I’m beginning to worry about Tony Abbott and how his war on the ABC is affecting him (Photo above by Jeremy Piper, News Corp Australia). I don’t agree with all his policies (too many to mention here), but I’ve considered him a nice bloke since I got to know him in the late 2000s. In … Continue reading Tony Abbott: No longer Mr Nice Guy
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.) I could think of no better quote to sum up Kevin Rudd, than the one above by the great 19th Century American writer and poet, Walt Whitman, described by his biographer, Henry Seidel Canby, as a “Jeffersonian Democrat, an … Continue reading We no longer need to talk about Kevin
WordPress.com wished me Happy Second Anniversary this week, but I’ve actually been blogging for 32 months and tweeting for 56 months. In my first post in March 2011 (http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-a), I explained how I chose the name of my blog from Hunter S. Thompson, the inventor of Gonzo journalism, and how I got into Twitter (http://twitter.com) … Continue reading Twitter Twitter Little Star
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
This is not deja vu all over again. This is not a rerun of last week's blog in which I wrote about taking part in a journalism forum at Presbyterian Ladies' College in the inner west Sydney suburb of Croydon. (If you would like to read that, just scroll down to my previous posting.) Just think … Continue reading Tweeting the future of journalism
Last night, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) held its 2012 Sydney Journalism Forum at the school’s Audrey Keown Theatre in the suburb of Croydon. I was one of the guest speakers, along with Nick Cater, editor of The Weekend Australian, Peter Charley, Executive Producer of SBS’s Dateline, Anna Patty, state politics reporter for The Sydney Morning … Continue reading The heart of journalism: Staying Alive
I wrote the following blog before Kevin Rudd’s dramatic resignation in Washington last Wednesday, and Julia Gillard’s response by calling a leadership spill for tomorrow morning in Canberra. The drama prompted me to write a blog on the coverage of the crisis on Wednesday night by Sky News and ABC24 (Sky won, in my opinion, … Continue reading Core cliches rival the Oscars