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we should be able to look back With the new telescope, to the very first objects formed all the way so this will give us just after the big bang, for the very first time. the entire history of the universe of finding new solar systems, Astrologists are hopeful Earth-like planets. stars and possibly even the Giant Magellan Telescope Astrologists are also hoping new signs of the zodiac. will help them discover those boring astronomers But as usual, first dibs with the new toy. have been promised I'm Jonathan Holmes. Welcome to Media Watch. and a howler on the ABC's Lateline. From astrologists to astronauts the 40th anniversary This is how it ended its report on onto the surface of the moon: of that first small step that will be remembered A first step when the Apollo 11 crew in a few hours time,

for a Mars mission get a chance to make their case at the White House. when they meet the US President John Stewart, Lateline. Um, no. are the crew of Apollo 8. Those fellows that first got to the moon: These are the blokes the crew of Apollo 11 - and "Buzz" Aldrin. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins in those silly spacesuits don't they? Well, they all look alike Sooo 1960's. Over at Seven News, on two Jakarta hotels, four days after the terrorist attack a disturbing exclusive. they brought us Here's Ian Ross in Sydney: Now some breaking news has exploded in Jakarta. and another bomb at a building The device went off just moments ago near the Australian embassy. a little later in the bulletin. And we'll have more details broke the same story Peter Mitchell in Melbourne at about the same time. Seven News tells Media Watch: a clarification in Melbourne: Well, actually, they issued report of a bomb in Jakarta And just to hand, our earlier

a bit of a hoax. appears to be a false alarm, So that's good news indeed. Sandy Roberts is next with sport. A hoax. That's clear enough. just sowed more confusion. But Seven's "clarification" in Sydney more breaking news from Jakarta. And before we go, in a building on the fifteenth floor An explosive device has been found but it has not exploded just near the Australian Embassy, have cordoned off the area. and police or an unexploded bomb? A bit of a hoax, in Adelaide, A few minutes later for the Sydney version: Seven News plumped a bomb's been found And in News just in in Jakarta on the fifteenth floor of a building close to the Australian embassy. Police have cordoned off the area. scrambled to do Newsrooms all around the country hadn't done in the first place - what Channel 7 confirm the story. Because it was nonsense. But they couldn't. that afternoon, according to Reuters: The only skerrick of truth was that had been received earlier in the day. Two anonymous warnings But nothing was found. unconfirmed rumours Seven had rushed to air with were never fully corrected. and its erroneous 'clarifications'

had been busy pursuing the victims The previous weekend, Nine News Marriott Hotel. of the real bomb attack at Jakarta's Literally. Starting a horrendous journey, behind, leaving her five-year-old son husband. to bring home the body of her of Nathan Verity, The wife and father killed in the bombings, the West Australian businessman from Perth last night. prepared to board a flight attentions of news photographers Made more horrendous by the in Perth. and a team from Channel Nine was Nathan Verity's father That shouting in the background sounding off at the media. nor a celebrity. Mrs Verity is not a criminal, to be filmed. She clearly didn't want But she was filmed anyway. In an email to Media Watch, of the media: Mr Verity's sister Lucy writes

At least Nine News in Perth of the resulting footage. used very little on the East Coast, What we showed earlier was seen Network News Director Mark Calvert. on stations controlled by Nine He's told us: it doesn't seem to have occurred Yet, despite all that thought,

obvious attempts to hide her face to Nine that Mrs Verity's

with the presence of its camera: had anything to do However, Mr Calvert adds:

but it's a bit late now. Mark, I'm sure that's appreciated, to Vanessa Verity's distress. Of course you added As Lucy Verity writes:

No more to be said. its own embarrassments this week. Ten News has had

a diplomatic incident. A stuff-up that could have caused It all began with a press conference Stephen Smith in Phuket, Thailand, given by Foreign Minister the ASEAN summit. where he was attending to his Chinese counterpart He told journalists what he'd said Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu. about the arrest of matter now being dealt with We understood that this was a in accordance with Chinese law underway, and there was an investigation interest, not just Mr Hu's, but it would be in everyone's for the matter but in everyone's interest to be dealt with expeditiously. As you'd expect. All very tactful, very diplomatic. next morning, But according to Ten News more robust: Mr Smith had been very much China's Foreign Minister Mr Smith urged but failed to make any progress. to deal with the case quickly,

very regrettable example So this is just another further isolating itself of the regime further stepping back from the international community and

and human rights. from democracy and civil might think that. Well, many Australians it to a senior Chinese Minister But for the Foreign Minister to say

well, counter-productive, is likely to be, to put it mildly. The Minister's office wasn't happy. So what happened? Well, Stephen Smith was actually answering this question Karen Percy. from ABC Bangkok correspondent,

