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Media Watch executive producer Tim Palmer has quit after less than one year:
He did not return phone calls yesterday.
There was no announcement about Palmer’s replacement at Media Watch, nor was Kim Dalton, the ABC’s director of television, available to comment.
It’s been an exciting few months for Palmer, who now moves to a less-visible role at Lateline.
UPDATE. And in other excellent media news:
One of Australia’s best journalists, Garry Linnell, has joined The Daily Telegraph as editor at large, spearheading the paper’s coverage of news and current affairs.
UPDATE II. The former Media Watch guy reflects on his glorious reign:
Palmer nominates stories about the poor standards of new forms of media as his most significant. The program has exposed cases of lousy fact checking and has followed trivial stories about polar bears … to expose the way media outlets have let standards drop in their online departments.
So among Media Watch’s most significant stories – about declining standards in online media – was a piece essentially replicating something previously published on the web. Well done!
UPDATE III. Monica jumps:
Monica Attard, the presenter of ABC television’s Media Watch, will step down from the program at the end of the current season, in November.
“Two years is long enough. It’s an extremely taxing program to make, Media Watch, and I have also been presenting Sunday Profile (on ABC radio) all year too”.
It is an extremely taxing program to make. Just ask taxpayers.
#2 – From $3.70 – $2.80 in less than a week. The touch up they gave Kev & Co. yesterday in parliament knocked off 50c.
The nations been having a tawdry affair with Kev and is just starting to realise that moving into a caravan, trading the Beamer for a Hyundai and having to send the kids to government schools is a fair price to pay for a blow job and been told you look beautiful. Back to the old boiler who cooks, cleans, gets the kids to school on time and gives you one your birthday, methinks.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 09 18 at 10:07 PM • permalink
I’m not sure Palmer is needed at Lateline.
Tony Jones already has the red carpet rolled out for Kevin Rudd whenever Rudd is on there to give a speech be interviewed.
The Lateline branch of the ALP needs no further stacking.Posted by Steve at the pub on 2007 09 18 at 10:41 PM • permalink
#3- And Labor is starting to blow like a gale. Just think how many more ABC hacks will bugger off when Howard is sworn in for another term*? And in what language does “sprung constantly for being a biased twat” translate as “family reasons”?
*I’m betting zero, discounting the mortality from spontaneous combustion/cranial detonation- after all, with the spiralling decline of Fairfax’s market share, who’d have the dirty buggers?
Scrutiny of the program intensified when managing director Mark Scott singled it out for mention in a speech on the ABC’s editorial policies last October, saying it would “review (Media Watch’s) format and content (in 2007) to ensure there is more opportunity for debate and discussion around contentious and important issues”.
Friday 5 October 2007 is National Walk to Work Day.1. Only if someone carries me home (it’s only a 92km walk), or you can catch public transport…. in which case:
2. Walk to the local rubber-tyred-train (no passenger services here, just a bus). That’s seven kilometres… Ok. Then I turn around and come home!
Linnell is a good pick up by the Telegraph. Despite having worked for the Age (when it was a decent paper), he is a good writer. I have a copy of his expose on the AFL.
However, the Telegraph needs to lift its game. It’s full of gossip and fluff about Andrew Johns. The Australian is a far better read.
- Id actually like to watch mediawitch if it was fair and unbiased. its odd that the ABC trumpets that a government funded broadcaster is needed because commercial interests would mean privately owned stations wouldnt dare expose their advertisers to scrutiny.
Then they dont criticise one of their own?
Standards are good therefore double standards twice as good???Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 18 at 11:12 PM • permalink
I doubt that the next EP will think it is such a good idea to criticise Blair commentators. Dammit.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 18 at 11:41 PM • permalink
If you’re bored dance along with me.
Linnell is yey another recent refugee from the Bulletin magazine.
Shame the Tele couldn’t snag the current Bulletin editor. I know little about him, but he seems to be a man of principle.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 18 at 11:59 PM • permalink
I love dancing to this song.
margos (xxx), would you like the magic Margos T-shirt or the must be a margos! @$3.99. Come for a Blair chopper ride with me soon>?
