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Last updated on June 10th, 2017 at 08:32 am
I once saw my role in traditional terms – to get the truth as far as I was able and ask questions until I got an answer. But participatory journalism is my thing now, whereby the reader and the journalist work together to break and develop political stories and document abuses of power. The Webdiary readers’ role in pressuring the Australian Electoral Commission to come clean on Tony Abbott’s Honest Politics trust is an example. I’m now working on a website provisionally called yourdemocracy.net.au to develop this idea, which I feel is important given the collapse of formerly bipartisan liberal democratic values and the end of newspapers as journals of record. I believe that unless Australians of all political stripes get together to defend and enhance our democracy, it will die.
I thought it was already dead. From the same interview:
I’m happy to be tagged a Howard-hater, because I am.
Could Margo’s hatred for the Prime Minister incite similar feelings in others? If so, she’s in breach of her own code of ethics:
I won’t publish any material which incites hatred.
UPDATE. Uh-oh. Here’s Webdiary reader Michael de Angelos:
Margo, you’ve inspired me to stand and be counted as a ‘Howard Hater’ and I do so. Why not!
Margo has clearly incited hatred. What’s the punishment for defying Webdiary Ethics?
UPDATE II. The Australian sensibly editorialises on the need for ongoing economic deregulation:
Another wave of reforms is urgently needed to improve Australia’s capacity for growth.
This inspires Webdiarist Jack Robertson to suffer the world’s first cerebral hemorrhage broadcast live on the Internet. Central to Jack’s complaint, so far as anyone can tell: Webdiary’s expert economists were way ahead of The Australian, having built up “five years’ worth of detailed and wide-ranging Webdiary debate over the future of Australia’s economy”. The Australian, he writes, “knows very well that much of what we’ve been consistently attacking here has been exactly what The Oz has finally decided to start criticizing only now, too: JH’s short-sighted economic mismanagement.”
Er, yes. Except that The Australian is urging reform; precisely that which Margonomics opposes.