Category Archives: HerdThink

Imagine Your News

06 Sep 2012.

IMAGINE YOUR NEWS.

Imagine there`s no herdthink

It`s easy if you try

The facts are reported

Choosing not to lie

Imagine all the public

Receiving truth today

 

Imagine good reporting

It isn`t hard to do

Nothing to spin or lie for

And less "Opinion" too

Imagine all the voters

Receiving just the truth

 

They will say I`m a screamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday they`ll grow up

And "the News" will not be junk

 

Imagine better doorstops

I wonder if you can

No need for stunts and noise-polls

Just interviews the man

Imagine all of Canberra

Refusing to write crap

 

They will say I`m a screamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday they`ll wake up

And "the News" will not be Foxed

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News Tainment Business Model

15 Jul 2012 —

NEWS-TAINMENT BUSINESS MODEL

Mogal Greed during the 1980s and 1990s ramped up.

It was much more profitable at the time for Press Journalism to `pretend` it was doing `news`, rather than go out and find real news.

Passing off Advertising, Corporate Promotion, Political Lobbying, Celebrity Waffle and Inane Sound-Bites as news-reports became normal.

Inane Example. Mr Rabbit says `No` `blah blah blah`

Is usually not,

A. Policy, or,

B. Newsworthy.

It is just a free kick in the drama department.

See the Canberra Press Gallery for working examples.

 

 

News-Tainment (News as Entertainment) was born.

Press Journalism and the News Media traded in their strengths, and built for themselves a Credibility Gap.

No longer was Press Journalism, a trusted source, impartial, factual, fair, truthful, or even useful.

Press Journalism placed the bet that dumbing down was the way to go.

In a country where more and more of the public are,

1. Gaining more knowledge by losing jobs in one industry and moving to another industry, and,

2. Much more of the working class made sure as many of their kids went to University as possible,

It is the Losing bet.

The public, those, previously known as the audience, were going smarter.

Press Journalism, at all levels, chose to go dumber.

And since approximately 1997, we can add,

3. Larger and larger numbers of the public being on the interwebs, who go over, under, or around the sheltered workshop known as Press Journalism, to obtain non-distorted information, straight from the horses mouth.

 

 

As Press Journalism created for itself, the reputation of `distrusted` source, delivery-boy of factoids and Lobbyist for the Rich, the News-Tainment business model showed signs of failure, as their audience ran, not walked, away. As well as advertisers and their dollars.

All levels of Press Journalism decided they needed to do `more`.

More `analysis`, more `opinion`, more `factoids`, more `Lobbying`.

 

 

This too was the wrong bet.

All levels of Press Journalism were too dopey to realize,

`More` is just `More`.

What Press Journalism needed to do was `Better`.

Better questions, better interviews. Better investigating, better reports.

Instead, Press Journalism only became `more` irrelevant to the public.

 

 

Jump forward to 2002. The Test.

As the Bush regime, Blair regime and Howard regime pushed their bogus case for the destruction of Iraq, Press Journalism, along with the other segments of the embedded media, Radio and TV, failed to uphold their own so-called 4th-estate ideals.

This was an opportunity squandered.

If ever there is a time for Press Journalism to show their audience how valuable they are, it is when the Chips Are Down.

But Press Journalism no longer had the skills to uphold their own 4th-estate ideals. They no longer knew how to act without fear or favor, challenge their leaders or take on power. It had been so long since they tried it.

See– blogs.very.limited.news/Devine-Miss-M –for working example.

Press Journalism didn`t even realize that regimes calling for war, was when the chips were down, when they were expected to step up, fight the good fight, hold regimes to account and, do their job.

Instead, with a handful of exceptions, Press Journalism laid down and stuck with its news-tainment business model and, preferred to become Embedded.

The embedded media, in denial or unaware, still don`t seem to realize how damaging, to what little credibility they had left, it was to them for failing this test.

 

 

Jump forward to 2011.

For a decade now the embedded media have ignored the Iraq test, and are sticking to their `more` `news-tainment` model. And has often become more, silly, nasty, petty and unhelpful to their readers in the process.

 

 

Then along comes the Finkelstein Inquiry.

Another chance to redeem themselves and gain some credibility.

Here, Press Journalism and the rest of the News Media had the opportunity to redefine themselves, define what they stood for, define rules of product standards and professional behavior and, penalties for poor behavior and poor product.

Instead, Press Journalism began wailing and bleating as soon as the Finkelstein Inquiry was announced, and it hasn`t stopped yet.

Most paid lip service that a News Media Council needed to be properly funded, have clearly defined rules and, have teeth, but would then wallow in `their` right to Lobby, so-called Press freedom, and free speech.

(Much more rigorous non-regulation.)

Press Journalism, hell bent on keeping their `more` `news-tainment`, let us write bullshit mindset, failed to improve their industry one iota.

 

 

Prediction. In Australia, Press Journalism must implode to a near fatal situation, because, Press Journalism is full of Turkeys who keep demanding Christmas.

 

 

Self Imploding Press Journalism Week

23 Jun 2012 —

SELF IMPLODING PRESS JOURNALISM WEEK

Mogal Greed, Editor`s Cowardice and Journalist`s Desire for Celebrity Status.

These are the real reasons for the Self Imploding Australian Press this week. Not the bullcrap the embedded media are trying to peddle to the public.

