Tag Archives: february

49.19 February 23, 2017

Hub4Health Walking Group report, 2017 BODC Australia Day Award winners, Pyengana Recreation Ground celebrates new facilities,  FCC’s new defibrillators, The Say by Cagerattler, Out of the Woodwork, government and councils debating water quality issues, 10 years ago part 3, St Marys Sports Centre news, Hub4Health update, AMIC and GET updates, Community Groups / Services guide, Greens leader inspects beach erosion at Scamander, ‘People Pleaser’, Mt Elephant and Beyond Book Review, Community action on blackberries, crossword and puzzles, SMCHC news, MOW roster and more …

49.18 February 9, 2017

BOD Green Army graduates, Bicheno’s Farm Shed up and running, Lions Club of St Marys Christmas Parade 2016, Cornwall Christmas 2016, CAP grants available, 10 Years Ago part two, ‘Three Well Known Australians’, Hub4Health Walking Group report and 2016 highlights, AMIC and GET updates, Ecological Restoration Skill Set course report, Fingal Valley Festival coming, Falmouth Community Centre Jam session February 19, World Hijab Day, Cagerattler, Out of the Woodwork, A Day Out … a story of coincidences, LINC literacy help, St Marys Community Space Fundraiser report, crossword and puzzles, St Marys Sports Centre news, Regional business / services guide, ‘I’m fine thank you’, North East Animal Sanctuary update and more …

48.19 February 25, 2016

BOD Community Stadium grand opening, Cagerattler, Transbod preserving workshop, East Coast RC Flyers update, Out of the Woodwork, Great works at Fingal, Channelling ‘Arry at work, Valley and East Coast Voice Inc. Literary Competition, Lyme Disease, St Marys Sports and Social Centre news, Floods, floods and more floods, Fire at St. Mary’s 1910, North East Vet Clinic news, lovely places to have coffee, Hub4Health Walking Group report, Tasmania wins Tourism Awards, Cold Comfort Farm book review, crossword, SMCHC news, old school pics,…

48.18 February 11, 2016

St Marys suffers worst floods since ’72, Vale Barry Aulich, Vale Jan Sparkes, new bridges planned for Cornwall and Golden Fleece rivulet, Letters to the Editor, Truckees Memorial Wall celebration, Hub4Health Walking Group update, Cornwall Christmas, Lions Club of St Marys Christmas Parade, Grayford House Avoca, Sport and Social Club news, AMIC news, GET news, St Marys Pacing Club update, East Coast RC Flyers, Advance Australia Fair?, SMCHC…

47.19 February 26th, 2015

The Man’s Cave opens in St Marys, Follyfoot Friends, Cagerattler, Mathinna Community Street Garage Sale, Out of the Woodwork, People Poles update, 2015 Australia Day Awards, Break O’Day Indoor Multi-Purpose Stadium, Cranks & Tinkerers fb page, 2014 Lions Club of St Marys Christmas Party and Parade report, AMIC newsletter, federal funding for Break O’Day business…

47.18 February 12th, 2015

Australia Day with the East Coast RC Flyers, Cagerattler, Pink Stumps Day at St Marys, craft group expressions of interest, open letter from Hannah Rubenach,  BODC Shorebird Walk and Dogs’ Breakfast, Relay for Life, historical St Marys, Healthy House Walking Group, St Helens Healthy House update, Out of the Woodwork, FVNH trips, Bishop of Tasmania visiting St Helens, book review…

The Say

By Cagerattler

This is not Schapelle Corby persecution, this is about the power of the media and this coverage is a good example of  how much power mainstream media has.

A couple of weeks ago, once again, like with so many other “ big news stories” the TV, radio and print media spent huge chunks of time and money inundating us with this story.  If Corby had been convicted in Australia, not a foreign country, we probably wouldn’t have heard too much about it and it may well have been consigned to an indiscriminate little spot on page 7 or something.

However, and ONLY because it would increase sales  and in turn  advertising, the story was made into a big deal, not least during the trial…and the carry-on with the  sentencing… and so on.

Sound familiar?

Remember the Lindy Chamberlain trial by media in the early 1980s,  until she was finally acquitted  many years later? Countless magazines jumped on the sensationalism of the case, as did  several TV shows, film  and mainstream news.

Anyone who thinks ‘the public needs to know’ dictates the nature/veracity of popular media content is quite frankly naïve in the extreme. Time after time this goes on.

At   election time media portrays politicians as they want to or need to (as the case may be)…and sometimes it’s more  important to depict how they say things and not so much what they actually say. Who cares what dress or pantsuit Julia Gillard wore, but the bloody media made her appearance seem important for some reason or other.

Back to the Corby case. Over the past nine years, regular media leaking of her depression and other personal matters has occurred, to keep the case simmering in the back of our minds; fanning the flame would keep it alive for the parole which would undoubtedly happen.

In Australia Schapelle would not have been considered  newsworthy.  The elements of the case (Indonesia, alleged corrupt authorities, an aussie in strife overseas and other contributing factors) enhanced with the power of the media and its need of financial success, made a criminal (convicted  by an international court) some sort of hero or cult figure.

Whether she did or did not commit the crime is almost incidental. Our perceptions can be manipulated by media, and rather than just reporting the actual facts they think they need to embellish…and probably make a mini series, TV special, cover magazine articles etc. It’s reprehensible and readers/viewers are treated to superficial/incorrect content rather than  information, valid opinion and real news.

Personally I’d love to ask a media CEO  ‘if the Corby case had happened here, would you have given a toss?’

What do you think? Rod McGiveron

46.19 February 27th, 2014

Liberals Commit $2500 To St Marys Woodcraft Guild Inc., ‘Aware’, St Marys and Claude The Lawnmower Man, Lions Club Christmas Parade Report,  FVNH Op Shop Trips, Exciting Times For Break O’Day – Labour Party Announcements, Transmogrified,  Wrapped In St Marys Official Entry Form, AMIC, Fingal Valley Festival, Book Review, PMG Workers Way Back, Cagerattler…