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.
It’s like watching a train crash knowing the people on it are going to die.
Such is America today.
We are seeing two old men possible geriatric who should be on nursing homes fighting each other’s ideology’s for a chance to pick over a dying carcass that cannot be revived until it reaches flat bottom.
Only when it reaches bottom will the entire nation realise “Shit we may all have to work at this together to get out of this “ a philosophy usually used after a war, a national tragedy, that requires nation building.
I know I’m dreaming, it ant going to happen. This America version we have now is a pack of self centred wanna be individual capitalists who would crawl over their grandparents dead bodies to make a buck or be successful. Empathy or ethics is not a requirement to achieve that goal but the lack of them justifies the goal at all costs.
It’s the American dream , wealth and fortune will always prevail over truth and justice, and that’s not racists it’s applies to all citizens and accepted as part of life….Until some section of the society burrs up and then it will be regarded as enemy of the state, regardless of which Marfia is in government at the time.
I used to despair watching Fox ,CNN, and others until I realised to accept these divisions only adds to the problem and does nothing for the nation other than increases the ratings along with the hate factor.
Dumb as Dog Shit in Australian terms along with the fanatics they the media create. The oldest trick in the book is splitting the nation, used by despots like Hitler, Mussolini, Starlin in propaganda blitzes to convert a nation to dictatorships. That’s fact and it’s happening as we speak in America now.
They say democracy is a great vehicle to gain power because after your in power it’s easy to get off and then follow self interest of survival and ideology.
If you can’t see that happening in America right now your brain dead, but I suppose with a population of 5% still believing the earth is flat, the entire population of Australia count in Australia illiterate or to the equivalent of not passing primary school you can’t expect lateral thinking at any level let alone critical thinking.
The national policy of keep them dumb and feed the bullshit and tell them it’s cake is alive and well.
A nation that willingly sacrifices their youth in was that only makes the wealthiest wealthy for a flag and sympathy for a month, what sort of a nation tolerates that without question says a lot for the National IQ.
I can hear the cries now, you don’t know our culture, or our constitution, and I probably know as much or more than joe citizen without having to be told by some politician, and by the way how many countries has America forced its influence upon them without any regard to its citizens?
Getting back to the Geriatric Giants struggling to stay relevant, one struggling to fight off the ageing process that might be able to be hid if office is won the other with a literary level of a schoolchild, a typical little rich boy with no empathy or moral boundaries and a pathological liar which qualities fit exactly into the all American persona of success, artfully disguised as man of the street for the masses.
What a fucking choice!!!!
They will pick one flunky, the result will only change the trajectory of the crash, Trump will not accept any result other the his so regardless the choices are a nation that the rest of the world will abandon until the realisation that since he,Trump, has taken office the world is making its own arrangements without America, it’s capitalism threats and influence will kill its rural sectors and manufacturing so it will be selling to itself…. DER Donald and China doesn’t care about your infantile tariffs it’s source elsewhere or make it themselves.
Now Biden,,, well civil war begs and total breakdown of civil authorities. Wars within states, within communities, races, religions, encouraged by Trump in fact probably sponsored.
Even if Biden is elected the divide will not be addressed unless it becomes a total land slide and even if that happens their constitutional arrangements can manipulate the people’s will via bias courts or lawmakers, making democracy a joke by giving way to political puppets of corrupt capitalists.
It would be totally ignorant and self indulgent if I did not say Australia is not going down the same track about 3 years behind but suffering the same symptoms under the Morrison government. Every time Trump farts Morrison takes deep breaths and spills the bile here.
Our phoney PM is nothing more than a used car salesmen, full of slogans and motherhood statements without substance.
A buy a car with a free bumper bar, about sums up his leadership skills.
And our Opposition, not clear on how they know how cut the mustard trying to walk the middle ground or find the middle ground, that is if the middle ground is where the party wants to position itself for some sort of traction.
In both countries Murdock Press is the toxic cancer to any form of democracy, and until that cancer is defeated true democracy will never prevail. Until we have journalism that hold every politician to account regardless of ideology we will never be more than pawns of the loudest voice, which makes it easy for the ignorant and ill informed, conspiracies and all. Those splits suits the empowered and takes the heat off the incompetence in responsible government.
It’s all a game and you are the sucker, if YOU choose.
