One of Australia’s leading newspapers was today condemned by an eccentric Scottish tourist and media campaigner for “blatantly sensationalist tabloid journalism”.
“The Sydney Morning Herald featured a ‘crocodile shock’ story on the front page of its Internet edition earlier yesterday,” Jock McStrap said. “I’m told that Twin Falls gets closed pretty frequently in the early dry season because of saltwater crocodiles, so this wasn’t even a genuine news story, let alone a front page feature.”
“I could understand a lowest common denominator tabloid rag like the Northern Territory News running a story of this sort, but the Herald pretends to be a quality broadsheet. What’s more, I see that a supposedly serious academic blogger is trying to boost his readership by publishing photos of semi-naked women on almost any pretext. Obviously you can never breed out that bog Irish convict blood,” Mr McStrap said