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in my drawers? Have Kyle and Jackie O been snooping

I'm Jonathan Holmes. Hello and welcome to Media Watch. into the wilds of FM radio, We don't often venture to Sydney's 2DayFM but this week we wrote breakfast show. about Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O's we're best ignored. Kyle and Jackie reckon But we're not the only ones I wish! out loud recently who've been wondering about 2DayFM's sense of fun. famed for its delicate sensibilities, Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' isn't lashed out last week at: but opinion editor Fiona Connolly the "lesson" on: Fiona was upset by what she called

Daisy the pig is actually a fat - amazingly willing - woman. and, it has to be said, and Biggzy challenged callers 'Hot 30 Countdown's Tim Lee ample body folds to guess where in Daisy's

the best prizes were hidden. B: Maria, where? T: Oooh, left boob. Maria: Um, the left boob. B: Underneath the left boob. Maria: Um, OK, underneath it. T: Underneath the left boob, OK now, it's a controller, OK, so here's the left boob, the full thing, so I dare say you're gonna get a Playstation, congratulations. T: Wooo! M: Oh, awesome, thank you so much! Innovative stuff, eh? wants to sic the watchdog But the 'Tele's Fiona Connolly

onto Tim and Biggzy. normally applies the standards But the regulator, ACMA, Australia's Codes of Practice. agreed to in Commercial Radio

in the Codes, that I can see, And frankly, there's nothing the Prize Pig. that would apply to Daisy bad taste. It's hard to regulate against sheer But the Codes do say this: of Kyle and Jackie O's recent capers And you have to wonder whether some meet those standards. How about this, for example: Kyle and Jackie O's Vaginey Line-Up! OK, disrobe, Are you ready girls? to identify her.. and we will take 10 seconds for him

OK, go. had 10 seconds Yes, program guest Vince genitals from a line-up of four. to identify his own girlfriend's blindfolded French-kissing contest In the same week we've had the contest. and the spot-your-partner's penis

And the week before, one-of-whom- the two-best-friends - competition: is-wired-to-a-lie-detector

Like this one: Kyle dreamt up the questions. tested on subjects like STDs, Other contestants had their honesty and eating faeces during sex. masturbation, anal sex, threesomes, Little Miss Nice act, Playing her tiresome Jackie O told listeners coyly: Kyle, of course, plays Mr Nasty. about, Kyle, are over at ACMA. But the dorks you have to worry contemporary standards of decency, Quite apart from that stuff about of Practice say: the Commercial Radio Codes

that its breakfast show We suggested to 2DayFM of the Codes. might be in breach of that clause the station did respond - Despite Kyle's advice to ignore us, not that we're much the wiser:

And whatever its target audience, aren't adults. a lot of those thousands 18% of 2DayFM's breakfast audience - in an average week - that's around 100,000 listeners, are people aged between 10 and 17. and Jackie O More kids listen to Kyle breakfast show. than to any other Sydney much more than his audience, But I reckon it's Kyle Sandilands, that needs to grow up. we won't be holding our breath On its past record, has anything to say about 2DayFM. to see if media regulator ACMA

Rather to our amazement, however, Medicines Australia, another regulator, of one of its members - has slapped the wrist Eli Lilly. the giant pharmaceutical company this riveting press release: In May, Media Watch featured by Eli Lilly. The poll was commissioned And the media release went on: erectile dysfunction treatment ...which is a prescription-only, manufactured by Eli Lilly. The media lapped it up. with the poll at all: Some didn't even bother for thousands of Australian men There's new hope with erectile dysfunction. trying to cope as Viagra It works in much the same way of spontaneity. but adds a welcome dose

complained to Medicines Australia The consumer organisation CHOICE its code of conduct, that Eli Lilly's campaign breached prescription medicines designed to stop direct to the public. from being advertised found their way to Media Watch, According to minutes that recently of Conduct Committee agreed, Medicines Australia's Code and ordered Eli Lilly to...

Medicines Australia has some teeth. It's nice to note that they're pretty small ones. But in CHOICE's view, Figures - their use and abuse - front-page lead are the problem with this alarming

in Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph'. being apprehended. But the kids are not all of Crime Statistics and Research. The figures come from the NSW Bureau Don Weatherburn, According to its director, that 8, 9 and 10-year-olds... they represent the number of times

as being apprehended. That's not the same covered nearly three years, Much more importantly, the figures from January 2005 to September 2007. told Radio 2UE's John Stanley: And as Dr Weatherburn for eight, nine and 10-year-olds In fact, the weekly average to 51 in 2006, and to 46 in 2007. has dropped from 62 in 2005, according to the NSW Bureau, And incidentally, population of children that represents about 1% of the total in New South Wales. of that age So much for a kid crime rampage.

But the Tele presses on: No, the police didn't. That's the figure for 8, 9 AND 10-year-olds.

so-called offences - And more than 4,000 of those involved 10-year-olds. well over half - goes on to bemoan the fact that: That's important, because the Tele and nine-year-olds It's true that eight - as being too young are regarded by the law for their actions. to be held responsible to the Children's Court. They can't be taken But 10-year-olds can be and quite frequently are. The whole story is another Tele beat-up. Dr Weatherburn tells Media Watch that he's: Regrettably, David Penberthy, the Tele's Editor, hasn't favoured us this week with one of his pithy responses. Perhaps he's been listening to Kyle Sandilands. So here's something else for him to think about. Good news for a change from the 'Telegraph' last Friday!