Sad but quite foreseeable unfortunately, as we sit back and watch those trains get closer in America and it’s a test if the points are changed on Australia’s tracks.
One can’t avoid the unabridged extravagance of the political party’s in America in a time where their people are dying in thousands daily, millions out of work, typhoons devastating parts of the nation, and racial civil unrest at boiling point, and all the leaders focus is on showing who is winning the TV ratings.
The rationality of county and people first is non existent, it’s politics first, and having god on there side.
America has and probably will always have the ethos of the The End always justifies the Means” be it politics, or the great American dream and its celebrated, selectively ignoring who or what was collateral damage getting to the top, and woe behold anybody who reminds or remembers those who have been unfortunate enough to be road kill on that journey to greatness.
To an outsider, an Australian, one who has a social conscience helps me draw comparisons between cultures with sometimes stark.
My country is no way pristine perfect, in fact it has dark history never spoken about, denied and obnoxious by those who choose to project or history as a colonial masterpiece.
Sound familiar? America had the same colonial founding, genocided their indigenous races, and destroyed any evidence of that holocaust,in fact celebrated it, and continued to do so. Australia exactly the same.
Now seeing the similarities of those who celebrate and profit, to those who choose to repair and build is remarkably the way the political parties philosophy’s line up in both nations.
All of the contenders espouse to be “The People’s Party” but that definition is absolute bullshit when you look at who sponsors the puppets they put in leather.
You all know what comes next so I won’t bore you with my left leaning opinions on political donations corrupting our governments on a daily basis, and why that influence must be diluted if a democracy is to be truly experienced by and for the people they “espouse” their party’s represent.
There is no doubt the world will go into a capitalist lead depression after the COVID-19 repercussion OR governments can adopt a people based economy where citizens well-being are put before the corporate monopoly’s.
If the latter is a option the corporate neoliberals will open the coffers with a onslaught of propaganda of tales of socialism, lawlessness, scare tactics similar to the present spin taking place in the lead up American election as we speak.
We cannot leave out the conspiracy sector that caters for the blissfully ignorant. Fuelled by boogie man stories many have not grown up from their bedtime stories as it’s often fits their IQ of batshit crazy.
Yes, media love their stupidity as it gives them a cheap headline and surprise , surprise the majority of it printed in the Murdock press.
I won’t start there today either as the less oxygen they get the better we all are
In closing Trump has just finished his acceptance speech and to me without dissecting every word he said, the set he is standing on, the tone of the moment reminds me of a call to arms I’ve seen under the early Hitler movement. Bias no, recognising history could be repeating …. guilty ..
For those who are not so News aware the Murdock Press has made the decision to cease all hard copy news papers to the regional and country areas across Australia and go digital.
This action in effect sends the little and older generations into news darkness as many have no IT or basic computer knowledge.
This may have been self inflicted by some granted as they refused to grow with the times and others unable to grow due to educational limits.
With all that’s said, the facts are people will loose the fabric that binds smaller communities together, a lifestyle that is incomprehensible to the self centred generations living their little boxes with make believe acquaintances online, many unable to communicate face or face let alone read and comprehend a news article.
A bit savage you may think? Yes but truthful and if you need proof, spend a hour or two on a polling booth and see humanity in its raw form doing something that should effect their lives and their family’s.
You will be amazed at the ignorance not only of the political systems but of general manners expected of a human being.
That said as true to form as you can get from Murdock the said they’d keep regional and small papers on takeover from APN and they lied, nothing new again from these bottom feeders of toxic text, and they will expect you to buy the Courier Mail if you want a hands on paper which in fact is nothing more than a LNP newsletter as I have stated many times and subedited out or simply consigned to the junk mail.
Truth and Murdock should never be put in the same sentence, as you now know from their actions.
In my case my editorial days may be limited as many times before my View does not sit with the owners ideology and I have been extremely lucky to have a editor who still feels balanced reporting is a key factor in a democracy, but like the QT she too is moving and many of the contributors may join me in the junk mail due to our views clashing with the owners ideology also.
That’s life but it does not help those who have been thrown into darkness, those businesses who’s adds were accessible freely will not have a presence of picking up a paper, the sporting body who wants any press to help them survive, the cocky who wants the cattle prices, the auctioneer, the church, the garage sale, and you can go on all gone to the iPad or smart phone of the fortunate.