 

The downfall of the Australian Press didn`t begin in the mid 1990s for a start.

The early 1980s, or even earlier, was when the start of their downfall began.

 

Interwebs, iproducts and Twitter did not destroy Press Journalism.

They did that all by themselves, under their own steam. In the 1980s or earlier, while Politicians started turning Australia into the `free-trade` dumping ground, Boardrooms paid themselves millions to destroy Australian factory jobs and import goods from the Asian Slave Labor Market.

The Press of the day reported the brilliance of the Boardroom for the monster profits this would generate and, the evils of the factory workers Unions that represented the workers who were losing their jobs.

The Press were told by Boardrooms that the factory jobs were low paid and not really wanted. The factory workers can easily find other jobs and reskill. Boardrooms told the Press their standard bullcrap back then, as they do today, and as always, the Press believes.

Not only did all levels of the Press lack forsight. The Press also lacked wisdom, back then, and today. The Press, who sell eyeballs to their advertisers, at worst cheered, and at best were bystanders, watched Boardrooms flush their largest `Captured` dead tree audience down the gurgler, along with Press profits.

In the early 1980s, many Australian factory workers bought a newspaper on the way to work. Those that caught public transport particularly did.

 

Did Fairfax sell more copies of the Sydney Morning Herald to Indian Child Slave Owners than Aussie textile workers?

Did Limited News sell more copies of The Australian to auto assembly line robots than Aussie auto workers?

Did 730reportland work in a factory in the early 1980s? … YES

Was that factory closed 730reportland? … YES

 

Fairfax announced this week 1900 jobs are to go. Of these jobs, 400 staff jobs are Journalists and Editors. The remaining 1500 jobs are factory jobs across two printing factories.

Prediction The embedded media will make way more noise over the 400 staff jobs than the 1500 factory jobs.

Limited News also announced this week 1500 jobs are to go. They have not specified any job particulars. I predict similar job loss ratios (about 4 to 1) or (300 staff, 1200 factory) and similar noise levels as my Fairfax prediction above.

 

 

… and since then,

After successfully shedding it`s audience and income stream from advertisers, Press Journalism decided it needed to earn money and save money.

To save money Press Journalism turned to the local library for inspiration and discovered a whole new type of writing called `fiction`. Press Journalism quickly realized it could rebrand fiction to something more catchy like `Analysis` or `Opinion` and Corporate media releases could pass as news.

To make money Press Journalism turned to the interwebs to display it`s bias, ignorance and content for free, relying on clickable sponsor advertising.
So, What is ad-blocking software?

After successfully maintaining it`s credibility gap, Press Journalism decided it needed to build a pay-wall.

 

 

Mister Rabit March

22 May 2012.

MISTER RABIT MARCH.

Who`s the leader of the mob

That`s not for you or me

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

In Holt Street`s sight, he`s always right

They see him as the light

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

NO there, NO there, NO there,

He`s as anti as can be

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

Mister Rabit, Joolya Duck,

Mister Rabit, Joolya Duck,

The bloody voters left us at a tie

Tie, Tie, Tie

 

And in the farce, he`d lend his arse

But Windsor don`t like tail

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

When shit goes wrong, create a pong

And blame it on the Greens

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

Stir up the pot, cook up some rot

To feed the Gallery

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

Mister Rabit, outta luck,

Mister Rabit, outta luck,

When it`s not written down then it`s a lie

Lie, Lie, Lie

 

Miranda moans, and so does Jones

At what the others do

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

He can`t relax, it`s carbon tax

And vows to snuff it out

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

And then again, that N – B – N

He plans to dig it up

M – I – S

T – E – R

R – A – B – I – T

 

Mister Rabit, W – T – F,

Mister Rabit, W – T – F,

Now it`s time for me to say good bye

Bye, Bye, Bye

 

(slowly)

Before I go, just send out Joe

Coz he knows less than you

M – I – S

Sideshow every doorstop

T – E – R

Reporting every `NO`

R – A – B – I – T

Dear Occupy Friends

28 Nov 2011,

Dear Occupy Friends,

I am not an Occupier, just an Australian citizen who has been following the plight of the worlds occupy movement. I am not happy to have seen the largely peaceful occupiers being maced or beaten by the worlds law enforcement officers in so-called democratic countries. I am writing this in the hope that my observations from afar may help occupy in some small way. This is `not` a `handbook`.

This page is located at
https://730reportland.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/dear-occupy-friends/

1- FACT, Occupy is dealing with despots. So let`s not kid ourselves.

The 1% (or more like 0.01%) own and operate, the monster corporations, both major political partys and the embedded media in America and Australia alike. This gives the 1% despots near total control over the legal systems, police and taxation systems in both countries.

Occupy now being world wide, I would suggest trying to boycott some of these monster corporations, where possible. Many of us who are not in the position to `occupy` are in the position to `boycott`. I am already boycotting Limited News, Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Harvey Norman, Starbucks, Pepsi, Coke, Mobil, BP, Shell and most the other `chain` corporate monsters. It`s easy once you get started.

While I have made boycotting an extreme sport, I realize that others find it hard. But surely there is an evil burger, evil cola or evil oil company that could benefit from a world occupy boycott. Occupy should harness this power.

 

2- FACT, Occupiers getting injured, fined or jailed helps the 1% despots more than the occupy movement.

