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Joh Bejelkie Peterson, used to refer to the media as feeding the chooks. The Channel 9 report on the Ararat to Maryborough line story at Avoca was certainly the Federal Minister for Defence and the Victorian Public Transport Minister feeding the chooks with this story. The respective Ministers with their High Vis Jackets on and hard hats spun a complete fabrication to the controlled media event at Avoca.
If the journalists were worth their credentials, they should have either gone north or south of Avoca to get a complete and different story of the Ararat - Maryborough rail line project and reveal cost blow outs and the overrun with the completion date. What the journalists were exposed to and did not investigate was the sanitised image of the line at Avoca that was worked on the week before to get it to a stage for the media event with the ministers.
This is a good bit of political propaganda that actually doesn't tell the real story and just proves how compliant Channel 9 is with a story that lacks any aspect of revealing the truth and investigation by the reporter, to look beyond what the politicians wanted the reporter to see.
This news segment was very ineffectual and gives the impression of lazy reporting. This is called containment reporting, to prevent the real story being told that the Ararat to Maryborough rail link is behind on the completion date and over budget. This is to unfortunately mislead the public and protect the reputations of the politicians. Channel 9 appears to be complicit with the politicians with misleading the public.
It is this type of sloppy journalism that does not hold politicians to account. The picturesque use of the drone shots and the containment and control of the journalist reporting only from the Avoca section of the Ararat to Maryborough rail line, distracts from the concealed and hidden realities of the delayed completion date and cost over runs with the restoration of the rail line.
In reality, the Federal Defence Minister and Victorian Public Transport Minister are complicit in their deception of the public and Channel 9 is actually aiding and abetting the politician's fabrication, distortion of the truth and lies.
Public Relations Manager
Rail Revival Alliance Victoria
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