To be honest I’m looking at community radio as a service, not a competitive entity but NFP (non for profit) organisation and any other media stream APP to try and compensate the losses, and any ideas please fill in at the bottom of this blog. Also Periscope the live App has been mentioned.
And I cannot close without mentioning the silence of the Hanson’s, the Katters, the Nationals all supposed to represent country people but obviously terrified to upset their puppet master Murdock, their absolute silence says why we as a nation need to govern ourselves for ourselves not run the agenda of a non tax paying overseas jerk , but not one of the conservatives have the guts to call him out. Political Harlots. All looking for that headline from Rupert.
Ever since I could listen to a news broadcast and read a newspaper I was always taught to consider the source of the information. Propaganda thrives on the ignorant I was drilled even before I knew what the word meant.
Societies, democratic societies rely on competent ,reliable, credible journalists with no boundaries and such was AAP.
Old style foot and leather reporters hitting the courts ,parliament local cop shops grass root stuff that often gave a slant main stream either lost or were not allowed to print or say. They are to me the real engine room of news from across the world and to say that that service is being closed because it gives free news to competitors quite often news that News Limited won’t print anyway is totally against journalistic ethics where we the punters are the customers to balanced reporting.
It’s becoming quite obvious News think Australia is like America or want us to decide between left and right and those entities decide on what we see or hear and that will backfire as indicated by falling subscriptions across the world.
The attacks by them on the public broadcaster is clear indication that any view outside theirs is not valid, or slanted which makes me fearful when AAP is terminated.
No doubt the platforms are changing and I’m definitely not a journalist but over the years I have seen brilliant journalists evolve into respected go to people when truth and analysis is paramount and seeing 180 employees of different levels of expertise just disappear should be a concern to all who look for balance not Bullshit.
No doubt our country is going through a political identity crisis at the present and our political party’s don’t really know who their actual base is as they try to find a space that suits the current climate and suits their factional nemesis’s
Once the proud County Party now the Nationals used to represent the man on the land, the cocky,the producer, now its total focus is running a case for big coal and gas that rips the guts out of agricultural land, contaminates or irradiates underground water surrendering fertile country for the bag of fools gold.
They themselves have created a vacuum that the Greens and other groups with nowhere near the knowledge of the forefathers to fill, all self inflicted.
Amazing diatribe from Allan Jones about coal and climate denial yet the same man led the protest at Aplin against coal expansion. You have to ask who is paying the piper then conveniently forgets or hope we forget.
This country is crying out for leadership on important issues such as climate, mental health, economic certainty for business yet this government and its factions cannot decide what seat they sit in Canberra Parliament, what ideologies to have to suit days narrative, what we expect from Trumpsville but not in a thinking democracy.
If only we thought, listened and questioned more, and actually engaged we the punters could raise the bar if we choose.
Rarely I respond to opinions aired in the Letters to Editor Column as I believe we are all entitled to our views on all subjects across the board however I will respond if I truely believe their has been a injustice as a result.
I have seen many editors in my time as a contributor to this rag from before Tony Moore to present day and with a few exceptions the Queensland Times has been a regarded as a local credible source.
When Murdock entered I had huge apprehensions that we Ipswicharians would loose it’s balance yet that has not happened even though we have to tolerate the cut and paste of the Masters wishes in some copy our local news and opinions have and are well aired thanks to our local team of journos, so when I read that this paper has bias against our PM or publishing only anti government slant is untrue to say the least.
Thanks to Shannon and her team we get a pretty good local rag considering the trash coming out of the Courier Mail and that’s why we support our local QT, so when we decide to attack the media we have to look deep at ourselves and decide where the actual bias really lies.
Blame is important and strategic, and that is now the norm in today’s political narrative across the nation and it all depends on who’s team you choose to align yourself with is only the view you will hold.
This is a dangerous climate for truth. Whoops did I say Climate?
Be it Climate change, fossil fuels, renewable energy or migration across the board each and every subject is either funded or supported by some big corporations who’s basic existence is profit, money and we the parrots of policy are their mouthpieces following their set narrative and some of us just do it blindly once we are indoctrinated.
This is not fertile ground for objective and lateral thinking.
Every one of us has a opinion but that should never stop us from questioning that opinion when presented with a alternative, something the manipulators do not want us to do.
