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Today Tonight in trouble again February 22, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Media.

Today Tonight  is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons again with this story about the TT reporter supplying the chains for the “Elderly woman chained to nursing home bed” piece.

Where did the journalist possibly get the idea that this was a good thing to do? The reporter seems to have a specialty in stories about people that are locked up, as can be seen from this Media Watch segment from 2004 where he was asked by the courts to stay away from another ‘imprisoned’ victim. Maybe he learned his lesson and decided that he would make the story a bit more interesting this time.

It is no wonder that journalists in this country have a bad name when this is what passes for journalism in the minds of so many people. TT and ACA are the only so-called ‘current affairs’ programs that most Australians watch. Combine this with falling newspaper circulation and the dominance of News Limited in that market and most people see more bad journalism than good.

But the lowest common denominator keeps falling and the ratings are still up, so it looks like the diet of finance, fats, freaks and frauds will be the staple for the forseeable future.



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