Monday, July 08, 2002

Paul Sheehan is a journalist who consistently refuses to play by the rules laid down by the press gallery. He will not pretend that either side of politics has an automatic mortgage on moral superiority, and is often pilloried by the Progressive forces for telling unpleasant truths.

Today he is concerned about the Canberra Press Gallery, and their self-appointed role as Proctor of the Public interest. As he says
How often does this dog not bark?

This is a valid question. Journalists are unelected, self-selected, insular, unrepresentative, arrogant, untrustworthy, distant, biased, and many smell strange. They routinely rate as low as politicians in the estimate of the public. Why should we trust them to decide what we should know? We would not accept this from politicians, and we have to power to get rid of them.


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