Or simply outsource Auntie’s News & Current Affairs arm.Auntie was to provide The News Channel to the Oz PayTV operators but they literally ‘pulled the plug’ at the last minute (at some considerable cost to Auntie – i.e. u&me) – time for a role reversal – c’mon Mr Scott – finish the job!
I think it suits her 1.618. It’s exactly how she pronounces it.
I note Rudd, being the rude little twerp he is, still turns his back to the Ministers and Prime Minister when they answer questions coming from his little ginger demon.
I reckon if Rudd seizes Government, she’ll shaft him and take power and act like a good little union delegate.
Friday 5 October 2007 is National Walk to Work Day.
Oh goody. Happy to oblige. I can manage that, carrying a plate of toast and a mug of steaming black coffee. The office is just across the TV room from the kitchen.Posted by walterplinge on 2007 09 19 at 12:46 AM • permalink
A pirate captain, replete with eye-patch, hook and peg-leg, was questioned by a curious ship-mate.
“How did you lose your leg?” asked the curious shipmate.
“Arrrrrrrr. ‘Twas a cannon ball took me leg off and through the deck.” said the captain.
“How did you lose your hand?” asked the curious shipmate.
“Arr, well, that was a cutlass in a fight on the deck, cut my hand clean off.” replied the pirate captain.
“How did you lose your eye?”
“Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, that were a seagull.”
“A seagull?” asked the incredulous shipmate.
“Arrr, he shit in me eye.” replied the pirate captain, gesturing wiping his patched eye with his hook….
Matches his thin lips?
OT – Strewth! You’ve gotta feel sorry for the person who cleans the bathrooms at ALP headquarters – Kevin Rudd has just been torn another new arsehole by Peter Costello reagrding taxation. There’s going to be poop from arsehole to breakfast.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 09 19 at 01:56 AM • permalink
Yes Kae, I just have this image of him getting chinese burns, atomic wedgies and being “brainwashed”. That would be the first of my poems that was written on anything but a dunny door, obviously. No worries, if Kevvy wins Garrett might let me improve my writing skills while on the enhanced artists dole.
The lefties are spoofing in their panties over the prospects of an ALP win.Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 19 at 02:51 AM • permalink
#68 – Catherine doesn’t care what I think, which is just as well, because I really don’t have anything kind to say abou that deluded, useless, snivelling twat.
I note with interest that she appears to be a Collingwood fan.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 09 19 at 02:56 AM • permalink
“Media Watch executive producer Tim Palmer has quit after less than one year:”
He’s out the door and we’re still over here exceeding the reasonable limits of free speech.
Life’s a bitch.Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 09 19 at 03:23 AM • permalink
Nasty video of a stoning was on H&C on the fox channel this arvo, missed most of it but does anyone know why these 2 ladies were stoned to death?This should work.
This needs to be rubbed in the face of any dickhead silly enough to ask why our culture should be considered better than theirs.Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 19 at 03:26 AM • permalink
Costello says Rudd ‘naked’ on tax system understandingHe is a poll dancer, after all …
Hi 1.618, how about this onePosted by Col. Milquetoast on 2007 09 19 at 04:00 AM • permalink
O/T but day by day is just earning its first fatwa! Congratulations.Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 19 at 04:57 AM • permalink
what with the roasting Rudd is getting in parliament this week as well, it’s turning into a pretty good week…
Fingers Palmer also nominates as one of his achievements a poodles for sheep story that was first picked up by a keen eyed commenter at #58 here well before it was on Media Watch.
There were numerous stories MW conspicuously ignored, including the Lebanese ambulance story, that no-one has truly bothered to investigate, save for online media. Why did MW ignore the story? Ask their research team.
BTW Blair – got the CV updated?Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 19 at 05:51 AM • permalink
For anyone scratching their head about Fingers’ stellar career, this may answer some questions.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 19 at 06:16 AM • permalink
- Palmer gone
Attard goneWhat about the muslim research team?Posted by Steve at the pub on 2007 09 19 at 07:22 AM • permalink
#88- yeah Tim for mediawatch-that’d be a hoot, and while we’re at it we should all join our local chapters of the friends of the ABC and change their complexion… ‘As a friend I gotta tell you, your bias is showing’- that’d be sweetPosted by eeniemeenie on 2007 09 19 at 08:46 AM • permalink
Just how does she cope with 15 minutes of TV and maybe a couple of hours of scripted radio a week? The poor snookums- maybe she needs to follow her fellow-traveller Maxine into pre-selection*, parliament offers the sort of hours of employment she relishes.
