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Media Watch savages the Canberra Times

By johnboy - 20 March 2007 7

Last week’s beat-up by the Canberra Times on elderly drivers was so contradictory that we didn’t consider it news and we were so weary of nitpicking we couldn’t even be arsed pulling it apart.

Fortunately Media Watch has come to the Canberra media with fresher legs and has torn the CT a new hole over its disgraceful and inaccurate scare story about medicated older drivers.

We’re a little curious about one thing, at the bottom of the story transcript there’s a picture of the CT’s Mark Baker with a backdrop of serious looking books such as one might find in a legal office. Any readers know if that’s actually his office, and if so what are the books?

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kenk 7:15 pm 20 Mar 07

Media Watch quoted the report, and the people who commissioned the report, to demonstrate that the CT version was the opposite of what the report said. The CT spokesman, answering Media Watch simply said,mindlessly, that their report was accurate.

From memory, the CT headline said self-drugged oldies were a danger on the road. On this point, the report actually said that, where oldies were affected by medication, these were more likely to improve their driving performance than the reverse!

Hasdrubahl 2:16 pm 20 Mar 07

That’d be right. And it looked like it was done by remote, too.

Kerces 1:58 pm 20 Mar 07

Looks like their formal library room to me where they do all tv interviews in.

Spitfire3 10:36 am 20 Mar 07

The Canberra Times is total rubbish.

DarkLadyWolfMother 10:30 am 20 Mar 07

I was just waiting for him to say “I don’t recall” or “I didn’t inhale”.

Or am I getting cynical?

terubo 10:14 am 20 Mar 07

Yeah, he was interviewed with those books in the background. Forget about the books, his defence was as weak as p**s.

apehammer 9:36 am 20 Mar 07

Look like copies of Hansard to me.

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