John Menadue: What was wrong with the election coverage & how we fix it


John Menadue, is not only the founding chair of the CPD but also one of Australia’s most experienced public administrators and thinkers. He has worked for both Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser and is a very dedicated and established public servant. He has also had first hand experience working in the media, having spent 7 years as General Manager of News Limited, Sydney – so he has a thing or two to say on the role of the media in our society and its recent performance.

On the ABC’s 702 Mornings Program with Deborah Cameron, John rates the job the media did in serving the public interest during the recent election and his assessment gives much cause for concern. John points out policy ideas that were never discussed and explains how journalists missed crucial news stories, failing to examine the ideas that matter to us, as citizens and voters. Listen to the podcast here.

AND you read the sizzling critique John Menadue recently delivered at the New News Conference on the state of the media and how we might start fixing it. First published in Croakey, Crikey’s health blog.

The Australian respond to John’s criticisms

After listening to John’s comments, you might like to see how The Australian have responded in an editorial on 18 September and in Janet Albrechtsen’s column on 22 September. Both take aim at John Menadue for his criticisms of the their election coverage, describing it as ‘a puerile rant‘. We’ll leave it to our readers to judge for themselves.

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