Occupiers paying fines into the system that help oppress the 99% is insane. Don`t give them your cash. American occupiers being put in private jails or private hospitals only enrich the 1% who own them. Australian occupiers in jail or hospital only spends taxpayer cash that ends up diverting from others that need it. Injured occupiers can`t provide for their familys.

 

3- FACT, A trapped occupier, will be a casualty soon.

Police call it `kettling`. Trapped by fences built around them by city workers, Police have been able to assault occupiers and smash occupy cameras.
(I think this was Melbourne Australia.)

Occupiers need to be aware that Police without IDs visible, means the Police are ready to attack. Occupiers need to have an `extraction` plan so that if they see kettling starting, they can relocate. Let them build half a fence, then scadaddle.

 

4- OBSERVATION, During the 2011 UK Riots, the rioters were acting as a `flash mob` catching MET Police asleep with hit and run tactics. Nimble, fast and agile kept Mr Plod confused. Occupy can apply some of this stratagy to a peaceful protest.

 

5- FACT, the embedded media is not a friend to anyone, including occupy.

No matter how warm and fuzzy your local media reporter is, they have a job to do. If making occupy look bad to the public in their reports is good for them, they will do it. Occupiers should beware of reporters inciting them to do the wrong thing for news coverage.

 

6- FACT, the embedded media is often lazy.

7- FACT, the Police often start the violence.

Each occupy `city` needs occupiers with high end photography gear. Not high end in price, but performance. Occupy photographers need to be at a safe distance from Police, as they have been smashing occupy cameras. Zooming in from a distance to identify Police attacking occupiers is the best and probably `only` defence occupiers will have in court. (see-fact-1)

Each occupy `city` also needs to dedicate webspace to properly expose and explain crimes commited against occupiers by Police. (see-fact-7) Video and Photos should have correct date, time and location as minimum information. (occupyCityBadCops.wordpress-???) Identifying bad cops is occupys best chance of `not losing` in court. Remember, we all now have less freedoms since `patriot acts` have been put in place. Now we need to nearly prove we`re innocent.

The `bad cops` site should be as factual and truthful as possible, so `your city occupiers` can use it as a legal resource. It doubles as an easy option for `media releases`. (see-fact-6) Media releases are often regurgitated as news reports by over-paid and under-smart media staff. Feed these media staff with occupy reports to expand coverage. Corporations do this all the time.

 

8- FACT, Police `Integrity Agencies` exist.

Integrity Agencies police the Police. Legitimate complaints to your city or state intergrity agency, must be addressed by them. Use these occupy. Your occupy websites should have your integrity agency info available to your occupiers and public. (see-fact-7) Another use for your `bad cops` website.

Australian Integrity Agencies
http://www.aclei.gov.au/www/aclei/aclei.nsf/Page/Links

American Civil Rights
http://www.justice.gov/crt/

 

9- I wish the Occupy movement Success and Safety in their pursuit of Fairness in the fields that they choose to pursue.

PDF file of “this page“

 

 

Viewer Apology

25 Nov 2011 —

Viewer Apology

Dear Viewer,

Yesterday, 730Report`s coverage of despotic embedded media personality Kyle Sandilands was specifically not approved to be in last nights re-package by my ABC management. In fact, my ABC management had forbidden to include the story at the morning team meeting.

While my back was turned, my on-air sockpuppets, aided by `some` off-camera sockpuppets decided to shoot the Sandilands story after getting a tip-off that Mel and Kochie were running the Sandilands story tomorrow morning.

Fierce competition exists at a personal professional level between my 730Report sockpuppets and the Sunrise sockpuppets. This competition got way out of hand yesterday. It never should have.

Our policy at 730Report is, to `not` provide another platform for despotic embedded media personalities to whip up social discourse, that will end up inflating despotic embedded media personalities income.

I must therefore apologize to all 730Report viewers, without reservation and, on behalf of all my ABC management for, inflicting on all 730Report viewers, the despotic embedded media personality Kyle Sandilands, and all Sandilands represents.
.
.

Raging Bile Duct

16 Aug 2011 ..

RAGING BILE DUCT ..

Australia`s east coast state`s Police have been accused by the embedded-media of leaking information to so-called “Biker“ crime gangs. Meanwhile monster-media in the UK have been caught-out tapping or hacking phones that belong to victims of crime, bribing UK MET Police and buggering up missing children investigations.

To save his skin and wallet, Murdoch shut down “News of the World“, throwing all staff under the bus. Not just the criminals. Too much noise has been made by the Australian Journo Herd along the lines of, it could never happen here and, there is no proof of phone tapping or hacking going on in Australia.

Foxnews clips on Youtube become National Newspaper text, by the raw psychic talent of the Limited-News Journo-Herd. The right wing slant has nothing to do with any email Bill Sammon ever wrote. Everybody has every faith that the Aussie media can investigate itself. Except me. So I did a little digging.

 

 

Subject: WaPolice
From: 730reportland
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011
To: police.media-police.wa.gov.au

Question 1 (of 3)
Can WA Police please confirm, that WA Police are Assisting AFP investigating of phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? .. (like UK news of the world)

Question 2
Can WA Police please confirm, Is the AFP are investigating WA Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? .. (like UK news of the World)

Question 3
Can WA Police please confirm, That AFP are investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some WA Police? .. (like UK news of the world) ..

