MEDIA WADD

Jonathan Holmes – not to be confused with John Holmes – takes over as host of Media Watch:

A four-time Walkley Award finalist and 1998 Logie Award winner, Holmes has been a full-time reporter with ABC’s Four Corners program since 2003 …

“I’m hoping we’ll be able also to expose the more egregious antics of the industry that all too often tries to sway, or mislead, or simply stonewall journalists who are trying to do an honest job: the army of ‘media relations’ people, employed by government and business at every level, which has so much influence these days on what we read and hear and watch.”

So it’s going to be PR Watch. Sounds exciting.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/27/2007 at 06:36 PM
    1. “not to be confused with John Holmes”

      Although both are famous for being big dicks.

      Posted by dver on 2007 11 27 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m hoping we’ll be able also to expose the more egregious antics of the industry that all too often tries to sway, or mislead, or simply stonewall journalists who are trying to do an honest job…

      Holmes, translated: journalists are pure, innocent creatures, cruelly led astray and soiled by the malicious PR industry. If only journalists ran the country (and ABC journalists, at that), we would achieve utopia!

      Posted by TimT on 2007 11 27 at 06:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is he insinuating that political spokesmen and industry PR flacks are less than candid? What a stunning revelation.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 27 at 06:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s another shocker he might want to investigate – it turns out that television commercials often exaggerate the virues of the products.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 27 at 06:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Media Watch.
      Media. Watch.Um, what was it supposed to do, before I mean?

      Media Watch.

      Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 07:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. simply stonewall journalists

      I’m all for that suggestion…says Watson to Holmes.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 27 at 07:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #1 dver,

      no, no. John Holmes HAD a big dick.

      Johnathon Holmes IS a big dick. 🙂

      Which makes him a very small man.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 27 at 07:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. With the veritable army of ALP PR flacks now floating around in the “industry”, Johnboy will be hard pressed to tell the truth from the well-embellished. After all, a majority of them are essentially mental clones of his own positions and attitudes.
      Stick to what you know Homer, kicking Howard when he’s down.

      Posted by CB on 2007 11 27 at 07:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Should clarify #6

      simply stonewall journalists

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 27 at 07:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. From PC Watch to PR Watch … moving their way through the alphabet?

      First up: Kayser Trad, the spin doctor for mad muftis?

      Next: former host David Marr re the Left candidly hoping for ‘non-promises’ from the ‘confusing’ PM Howard-lite.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 27 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gee, as a PR person (amongst other things) I didn’t realise my former colleagues thought of me with such fear and trembling.

      ‘Cause, y’know, I have like soooo “much influence these days on what we read and hear and watch.”

      Just like Wronwright and Paco, but more evil.

      Just a heads up Tim, if I ever send you a media release, you’re quite free to ignore it if you want.

      I wouldn’t want to, y’know, exert any influence or anything.

      ::roll eyes::Journalists of the ABC variety are so precious.

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 11 27 at 07:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. I just hope thay change the intro music to some good 70s porn soundtrack.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 11 27 at 07:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7

      My bad.

      Although with one
      in porn and one at
      the ABC, they both work
      surrounded by c**ts.

      Posted by dver on 2007 11 27 at 07:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. I can’t say I’m terribly surprised.

      We wouldn’t want a conservative to host Media Watch, would we? It’d provide trace amounts of balance to the ABC, and we don’t want to do that!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 07:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. So Jono wants to go after the journalists who generate the press releases, not the journalists who rip’n’read*.
      * a derogatory and now probably forgotten term for broadcasters who present press releases as news.

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 11 27 at 07:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. #14
      Trace amounts of balance. Isn’t that toxic to ABC employees?

      Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 07:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13 dver,

      LMAO!!!!

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 27 at 07:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 If that’s Media Watch’s criteria then Johnno will be spending all his time on TT and ACA.