Can I get your reaction to what has been going on in Fiji this week with Methodists being arrested? That's right. The regime that Stephen Smith said was stepping back from democracy and human rights, was Commodore Frank Bainimarama's in Fiji. Ten had used the wrong soundbite from material sent out by the international news agency, AP Television. The video segment included both Stephen Smith sound bites, but there was no explanation on the video feed that one was about China and the other about Fiji.

There never is. AP's clients are expected to read the written brief that accompanies the pictures. It's all there: But obviously someone at Ten didn't notice that crucial detail. There's been no on-air apology from Ten News. Not even a "clarification." And now for the curious case of the story that disappeared and the other story that's still there. About three weeks ago this punchy little piece appeared on Fairfax websites, including those of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age: "Secrets" like this: The piece attracted over 300 posts from readers,

most of them hostile to financial planners. But the planners themselves were ropable.

In an indignant letter to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Financial Planners Association of Australia wrote that the article: The letter wasn't published. Jo- Anne Bloch of the FPAA told her members that she'd spoken directly to the Herald's Executive Editor. He'd revealed what we might call a "dirty little secret" of online journalism:

By those standards, the piece had done really well. You can still read all the posts on Fairfax's websites. This piece, written by The Age's Property Editor and posted a week later, was a hit too: Dobbin detailed five "dirty little secrets" of the real estate trade, such as under-quoting to purchasers... And over-quoting to vendors... Within hours, we've been told, the piece had attracted around 200 posts, mostly hostile to real estate agents... But by that afternoon, all but fifteen of those posts

had mysteriously disappeared. And soon afterwards, so did the article itself from the websites of The Age, The SMH, the Brisbane Times and WA Today. So what happened? Well, we know Marika Dobbin received a forceful complaint from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria because the Institute has told us so. We don't know who else complained, or who to. We asked The Age, but it wouldn't tell us. But the financial planners complained too, and got nowhere. Why should the real estate agents fare better? Well, perhaps because of another dirty little secret: property ads placed by real estate agents are worth around $60 million a year to The Age, we've been told. That's more than a quarter of its total advertising revenue. So keen is the paper to keep on the good side of the property-wallahs that it takes up to 70 of them on an annual junket - this year's trip departs to China soon. We asked The Age some questions about the trip - how many are going, who selects them, how much will it cost the paper, that kind of thing. We got this communicative response from The Age's Communications Manager.

In previous years, destinations have included Cuba, Cambodia and Vietnam. Curious how The Age so often chooses countries that struggle with the notion of a frank and fearless press. Yet, according to Fairfax Media, the story was taken down for purely editorial reasons. Not of the standard they expect? Next thing you know, Marika Dobbin will be shipped off to a re-education camp. Together with the 200 misguided comrades who sent in sub-standard comments. And yet curiously, Ms Dobbin tells Media Watch: I haven't been made aware there were any problems with the story. It looks to me as though it's the discs in managerial backbones,

not journalistic standards, that are slipping at Fairfax Media. That's it for now. Till next week, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Versailles This Program is

Captioned Live.

Good evening. Kevin Rudd has

delayed plans to shake up the

public health system, despite a

review saying it needs major

surgery. The Opposition has

accused the Prime Minister of

breaking an election promise by

putting off any decision on

reforms for at least six

months. But Mr Rudd says he

needs to consult the medical

sector before making any big

changes. An investigation into

the Jakarta bombings has

suffered a setback. A suspect

has been released due to lack

of evidence. Three Australians

were among nine people killed

when two luxury hotels were

attacked. Police now say a man

who turned himself in can't be

trusted. Victorian MP Theo

Theophanous has announced his

quitting politics. He'll step

down at next year's State

election and says he wasn't

pushed. Mr Theophanous was

last week cleared of a rape

charge but police are still

investigating an allegation he

intimidated witnesses. And,

the French President Nicolas

Sarkozy is out of hospital

after being given a clean bill

of health. The 54-year-old

collapsed while jogging near

his weekend retreat in

Versailles. Doctors say he suffered a minor nerve attack.

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