Thankyou

730reportland

 

 

Which got this reply.

 

 

Subject: RE: WaPolice
From: Samuel.Dinnison-police.wa.gov.au
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011
To: 730reportland

Good afternoon,
Thank you for your email.

Before we can consider a response to your questions we require further information including:

– The name of the person requesting the information

– The name of the media organisation for which the content is being sought

– An email address linked to a recognised media organisation

Once we have this information we will consider what response we can provide to you.

Regards

Samuel Dinnison
WA Police Media Unit

 

 

So I sent back.

 

 

Subject: Letter-2
From: 730reportland
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
To: samuel.dinnison-police.wa.gov.au

Thank-you for your previous reply.

Your reply included,

Before we can consider a response to your questions we require further information including:

– The name of the person requesting the information ***[A]

– The name of the media organisation for which the content is being sought***[B]

– An email address linked to a recognised media organisation ***[C]

Once we have this information we will consider what response we can provide to you.

[A] I am an Australian citizen that blogs anonymously as 730reportland.

[B] Proudly, I am not part of the embedded media.

[C] Self explained.

[FYI] My blog focus is high lighting the embedded media quackery that takes announce-ables and twists them into factoids that are screeched at full volume.

See for yourself
730reportland.blogspot.com/2011/04/remaining-embedded-together

 

 

Happily, I got ..

 

 

Subject: RE: Letter-2
From: Samuel.Dinnison-police.wa.gov.au
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
To: 730reportland

Good morning,
Thanks for your reply with the info you have provided.

I have checked with a few of our teams and cannot find anything that suggests we are involved in any such investigations. However given your query relates to investigations being managed by the Australian Federal Police you may need to ask them to respond to your questions. If such investigations are underway, it may also include the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC), so you may need to contact them.

AFP: afpnationalmedia-afp.gov.au (all three questions)

CCC: ccc-ccc.wa.gov.au
(I think question three would be the only one for the CCC)

Regards
Samuel Dinnison

 

 

Watch now, how I snatch failure from the jaws of victory.

 

 

Subject: Nsw-Police-Media-1
From: 730reportland
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011
To: media-police.nsw.gov.au

Question 1 (of 3)
Can NSW Police please confirm, that NSW Police are Assisting AFP investigating of phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? (like UK news of the world)

Question 2
Can NSW Police please confirm, Is the AFP are investigating NSW Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? (like UK news of the World)

Question 3
Can NSW Police please confirm, That AFP are investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some NSW Police? (like UK news of the world)

Thankyou 730reportland

No Reply

 

 

Subject: Qld-Police-Media-1
From: 730reportland
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011
To: policemedia-police.qld.gov.au

Question 1 Can Queensland Police please confirm, that Queensland Police are Assisting AFP investigating of phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? (like UK news of the world)

Question 2 Can Queensland Police please confirm, Is the AFP are investigating Queensland Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? (like UK news of the World)

Question 3 Can Queensland Police please confirm, That AFP are investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some Queensland Police? (like UK news of the world)

Thankyou 730reportland

No Reply

 

 

Top Cop, Simon Overland had resigned suddenly,
so I had an extra question here.

Subject: Victoria Police
From: 730reportland
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2011
To: digmediaunit–mgr-police.vic.gov.au

Question 1 (of 4) Can Victoria Police please confirm, if Simon Overland Quit the Force because of media / police transactions? (Was Bribery or payment for tip-offs leading to dispute with Police Association?) (like UK MET+news of the world)

Question 2 Can Victoria Police please confirm, Is Victoria Police Assisting AFP with phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? (like UK news of the world)

Question 3 Can Victoria Police please confirm, Is the OPI investigating Victoria Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? (like UK news of the World)

Question 4 Can Victoria Police please confirm, That AFP investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some Victoria Police? (like UK news of the world)

Thankyou

#onlinechat @VictoriaPolice twitter Not Replied To.

730reportland

No Reply

Tweet , tweet , tweet , tweet , tweet , tweet , tweet , tweet.

 

 

The Police Association Victoria, just one question.

Subject: T P A V
From: 730reportland
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2011
To: general-tpav.org.au

Question
Can the Police Association please confirm, if Simon Overland`s `Resignation` resulting from disputes with TPAV, was related to Police being `enticed` to tip off or pass on information to members of the Australian Media?
(Similar to the UK MET and News of the World)

Thankyou

730reportland

No Real Reply Just an automated reply signed from Greg Davies.

 

 

Greg Davies was happy to bleat his case against the OPI to Hedley Thomas from theAustralian on 26 July 2011. Davies accuses the OPI of the offence to misuse material from telephone taps.

 

 

What about the “INTEGRITY“ Agencies?
OPI, the Office of Police Integrity, Victoria.
And CCC, the Corruption and Crime Commission of WA.

