As I watched this interview with Claire Martin, I thought how marvellous it was that Tony Jones blocked Claire Martin’s call to ‘move on’ and talk about the future. He insisted on going back over the way in which Claire Martin and her Government had belittled the coverage of the same issue on Late Line when they’d covered it a year or so ago.
If only we could have more of this – I thought to myself. More tying politicians down to account for their past lies, deceptions and misdeeds. But I did expect the interview to go on to discuss the future at some stage. In fact it was entirely, forensically backward looking. No problems there, but of course the reason Late Line was prepared to take this departure from standard fare was because the program had itself been crossed. It was breaking the mould not really in defence of standards, of the truth or anything like that. It did in fact defend the truth, but really only as a by-product of defending itself.
This is the same kind of accountability – in a way – that we see on Media Watch. A worthwhile program but nevertheless one that delights in judging the slanted standards of the media by – well, by slanted standards.
One day perhaps the standard might rise to a level in which the media – or some select organs of the media – might take as much care defending the truth and making people pay for sleaze, deception, inactivity and all the rest, but do so on behalf of something greater than itself.