06 Jan 2013.
WELCOME TO PROJECT DISTORTION.
It is 2013. Election Year.
For the last 2 years the embedded media have served up derp as political and policy reporting. Nothing trivial was overlooked. Substantial elephants ignored.
The Finkelstein Inquiry, Convergence Review and News Media Council have been successfully lobbied against by the embedded media, at least for now. Politicians, being the bone-free creatures they are, will not be activating them in 2013. The academics have been mauled into silence too.
Nothing is now stopping the already unhinged embedded media ramping up the lunacy of their political reporting from now until the election. The public will have foisted upon it a re-run of the 2010 election reporting. While there is nothing us wordpress, blogger, twitter or facebook `trolls` can do to prevent this years mega-unhinging, we can record it.
Project Distortion is about creating a record of the bias and distortion of political reporting the embedded media in Australia does during the 2013 election year.
Project Distortion is open to everybody and anybody, rusted-on or not, but please follow the guidelines below and on each page.
Australian embedded media links only, no non-Australian links please.
No OLD links please. Keep 01 Jan 2013 as the oldest date.
Yes, include Free-To-Air TV links. Please mark video links with (video). No Pay/Cable/Satellite TV please.
Yes, include AM/FM Radio links. Please mark audio links with (audio).
Use the original Radio or TV site link please, not 3rd-party/youtube links. (Unless it has been pulled, then youtube is OK)
Please mark links behind paywalls and logins with (paywall).
(If you wish to save paywalled links to your hard-drive, zip the html and file directory into a generic zip file and email it to me, I won`t complain. Or PDF. Or Screen-Grab.)
Limited News mastheads, the oz, the hun and the terror are usually paywalled. Perthnow and Adelaidenow are not paywalled. The same derp is usually cycled through all mastheads, so you can usually get most of the stuff by changing the url in you browser address bar.
EG change http/terrorgraph.com/item999
Please be aware the `drum` over at my ABC is often a `letter-to-the-editor` platform. Therefore citizen `corrections` or `right-of-reply` may not qualify for these projects. `Blogs` and `Opinion` of those on my ABC payroll, EG Annabel, Barrie and Jonathan definitely qualify and will be included in these projects. Of course the same applies to Limited-News and Fairfoxed.
Finally, these projects are about QUALITY not quantity. Quality of Journalism, Political Reporting and associated voter information, not quantity of cheer-leading of citizen bloggers. Some bloggers make `5th-estate` claims, a view I do not hold and, may ultimately be proven wrong with these projects. Feel free to RE-BLOG these projects to your blog or other places you dwell to expand the research.