Maybe The Age used to have standards

Here is a whinge from Michael Danby (emphasis added):

My experience with Melbourne’s The Age is worse. In 1985, when I was the editor of the fortnightly newsletter The Australian-Israel Review, I wrote an opinion piece for The Age in support of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his then imminent signing of the Rose Garden Peace Accord, under Bill Clinton’s auspices, with then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton “peace” accord was in 1993.

For holding that position, Fairfax did not publish an article of mine for another 25 years

Coming up in 2018.

During the ensuing 25 years, including the period 1985-2010, including when I was an elected member of parliament in an area representing part of the core readership of The Age, not a single article that I submitted was published. I gave up after 200!

Danby has a history of getting his dates wrong. In 2009 he wrote this in the WSJ (emphasis added):

In 1997 Australia had a similar case to this one, when Australian businessman James Peng was arrested in China. Mr. Howard didn’t “pick up the phone” to President Jiang Zemin. Instead he worked patiently through diplomatic channels, and eventually secured Mr. Peng’s release.

That isn’t how the ABC reported the event:

Successive governments have made sure the Peng case has been an irritant in the bilateral relationship since 1993. It was then the Chinese-born Australian citizen was seized by Chinese security officials in the Portuguese enclave of Macau, bundled across the border and charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of company funds. And then, after two years in detention, a sixteen-year sentence in a Chinese jail, based on laws passed sixteen months after his initial detention.

Maybe Danby has nothing worth saying. As I keep telling people there is no shortage of soft-left opinion, even if elected to the Parliament.

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13 Responses to Maybe The Age used to have standards

  1. Spongebob Steve Pants

    Spongebob is first!

  2. ChrisPer

    All hail Spongebob, first among equals.

  3. Spongebob Steve Pants

    Some are more equal than others when it comes to The Age.

  4. Paul

    Some are more equal than others when it comes to Danby.

  5. Spongebob Steve Pants

    2dogs can bite me. he is just jelly that he was not first.

  6. cuckoo

    On the other hand, I notice the Age recently published at the top of their correspondence column a letter from a womyn asking Why-why-why Sir Tom Jones had been allowed to sing ‘Delilah’ at the Grand Final, when it glorifies violence against womynses?

  7. Infidel Tiger

    Danby happily belongs to a party with Tony “Jews poison wells” Burke and Tanya Plibersek as MPs and future leaders.

    What a fraud.

  8. Andrew Landeryou

    While counting the years on his abacus, I do think erudite Sinclair has rather missed the point.

    The death of its lazy classifieds monopoly has been slowly killing The Age, its now famous failure to take up offers to cheaply buy into those now feasting on its rivers of gold guaranteed it stayed on death row but its stubborn refusal to faithfully represent the full diversity of our great city’s many opinions and perspectives, and its often outrageously biased news reporting, means its imminent demise is heartily deserved.

    That an ALP member of Parliament is willing to speak truth to The Age’s flickering flame of lefty power is a powerful reminder of Labor’s diversity and broad church. Conservatives and moderates are just beginning to consider life without *any* private-sector newsrooms, where ABC news may end up being the only well-funded news-gatherer and reporter in all the land. If Rupert Murdoch and his brilliant band cannot keep news publishing profitable in the digital era, I suspect no-one will.

    It will be people like Danby in the ALP, the moderates, who will be a very important part of ensuring the public broadcaster’s lefty leanings are tempered and restrained in keeping with ABC charter obligations. You diss him at your peril.

  9. Art Vandelay

    Heh, for an article that was supposedly about Bernard Keane, it spent a lot of time focussing on Michael Danby.

  10. James In Footscray

    Although one bit was interesting:

    “Beecher has bemoaned the fact that these days some journalists have such strong opinions, and articulate them so often, that it is inconsistent with their role as an objective and impartial reporter of facts.”

    I know the old ‘fact/opinion’ distinction is a furphy, but when you see every tweet from the whole ABC stable pushing the one line, it does highlight they need some people with different perspectives.

  11. Clam Chowdah

    Maybe Danby has nothing worth saying. As I keep telling people there is no shortage of soft-left opinion, even if elected to the Parliament.

    Meeeeeoawr! A hit, a palpable hit!

  12. Clam Chowdah

    Danby happily belongs to a party with Tony “Jews poison wells” Burke and Tanya Plibersek as MPs and future leaders.

    What a fraud.

    Yes. I could never figure out how he could lie down with dogs like that.

  13. Craig Mc

    Four subscribers good, two subscribers better.

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