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Media Watch

Keeps a watch on all those who work in, own or control the media.

Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +1000

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Snot right: bogus boogers beat-up

22/05/2017 21:53:00

Outlets ran with a story on snot, but neglected to check the facts

‘Fake’ Sheikh of shock

22/05/2017 21:52:50

Who is Mohammad Tawhidi and why does conservative media love him?

Not so new at The Australian

22/05/2017 21:52:48

The Australian taking “exclusive” stories from regional journalists

Good Crinkling News

22/05/2017 21:52:45

After a social media campaign, kids’ paper lives on to fight fake news

Media Bites Episode 16

18/05/2017 19:27:18

Did crocs really eat 'Jesus' pastor who walked on water? The not-so-exclusive Tom Cruise interviews. And, when a missing letter makes all the difference.

Seven and Nine both first with the news

15/05/2017 21:22:33

Seven and Nine News crews were both on hand to catch a fugitive and both claimed the credit

BrickX stories lack scrutiny

15/05/2017 21:22:31

Media coverage of a new investment scheme lacks the balance of independent voices

The necklace that stole the story

15/05/2017 22:10:00

How Chloe Shorten’s disappearing necklace got the media in a spin

Jobs and growth but not for Fairfax

15/05/2017 21:22:26

Peter Dutton thinks we can all live without Fairfax

Mark Colvin 1952 – 2017

15/05/2017 21:54:09

We farewell ABC’s Mark Colvin who died last week

Media Bites Episode 15

11/05/2017 18:34:55

Reuters 'Brian Trumbull' typo; the best of the 2017 Federal Budget; & Clive Palmer's memory loss. Brand-new Media Bites.

Royal rumour runs rife

08/05/2017 21:25:06

An mystery meeting at Buckingham Palace had the world in a spin

Fairfax cuts hit hard

10/05/2017 10:16:00

With 125 more jobs to go at Fairfax where does its future lie?

100 days of discord

08/05/2017 21:25:01

100 days into Trump’s presidency and there’s no sign of a truce with the media

Media Bites Episode 14

04/05/2017 19:20:22

Sky News talkback, the media takes us on a housing price roller coaster and Today's exciting new pain-relief breakthrough.

Anzac Day outrage

01/05/2017 21:35:55

The public outcry over the 'un-Australian' ABC

News sites spinning Reddit rubbish

01/05/2017 21:35:56

Stories from popular news sites are being ripped straight from Reddit

What next for Channel 10?

01/05/2017 21:35:58

Despite all the Logies, Channel Ten is still in financial trouble

Paul Antonopoulos forced out

01/05/2017 21:35:59

Pro-Assad deputy editor of Al-Masdar News forced to resign over racist comments

Media Bites Episode 13

27/04/2017 19:02:54

Breaking! News Corp finds porn on Twitter; The Daily Mail serves breasts as news; Pauline Hanson’s alternative fact;
and a nasty smear on Donald Trump.

Close call

26/04/2017 12:45:00

Nine News asteroid report was a little too close for comfort

Going for gold

26/04/2017 09:59:18

The Commonwealth Games bid report that jumped the gun

Putin critics pay with lives

26/04/2017 14:52:12

Russia’s freedom of the press is hit again with journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko killed after speaking out

Prime time PR puff

26/04/2017 14:59:55

Channel Nine viewers were treated to an hour-long ad for the NBN, with little to no disclosure

Media Bites Episode 12

20/04/2017 18:32:17

Fake news seduces again; Seven’s Laura Banks shows the rough side of reporting; and ABC’s cannibal question.

Media Bites Episode 11

13/04/2017 19:34:17

Natasha Exelby and the #PutYourBloopersOut saga, TV on the radio, and will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

What lies beneath

10/04/2017 21:23:10

It was dinghies at 30 paces as breakfast shows sought exciting footage from the floods

Media war over Syria

12/04/2017 10:11:28

The battle for the truth about what’s happening in Syria

Internal war at News Corp

10/04/2017 21:23:08

Rare praise for HRC Gillian Triggs by a News Corp columnist has raised the ire of some of his colleagues

Red faces over blushing bride story

10/04/2017 21:23:06

Channel Seven News look foolish by running a two year old story taken from social media

Media Bites Episode 10

06/04/2017 18:40:31

April Fools' gags and PM Turnbull refuses a snag.

Latham lessons not learnt

03/04/2017 22:18:38

Why SKY shoulders some of the blame for Latham’s latest burn out.

