Or, let’s make Mark Riley accountable.

In a previous post (which you should read to get a grip on why this should piss you off) I went into some length and detail about the conduct of the Seven Network’s “Chief political reporter” Mark Riley and his public humiliation and character assassination of Tony “shit happens” Abbott – who really doesn’t need any assistance. He is perfectly capable of ruining his own reputation and credibility without any outside interference, thank you very much.

As an example of gutter, or yellow, journalism it is unfortunately a drop in the ocean. What makes it stand out is Riley’s senior position at the Seven Network and the sheer cheapness of the sleight of hand perpetrated in order to create a piece of headline hogging trash. Witnessing this poisonous nonsense, it may come as a surprise that there actually is such a thing as the Australian Journalists Association Code of Ethics, but there is [pdf – MEAA_ethics]. It is worth reviewing Mark Riley’s conduct in terms of this code. (more…)