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Media Watch is Australia's leading forum for media analysis and comment. David Marr and the team turn a critical eye on the media in general and journalism in particular.


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(generated from captions) your people out of disadvantage. To, you know, bring many other opportunities Well, I think there are turn our minds to and pursue. that we will have to Until that time, and remain unchanged the Kimberley wilderness may win out communities will also stay the same. but the Kimberley's Indigenous Closed Captions by CSI

* CC that pre-wedding cosmetic surgery The latest research shows it's an amazing figure. has gone up by something like 20% - It certainly is! Wow. Something like 20%. I'm Jonathan Holmes. Welcome to Media Watch. "the latest research" So, where did 'The Today Show' find

on pre-nuptial makeovers? and radio journos do - By doing what so many eager-beaver TV by reading the morning paper. for self-improvement The enthusiasm of Aussie brides

to a health website in India: made it all the way Astonishing. 20% every year!

for these "estimates" - So, what's the basis this "latest research"? of Plastic Surgeons, We asked the Australian Society who told us they hadn't a clue: to six individual cosmetic surgeons, The Telegraph told us it had talked of Australasia - and the Cosmetic Physicians Society disinterested parties. none of them exactly The CPSA told us: who are using more Botox, So it's not just brides but everyone else as well. injections are not surgery. And anyway, treatments such as Botox and part muddle. So the figure's part hype, themselves? - And what about the Botox brides like this one for example, on the Telegraph's front page... whose picture featured its page 3 story. ..as well as dominating and it's clear Well, read the text closely Botox injections before her wedding. that Stephenie Rodriguez didn't have wasn't a Botox bride. So Stephenie Rodriguez 'A Current Affair', either, Not that it deterred Nine's the Telegraph's story that night. when it followed up Forget flowers, cakes and cars, is Botox. and expensive parts of the big day these days one of the most important Stephenie Rodriguez too - ACA interviewed she hadn't had Botox injections and got around the fact that at the crucial moment... by simply dipping her voice concerned about my complexion SR: Before my wedding I was that I could, and having the brightest face

so I had my treatment... around $1,300... AW: That set her back WHAT treatment. Let's not worry about Media Watch Stephenie Rodriguez has told she's very disappointed by the media. But the star of the day, and The Telegraph, in both 'A Current Affair' was this Botox bridesmaid: dermal fillers put in my cheeks, ..dermal fillers put in my lips, Botox in my forehead. colonic hydrotherapy... I've also had my chin done, in that morning's Tele ACA had found Zharine Lewis, too, an opinion page which gave her most of she'd undergone to tout the procedures for her brother's wedding. so she could look her best Ms Lewis did admit to Tele readers by profession: that she's a cosmetic injection nurse didn't bother to tell its viewers But 'A Current Affair' had her work done on the cheap. that its star talent Absolutely. You'd do it all again? ACA did find one woman for its story in the Tele. who hadn't already appeared and she hadn't used Botox. Mind you, she wasn't a bride, either who'd had liposuction. She was just a wedding guest JM: I feel absolutely fantastic, I looked the best I'd ever looked. everybody at the wedding told me Julie Marsden works in the industry - But like Zharine Lewis, where the filming took place. in fact, she works out of the clinic with that little detail either. ACA didn't trouble us misleading pictures and headlines. Dodgy statistics, as ordinary patients. Nurses and consultants presented not a Botox bride in sight. And amazingly, promotion by the masters of the art. Just another cosmetic surgery We asked ACA about all this. As usual, we got no response. of Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' We did get a reply from the Editor about this front page story: when we asked him and six associates Last week, Abdul Nacer Benbrika

of a terrorist organisation - were found guilty of being members

among other offences. of up to 25 years in prison. Some are facing sentences planning any specific terrorist act But they weren't charged with the charges to the West Gate Bridge. and there was no reference in any of

the 'Herald Sun's Keith Moor: Yet according to participant in the conversation, Though the 'Herald Sun' named one he's facing further charges. we can't, because we now know been acquitted of all charges. His "associate" was a man who's now The important point is that conversations were played to the jury although 482 secretly-recorded of the seven-month trial, in the course this one never was: And that's it. In its entirety. That's the West Gate Bomb Plot. a mass of material The tape was part of handed up by the prosecution, during the committal hearing. but never played

