The 9pm Death of Political Journalism

Some random ABC News-related signage at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters in Ultimo, Sydney. (Photo: Stilgherrian)

Stilgherrian returns with a solo episode of the Edict in which he has quite a long rant about some of the changes at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. But there’s more.

In this episode he also talk about Nazis, flat earthers, Republicans, Rishi Sunak, the Metaverse, gas stoves, Boris Johnson, Tony the Tiger, and demanding meat at gunpoint.

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  • Icelandic National Day (Icelandic: Þjóðhátíðardagurinn, the day of the nation's celebration) is an annual holiday in Iceland which commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944. This date also marks the end of Iceland's centuries old ties with Denmark. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.
  • Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus; June 17, 1943) is an American singer and songwriter with a career that spans seven decades. His hit recordings include "Could It Be Magic", "Looks Like We Made It", "Mandy", "I Write the Songs", "Can't Smile Without You", and "Copacabana (At the Copa)".
  • [9 June 2023] The drag shows will go on. At least for now. On June 2, 2023, Judge Thomas Parker, a Trump-appointed federal district court judge in western Tennessee, ruled that Tennessee’s “Adult Entertainment Act” violated the First Amendment’s free speech protection.
  • [6 June 2023] In Nazi Germany, transgender people were not used as a political wedge issue in the way they are today. There was little public discussion of trans people. What the Nazis did say about them, however, was chilling.
  • By 2028 the ABC will be an integrated digital operation and most of the audience engagement with the ABC will be through our digital products.
  • Australian audiences are increasingly fragmented across platforms and devices and have more choices for watching and listening than ever before. Analysis of the ABC’s operating environment shows that audiences who prefer to use digital platforms will soon exceed audiences for broadcast radio and television. To reach and serve them, the ABC will need to strengthen and extend its digital products and content. This will also maintain the ABC’s value to society as a trusted source for news and high-quality Australian entertainment.
  • RSS (RDF Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format. Subscribing to RSS feeds can allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator, which constantly monitor sites for new content, removing the need for the user to manually check them. News aggregators (or "RSS readers") can be built into a browser, installed on a desktop computer, or installed on a mobile device.
  • [25 May 2023] Brooke talks with Ben Smith, the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Semafor and author of the new book, Traffic: Genius, Rivalry, and Delusion in the Billion-Dollar Race to Go Viral, about his goals in building a newsroom at BuzzFeed, the lessons he learned, and what he thinks about the future of of news.
  • [28 June 2017] What’s at stake for Australian culture when journalism, critique, even art, are treated as mere content, designed to fit into institutional structures?
  • Steve Milloy has been associated with the major American tobacco companies since at least 1997... Milloy is also a senior policy fellow at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute.

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