Last night on ABC1 we were shown an example of inspirational journalism with Sarah Ferguson and the Four Corners team taking us behind the razor-wire and electric fences of Australia’s on-shore detention centres. Anyone who wasn’t able to watch it can find the story here. What we saw was simply terrible, sickening and saddening in equal measure.
What followed after on Media Watch was yet another example of the much higher rating tabloid media (in this case Today Tonight) distorting facts in order to propagate many of the myths that lead to our country relying on detention centres in the first place.
A better example of the dichotomy between quality journalism and tabloid trash I can’t imagine, nor a better example of the harms caused by such unethical misuses of journalistic freedom.