 

 

Subject: O P I
From: 730reportland
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011
To: opi-opi.vic.gov.au

Question 1 (of 4) Can the OPI please confirm, if Simon Overland Quit the Force because of media / police transactions? (Was Bribery or payment for tip-offs leading to dispute with Police Association?) (like UK MET+news of the world)

Question 2 Can the OPI please confirm, Is Victoria Police Assisting AFP with phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? (like UK news of the world)

Question 3 Can the OPI please confirm, Is the OPI investigating Victoria Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? (like UK news of the World)

Question 4 Can the OPI please confirm, That OPI and/or AFP investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some Victoria Police? (like UK news of the world)

Thankyou 730reportland

No Reply

 

 

Subject: Wa-Ccc-1
From: 730reportland
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011
To: ccc-ccc.wa.gov.au

Question 1 (of 3) Can CCC please confirm, that CCC are Assisting AFP investigating of phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? (like UK news of the world)

Question 2 Can CCC please confirm, Is the CCC/AFP are investigating WA Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? (like UK news of the World)

Question 3 Can CCC please confirm, That CCC/AFP are investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some WA Police? (like UK news of the world)

Thankyou 730reportland

No Reply

 

 

With a bit of a war going on between some elements of the embedded-media in Victoria and their Police Chiefs, Simon Overland and previous Christine Nixon. I tried to be a little more persistent.

Subject: Email-Request-1
From: 730reportland
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011
To: policemedia-police.vic.gov.au

Since Mr Overland`s resignation I would expect the email address
simon.overland@police.vic.gov.au .. is no longer valid.

Would it please be possible to
1- Send Mr Overland`s new email to me? or,
2- Forward this email to Mr Overland?

Please let me know. Thank You. 730reportland

 

Subject: RE: Email-Request-1
From: Leonie.Johnson-police.vic.gov.au
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011
To: 730reportland

Hi, I’m sorry but Mr Overland no longer works for Victoria Police, therefore we will not be forwarding any communication on to him. Thanks, Leonie Johnson

 

 

Subject: L-Johnson-3
From: 730reportland
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011
To: leonie.johnson-police.vic.gov.au

Thank you for your previous reply.

Could you please tell me where Mr Overland is now working? Is he with another State Police, AFP, or Corporation which I can bother with my Questions? 730reportland

 

Subject: RE: L-Johnson-3
From: Leonie.Johnson-police.vic.gov.au
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011
To: 730reportland

Hi, As previously stated, Mr Overland is no longer with Victoria Police therefore we won’t be providing any further details regarding his professional or private life. Sorry, Leonie Johnson

 

 

But like an email episode of “where`s Wally“, where`s Simon is much harder.

 

 

Responsible for the Australian Telecommunication Network, of course I had to pester the Federal Police with …

Subject: Afp-Media-1
From:730reportland
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
To: afpnationalmedia-afp.gov.au

Question 1 (of 3) Can the AFP please confirm, Are any State Police Assisting AFP with phone hacking/tapping by Australian media? (like UK news of the world)

Question 2 Can the AFP please confirm, Is the AFP investigating any State Police for leaking phone details To the Australian media? (like UK news of the World)

Question 3 Can the AFP please confirm, That AFP is investigating unlawful phone hacking/tapping by some State Police? (like UK news of the world)

Thankyou 730reportland

AFP Reply

 

 

Explainer

Of course folks, I don`t expect the Police, or any of the other`s I emailed with questions to bugger up operations, arrests, or evidence etc.

 

Analysis

The deafening silence of no reply. Not even being sent any links to any media releases that may already exist. No crumbs of anything useful. Seems to indicate that those contacted may only be interested in the embedded-media.

While the topics of tapping or hacking phones in Australia, by the Aussie media, and MET type behaviour by Aussie Police are left un-answered.
I now seem to have a bigger list of questions. Ironic aint it.

Questions like, Does Overland not want to be contacted?
Or, Does Victoria Police not want Overland contacted?

 

The one thing I feel my little exercise did prove, is “Journalists_Verses_Bloggers“, the embedded-media`s imagined threat from bloggers, is a load of bullcrap. It is just the embedded-media talking about it`s favorite topic, itself.

So now I will shelve the topic “Journalists_Verses_Bloggers“ as just the embedded-media, with a dose of writer`s block, venting their

Raging Bile Duct

 

 

Remaining Transparent Together

24 Jul 2011 ..

REMAINING TRANSPARENT TOGETHER ..

Interesting events in the UK sent this blogger into an email frenzy. Sticky questions were asked of State Police, the Australian Federal Police, and others. The email exchange below is between myself and the Australian Federal Police. AFP.

 

Subject: Afp-Media-1
From: 730reportland
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
To: afpnationalmedia-afp.gov.au

The body of this, the first email contained three questions asked to the AFP. The questions are not important for the purpose of this post.

 

The AFP did not answer any of the three questions,
but replied with that below.

 

Subject: RE: Afp-Media-1 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: AFPNationalMedia-afp.gov.au
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011
To: 730reportland

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your enquiry.

We have not heard of the media outlet listed in your address line. Could you please provide us with some information about yourself?

Kind regards,

CHRISTINE WALLACE
NATIONAL MEDIA
CLOSE OPERATIONS SUPPORT
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

Tel +61(0) 2 61316333
http://www.afp.gov.au

 

So I replied to this email, with my second email below.

 

Subject: Afp-Media-2
From: 730reportland
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011
To: afpnationalmedia-afp.gov.au

Thank-you for your previous reply.

Your reply included,

We have not heard of the media outlet ***[A]
listed in your address line.

Could you please provide us with some ***[B]
information about yourself?

[A] Proudly, I am not part of the embedded media.

