s donors for financial gain political media in this country holds any oppositions to account rather than the Government. Democracy is no longer being served and an autocracy is encouraged to flourish. Grass roots politics brought an end to the slippery slide and has temporarily allowed the nation to catch its breathe.

Revelations about Scott Morrison’s power-grab of five secret ministries raise serious questions about the health of Australian media and in turn, the media’s commitment to contribute to a strong democracy.

The core function of political media is to hold power to account. The fact that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison was able to secretly sign himself in as co-minister in the portfolios of health, finance, resources, treasury and home affairs, in collusion with the Governor-General, speaks volumes of journalists’ unwillingness to scrutinise the powerful.

Lack of scrutiny helped Morrison scandal go unnoticed

Neo-Nazi pub incident more complex than it seems

Consequently, the matter has become a shitshow and is all but impossible to discuss frankly in the public arena. But I’m concerned that if we don’t try, we’ll leave a vacuum that rash people might feel the need to fill.

It’s undoubtedly been made worse by media outlets like The Herald Sun. Journalist Brianna Travers will not be collecting Walkleys for her article: ‘The Irish Times pub fires workers for spitting in neo-Nazi’s beer’. Her article begins with ‘A neo-Nazi has revealed what allegedly prompted an Irish pub’s bartender to spit in his beer’, making it sound like Brianna bravely gave voice to a neo-Nazi about what the extremist bartender did to him.

Neo-Nazi pub incident more complex than it seems

Can American Democracy Survive the “Fake News” Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

Can a nation survive as a democratic republic without an honest and trusted news ecosystem? Is it an actual fact that truthful and reliable news — combined with the kind of cultural trust people have in both government and each other as the result of a shared reality — are both historic and necessary preconditions for a democracy to work at all?

Can American Democracy Survive the “Fake News” Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

Fox complained the feds should have subpoenaed Trump’s documents before seeking a search warrant. They did. | Media Matters for America

Idiots abroad. An Australian who once shamed us and is still regarded as one of us- News Corp the Goebbellian Murdoch PR Corporation

Fox News personalities have repeatedly denounced Monday’s FBI execution of a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence by claiming that the agency should instead have subpoenaed the documents the former president illegally took from the White House, which the bureau was reportedly seeking. In their telling, Trump is a naif who may have accidentally taken some documents he should not have, but sending federal agents to seize the documents is a massive escalation which revealed that President Joe Biden’s administration is targeting a political opponent for partisan gain.

Fox complained the feds should have subpoenaed Trump’s documents before seeking a search warrant. They did. | Media Matters for America

The Morrison circus is over but the mainstream media must go on

It’s facing enormous challenges since Labor won the Federal Election and immediately embarked on a whole new way of doing governance that (so far) positions policy before politics. At first blush, this seems to be the opposite of the “flood the zone with shit” strategy practised by the now defunct L-NP Government led by the now defunct Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

It’s a challenge for voters as well, reeling as we are from years of daily chaos that rapidly became our new normal as the former Government lurched from one scandal to another, as lies went unremarked and commentators, rather than contest this cavalier abandonment of truthfulness and transparency, normalised it by declaring we were in a “post-truth” world.

The Morrison circus is over but the mainstream media must go on