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The Unimportance of Political News – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Unimportance of Political News – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Electoralism, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Spin, The Media

Political news, and especially the important news that really affects the campaign, proceeds at an irregular pace. But news coverage is produced every day. Most of it is filler, packaged in the form of stories that are designed to obscure its unimportance.* Not only does political coverage often lose the signal—it frequently accentuates the noise. […]

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The Narrative and Political Prediction – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Narrative and Political Prediction – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Electoralism, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Prediction, Psychology, Spin, The Media

You can get lost in the narrative. Politics may be especially susceptible to poor predictions precisely because of its human elements: a good election engages our dramatic sensibilities.

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Government v Opposition in the Media – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Government v Opposition in the Media – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Quotes, Spin, The Media

Callaghan: “Governments make news, Oppositions give only views”.

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To be Excitingly Right in General is Better Than to be Dully Accurate in Particular – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on To be Excitingly Right in General is Better Than to be Dully Accurate in Particular – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Quotes, Spin, The Media

None of this is quite true but Leggett feels that to be excitingly right in general is better than to be dully accurate in particular. That is why he is such an effective journalist.

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A Fist Fight Between the PMO and the Gallery – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on A Fist Fight Between the PMO and the Gallery – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, Ethics, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Spin, The Media

During the 1951 election campaign, Cockburn (Menzies’ Press Secretary) was standing just to one side on the stage of the Adelaide Town Hall. Menzies was about to make his entrance and Cockburn, a bit edgy, was to give a signal to the ABC sound technician in the hall preparing to broadcast the event. The hall […]

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Before Partisan Press Secretaries – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Before Partisan Press Secretaries – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australiana, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Spin, The Media

Yet he was surprised to be asked by Leonard whether he would like to be Menzies’ press secretary, succeeding Charles Meeking. Cockburn agreed to be interviewed by Menzies in Canberra. On meeting the Prime Minister, Cockburn told him he had to understand that until 1949 he had not voted for any party but the Labor […]

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Media Management – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Media Management – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Journalism, Political Communication, Spin, The Media

The alternative, universally practised, is media management. Media management is a bit like Landcare or biodynamic farming. One works with the natural order rather than in conflict with it. One becomes part of it. Hungry journalists need feeding. The bigger ones need bigger serves and more. Friendly ones need occasional rewards, unfriendly ones inducements to […]

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Hurling a Big Piece of Meat on the Other Side of the Street – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Hurling a Big Piece of Meat on the Other Side of the Street – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Spin

By mid-afternoon from the press gallery came reports that a consensus was growing in favour of Keating’s GST tactic. That evening he told the ABC’s Jim Middleton that while everyone had been looking on one side of the street he had just hurled a big piece of meat to the other side and tomorrow that’s […]

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New Labor: New Danger – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on New Labor: New Danger – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Politics, Spin, UK Labour, United Kingdom

The Conservatives reacted immediately with the most famous advertisement of the campaign. It appeared on the same Sunday in the News of the World, the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times, and portrayed Tony Blair with red, demonic eyes, alongside the caption: ‘One of Labour’s leaders, Clare Short, says dark forces behind Tony Blair manipulate […]

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Bias Towards Conflict – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos

September 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Bias Towards Conflict – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos · Journalism, Politics, Spin, The Media

The media bias I detected most often in the White House was neither liberal nor conservative but a tendency to play up conflict and controversy.

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