23 Mar 2011

NM Goes Video

By New Matilda
Today NM hits GO on News Goo, a new online video broadcast devoted to media and current affairs. Watch the first episode and read about the program here

New Matilda today launches a new online video broadcast, News Goo, presented by former BBC World TV newsreader, Jake Lynch.

News Goo takes a critical look at television news and current affairs: what they cover, what they don't, and why.

The program's name comes from a rap by Polarity1, which contains the lines, "the more we watch, the less we know". This is something we've all felt from time to time, sitting in front of a TV screen — but is it true? If so, how come? And how could it be different? 

In the launch edition of News Goo, Jake interviews Julian Burnside QC, and the journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger, about the investigative journalism of Wikileaks. They ask why Australia's media have been so slow to follow up on important leads from the Wikileaks disclosures, like the unmasking of Senator Mark Arbib as a US "protected source".

It's presented with the dry wit that NM readers have come to know from Jake's regular columns. Features include the "elephant in the room" — complete with picture and sound effects — as the spotlight falls on obvious angles left persistently unreported. And Welsh crooner Tom Jones is on hand to remind us of the most neglected question in journalism: "Why, why why, Delilah?"

The program also takes a closer look at the ABC's relaunched 7.30, with Leigh Sales and Chris Uhlmann, and its investigation of Australia's rusting fleet of naval vessels. Interviewed in the studio, Dr Hannah Middleton of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, says it continues a pattern in ABC reporting, of nitpicking over the details of "defence" spending, while ignoring the case for reducing military budgets overall.

And Jake is joined by the author and journalist, Antony Loewenstein, to discuss Channel Ten's 6PM with George Negus. A "pre-emptive buckle" prevents journalists from spelling out the facts about Israel and Palestine, Loewenstein says — which is why so many programs end up, like 6PM, rehashing the same set of clichéd angles and treatments — despite its claims to be "new and different".

News Goo is produced by a team of experienced professionals, giving freely of their time and expertise. Like the rest of New Matilda's coverage, it depends on YOUR SUPPORT! If you would like to see further episodes of News Goo in the future, please make your donation here.

Jake Lynch left his TV career to become Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Sydney Peace Foundation, which staged the Wikileaks event in Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 16 March.


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Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 12:19

Good work. I think it would be a good idea to break the video into sections so it is easier to watch a particular interview.

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 13:06

I agree with the comment above. Video looks great -- very slick and great production! -- but it's not embeddable (as far as I can see?) So other blogs can use it and I'm struggling to skip ahead (particularly since it takes so long to download).

Great concept though! Looking forward to seeing more.

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 18:30

OMG this is GOLD. A massive step towards rectifying the serious lack of in-depth media analysis in Australia. I particularly loved the "elephant in the room" and the segment with Dr Middleton - not a voice you hear very often in the media. Really informative, thought provoking stuff. THANK YOU.

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 22:17

excellent site well done Jake and the team.
will follow this for sure....... Australian TV is a shocker,,,,

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 00:37

Excellent! This is needed! I hope you continue to grow.

Had never heard of the anti-bases coalition until now.

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 01:05

Excellent work New Matilda. I really enjoyed the interview with John Pilger, as his view about the inadequacy of the media's content is right on the button. It is definitely a controlled media now & technology has daunted so much of the IT world, it's come to the stage that I'd rather watch BBC news than the repetitive abc24 garbage.

Jake did a great job getting the message across about he way in which the media creates an argument about the story it's showing or telling, instead of giving the facts surrounding the story & allowing the public to make an informed choice or complete evaluation of the issue being discussed. Jake has also given the readers a real insight into the media's political stance & which side of the government they are supporting.

It's a real shame about George Negus (not) but he has always been suited to foreign affairs & not political journalism. After watching his dismissive interview with Pauline Hanson the other week, I was expecting something just as corny as what I just saw there.

News Goo is a great piece of work & I'll be looking forward to more of it, for sure.

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 13:45

What an exciting addition to the NM journalism repertoire!
All of Jakes interviews were interesting and to the point thanks to his smooth interviewing technique.
If journalism is not the fourth pillar of power (as disputed by Pilger) then it is certainly one of four (or more) collusive power groups that likes to keep its managers well remunerated and keep a well-positioned veil over the truth.
Like the statistics that 85% of people would like to spend less on Defence (which is not necessarily making us more secure) and focus the countries armed forces on disaster relief. Which under the current climate is highly understandable.
And like Antony, I would also like to hear from some more moderate Palestinians, the non-hostile ones; the Palestinians who actually accept that the state of Israel is legitimate. Instead we hear only from hatred-ridden, intolerant, violent, Islamist, Hamas all of the time.
However, the main crux of this presentation centered around the dangers of keeping power in the hands of a few managers of a few major governments, institutions and corporations, including mainstream media.
And by the media not presenting enough legitimate mainstream views, in favour of presenting economic and political rhetoric (to be the fourth support to those in power - not to public recourse) or by insisting on an over emphasising of extremest views (to capture attention) then the media (as do governments) have an increasing legitimacy problem with the public.
As Pilger says, no one is completely objective (we all have our bias) but then at least if we admit to that bias, then we can (having been provided with what we consider to be all of the relevant facts) compose what we perceive to be the truth about the matter.
Good journalism is not about entertainment, it's about revelation and insight............joining the right dots (facts) together.