Both the ABC and the Canberra Times have recently regurgitated Nick Tsoulias’ rubbish about how he is a small businessman who has been effected by the Calwell doctors move and how Calwell desperately needs a doctor, rather that the truth that he is the greedy landlord whose unacceptably high rents drove the Medical Centre to move down the road to Isabella – not to a “Super Clinic” as Nick reckoned.
Neither of those news outlets made any attempt to verify the accuracy of Nick’s story and just printed it, obviously. So we see that the local news services will swallow any crap that’s fed to them and serve it back up to us as news.
I’m not surprised that the Canberra Times would do this, given the standards they maintain, but I am a little surprised at the ABC.. Obviously 11 years of the Howard Govt has had it’s toll on the standards there as well.
[ED – Just to re-iterate the views expressed are the opinions of the poster. For the record you’ll find almost all local journalism is a matter of running the line of whoever is putting forward the line until you hear something different from something else. If a journo’s got four stories to cover that day do you think they’re going to door knock just in case someone somewhere disagrees?]