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AAP/Mick Tsikas

ABC restructuring: leaner, but hopefully not meaner

Today’s long-awaited announcement of restructuring at the ABC highlights two directions for change in the coming year and beyond. Both are welcome. More money will be spent on content production and delivery…
A protest against Donald Trump in Stockholm, Sweden. Reuters/TT News Agency

Fake news – a user’s guide

With Zelig-like serendipity I was in Stockholm when #lastnightinsweden went viral. While echoing the melancholic majesty of a classic ABBA song title, the hashtag #lastnightinsweden actually referred to…
Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

All hail Trump, the great transgressor!

For a president who has transgressed so many of the conventions which make our democracies civilised and decent, respect is not an entitlement. It must be earned.
AAP/Mick Tsikas

When politicians become pundits

It is the mark of a healthily diverse media that politicians of all persuasions, not just those who echo the views of the proprietor, should be given a platform to express their views in our key media of record.
Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

Putin, the political technologist

President Trump will approach political communication in the same way as he ran his campaign – according to the Putin playbook of political technology.
Gilbert & George

Surviving 2017 – a user’s guide

At the peak of post-Soviet triumphalism in the west, amid all the hype about a New World Order and the end of history, historian Eric Hobsbawm rained on the parade somewhat by suggesting that we were in…

The empire strikes back

Just five short years after (literally) eating humble pie live on national TV for presiding over the most corrupt, criminally minded, bin-raking, sleaze-mongering crowd of press hacks ever to spread their…
ABC News 24

After objectivity?

As the results of the 2016 election came in, the mainstream media in America and around the world demonstrated their inability to cope with the challenge of a president Trump within the conventional paradigms…