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20 April 2018

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So many of our journalists are kind to people especially policians with power and money. Like Sylvester says the chief editors are the main targets of these politicians.

The editors are usually well cared for by O'Neill. TDirect phone calls are made on what to publish. It's that simple. A conversation would be like this:

Editor: Yes boss, how are you today. What can I do for you this time?

PM or his associate: You will meet Jenny at Crown at 12.30 pm. She will deliver you my statement on Ok Tedi. Put it tomorrow and don't cut anything. Today's coverage of Belden Namah was good.

Editor: Boss, embai mi wokim, noken wari.

PM or lackey: Good!

Conversation ends...that easy!

The young journos who leave school are sucked into this very corrupt life of journalism and their young brains, just out of Uni, cannot be utilised properly. The cycle of rubbish and corruption continues.

I was going to suggest that we don't really have a free press in Australia either.

Most of our media outlets, paper and electronic, are owned by vested interests that push a particular ideology.

Even the ABC is a bit suss these days.

We don't have a blatantly censorious government like PNG, which is a thing to be thankful for at least but they aren't beyond manipulating the press and putting pressure on people.

I'm currently reading Michael Wolff's book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' and that is a real eye-opener about the power of the media, Rupert Murdoch in particular.

According to that book America is currently being run by the President's spoilt daughter and her husband.

"It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it"- John Pilger:

http://johnpilger.com/

Australia's track record, especially with Wilfred Burchett is not crash hot.

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