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Monday, April 18, 2005

Who Watches Mediawatch?

phil u was right to ask "Who audits journalists?"

Last night I dosed off and missed the first half of Media Watch. I caught the last part of what seemed to be an attempt to provide a critique of journalist Ian Wishart’s famous Tamihere article

Russell Brown was interviewing two Journo School lecturers who, by the sound of their answers to questions which seemed pre-ordained to paint Wishart in a bad light, were more interested in tut tutting and reinforcing their own academic self esteem than in fair analysis and, in fact, they left me with a strong impression of professional jealousy. I thought the questions were frankly nothing other than smarmy. (How astute was Mr Tamihere.) The zenith of stupidity was reached when one of the gurus complained that Wishart had “held back part of the interview” which, while a common practice among editors worldwide, was to be deplored. What a fantastic and scholarly piece of advice. Everything should be published unedited. Oh well, if you can’t do it, teach it.

Can someone get me an accurate and unedited transcript of the whole interview? I’m not inclined to waste twenty-five bucks. The Mediawatch website hasn’t been updated since January. Too busy casting nasturtiums at colleagues, Mr Brown?

I’d love to see a professional assessment of Mediawatch from someone like Sandra Paterson.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 4/18/2005 09:25:00 am