This “With me or your Against me” spin is the divide and rule strategy played out since mankind evolved and has been recognised as a cancer for open democracy and the media should be the circuit breaker delivering unbiased truth and accountabilities regardless of who is in ownership.
That information source is a a factor and a player we the consumer has to judge weather it has its own agenda. Big responsibility I know and for some just too hard so they go along like cattle to the slaughter rather think before I speak or more importantly vote.
Many of us punters we believe that politicians should be accountable, transparent, and have should work for the benefit of the nation regardless of what level. Of government they are elected..
I know I dreamin., but I have had a gut full of politicians refusing to answer questions on anything outside their spin doctors script. We no longer have men and women of character who shake cages inside of their tent.
We have journalists now that run away like scolded children that give up a line of questioning when they should pursue the issue harder and deeper for reasons possibly to do with owners or employers political associations.
So what it that doing to democracy? What is that doing to the credibility of the media profession and it’s role to keep the people informed with balanced reporting and research.?
Once they the media step away and play yes men and women we no longer have a democracy we have a duopoly of left and right proper gander which in fact would suit the ones who wish to have dictatorship over democracy.
This outlet runs its and shame section weekly on Court outcomings so isn’t it time we hold our politicians who refuse to answer questions and revert to blurbs of bull shit when asked simple questions we are entitled to know so that we can judge them and their government or wanna be government with some data. We are not fools and should expose them as overpaid parasite flunkies tied to their ideological peeing posts.
No wonder the youth are moving world wide afters seeing these buffoons perform like bullies in a sand pit.
I astounded daily on what America today accepts as “the Normal”
I do watch and try to consume about 10 news outlets in the world every morning.
I see different slants on stories and totally different conclusions on outcomes, thats democracy I suppose and human prejudices , but in the majority of cases 99% the leader or subject of the story has the intellect to carry on a debate with reasoning that you may not accept but give some sort of credence or logic.
Outlets like Aljazera , DW, RT Today, China CCCT, BBC and many more not counting our own ABC locally, all put difficult questions and then it up to the respondent to qualify, explain, justify, or deny and then be accountable when fact checks are completed.
Not so anymore in America. The population is so divided, truth has fallen victim to political bias which is and will affect the total sociological structures yet they cannot see it coming.
This Impeachment circus is revealing how much intellectual debate has been hijacked to a point where the pillars of their justice system is being reduced to infantile sand pit banter by old white men that would be flat out achieving Grade 6 English in this country and that’s how the President wants it, regardless of that side you support.
Most of these men should be in Nursing Homes not power brokers, similar to the House of Lords which they themselves despise with a passion.
When a National Leader need an idiot sheet to say to a presser a THREE WORD STATEMENT begs the question of if the President of the United States is suffering a disability mental or physical, and his capability to consume his role.
His backers will quote his business achievement, wealth , social standing as evidence of qualification but in his case it’s been purely inherited from his parents, not him and the only thing he can lay claim for is live tv productions that are crass ,phoney, and fake like him and he has taken those qualities to the White House and they have b been dumbed down accordingly.
He has surrounded himself in yes people army who are scared shitless as the Gestapo was when Hitler raged, then went out to please to stay on the good books.
Then the simple fact is Obama was black and the Redneck right could never accept that fact ever, and how he survived without assassination attempt is unbelievable in my eyes but that’s not to say it did not happen or discovered.
Secondly the Clintons are Crooks as is most of the American upper class. They rely on the “Thug” mentality throughout their lives and Trump is one of them yet playing the Professional Wrestling Card of Good Guy Bad Guy definition sucked in the American audience as he did on the TV fake shows of his creation.
Yet in saying that his supporters abandoned their ethics and credibility and joined his coat tails to survive, and they too will never recover the status they surrendered.
Now America you are at a tipping point, the impeachment will never happen, and it has to decide if it repeats history and divides the country into Blue and Red and regardless if Trump wins or looses he will wage war, not just political war but civil as well as his followers all propaganda juiced will never accept the peoples wish and he does not have the class or intelligence to calm the waters.
They say a government is only as good as its opposition and by Christ I see them too looking at rich white men for salvation where what the nation needs is a leader that not only America need but the rest of the world needs, a person with integrity and courage, leadership and vision without personal gain
Big call in a country where money is the gauge of success not Ask not what the Country can do for you, but what you can do for your country