[B] I am an Australian citizen that blogs anonymously as 730reportland.

My blog focus is high lighting the embedded media quackery that takes announce-ables and twists them into factoids that are screeched at full volume.

See for yourself
730reportland.blogspot.com/2011/04/remaining-embedded-together

 

And the AFP replied to my second email with …

 

Subject: RE: Afp-Media-2 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: AFPNationalMedia-afp.gov.au
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011
To: 730reportland

Hi,

Thanks for your reply. Please note that the AFP National Media Team are here to respond to media enquiries from accredited members of the media.

Likewise, we are not in the practice of providing information about what the AFP may or may not be doing to people who request it anonymously. If you wish to be open and transparent with us, we might be able to re-visit this point.

Kind regards,
AFP National Media.

 

Explainer

Now I can guess some folk will be thinking, what a damn cocky anonymous blogger sod. And they would be correct, nearly. Unfortunately this was not the first time I had been asked these type of questions back. I had replied previously to State Police and gave the same reply, word for word, and same link. The State Police accepted my reply and were helpful.

 

Analysis

Now let`s look at the second AFP reply and do some comparisons, and draw some conclusions.

 

“the AFP National Media Team are here to respond to media enquiries from accredited members of the media.“

So, for the AFP, Voters, Taxpayers, Citizens, do not count? Just accredited media?

And the AFP insist, demand to be filtered by the media? No clear, unfiltered AFP news allowed?

 

“people who request it anonymously.“

Every fake identity caught?

 

“you wish to be open and transparent with us,“

No blatant anonymous honesty?

 

Application

Bloggers verses Journalism
Well, clearly today the AFP back `Journalism`.

Massola verses Grogsgamut
This is a no brainer, `Massola`. Could be a dream job here for Massola. The AFP would have great resources for `outing` bloggers. I suspect.

Free verses Unfree
In action, ignoring lip-service, the AFP seem to be on the `Unfree` side.

 

Transparent

Transparent, transparency and similar weasle words, are spouted by Clowns of both flavours at Circus Canberra. Point a microphone or camera at them and watch the dribble flow. Each Clown claims he has cornered the market on transparency, and his opponent has none. Ditto for the State Circus`s that do all this as well.

Court transcripts, freedom of information documents and other so-called public records. Already digitalised and paid for by the public. Kept away from us by paywalls and gate-keepers from the truth. Just dumbed down data, drip fed to us in sound-bytes by corporate criminals tapping phones.

Unfortunately, the Australian Federal Police and I do not agree.
Both of us are stubborn, staying in our corners and …

Remaining Transparent Together

 

 

Content Farming

10 Jul 2011 —

Content Farming

Old McMurdok had a farm, e i e i o.
And on his FARM he had some CONTENT, e i e i o.

With a quack quack here, and a quack quack there.
Here a quack. There a quack. Everywhere a quack quack.

Old McMurdok had a farm, e i e i o.
And on his farm he had a herd, a neutered journo herd.

With a bleat bleat here, and a bleat bleat there.
Here a bleat. There a bleat. Everywhere a bleat bleat.

Old McMurdok had a farm, e i e i o.
And on his farm he had no SCIENCE, e i e i o.

With a doubt doubt here, and a doubt doubt there.
Here a doubt. There a doubt. Everywhere a doubt doubt.

Old McMurdok had a jacket, e i e i o.
And in his pocket he had a rabbit, a Liberal Mr Rabbit.

With a hop hop here, and a hop hop there.
Here a hop. There a hop. Everywhere a hop hop.

Old McMurdok had a farm, e i e i o.
And on his farm he had no LOGIC, e i e i o.

With a hop doubt here, and a quack bleat there.
Here a doubt. There a hop. Everywhere a bleat quack.

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Content Farming

Accuracy is expensive, and not really needed when you have thousands of fans on twitter and hits to your newsroom website. Your most important tools, are `copy` and `paste`.

Out-sauced ackuracy is much cheeper. Decaying Newsrooms and domesticated Journo Herds can maintain their crediblity gap by Content Farming. Follow the steps below.

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Crowd-Sourcing

With a never ending choice on the internet, ungrateful mooching news junkies that refuse to pay for low quality content will never do. The solution is Crowd-Sourcing. Corral together your Boardroom, Newsroom and Advertising staff. Like NASA, you need to lock the doors. You have now begun Crowd-Sourcing, so let the mind-basting begin. Crowd-Sourcing can go further, but that is rarely needed. Why disturb the Bean Counters.

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Mind-Basting

Your Herd, at all levels, need to be on the same page. Stick with the classics. Regurgitate and reinforce old ideas. They work. They are proven. The environment has not changed.

Those pontificating new ideas need to be denied. Abuse `new idea` drones in a politically correct manner, until they change their tune. Now all your drones are on the same page, unlock the doors.

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Crowd-Slacking

In desperation for talent and content you may need to engage in Crowd-Slacking. If your website attracts large numbers of true believers, then it is time for you to cash in. Your offerings can be extremely small, when loaded with issue or political bias.

Comments from true believers, eager to agree with you, will supply you with their research. You can re-package this for them next month.

Or take revenge on ungrateful mooching news junkies. Give them an empty thread. Let them do ALL the work.

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Crowd-Spouting

Website owners, need to check the perimeter of of their content farm, pop-riveting sponsor messages to the correct positions. Also both sides of paywall.

