Friday, 24 April 2009

A nasty subjective business

What's news and what's not is very much in the hands of the media. News is what is chosen to be printed or broadcast. So what should we make of this morning's decision by the 11am Sky News to decide that what some residents of the Christmas Island detention centre had for Christmas Dinner should be reported? Well, whatever the motive of the reporter and her editor, one consequence is clear enough: telling of a lunch with oysters and lobster for detainees while ordinary, proper residents of the Island went without such luxuries will feed xenophobic sentiments. As best I could judge the gratuitous menu reference followed the Sky reporter being peeved because a young internee chose not to answer when a microphone was thrust in to his face. It was not a pretty sight. Perhaps the influence of Fox News is spreading!
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