Media love a miracle

03/04/2017 22:18:35

The media should be more critical in their reporting of test lab results.

First on Nine five years late

03/04/2017 22:18:33

Channel Nine runs a 5 year old story on a meth lab near a Sydney childcare centre.

Cyclone Debbie coverage

03/04/2017 22:18:31

Live TV coverage of Cyclone Debbie shows the power of pictures.

Media Bites Episode 9

30/03/2017 18:31:14

Woman's Day reveals shock new pregnancy photos of Nadia from Married at First Sight but are they staged? Channel Seven's Paul Burt takes on cyclone Debbie. And Sky News sacks Mark Latham.

Paparazzi, privacy and the Press Council

31/03/2017 16:42:00

Radio star Chrissie Swan’s day out with her kids shows how intrusive the media can be.

Great Barrier grief missing from The Australian

27/03/2017 22:07:38

The Australian offers scant coverage about the latest bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef.

Two cities, one prize on Nova stations

28/03/2017 09:36:22

Radio presenters aren’t the only things syndicated on the Nova FM radio network in Sydney and Melbourne. The competition winners are, too.

Exclusive: Darren Davidson predictions

28/03/2017 09:36:00

The Australian’s media editor Darren Davidson wins naught from four in our media prediction competition.

Media Bites Episode 8

23/03/2017 20:38:03

Media wars continue with Ray’s spray and Latham’s lashing:
Ray Hadley has a big spray at Media Watch after Monday’s show. Mark Latham flames the internal war at Sky News. And National Enquirer provides us with this week’s alternative fact.

Weatherill v Frydenberg showdown

20/03/2017 21:19:08

Jay Weatherill versus Josh Frydenberg, the contentious energy debate helped along by the media.

Clean and green or toxic and deadly?

20/03/2017 21:19:10

Think wind turbines are good for the environment? Think again, says Today Tonight. But have they just cherry picked facts to fit their story?

Singo making Gosford great again, with a little help from his friends

20/03/2017 21:19:13

John Singleton enlists his star presenters to sell his Gosford property development.

Sky News civil war

20/03/2017 21:19:16

Mark Latham likes to call himself an outsider. But an inside job on one of his colleagues has sparked internal tension.

Media Bites Episode 7

16/03/2017 19:44:56

Perth News mix-up their graphics. Jennifer Aniston pregnant again? And this week’s alternative fact: eavesdropping microwaves.

Exclusive interview or airport ambush?

13/03/2017 21:54:58

A Current Affair claimed to have an exclusive interview with Grant Hackett, but it looked more like an airport ambush.

Controversial claims get the soft treatment

13/03/2017 21:54:54

The Arrowsmith program is a controversial method that claims to help people overcome learning problems. But the founder was given the soft treatment on a recent speaking trip to Australia.

Punchbowl story missing in action

13/03/2017 21:54:50

While most media networks considered last week’s Punchbowl Boys High controversy a headline story, it was conspicuously absent in Fairfax papers and ABC talkback.

Satirical protest taken seriously

16/03/2017 11:17:00

It seems large parts of the media have missed the joke, or perhaps missing the joke made for a better story when covering the satirical group The Million Flag Patriots.

BBC interview interrupted

13/03/2017 22:34:00

The hilarious BBC interview that was hijacked by a Professor’s family went viral for all the right reasons

Media Bites Episode 6

09/03/2017 20:10:37

Nine recycles an old story about Space Shuttle Endeavour, the media's careless whispers about George Michael's death, and Google's alternative facts.

Italy’s ‘new’ Astronaut

06/03/2017 22:07:21

Worldwide media has wrongly credited Italian twitter user Ignazio Magnani with photos from the International Space Station.

Travel tales too good to be true?

07/03/2017 11:00:00

Media agencies are promoting website Miss Travel but are some of the case studies too good to be true?

Peter Dutton – next Liberal leader?

08/03/2017 09:19:00

With conservative commentators backing Peter Dutton as the next Liberal leader, the media went looking for a leadership plot.

Karl coverage overload

08/03/2017 09:06:20

From footwear to lollies, nothing is too trivial when it comes to coverage of the Today show host, Karl Stefanovic and his new girlfriend.

Media Bites Episode 5

02/03/2017 19:24:42

The big Oscars blunder: Who is behind the 'Best Picture' stuff-up? The accountants, the Academy, Matt Damon? Or someone more sinister? The Daily Telegraph and Cosmopolitan are on the case.