And the West Gate "plot" in the trial. was never even mentioned to the jury didn't think a jury Perhaps because the prosecution to a plot. would reckon it amounted

on the 'Herald Sun's front page. But it certainly made a scary splash tells Media Watch: Editor Bruce Guthrie had been acquitted Well, actually, one of the two men was published. before the 'Herald Sun' story

any longer. So he wasn't an "alleged terrorist"

to have a little joke: Anyway, Mr Guthrie went on of actual "thingos". True. But there was no evidence No scuba gear. No plans. Mr Guthrie points out that 8-page lift-out that day titled: the 'Herald Sun' published a detailed Which, he says:

We're not suggesting that, Mr Guthrie. We're suggesting all over the front page that to call it a West Gate Bomb Plot is simply scare-mongering. And now let's look at the news values at WIN TV. The WIN corporation is a Wollongong-based media company which owns 24 TV stations, and claims that it: Last Tuesday night, news editors in 10 of WIN's stations - in regional Victoria, regional NSW and the ACT - decided that a WIN business venture was of crucial interest to their viewers. Canberra newsreader Jessica Good introduced the item this way: As consumers increasingly source their entertainment from the endless sites of the World Wide Web both free-to-air and pay TV are having to invent new ways to entice their audiences. WIN-owned Select TV has done just that, offering a budget option for families who want to increase their viewing diet but not over-indulge. In some bulletins, the story that followed ran for over two minutes,

including four grabs from the CEO of WIN's satellite Pay TV service, plugging his product: It's a diet of well-balanced channels and a good selection across the board in a really good package that has the right price point. Or, if you prefer, a diet of self-promotional guff that would make any decent news editor throw up. Especially as the existence of Select TV is hardly news. Select TV has been up and running for two years and already services 35,000 homes across the country. It's not as if WIN News has reporters to spare, even in its home city of Wollongong. For example, when the Wollongong Entertainment Centre acquired a new rigging system, WIN News sent a cameraman on his own to cover it. He got a shot of Labor Federal MP Sharon Bird, and the Centres' Chairman, Chris Christodoulou, pulling a giant curtain - and grabs from them both. SHARON BIRD: It was indicated to me that this new rigging system would create a really good opportunity

for increased performances down here... CHRIS CHRISTODOULOU: Smaller type performances because we're now able to have a curtain movement done in 30 seconds.

Mr Christodoulou, you need to know, is a big cheese in Unions New South Wales, and was the ALP Left faction's candidate for the Federal seat that finally went to Sharon Bird. So he and Ms Bird are part of Wollongong's Labor elite. The $160,000 the new rigging system cost had come courtesy of the Federal government - that's your taxes. A fact which WIN News omitted to mention. That must have been galling for the Federal Member, Sharon Bird, who got the money from Canberra. Especially since, in the absence of a reporter, she and Mr Christodoulou had very kindly agreed to interview each other. Or so we heard. But when we asked Sharon Bird, she denied it. Well, that's not how it sounds on this audio recording of WIN's interview with Chris Christodoulou, which has found its way to Media Watch. That's the grab WIN News should have run, if they wanted to keep the local Member onside. Or perhaps this one... First lesson for every cub reporter, Sharon. If you're not in the edit suite yourself, they never choose the right grab. That's it for this week. Remember you can watch the program again or download a Vodcast, from our website. Until next week, goodbye. Closed Captions by CSI

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CC Good evening. Investors

are breathing a little easier

after another big surge on the

stock market. Around $50

billion in value was added

today as buyers went on a

binge. It's also a sign that

investors welcomed moves by

regulators to crack down on the

controversial practice of short

selling where a profit is made

from falling stock prices. A

man convicted over the

Melbourne CBD shooting in June

last year will spent at least

35 years in jiel. - jail.

