The Age used to be a newspaper of record

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42 Responses to The Age used to be a newspaper of record

  1. stackja

    Yes! Age showing! Confused!

  2. Texas Jack

    I guess it depends on how old you are. As far as I can tell it’s always been a lefty piece of shit.

  3. Sinclair Davidson

    I guess it depends on how old you are.

    My mother-in-law tells me it used to be a very good paper, “until that horrible Mr Whitlam became prime minister”. I can’t tell. There was a while in the mid – to -late noughties when the Business section was very good.

  4. Confused Old Misfit

    If you tell a big enough lie often enough there will be enough people who believe it to make it true enough. Enough already!

  5. Leo G

    Deputy nationalizers’ leader?

  6. Leo G

    … and cabinet pudding minisher.

  7. dauf

    Is there a single line that is correct. As i understand it, he was not validly elected (as he was not eligible) and so never was a senator…and so could not resign because he was never a senator???

    Well the rest is just the Age…i remember when i was a teenager (40 years ago) i was told it was Australia’s premier paper. perhaps i just grew up, but perhaps it was not always a nasty piece of shit

  8. John64

    Things are even worse at Fewfacts on weekends when the work experience kiddies are left in charge.

  9. marcus classis

    The nAGe was a fabulous paper in the 19th century. Since 1945, not so much.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    It has been a red rag for many years ,since they stopped the p]apprentice system ,and hired the graduates of the communist universities thoroughly indoctrinated by the narxist “teachers” . Years ago I named it Melbourne Pravda and the SMH Sydney Izvestia . The march through the institutions has excelled its self the media is almost total in the media . Drain the Swamp .where is our Trump ?

  11. areff

    Thanks, Sinc. Stole that for QoL as an excuse to dig Robert Murray’s piece on the paper’s decline out of the archives and give it another airing.

    https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2017/03/age-decrepitude/

  12. Tom

    My mother-in-law tells me it used to be a very good paper, “until that horrible Mr Whitlam became prime minister”. I can’t tell. There was a while in the mid – to -late noughties when the Business section was very good.

    I’m trying to nail down the moment The Age decided to stop being a journal of record and start being a student rag.

    I think it was November 24, 2007 — the date of the federal election when the paper decided it was a campaign broadsheet for the 10% of people who vote for the lunatic green left. It was about the same time all of the paper’s advertising revenue left town when advertisers realised it was no longer somewhere they could talk to people who buy stuff.

    The fact that Fairfax still exists as a “news media” organisation, when its only product is political propaganda, is a miracle.

  13. Up The Workers!

    “The Age”.

    A.k.a. “Sorbent with newsprint”.

    Its the worlds’ only lavatory paper where all the crap comes pre-loaded.

    A.L.P. (“Age” Lavatory Paper).

    Whenever another wad of the odious rag floats in to the sewage treatment works, the “Richard the III”‘s all get out and picket!

  14. rickw

    Generation SJW retard look like they’ve finally reached the workforce.

  15. Up The Workers!

    “The Age” used to be a newspaper of record” – nowadays, it is more of a broken record – of Bung-Journoism bias, decency-phobia and bulldust.

    Once upon a time, it could have advertised itself under the motto: “Sorbent for the larger arsehole.”

    But then it went tabloid, and consequently lost three quarters of its customers.

    Their miniscule circulation is what happens when you try to write an in-house propaganda rag for the world’s only political Party whose rank and vile membership are too dumb to even spell their own Party name correctly.

  16. Robber Baron

    I think Sinc meant to say “The Argus.”

  17. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    There was a time, when The Age was up there with the western world’s great newspapers.
    It had proper editors and real journalists who’d done a four-year cadetship and been tutored by real journalists who learned their trade from an earlier generation of real journalists. They belonged to the Australian Journalists’ Association and not some outfit disparagingly referred to as the Clowns Union.
    Its political coverage was excellent, and its investigative journalists reported without fear or favour and turned up Walkley Award winning stories.
    Even their police rounds coverage was enviable.
    And then one day it went to merde.
    Earlier this year, we had the CEO, Greg Hywood, saying please forgive us we’ve changed.
    It reminded me of the ill-fated afternoon Melbourne newspaper Newsday, launched by Fairfax in September 1969.
    It wasn’t long before Fairfax was desperately running radio ads stating, ‘We’ve changed for the better’.
    But it was too late, and it went down the gurgler, costing Fairfax $3 million and 67 journalists their jobs.
    I suggest the same fate awaits The Age, given the depth to which its journalism has plunged.
    As a former Age reader, all I can say is ‘Tough merde, Greg.’

  18. areff

    its investigative journalists reported without fear or favour and turned up Walkley Award

    Look at this year’s Walkley nominations, one of which is Louise Milligan’s error-strewn hatchet job of a book on George Pell. Tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

  19. It all started in 1987 when Warwick “the Wanker” Fairfax bought out his family and proceeded to run the company into the ground.
    But all was not lost as Conrad Black and Kerry Packer came to the rescue in early 1993.
    The Feds got involved and forced Conrad Black to sell his stake. The Kiwis bought it……that was the straw.

  20. alexnoaholdmate

    What is the main problem with The AGE?

    Before I even open it, I know exactly what I’m going to read.

    Trump, Trump, Trump. Isn’t Tony Abbott awful? Gay marriage is simultaneously inevitable yet likely to be derailed by bigots. There aren’t enough women in boardrooms because of sexism – and if there are, it’s because they’ve had to overcome terrible sexism. Even if they say they didn’t.

    Also, the world will end at 2.04 PM tomorrow afternoon, because you take hot showers in the morning and drive to work instead of cramming yourself inside a smelly bus. Shame on you.

