No one is talking about all the empty shops and units we already have ...
– Peter Craig
SOME years ago, my son-inlaw at the time, was employed by the Sydney Morning Herald.
He was sent to one of the suburbs that surround Mascot to cover a demonstration against aircraft noise.
Upon arriving he saw a handful of demonstrators and a much larger number of police.
He called the editor to report the situation, saying: “The demonstration is a non-event, about the only activity here is an old lady, who in avoiding the demonstration, stepped from the curb and lost her footing.”
My son-in-law didn’t for a moment think he would make it into print that day.
However upon reading his so called “report” he discovered that the editor had a different agenda.
“Elderly lady knocked to the ground by demonstrators who are against the present aircraft noise and flightpath policy. Police had to interven as the crowd became violent” (it said).
My son-in-law has integrity. He resigned from the SMH.
What was photographed in last week’s Whitsunday Times was clearly an effort to discredit and sensationalise an otherwise ordinary event.
I am sure the mayor and Mr Wang would have happily posed for a photograph if asked.
But this did not align with the tone the Whitsunday Times was trying to portray ie there is something underhand occurring here.
Was the photo in question photoshopped or did our intrepid reporter, use a pen camera, maybe a button camera, or maybe (like) 007 he used good old microfilm.
My question to the editor is when will integrity in journalism return to the Whitsunday Times? Maybe after the next election.
JOHN HILL Shutehaven