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More scandal than I can handle

Obviously I'm missing something, because it's clear my idea of what constitutes 'the news' is far removed from the views of many of my fellow Australians.

In a week where the US has been crippled by an internecine arm wrestle over debt, our local media has been indulging in its pet proclivities – bikies and billionaires.

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Abbey Beach
I couldn't agree more, it was just last week that I was saying pretty much the same thing on twitter. One of the major Australian news websites seems to go through a cycle of posting what ever is popular on Reddit at the moment, some celebrities faux pas on twitter and the latest diet fad. Headline news today on that site "This woman's secret to looking like a teen"... really? There was nothing more important going on in the world than this person's fad diet?

Perth
Catie -well done I could not agree more- It looks like the editors choose what reflects their readership and keep the content towards the lowest common denominator- BN is a niche paper that has the opportunity to pick up on real investigative reporting because it is not aimed at the intellectually mediocre.

Count me in as wanting to have a more meaningful news. Perhaps if 'news' included a connection to the local implications, then more interest would be shown by the reading public. After all, they can't know if they aren't educated to know. A person can more readily see the 'threat' of a bikie in their street, than a 'threat' in the US economy.

Yes indeed, lets have real news and less trivia... and stop celebrating the celebrity

Hear hear, I have stopped following Australian news broadcasters years ago. Top headlines like others suggested involve trivial matters almost as if trying to distract us from being aware of the important areas that have a real impact on our lives.

True, I found it necessary to subscribe to news feeds outside of Australia just to keep abreast of what's happening in WA.

I couldn't agree more with the above comments. From some reason the news industry seem to think that "sensationlising" the more trivial matters and "other news" items such as corporate/social entertainment events is what news is all about. Where that thought emanated from is beyond my simple logical brain. For me, I switched off the local media a long time ago!

The media generally publishes what the consumer buys, doesn't it? Otherwise they'd go out of business, and each media outlet is a business. Presumably others are still buying and reading/watching?

Don't believe that commercial news broadcasters on any platform are outputting newsworthy content, they are in the business of providing entertainment dressed up as news and in doing so seek to appeal to the broadest audience possible. Any content not deemed to have broad appeal will not air, hence we receive titillation over education.

Commercial broadcasters, by their definition, are not interested in the news, they are intersted in sensationalism to sell air time. Unfortunately in our sugar coated world I believe it is what the general public want. It's far easier to swallow the blue pill than to face reality of the atrocities abroad or the real implications of the American Financial crisis.

The media are chasing ratings ... and that includes the ABC. The higher the ratings the more they can charge for advertising - or the stronger the case they have for funding. So yes someone (other than us!) are watching/reading etc.

yes, I have to say that I've found it increasingly difficult to read/watch/listen to the news for this reason. It's hard work, but we have to ask, "who is this written for?" and "who benefits from this information" , then most importantly, "what part of the picture are we *not* getting here?" I guess all media (being human-run) are by nature biased, but what suggestions do you have for more even handling of issues, or at least willingness to explore non-traditional opinions and/or encourage thought (for goodness' sakes!)? My current faves are Al Jazeera (for a viewpoint often missing in Western media), The New Internationalist and Australia's The Monthly. Where do you go online? Curious to hear your thoughts.

I agree with Richards comment, the news is brief and lacks any depth in its investigation. Mediocre topics are given more airtime than items directly affecting the populous. A social welfare cheat received twice as much airtime as parliament debate for the day (followed by adverts for cooking implements. Lisa, I normally try to read about the same topic from at least two different sources to try and get a more balanced view. Flipboard (app store, google play) is a good way to combine a multitude of different sources into one easy to use application.

Add me to the list of individuals wanting more relevant and mature journalism. The local Western Australian papers are written 'by 12 yr olds for 12 yr olds' . Or have a political bias so blatant its embarrassing.

The biggest pain for me is not only "celebrity" news but sport issues dressed up as news. For example, what trouble the latest footballer is into and it leads the news! Meanwhile people are being slaughtered by their own governments in other parts of the world.

Its unfortunate that News Departments also see fit to interview a 'star' of a program off one of their stations programmes and show that as 'a news story'. Tailing off with a statement ...' and you can watch more ( see the show' ) at ( time ) Date etc on this channel. On a positive note I am going post a list of possible ( tongue in cheek) solutions to these dilemmas soon..

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