Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Usual Suspects
When the ABC's Lateline told its audience on Friday afternoon to tune in that night for a review of the week in politics with Tony Burke and Scott Morrison, a collective groan was almost audible on the twittersphere.
We immediately knew what to expect - another vapid, predictable and non-informative on-air clash between political partisans mouthing hackneyed talking points
So when does this groundswell officially become a story? When does the media ditch the usual suspects and start inviting fresh voices onto its panel shows to start talking about the real issues - the ones the politicians don't want to talk about, the ones the media don't want to talk about, but the ones the public desperately need to hear?
Don't hold your breath.
See also Professor Jay Rosen's new piece on how journalists operate within the "sphere of consensus" - excluding interesting and non-mainstream voices from issues of public interest.
Posted by Mr D at 8:15 PM