Jonathan Marshall has taken the Sydney Morning Herald to the Australian Press Council and won.
It’s a bit like the “I bet he was registered” posts I run about registered teachers. The SMH along with many other in the media always shield themselves with the ”we’re a member of the press council” argument.
Congratulations, f*ckwits…that makes it all ok then. Actually no it doesn’t, as the SMH has just found out.
The Press Council has considered a complaint about an article headed, “Maverick who likes to bend the rules” in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2 October 2012. The article focused on some of the activities of Jonathan Marshall while he was living in New Zealand before becoming a journalist with a Sydney newspaper. Mr Marshall had recently reported controversial remarks made by a well-known speaker to a dinner arranged by a political club at a Sydney university. His report had led to wide media coverage of the issue and of his conduct in attending the dinner and recording the speech.
Mr Marshall complained that the article inaccurately said that while in New Zealand he had approached a university student and “asked him to lie to university officials in order to gain private information about a fellow student”. He also said the article’s claim that his “journalistic exposes back home were occasionally unbalanced by a sort of manufactured tabloid trashiness” unfairly suggested he had built a career on made-up stories. He complained that he was given no opportunity to comment before the article was published.