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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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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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Bob Hawke – In Touch with the Common Man – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Bob Hawke – In Touch with the Common Man – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

(Hawke’s) popularity with voters was such that he could get away with comments that, in later years, no politician could copy. Asked by a journalist if he knew the price of bread (or it might have been milk or butter), he said he had no idea and had never been inside a supermarket, ending the […]

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Murdoch and the Whitlam Dismissal – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Murdoch and the Whitlam Dismissal – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Democracy, Ethics, History, Journalism, Newspapers, The Media

John Menadue, CEO of News Limited’s Australian operations before heading the Prime Minister’s Department, wrote of Rupert Murdoch’s highly partisan actions in supporting the Kerr dismissal. In the gallery there was much discussion about Murdoch’s behaviour and News Limited journalists in Sydney held several stoppages as a protest against Murdoch’s stand. What was not generally […]

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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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Parliamentary Privilege and Jailing Journalists – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Parliamentary Privilege and Jailing Journalists – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Power, The Law, The Media

One of the more sensational events involving parliamentary privilege occurred after I arrived in the gallery in 1951. The Treasurer, Arthur Fadden, was to deliver his budget speech in August of that year. On budget day, the lock-up for the gallery began in the afternoon. At the dinner adjournment of the house, Fadden briefed the […]

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The Press Gallery Expenses Sheet – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Press Gallery Expenses Sheet – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Ethics, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Media

A serious weekly chore was filling in the expenses claim—otherwise known as the ‘swindle sheet’; the funds thus acquired would help defray the substantial costs of alcohol consumption. Using whatever cunning we had, we worked the swindle sheet to the maximum, doubling the actual laundry costs, falsifying taxi fares, and it was amazing how many […]

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Orwell on Journalists and Communists – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Orwell on Journalists and Communists – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Communism, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Quotes, The Media

(Orwell) could say of a Russian agent encountered in Spain: ‘it was the first time that I had seen a person whose profession was telling lies – unless one counts journalists.’

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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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