In fact, a bit too good to be true. There are approximately 143,000 first-year P-plate drivers in NSW. So, if the Tele is right, about 29,000 kids are alive today

who would have died in the year before the new laws came in.

29,000? Must be some mistake, surely. And there was. The Tele got its "one in five" figure by mangling the numbers in its own story.

So, actually about 4 lives have been saved by the new laws. Of course, every life is precious. But that's not one-in-five first-year P-Platers, but one in 35,700. Doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Perhaps Mr Penberthy should consider putting his staff through a tough new course on basic statistics - and not allowing them near a set of tables till they've passed a test. That's it for this week. You can view the program again, or download a vodcast, plus lots of extras on our website.

And join me again next week. Closed Captions by CSI


Good evening. Kevin Rudd

will join the leaders of the

world's most powerful

industrialised nations tomorrow

at the G8 summit in Japan. The

group will discuss surging oil

and food prices and the global

credit squeeze. Member

countries are being urged to

increase spending on aid to

Africa, but there's little

chance they'll reach agreement

on limiting carbon dioxide

emissions while the United

States is resisting a deal. A

girl whose naked picture

appeared on the front of an art

magazine says the photo has

nothing to do with abuse. 'Art

Monthly' used a shot in protest

at the treatment of Bill Henson

whose pictures of naked

adolescents were seized by

police. Olympia Nelson posed

when she was 6. Now 11, she

says she's proud of the image

and upset it could be seen as

offensive. Federal Opposition

Leader Brendan Nelson is asking

police to investigate. A break

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contain raging bushfires. Two

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control near the seaside towns

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'Lateline's on tonight at

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.. We live in a society that worships youth. On television, in magazines, in advertisements and on billboards,

what sells and what is sold to us is youth. But in some cultures, it is the elders of the community who are valued and whose wisdom is sought. In this series, we're going to seek out six prominent elders of our tribe, each over the age of 65, to see what life has taught them. Welcome to the Elders. She has known nine US Presidents personally...

..and has questioned their actions so uncompromisingly, President Johnson once described her as "a mixture of acupuncture and journalism". Her outspokenness has seen her ostracized by the powerful and by colleagues alike. Now nearing 90 she still writes a column directly from the White House, just as she has done for nearly 50 years. She is the First Lady of American journalism - Helen Thomas. You used to live on the fringes of the President's life. What kind of existence was that for you? Exciting. Covering history every day. Never knew what was going to happen. There's never a day without news. And...most of the news, one way or another, comes to the White House. You've been involved with the White House now since 1961. When you go into the grounds of the White House, do you have a sense of the many ghosts? You have your memories and you have memories of nostalgia for better presidents,

no question about it. Can you give me some of those memories, the sorts of...moments that stay with you in the White House? Well, I think Kennedy, of course, was very inspiring. I mean, he really set goals for mankind. He said there's a universe out there that we have to explore. He had been to war. He stepped back from the brink along with Khrushchev when both had a nuclear arsenals to blow up the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That's statesmanship. And I don't think we have it today even in the most talented politicians.

Lyndon B Johnson, his was the Vietnam war but his contribution on the domestic side, last half of the 20th century was phenomenal. I know that uh...occasionally you would ride in the limousine with LBJ and I think on at least one occasion, in his helicopter. Right, that would never happen today. How as it that you came to be in the helicopter with him? Well, he invited us on and Johnson was a people person. And sometimes reporters became people when nobody else was around. He liked the company. (CHUCKLES) And when you were sitting in the helicopter or the limousine with the president, what did you talk about? Well, he looked at me and he said, "You look...",

he didn't say like hell but he said, "Very dishevelled" I had run and...he dug in, got a comb and handed me his comb to comb my hair. (CHUCKLES) That was the beginning.

Did it sometimes feel as though you were an extended part of the president's family? Hell no. (LAUGHS) Never, never. Never. No, no, no. You felt always an outsider, your nose is against the window pane, you're looking in. They knew you... We were the intruder, if anything. And they knew that you were the intruder. Jimmy Carter's mum, Ms. Lillian said, "if I've learned one thing, "it's to keep my mouth shut around Helen Thomas". (CHUCKLES) That's right. 'The daughter of immigrants, Helen grew up in Detroit, Michigan in the 1920s.' I'd actually like to go way, way back to Detroit and your mum, Mary, your dad, George - what values did they raise you kids to believe in?

All the values that you were raised with probably. Be fair, be decent, you know... Never harm anyone - all the things that - be honest, tell the truth, be educated, seek a better life, help mankind. I wasn't raised with any of those values, the only values I had were - "put that back!" (LAUGHS) Your hand in the cookie jar? Could've been, yes. You were the seventh of nine kids, is that right?

Nine children, right. I'm guessing this was a family... My father and mother couldn't read or write. Really? My dad had immigrated from Syria. It was Syria then in 1890s. And after World War I,

when the British and the French cut up the world. Cut up the Middle East that is, uh...their town, Tripoli became a part of Lebanon. They created Lebanon for the Christian people. A tricky thing to move to a country where you don't know the customs, you don't know the language. I wouldn't call it tricky, I'd call it great courage to go into the unknown, come by steerage, few cents in your pocket. Never knowing what the future will hold.

Building your life on hope.

But I must say that education was a great goal. We were very interested in what was going on and determined to be American and not to be Mediterranean.