Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fringe journalist accuses mainstream journalists of not doing their jobs

An Australian "journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger" provides an impressive resume:

He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian, Juan Cole, Mondoweiss, Washington Post, New Statesman, Huffington Post, The Daily Star, The National, Dawn, Haaretz, The Nation, BBC World Service, Adbusters, Al Masry Alyoum, Sydney’s Sun-Herald, New Zealand Herald, Sydney Ideas Quarterly, The Australian Financial Review, Melbourne’s Age, Brisbane’s Courier Mail, Canberra Times, Online Opinion, ABC Unleashed/The Drum, Amnesty International Australia, Green Left Weekly, Eureka Street, Adelaide’s Advertiser, The Bulletin, Znet, Overland, Sydney PEN, The Big Issue, Counterpunch and many others.

Yet despite these credentials this mutli-talented rising star expects the mainstream journalists he so often berates to do his job for him:

But what remains mostly ignored is the company that runs all of Australia’s detention centres, the British multinational Serco. In the past days, its name is mentioned in passing at best, save for statements such as this that featured in The Australian online on September 20: “Detention services provider Serco will provide a report to the police and the department on the circumstances surrounding the [Fijian] man’s death.”

But that’s it. Even when the Murdoch broadsheet sends reporter Paige Taylor to visit the remote Curtin detention centre in Western Australia, there is no mention of Serco; what it does, how it operates, how much more money the company receives now that the facility is being expanded or whether such places should be privatised in the first place. Today’s editorial in The Australian questions the adequacy of mental health services in detention but doesn’t name the company running the show.

Instead of whining about the mainstream media's failure to expose Serco's supposed abuses Antony Loewenstein should do his job and expose Serco's actual failures. Nah, continually harping about the company's alleged shortcomings is much easier than doing the investigative reporting he is "renowned' for.


Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Antony bitching about major news publishers is a bit like the only schoolkid in the year who doesn't get invited to a party, complaining that everyone in his year is a loser.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Dan Fan said...

Beck and Dan bitching about Ant is a bit like... Oh, never mind.

10:18 AM  

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