Tek-screw to correct side of paywall your Crowd-Sourced and Crowd-Slacked re-packages.

Begin Crowd-Spouting. Pontificate. And don`t forget to tweet.

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Newsroom Swot Analysis

25 May 2011 ..

NEWSROOM SWOT ANALYSIS ..

The newsroom swot analysis template. Designed to help Journo Cubs and decaying newsrooms improve their reporting performance. By providing the information starting point you need, that will aid you in setting goals and strategic management pathways to reach desired expertise outcomes.

To get the best results from this template, do two separate swots. You should do one swot on yourself and one swot on your newsroom.

 

Newsroom SWOT Analysis
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.

 

Strengths

Reporting NEWS by Obtaining interviews with Politicians and Business Oligarks. Attending and reporting accurately NEWSWORTHY events.
(citizens cannot)

Newsrooms that can free range their Journo Herds will get the best from them. Allowing them to follow their own knowledge and interest base must produce better reports.

Some words that should go here, honesty, integrity, newsworthy, accountability, trust, fairness, factual, accurate, but can`t for most of the embedded media. If you cannot list these words as strengths, then you must list them as weaknesses.

 

Weaknesses

Baiting and alienating news junkies with NEWS, but serving up promos, PR, celebrity waffle and other advertising. This addiction will be hard for NEWSROOMS to break. ie CONSUMER FRAUD.

Canned News, follow Fox, copy cat reporting. Also known as churn-alism. Newsrooms need to kick the CHURN habit. You cannot build a brand, demographic audience or market segment being the same as everybody else. Be smart, innovate, or be innovated on.

Viewer distraction on your website will not get your story read. Like TV, your webpage is controlled by the ethic of the BUTTON. The viewer is in control with both TV remote and mouse. Stop treating the viewer with CONTEMPT.

POPULARITY is the greatest weakness and second greatest threat to your industry. Popularity is fleeting, unlike politicians you cannot lock it in for 3 or 4 years, wise up. Newsrooms need to stop being morons (hello_big_brother) locked in a house. Journo`s need to stop competing with PH, LL, CS or any other idiot of the day. The story is the STAR, not your ego or your newsroom.

BIAS is often the second greatest weakness, (hello_Limited_News) or could be your marketing strength. Do you or your newsroom engage in bias? Be honest. Does your bias improve outcomes?

 

Opportunities

Opportunities are abundant for Newsrooms and Journo Herds to not merely graze at the edges of the the information super highway. Can you imagine it? A Newsroom with NEWS in the middle? Can you? Stop allowing business oligarks and politicians to waste the NEWS-SPACE with propaganda! With zest, the resources some media have wasted attacking social site users would have been better spent on politicians or relevant issues. Stop the WASTE.

Journo Brumby`s are desperately needed to report accurately and investigate intelligently to retain and attract news junkies. Domesticated Journo Herds will not change anything.

 

Threats

The greatest threat to NEWSROOMs is being completely swallowed by the advertising department.

Over-COMMITMENT (hello SBS1) to deliver. News hours that contain 35_minutes of filler do not attract or retain news junkies.

An unwitting threat coming from the Academic end (hello JP, JR) of the news industry is the DISTRACTION of social sites. These require time to use them properly or they really could be a waste of resources.

When much reporting quality is fairly low. Is Crowd Spouting to 50,000 twitter followers better than improving reporting quality? While of course, it will not always be one or the other, but sometimes it will. I believe that the Professors should be focusing on the reporting ethics of Newsrooms and Journo Herds. Speaking out more when they misbehave, but they seem to be distracted by the ethic of the link. Hysteric, overweight, middle aged white guys, screeching (hello_Fox) communist plot at National Health Programs and deciding elections (hello_Florida_2000) will be the norm without the ETHICs. It seems chunks of J-School have become Marketing School, and I hope the Academics don`t let it go too far.

 

 

Remaining Embedded Together

07 Apr 2011 —

Remaining Embedded Together

The blur of information that surrounds us today, what is true? useful? or should be ignored? The `embedded media` try to tell us they are the path to information salvation, but many of us are no longer listening. Why?

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Let`s start by looking at the so-called right wing media, which is usually privately owned and operated for profit.

For our discussion we will use `Limited News` and the-Australian as our right wing example. For our so-called left wing media example we will use ABC Australia.

From where I sit though, the left, right thing is not as important as both the above parties imply.

To me, both parties are in the same trap of their own making. Each entering the trap from opposite ends. Both are Embedded Media.

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The term `Embedded Media` is not created by me, but by the media themselves, and should be used instead of mainstream media.

Mainstream to who? Is their idea of a CS and LL crack party, PH sex tape, KD football ruckus mainstream?

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Non Government media have been pre-welded to the idea of `embedded` well before the fake WMD driven invasion of Iraq 2002.

Newsrooms of both networks and newspapers have been pre-welded to their Advertiser`s via the advertising revenue they provide. And in turn their Journo Herds are hypnotized to the newsroom mantra.

This is why the public will not receive any reports about shonky products sold on late night TV `shopping` type, so-called programs.

And letters to the editor about dodgy real-estate or employment agents, or unhappy auto buyers in the newspapers. Equally rare.