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 11 27 at 07:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16 Very possibly. This theory has never been verified, however, because there’s never been trace amounts of balance detected at the ABC.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 07:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. I just thought you all should know that among my 75 emails this morning was one from Siegfried Klein entitled TamraMonstrousBodypart. Another from Parker Ladd introduces EdwinaFuckstickPuffy.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 11 27 at 07:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Media Watch will soon be including one of these in all their future press packs. For balance, you know.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 27 at 07:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2 – If only journalists ran the country (and ABC journalists, at that), we would achieve utopia!

      Maxine McKew will see to that TimT!

      Posted by ozconservative on 2007 11 27 at 08:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #21, pogria
      lmao

      Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Walkley Award finalist-

      Another typo- should be Wanker Award finalist.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2007 11 27 at 09:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. With Jon Holmes in the saddle, meeja watch will be like his namesake: long and drawn out and soft in the middle?

      Fitting that the former EP was wankly award winning Mr Palmer.

      Wonder if Auntie has been using the porn name generator for her presenters:

      Kerry Oh!Brien?
      Tony Bones?
      et al?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 27 at 09:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. I hope he enjoys being known as “Johnny Wadd” from now on. Nice tag.

      Posted by mojo on 2007 11 27 at 09:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. The ABC is a sheltered workshop.

      Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 09:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Their new theme music will be all watcha-ka-wah! an’ shit.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 27 at 10:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 Nora –

      Just like Wronwright and Paco, but more evil.

      I don’t know Nora.  Paco and I are very evil.  Paco maybe a bit more so than me.  Because of his business empire that strangles the world economy.  I just control access to Karl Rove.  And hold keys to the Tardis.  And yes, the orbital space cannon.  But not the Japanese weather machine.  That’s been assigned to Michael Lonie.  Since, um, 2005 or thereabouts.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 11 27 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. He probably thinks that these media relations types he’s going to doggedly pursue are all Jews. They have their tentacles in everything.

      From Bolta’s blog:

      JONATHAN HOLMES: The President’s moral certainties are passionately shared by the so-called neo-conservatives. They’re a tight-knit and effective Washington network, with tentacles in the Congress, in think tanks, in newspaper offices and TV talk shows…. The young neo-conservatives were almost all Jews whose parents had emigrated from Eastern Europe.

      link

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 11 27 at 10:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re the quote at #30

      Geez, I wonder if that quote was the deal sealer?

      Somebody get that “mind” a condom.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 27 at 11:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #29 Are you sure about that Wron?

      ::puts on best Newman from Seinfeld voice::

      He who controls the press release controls…. information. Bwwaahhhaahhaaa!

      😛

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 11 27 at 11:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. A four-time Walkley Award finalist and 1998 Logie Award winner

      I don’t know about in Australia, but in Canada a logie is the slimy wad of phlegm you snork up out of your throat when you have a cold. Also referred to as a “hork” or an “oyster”. I would question the value of a “logie award”.

      Incidentally, in a singular coincidence, hork has come up, so to speak, twice today. I work at a Starbucks and a very snotty woman from somewhere in Europe came in and petulantly, and loudly, demanded extra chocolate in her hot chocolate. She had earlier loudly berated one of my colleagues for some minor error and thus waived her privilege of my otherwise automatic respect.

      I explained to her that, in North America, “hork” is Starbucks-speak for hot chocolate with extra hot chocolate in it, and in future she should order a hot chocolate with hork. I did this with a straight face, and she nodded, haughtily. Pray with me that she does this, and gets it.

      Sorry for going so strangely off topic but when the subject of hork comes up twice in a day, I believe one should go with it.

      Posted by Mambo Bananapatch on 2007 11 27 at 11:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Awesome, Mambo!

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 28 at 12:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Holmes must have missed out on a seat in the Rudd’s commercial-free Labor government.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 11 28 at 01:35 AM • permalink

 

  1. Expect no change. Jonathan Holmes on Sydney radio talking about Media Watch – “I love the way David Marr did it.”

    Posted by Softly on 2007 11 30 at 07:20 PM • permalink