Christopher Wayne Hudson

pleaded guilty to the murder of Solicitor Brendan Keilor. He

also was jailed for the

attempted murder of his

girlfriend and Dutch tourist

Paul de Vaard. The Judge said

the crimes may have been a

consequence of Melbourne's

night club culture which

tolerates illicit drug use. A

relic of the ill-fated Burke

and Wills expedition, a gold

watch as haugs sold at auction

for $122,000. William Wills

took the pocket watch with him

in 1861. It stayed in the Wills

family for generations before

ending newspaper a private

collection 20 years ago. It was

bought by the National Museum

of Australia. Tomorrow's

weather forecast - showers over

the south-east. Clearing rain

in Sydney. Storms in Brisbane

and Darwin. More news Lateline

at 10.30.


Thank you. Good evening. Welcome to Enough Rope.

A lot of what you're about to hear is upsetting and part of you will want to stop lsitening and change the channel. Try to fight that urge if you can because along with the terrifying evidence of the speed and consequences of climate change, the man I'm about to speak with has some clear and simple ideas on how we can change direction before it's too late. Please welcome back to Enough Rope, the optimistic Professor Tim Flannery. CHEER AND APPLAUSE Welcome back, Tim. My pleasure. Great to have you back. When you were here in 2003, we didn't discuss climate change at all. We talked about lots of things, not that. And I remember meeting you about six months later at the University of South Australia and you had changed. In fact you described what you'd discovered about climate change as akin to being told by a doctor you had cancer. What was the tipping point for you? It really started with me in the late '90s when I got to go to Harvard University and meet some of the great minds there

and just got a broader world view, you know and then coming back to Australia and starting to read the literature more carefully,

it was like discovering that that I had cancer in a way because the world had this enormous problem that had really progressed, advanced quite a long way and even people like me, as a scientist, wasn't aware of it and that was deeply shocking to me. You said that as, we are unaware, Australians are unaware of the seriousness of our predicament. How serious is it? It's a lot more serious than I thought when I met you in 2003.

All of the key indicators of the climate system really are changing well in advance of the computer modelling. So if you look at the data for the decay of the Arctic ice cap, for example, that is just moving so quickly now. I mean, last year was the worst year ever. People are saying you know that instead of the ice cap lasting a century, that maybe that in five years there'll be no Arctic ice cap. So you can't look at things like that without seeing that we are in deep trouble. How can we be unaware of the seriousness of this? What are we missing? I think that some people are put off by the science, or perhaps also a lot of people, you can look at a image of the Arctic ice, as we saw there, and somehow it doesn't register as real. Maybe you've actually got to go there and see it. Is it also because it's unimaginable? In the end we get up every day and the sun is up in the sky and the earth is as the earth always was. Is it too hard for many of us to imagine the end of our civilisation? I think so. I think it's really hard for people to imagine a new climate system as well. The level of the sea

is something that every day of our lives we go down to the beach and it's just there. It varies with the tide a bit, but it's basically there, you know. People don't understand that 20,000 years ago the sea was 120 metres lower than it is now. You could've walked to Tasmania. We can talk about it, but it's hard for people to imagine it...

Mm. ..and it's also hard for people to imagine the sea being six metres higher if that Greenland ice cap collapses. Six metres higher that's... that's a lot of coastal cities will be in serious trouble if that sort of thing happens. See I blame Al Gore if he hadn't mentioned anything we'd be fine. Well, let's try it. We wouldn't even be worrying about this. You're about to bring out an essay

talking about Australia's sustainable future and what kind of future it may have. In that you talk about Gaia, which was created by James Lovelock. What is Gaia? Well Gaia is our earth, this extraordinary living organism of ours that we're all part of. Just breathing now, talking, we are plugged into Gaia, aren't we? We taking the atmosphere into our bodies, we're changing its chemical composition and we're exhaling it. And it's life that makes the atmosphere what it is, that's a very important aspect of Gaia, you know.