Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Who guards the guardians?

Glyn Davis's article Who guards the guardians? makes excellent reading. Actually, it is impressive that this article even appeared in The Australian. Two quotes I enjoyed:
  • The Australian is entitled to express its opinion. It is free to run on consecutive days a tenuous and trivial claim to attack an academic critic. Readers in turn must judge for themselves the credibility of The Australian’s report. They may wonder, as I do, about the fairness of the coverage or the pattern of personal attacks on those who express views unacceptable to editorial writers. It seems a sad irony when media freedom is defended through such means.
  • We should judge the contribution of academic critics by the quality of their analysis and validity of the evidence they provide. One might say the same about editorials in The Australian.
Hear, hear!

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