Simon East Media & Communications in Ministry Semester 2 2010
Errington, W. & Miragliotta, N. (2007)
Media & Politics: An Introduction
. South Melbourne, Australia:Oxford University Press.
Chapter 5 Week 7 The Politics of Spin
(sorry, but didnt think I could fully answer them in less)
ow have governments in recent decades changed the ways in whichthey deal with journalists?
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... Journalists were there to present the facts andinform the public. But in a dark twist of fate, the relationship between journalists and politicianssomehow turned adversarial, approaching arch-enemies. Theres almost a sense that politiciansnow merely endure media presence in the name of freedom of the press/speech.In search of the next big story or money-driven controversy, journalists seem to hunt down anymorsel of bad news, a dark past, word-slips and out-of-context sound-bites that have earnt theirindustry a distrust. In response, politicians have had to become increasingly astute to themedias crafty methods to protect themselves from defamation and misrepresentation. Withsuch high-profile positions, it seems a natural decision to be trained in media relations andjournalistic interrogation.Some politicians definitely need a break from the media disparagement. And yet there areothers who could use more public accountability. I know of no easy solutions.
s there a need for governments to spend millions of dollars a year onadvertising?
I suspect the answer is no. But Im one to prefer being reasonably informed about thedirection our government is taking us, so I will generally research things myself (mainly using theweb) to check party websites, newspapers, blogs and opinion posts. I also dont own atelevision. So all the money spent on propaganda especially on TV seems wasteful. Evenmore so when its tax-payer funded.