The Big Reset: Sky News looks back on lockdown criticism

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The Big Reset: Sky News looks back on lockdown criticism


SKy News political editor Andrew Clennell followed the fine tradition of colleagues Peta Credlin and Chris Kenny when he delved into Gladys Berejiklian’s daily Covid briefing on Thursday and aggressively asked the Prime Minister about the effectiveness of the locking.

A fiery Clennell – who has repeatedly complained about the burden of home schooling – dominated the conference, dotting the PM with a dozen questions, interrupting her answers and speaking loudly above other reporters.

“Prime Minister, you have locked us up for three weeks and now you plan to lock us up for another two weeks,” he said. “We are all homeschooled and confined. What does that mean that it won’t take another two weeks on top of that? “

For the regular New South Wales Parliament press kit, it was a performance by Clennell they had witnessed before: he comes to ask the “tough questions” that he thinks no one is asking.

Eventually, Clennell’s interrogation was interrupted by Channel Nine reporter Chris O’Keefe, who stepped in to say enough is enough.

Unlike Credlin, who criticized Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews for subjecting Melbourne to “the world’s longest and toughest lockdowns,” Clennell asked why Berejiklian didn’t lock Sydney up longer and harder.

“When are you going to recognize that it’s time to lock it down harder to get rid of this thing?” ” He asked.

Coming on the heels of News Corp’s broader rhetoric of Andrews as “Dictator Dan” that crippled the state’s economy, it was quite a step backwards.

Clennell’s line was not well received by Daily Telegraph opinion writer and Sky Outsiders host James Morrow.

Berijiklian didn’t shut down Clennell – like Andrews did to Credlin – but she said later in the briefing, “It’s not really nice to get yelled at, can I say. “

Clear sky

The point of Clennell’s performance became clear hours later when Sky News showed the exchange in its entirety, with their correspondent as a truth seeker “asking the questions all Sydney people ask.” The question that was not asked is one in which he asked the Prime Minister to guarantee the end of the lockdown.

“Can you guarantee that we will not be locked up and home schooled for the whole month of August… Can you guarantee us that this will end on July 30?” “

Kelly gang

The podcast world was rocked by the news this week that Paul Kelly, the gray eminence in political journalism, is launching a podcast. With elegant simplicity, the podcast was named Paul Kelly: Columns. Because that’s what it is: the 73-year-old journalist who reads his columns aloud.

As if that wasn’t enough to comprehend, the play announcing the move contained the remarkable claim that Kelly is so “surprising” with his ideas that he even surprises himself.

“If you think you know what Paul Kelly is likely to write on a certain topic, you are probably wrong,” wrote Claire Harvey, editor-in-chief of Oz.

“The Australian editor, the guru of national affairs, has dedicated his 50 years to the heart of political journalism to surprise the reader – and himself – with ideas he doesn’t even see coming.” »

Some nasty watchers believe the podcast, read in Kelly’s distinctive tone, could also be a cure for insomnia, much like the BBC’s marine forecast, which has been used by Britons as sleeping pills for decades.

Canine campaign

Annabel Crabb’s excellent new ABC TV series, Ms Represented, contains a rich collection of interviews with past and present female politicians who are exceptionally candid about the sexism they face in politics.

In episode one, Crabb speaks to former Minister of Labor Ros Kelly who, in 1983, became the first Member of Parliament to give birth during her tenure and served in the governments of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

The former Canberra MP tells Crabb how she had to prove to voters that she was a ‘normal woman’ to get elected.

“I had a partner then who didn’t want to be involved in the campaign at all, so to soften my image I did two things,” Kelly said. “First of all, I mostly campaigned with my dog.

“Everywhere I went, I had my little yellow car [with the slogan] ‘Ros Kelly Cares for Canberra’ and my dog. And I had Mrs. Kelly’s cookbook.

Kelly’s husband at the time was of course journalist Paul Kelly, whose name she retained after their divorce.

Bad knowledge

We called it the ugliest website to come online in decades when it launched last year, but just 18 months later, News Corp’s global news brand, Knewz.com, became dark.

The aggregation site sparked cries of “it makes my eyes bleed” in January 2020 due to its cluttered links and yellow highlighter scribble.

“Knewz is us in the house,” the company exclaimed of its project designed to compete with Google News – but only “balanced” – and present information from a wide variety of sources.

The farewell post on knowz.com was surprisingly straightforward, admitting that the project had failed because it “certainly had a provenance, but no benefit.”

The move comes months after News Corp signed a multi-year partnership with Google that will allow the search engine to pay for journalism from news sites around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, The Times and the Australian.

Calmer neighbors

For the first time in Neighbors’ 36-year history, the world’s dumbest, sunniest show will not air five nights a week on TV.

“Starting Monday, July 26, Neighbors will air four nights a week, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on 10 Peach,” Ten told the popular TV Tonight blog.

But Neighbors fans here and in the UK can relax as the spectacle is not reduced. The change was reportedly made to bring Australian episodes in line with Channel 5’s UK schedule, which fell behind Australia as it only aired two episodes a week when the pandemic threatened production.

It looks like the gap in the transmission meant the online spoilers were ruining it for UK fans.

Balance of power

The power structure at the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age has been turned upside down with the promotion of Tory Maguire to editor. The reshuffle came after the resignation of digital and publishing director Chris Janz, who missed the CEO job assigned to Mike Sneesby when Hugh Marks abruptly stepped down in November.

Editor-in-chief of nine newspapers, Tory Maguire. Photography: Louis Douvis

Maguire will now have editorial oversight for all Metro Nine banners, including the Brisbane Times and digital-only WAToday.

Although he has never edited a subway newspaper, Maguire is higher in the food chain than Age Gay Alcorn editor and Herald editor Lisa Davies. A former opinion writer at News Corp, Maguire was editor-in-chief of HuffPost Australia, which she launched in 2015.

She joined the Fairfax / Nine group after the end of Fairfax Media’s joint venture with the Huffington Post in 2017.

Maguire succeeds James Chessell, who has been promoted to Managing Director of Publishing and now adds the Australian Financial Review to his remit. We hope AFR editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury won’t hesitate to share the reins with Chessell.



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