With scrutiny of News Limited intensifying, the Melbourne Herald Sun has assured its readers of “transparency” through a new Code of Conduct. The Australian, on the other hand, while condemning the hacking, has not felt the need for any such soul-searching and has remained silent on the subject of its own function within the News empire.
They are entitled to hire whomever they want, but it is not by coincidence that The Australian’s commentariat is predominantly drawn from a very narrow ideological range, featuring many ex-Liberal staffers and high-profile conservatives. Transparency demands an open and ongoing declaration of the political affiliations and objectives of the newspaper’s management, so readers can interpret political coverage accordingly.
If Green Left Weekly can do it, so can The Australian.