Since 1982 I have supported the QT well before I moved in in 83. I have seen some truly great journalism, and watched many rise through the ranks to apply their trade here and in other outlets.
And yes we’ve seen some imposters blow in, one in particular but overall we were blessed with professionals delivering our copy to a outstanding standard.
Me, I put my 2bobs worth in via Letters and provided some banter to keep some in fits and others in anger management, but it kept the local political players thinking that someone was watching outside the media.
Sadly once APN was annexed by Murdock it was inevitable the toxicity would eventually eat the once strong respected masthead and try to Trojan horse on its history.
Well it’s failed, failed in Trumps in fact and that’s no reflection on who has been spared to cover what remains of so called “local News” They have to survive and my heart feels for them genuinely as they knew what we had and now defending the indefensible must be exhausting.
I won’t give oxygen to the product they produce now but it’s not local journalism, it’s a moving mush of mediocrity to be kind, and having it appear and presented under the Queensland Times Masthead is a total disservice to the history and journalistic forefathers of such a great entity.
Murdock has mongrelised journalism with toxic bias and is no longer a newspaper but a bias blue tie newsletter and it’s classification as a “News” outlet must be challenged in a court along with it monopolies that have been allowed to develop in the name of democracy, or we will be no better that a state under propaganda as was Germany.
Yes I’ve signed Rudd’s petition but and so should you if you care, but things will not change unless Morrison and his thugs are gone as Murdock is being paid by us taxpayers to keep him in office and to me that’s no better than any fascist state trick used by dictatorships who have crushed unfavourable media across the world.