  21. herodotus

    I don’t think he is even a cabinet maker. That’s a skilled craft.

  22. Robbo

    There’s whole lot of things The Age used to be.
    It used to be paper that ALWAYS printed both sides of a story.
    It used to be paper that prided itself on ALWAYS getting things right.
    It used to be paper that employed journalists, not lazy and incompetent rewriters of press releases.
    It used’ to be a paper that carefully checked for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
    It used to be newspaper, not a left wing viewspaper.
    It used to have a large circulation because people could rely on it for factual reporting.
    It used to be the best paper in Melbourne.
    The Age is now a bad joke, an example of what a newspaper should never be.
    David Syme and Graeme Perkins are rolling in their graves at what their incompetent, hopeless successors have done to their legacy.

  23. stackja

    Wikipedia on Age mentions past errors.

  24. J.H.

    LOL…. Ludlam was a Greens Senator…. How th’ frig did The Age stuff that up? Are they employing the homeless dyslexic as sub editors now?

  25. Shy Ted

    Scott Ludlam still has lotsa money he was never entitled to and has no intention of refunding. Malcolm and Bill have no intention of pursuing these ill-gotten gains. Malcolm and Bill and Scott like your money.

  26. Ubique

    Once the Green-left rot starts, the disease spreads quickly and death is all too soon. It’s accountable to lefties only hiring and promoting other lefties, whether it be at the The Age, SMH, BHP, the big four banks, Commonwealth and State departments and agencies. Soon it’s wall to wall lefties and nothing but group think.

  27. Rohan

    So Ludlum was like 4th in line to the throne?

  28. Another old bloke

    Ubique, you left out AGL.

    A couple of the earlier comments appear to be by people with inside knowledge of the old newspaper-of-record Age Agree with all of it.

    Graeme Perkin was a mixed bag: he brought in graphic designers and changed the entire look and feel of The Age. It was the first “modern” Australian newspaper. Terrific achievement.

    But he also threw around by-lines for some very mediocre reporting and “colour” pieces. That was where the decline in standards began, I reckon. The goal was to get a by-line, not to write a good news report.

    He also started hiring graduates. Michelle Grattan was one of the first. In the long term, with good training, that could have been a good thing. In the short term, it represented a turn to the Left and the loss of traditional reporting standards, because the recent graduates, with next to no newspaper experience, actually knew very little about journalism or anything else. The trend accelerated and here we are today.

  29. Tintarella di Luna

    Carpe Jugulum
    #2550571, posted on November 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    Best bird cage liner bar none

    Dear Carpe, these days it is so full of the stuff it’s supposed to catch the budgie would have severe neck and back problems with its head pushed up agains the top of the cage.

  30. Tintarella di Luna

    An adjective fail.

  31. Gerry

    It all started when the ferret died

  32. entropy

    Well the rest is just the Age…i remember when i was a teenager (40 years ago) i was told it was Australia’s premier paper. perhaps i just grew up, but perhaps it was not always a nasty piece of shit

    I don’t know, was it ever true, or typical Melbourne wankers with a massive chip on their shoulder fantasising that it was so?

  33. Shine a Light

    What a wonderful world we live in.

    Hillary Clinton gets a free pass despite compromisng the security of the country while Australian parlimentarians get done for being unaware that they and others might be dual citizens.

  34. Michel Lasouris

    #2551087, posted on November 13, 2017 at 6:52 am
    ” Australian parliamentarians get done for being unaware that they and others might be dual citizens
    And that is only a small part of it.
    Sam,Sam, the Ey-rain-ian sold his soul to the yellow Devil; prostituted his valuable Australian identity for a handful of Renminbi. This treacherous fellow traveller has the unmitigated cheek to opine on the legitimate nationality of worthwhile politicians. He wasn’t even ELECTED; just parachuted in by his equally treacherous party conspirators. Lest we Forget.

  35. Leo G

    He wasn’t even ELECTED; just parachuted in by his equally treacherous party conspirators. Lest we Forget.

    The Australian Constitution specifies not only rules for the qualification of individual senators but also for the Senate as a whole:

    S7. The Senate shall be composed of senators for each State, directly chosen by the people of the State, voting, until the Parliament otherwise provides, as on electorate.

    The Senate appears to be in a state of decomposition.

  36. Slim Cognito

    The sooner it passes into oblivion the better.

  37. Graham

    It was a sh*t paper even in the early 1980s from when I began to read it from time to time. It had one conservative columnist and the rest was wall to wall leftism. Age has wearied The Age and it would be best euthanized. If it is good enough for the elderly and infirm in Victoria it is good enough for a publication that deserves to be put out of its misery. At the going down of the sun and in the morning it will not be read or remembered.

  38. Louis Hissink

    The interesting thing about this reporting is the apparent total unawareness that they made a simple factual error. They actually believe Ludlum was a National? This is a reflection on the “see only what they believe” mindset which also fabricated Australian Aboriginal History, and as one slowly starts to realise, most of world history as well.

    We are indeed living in interesting times, as the Chinese allegory muses.

  39. Morsie

    There used to be a conceit that the Age was the quality paper and the Sun or Herald were rubbish.This conceit ignored the fact that before graduate journalists most of the journos had worked at both the Age and the Herald Sun.Swapping from one to the other was common.
    I think the difference in the quality of the journalism was a myth although I think the style differed.
    No evidence but I suspect with the rise of graduates that there is less crossing between the majors and that people leave the age to go to the ABC or the Guardian etc.
    Branded for life with no other influences outside the echo chamber.

  40. Crossie

    Is there a single line that is correct.

    Yes, though I had to check the spelling of his name.

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