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Sunday, 23 May 2010

Wikileaks, says the only declared member of the organisation, Australian globetrotter Julian Assange, "has released more classified documents than the rest of the world press combined," according to a long story in The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday. Assange is cutting about the performance of the world's media.

That's not something I say as a way of saying how successful we are - rather, that shows you the parlous state of the rest of the media. How is it that a team of five people has managed to release to the public more suppressed information, at that level, than the rest of the world press combined? It's disgraceful.

Australia's media is more concerned about a NSW police minister being "potentially compromised" because he regularly visited gay sex clubs. Not that there's a prurient interest among the general community in salacious details of a high-profile, middle-aged, married man bonking blokes behind his sick wife's back.

Oh no, not at all, says Seven Network's news director, Peter Meakin.

If the guy is a minister for police and is frequenting brothels and sex clubs, heterosexual or homosexual, I think that's a matter of some interest because he is exposed and he is potentially compromised.

Former High Court justice Michael Kirby says the Channel Seven newsroom are "serial homophobes". He reminds us of that other high-profile figure, former Law Society president John Marsden.

According to mUmBRELLA, Marsden was accused of having sex with underage boys in the 1990s and when Channel Seven lost the case they paid him millions of dollars in compensation.

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