I do recommend that consumers of newspapers do their own checking and draw their own conclusions. Each newspaper could have different advertisers, thus be embedded differently, but Google will tell you all, if the newspaper is online as well.

I hope with this explainer so far you can see the loose perspective of how the newsroom is embedded to the advertiser for `right` wing media.

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But the `left` wing media are in a similar bind, with government instead of advertiser. Let`s face it, the ABC is government funded. The government is full of people called politicians.

Politicians decide if funding is cut or increased, and who operates in the top jobs at ABC. I do feel, but cannot prove, that some of the previous `top` appointments suspicious. Giving these people work for media that basically hate the ABC. You cannot serve two masters. Politically driven?

Programming for shows 4Corners, Qanda, Insiders, 730 Report, News also depend on politicians to some degree. Cosy interviews between politicians and the Journo Herd, comfortably embedded. We rarely see politicians sweating bullets on these programs.

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Politicians double-welded to business, can be found by checking any disaster. The world is the readers oyster. Try any disaster, Nuclear, Mining, Chemical, War. Try any time the greater good is ignored. There you can find business with some double-welded politicians. The greater good is often defeated by business oligarks and politicians shrieking `IT WILL COST JOBS`. You know you have heard that before.

Ignorance must be included. Those with no knowledge on any topic, get to make the most noise on the topic, I give you the Journo Herd. Include the ability to ignore the elephants in the newsroom, Google and Facebook.

We are trapped with what seem`s a perverse and often useless embedded media. We often have total crap coming out of the mouth`s of the Journo Herd on shows like Qanda and Insiders. Crap that can be checked very easily on Google and Facebook. Facebook has good search when you are logged in. Keep ignoring the elephants.

When Journo Herds deny the qualifications and work of the top environmental scientists and act as an advertising agent, for example, then it totally legitimizes questioning and denying the ability and qualifications of Journo Herds.

Right wing Journo Herds have an especially good talent for getting things wrong. With the crying of free trade, that they promoted, when factories full of jobs were sent to China, and the workforce here, many who bought newspapers, were thrown out of work. Wonder about falling paper sales?

Not happy to have a strangle hold on stupidity in the off-line world, Journo Herds stampeded into the on-line world to find `friends` and shout regularly their ignorance.

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My particular favorite is the topic, `Bloggers Verses Journalists`.

What is a blog? It is the script or programming technology that runs on Web Logs (blogs), discussion boards, where users can continue a thread of conversation produced in a webpage public or private. A `Blogger` is just a `user` of this technology. Facebook is a high-tech blog.

There is no threat, or interest to threaten Journo Herds from the programmers of this technology. Programmers write programs, generally they don`t want to write `News`.

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What is probably meant is `Citizen Writers Verses Embedded Media`.

But even here the Journo Herds are proudly displaying their ignorance. Citizen Writers are writing as a hobby on the topics they like, unpaid, and basically for the betterment of the topic or the group of friends involved with that hobby. Homepages, Blogs, IRC, Social Sites and Email are used.

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The reality is `Marketers Verses Journalists`.

The Marketing Department is the largest and most ignored elephant in the newsroom. Journo Herds are in denial that this elephant is their problem to reporting news, more correctly the newsroom is probably more like a division of the marketing department.

With budgets squeezed and determined billionaires demanding to wring the correct percentage of profit out of the newsroom, many members of the Journo Herd on the `right` have metamorphised into salesmen and PR agents. Slow news days are possibly preferred by this type of outfit, allowing more paid promotion to be injected into the newsroom.

For the `left` newsrooms seem to enter often into absurd topics or political causes on slow news days, with a tendency to nit pick the totally trivial or make issue of undeserving.

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We then of course have shows on the ABC which bring all above points together, the first is Insiders.

Who are the Insiders? The Insiders are the Journo Herd who say they report political news, but calling selves `insiders` seem to signify they think they are `players`. While this quaint show should be aired, I still don`t feel the need to be told what to think by the Journo Herd. The excellence of this show is the outing of the Journo Herd themselves. Left wing Looney? Right wing Ratbag? Who wrote that so-called `unbiased` political item?

The second is Qanda. The reason I include Qanda is the format more often than not regresses toward the Insiders format, with the Panel inflated by adding Journo Herd.

The third is the `Inter Mess` with webpage after webpage linking back and forth between `left` and `right` pages. What are they doing? Are they spamming Google with links? Who the hell knows? They can`t seem to write a paragraph of words without half a dozen links.

So folks, via Webpages, Qanda and Insiders, I can give you the Left and Right Journo Herds `Cross Breeding` in an unhealthy manner. Each Journo Herd pre-welded to Government, or Business (via Advertiser). While both Business and Government are double-welded securely to each other.

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To the detriment of the greater good, we can expect the Embedded Media, to produce copious amounts of white noise, often on behalf of Business and/or Government, because they are

Remaining Embedded Together

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Media Balance

20 May 2009 —

Media Balance

The main trouble with media balance is that on any chosen topic they care to discuss, half the media resource is wasted on the incorrect view of the topic.

An example of this is discussing the roundness of the planet.

Using media BALANCE the media will interview the smart discoverer of this theory, asking how, why, what etc.

And then the media will trot out some backward looking hillbilly
(often some religious zealot) and give the hillbilly equal resources to argue that the earth is flat.

The result is the viewers get a headache and learn nothing.

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