Former Premier Campbell Newman
Former Premier Campbell Newman David Nielsen

OPINION: Don't blame the messenger, Mr Newman

SO, Campbell Newman reckons the media is a "pack of bastards".

It's not an uncommon expression used by people who don't like what is printed, or broadcast about them, and we in the media tend to get hit with the same thing all the time.

Mr Newman's biography, which I haven't read but from what has been reported so far, takes a swipe at not only the media, but politics in general.

That's the nature of politics these days. If you can't stand the heat, it's probably time to get out. But, to place a pile of blame on the media for doing its job is a bit rich in my mind.

We have two jobs to do.

1. We have to inform our community of things that they would not be privy to if we didn't. That means we need to tell people about the activities of politicians, of people who are doing a heap of good in our community and from the crooks who spend a great deal of their time clogging up our courts. Our job is as a messenger - to let people know what's going on.

2. We sell newspapers, our air time, our online product. If we don't do that we cannot undertake the first job - to inform.

So often you hear the statement from people, "The media is the problem. They dish out all the rubbish." What those people don't seem to get is that the trash has already been perpetrated by whomever; our job is to alert people.

It's easy to take pot shots at the media, but with respect I'd suggest that people, including Campbell Newman, look in their own backyard first and think about the consequences of their actions.


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