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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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When the Storm Troopers Come – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on When the Storm Troopers Come – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Politics, Queensland, Quotes

Callaghan: “When the storm troopers come Lunn, when they knock on your door I will tell them to smile”. This was Callaghan humour.

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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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We Feed the Gerrymander at 3PM – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on We Feed the Gerrymander at 3PM – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

Once when (Callaghan) took a Sydney journalist to lunch the bewildered man asked a question about electorate sizes that Callaghan did not like. “Separate cheques please waiter,” he quipped. “Anyway we feed the gerrymander at 3PM.”

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Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

(Callaghan) answered the phone (to journalists) like an officer to a corporal: “Speak, it’s your ten cents,” Callaghan would say, or, before you spoke, “we deny everything”. “What do you want, a medal”? was another favourite Callaghan opener in conversations with journalists, not matter how important. Reporters who asked about the Queensland Gerrymander received more […]

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Talk Enough Bullshit and Sooner or Later it Ends up in Print- “Stiff”, Shane Maloney

September 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Talk Enough Bullshit and Sooner or Later it Ends up in Print- “Stiff”, Shane Maloney · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Media

Agnelli hung around the Windsor Hotel, drinking with the political roundsmen, slipping them judicious leaks whenever the government wanted to fly a trial balloon on some contentious issue. Talk enough bullshit, he liked to say, and sooner or later it ends up in print.

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Adams v Jefferson – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

May 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Adams v Jefferson – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Media, US Politics

One pro-Adams newspaper warned that if Jefferson were elected, “murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes.” Jefferson’s religious views were attacked as the vies of an […]

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Journalists’ Tradesmen-like Habits – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Journalists’ Tradesmen-like Habits – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Democracy, Journalism, Newspapers, Quotes, The Media

The fact is that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesmen-like habits, supplies their demands. OSCAR WILDE, THE SOUL OF MAN UNDER SOCIALISM

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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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