*And having a head like a well-chewed mintie will do her all manner of favours at branch level an’all.
I’m glad that MW is ending. For a show intended to expose the media’s ethical standards, it was itself profoundly unethical and hypocritical. Apart from some Tim-bashing sourced without disclosure via a Muslim website that supports Hizb ut-Tahrir, its constant attacks on conservative op-ed columnists while giving a wide berth to biased left wing journalists, and through its own lack of self-awareness failed to address charges of its – MW and ABC – own left wing bias, made it nothing more than a mouthpiece for the sour socialists of yuppie Green urbana.
Good riddance, and hopefully the end of it. It could have been a worthwhile programme, as it began, had small-c catholic, *genuinely* open-minded people guided it. But that’s way too much of an ask for an organisation in the stranglehold of Green-voting unionists and Labor hangers-on.
Want a story where ALL the newspapers printed a lie? Complete with photographic evidence? Confirmed by no less than the victims own lawyer?
“When David arrived at Yatala he was pasty-faced, he was overweight. Now … his features have returned, his health has returned…”
..”could affect Hicks, who is “severely depressed and underweight” after three months in solitary confinement…”
I expect my offer of employment as a midget anime tenticle porn surfing bludger Respected ABC researcher is in the post.Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 19 at 09:17 AM • permalink
Not sure how I missed this great moment in journalism.
Ah, Palmer and Attard gone from Media Watch, this could turn out to be the best week ever. To my way of thinking, the ABC would ideally like to replace Palmer with Phillip Adams, and Monica with….Cindy Sheehan. 🙂
I lol’ed at Monica saying that Media Watch was a very *taxing* program to make. Hey Monica, it’s 15 bloody minutes, once a week! How hard can it be? Do you have a really uncomfortable chair or something?
#101 : In ABC thinking Palmer would be replaced with Phil Adams, and Attard with Quentin Dempster.
Myself, I am hoping the show scores a trifecta, with Antoinette Chiha quitting also.
With those three flushed out, there is a chance Media Botch could regain the respect it once had.Posted by Steve at the pub on 2007 09 19 at 07:44 PM • permalink
Wow, two quite/are kicked out of Mejah Woch. Excellent. What has happened – to planets are still in their orbits?Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 09 19 at 08:05 PM • permalink
ray hadley was on air this morning, saying that if you add up all the 15 mins a week, she was on air for a total of 6 hours last year. Even assuming she did 10 hours of prep for every hour on air, that’s still only 70 odd hours … monica was a disappointing lightweight, and the show, which once did serve a purpose, looks a lot like a horse which needs to be shot.
A taxing program!? It’s 15 minutes long for fuck’s sake. They have a bunch of born again islamists providing research for free. The production values are 1960s Indonesian current affairs. What’s taxing? Her sneer?
Have any of these people ever worked in a job that requires them to produce something? Anything? From a university Arts degree to the ABC. Now there’s a life path designed to provide a person with the expertise to tell the rest of us how to conduct our lives.
And here’s another great moment in journalism:
In the words of the AP, he claims they “intentionally botched the aftermath of the story about Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard and had [him] take the fall to ‘pacify’ the White House.”
As an article I read somewhere tonight asked, when was a law passed that made it illegal to “intentionally botch the aftermath of a news story”? Whatever that means.
Rather is back in the news. He is pushing the views of a former Boeing employee, Vince Weldon, who claims the news 787 airliner is unsafe.
Maybe Rather should have looked into Weldon before airing the claims. From the Seattle Times:
Weldon was fired in July 2006. He alleged in a whistle-blower complaint with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that the firing was “retaliation for raising concerns throughout the last two years of his employment about the crashworthiness of the 787.” But according to a summary of OSHA’s findings, Boeing told investigators Weldon was fired for threatening a supervisor, specifically for stating he wanted to hang the African-American executive “on a meat hook” and that he “wouldn’t mind” seeing a noose around the executive’s neck.
#100 The US Naval Academy is what? That’s outrageous, paco.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 20 at 03:12 AM • permalink
He quit for family reasons. He wanted to spend more time with his missus.