Just the facts, please….

Written by

Andrew Millar


July 26, 2007

I was sitting at my desk yesterday when a local paper’s email update arrived. And scrolling through the accident reports, politial and courtroom dramas was a news item titled ‘Paris or bust’ and it claimed to have uncovered the real reason for Stuart O’Grady’s accident in the Tour de France.

Now i’m not going to go into great detail about what appeared once I’d clicked through to the full item. I’m not going to give them the time of day, but it turned out to be an ad.

My frustration is that I went hoping to learn something. Instead it got dross.

Lachlan Murdoch is on record as saying ““…if they are never surprised by their paper,
never have fun, never see a joke or a play on words, I think that’s a recipe for driving readers away.””

I wish to point out that if news items turn out to be jokes, they’ll turn many more readers away. Call me old fashioned but I like to see facts reported as news.

Radio news is little better, this moring one station considered the opening of the Simpsons Movie a reportable news item on the hour.

It was either a slow news day or revenue is down.