Fewer corrections than resignations

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Age media expert Matthew Ricketson:

Media Watch today, aided by the internet’s capacities, is far more transparent in its methods and in correcting any of its own errors.

Check the number of corrections offered by Media Watch this year. Ricketson hasn’t.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/23/2007 at 07:21 PM
    1. I thought I was good, but I’ve made waaaay more than one mistake this year.  Media Watch seems to me to be more in the wronwright area of errors rather than near-perfection.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 09 23 at 07:35 PM • permalink


    1. Why has Ricketson used the plural of error?

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 09 23 at 07:35 PM • permalink


    1. From the story: “What form Media Watch will take next year is anyone’s guess.”

      I’m thinking inert gas.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 23 at 07:39 PM • permalink


    1. Do they have a list of the stories they did that were obviously biased?  Or of those they unjustly attacked?

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 23 at 08:30 PM • permalink


    1. The corrections are transparent—they can’t be seen.

      Posted by Waster on 2007 09 23 at 08:31 PM • permalink


    1. I’m thinking inert gas.

      Methane produced by the decomposition of biological waste is anything but inert, paco.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 09 23 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. There’s only one correction for 2007??

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 09 23 at 09:44 PM • permalink


    1. I love how inane the corrections are.

      “Media Watch accepts that the phrase “seven times in under three minutes” could be viewed as indicating that the defamatory statements were made seven times in three consecutive minutes. In fact the defamatory statements made by Mr Jones, while contained in a total of three minutes of broadcasting, were aired in three separate segments spread over two days.”


      ““On July 23rd a Court will determine damages against Jones for defaming Clive Small, the former News South Wales Police Commissioner, unless they settle the matter beforehand.”

      Again in response to a complaint the transcript and online video have been altered.

      Media Watch accepts that viewers may have concluded that an award of damages would necessarily be determined against Mr Jones, rather than the intended meaning that the matter was entering what is known as the “damages phase” in which the court would consider defences from Mr Jones, and which could result in a final determination of nil damages.”

      They conclude by saying:

      “Media Watch notes that the ABC dismissed other complaints including one of bias.  “

      I bet both Media Watch and the ABC dismiss that complaint a lot.

      Posted by MikeTheLibrarian on 2007 09 23 at 10:23 PM • permalink


    1. Media Watch has been impotent this year, unable to sustain corrections.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 09 23 at 10:25 PM • permalink


    1. Media Watch’s new motto:  “We’re not right, we’re resigned…”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 09 23 at 10:35 PM • permalink


    1. How can this guy be a media expert when he works for The Age?

      Posted by The Best Infidel on 2007 09 23 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. The idea of a media expert is too post-modern for me.  Although, I confess that many years ago I wrote ‘media studies’ as my occupation on a rental application form:  I was unemployed but reading the papers and watching telly every day, so I thought it was quite honest. The lady was smart enough to give the dump to someone more worthy.

      Posted by Big Jim on 2007 09 24 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. #1
      Wronwright error = catastrophe, huge mop-up, cover-up.(keywords: lakes, disappearance, incorrect time zone, ancient history questions, artifacts….)

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 24 at 04:56 AM • permalink


    1. #3
      inert gas doesn’t stink…

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 24 at 04:57 AM • permalink


    1. wronwright pulls down from the bookshelf Volume 2 of the books listing people designated for the reeducation camps in the next Cultural Revolution.  With a furrowed brow, he notes that the names “kae” and “JorgXMcKie” have already been written in.  Places a star beside each name and today’s date.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 09 24 at 08:53 AM • permalink


    1. I knew my big mouth would get me into more trouble than Speed Gordon!  I must invent a cunning plan….

      Reeducation? ME?

      Ha ha ha.

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Lofty disdain!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 24 at 08:59 AM • permalink


    1. #16
      (sneaks quietly off to bed to hide under the covers…)

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 24 at 09:01 AM • permalink


    1. kae—wait until wronwright tries, then point out you were never educated in the first place.

      Confuses the hell out of him.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 09 25 at 10:54 AM • permalink


  1. (you have no idea how close that is to my cunning plan, Mr mcenroe!)

    Posted by kae on 2007 09 25 at 05:34 PM • permalink