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Media Watch, 1
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
John Howard's assault on the US media's coalition of the unwilling is reported here.
It was an impressive achievement, but it received about as much ink in major U.S. newspapers as Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. USA Today Monday buried a brief item on page 13A. The New York Times ran a pair of articles Sunday on page 16 of the first section and buried in a week-in-review section. The first piece, by reporter Raymond Bonner, made the sketchy anecdotal case that this vote was mostly about the economy, not Howard's decision to go to war alongside the U.S. in Iraq and to continue to stick it out there with a small troop presence. In the second piece, Jane Perlez argued that the two candidates "differed primarily about who can hand out the most money to maintain the hedonistic lifestyle of many Australians" and then accused the nation of ethnic insensitivity toward its Asian neighbors.And it impacts on the big US campaign issue, Iraq. Just like Spain, but without the headlines.
Jeremy Lott takes the war to the liberal US media. Keep your head down.
Later: South Africa outguns the US.
Boring Howard does it againEx-PM Bob Hawke is reported (in South Africa) to be suing Howard for breach of copyright.