Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WHY I HAVE NO GREAT RESPECT FOR THE FOURTH ESTATE

Times have changed since Edmund Burke said "There are Three Estates in Parliament but, in the Reporters Galley yonder, there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all".    

The days of great crusading editors like John Seigenthaler or, closer to home, Lesley Watts in Cambridge have long gone.    They have been replaced by semi-illiterate journos whose abiding characteristic is their inability to do the hard yards in researching their stories.    The result ... shock horror headlines followed by a non-story.  

Case in point.    A few days ago the Dominion ran a front page article decrying the fact that the 15 sandstone columns that comprise the Australian Memorial at Wellington's National War Memorial Park had been constructed from stone sourced from India.   What the f**k does it matter where the stone came from.   It's the memorial that counts.    But if you want to get really picky about it you might want to reflect on the fact that 5,000 plus Indian soldiers served at Gallipoli with 1,700 making the ultimate sacrifice ... so right there is an ANZAC connection.  

So its a wonder to me that the Dominion, having determined it's an affront that the memorial was comprised of stone from India, didn't pick up on the fact that the rousing bagpipes-and-brass piece 'Highland Cathedral' is not Scottish but was composed in the 1980s by .... wait for it, two German musicians called Roever and Koch; or even that the bronze plaques on our soldiers graves in RSA cemeteries throughout the land are made from copper and tin sourced from ..... !!!!!

It's no wonder that the 'profession' is rated by many as on a par with used car salesmen and only a tad above the oldest profession of all.  


1 comment:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It would not surprise me if Campbell tries to stage a 'live cross' to Indonesia about 0500 NZ time tomorrow.