"Making the News"

Making the News clickable entry logo Extract from "Witch-Hunt" by Kate Legge, (Focus Section - page 27) The Weekend Australian (Sept 13-14).

"But has the reporting been venemous? Murray (Australian poet Les Murray) thinks the media edits Hanson's message even as it promotes her image, keen to corral this lone woman hoofing around out of the main paddock. Not just for her views, he says, but because she refuses to quiver.

"The media will pounce on the new and the firsts with the same hunger with which it devours conflict and contention, and to that extent female traitors of fashion will excite the pack in a way men do not. 'There is a certain hysteria about women,' says Cox (Eva Cox, Economist and social policy activist). 'A level of savagery in the way we report them.'"

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