The Fairfax drama
Letâ€™s consider the Fairfax drama more closely:
1) Gina Rinehartâ€™s buying three seats on the board of Fairfax Media has given rise to fear and loathing in the hearts of Fairfax journalists who still see democracy-through-capitalism as an evil development of our society. Some Fairfax journalists are frightened they will lose their jobs because they strongly oppose Ms Rinehartâ€™s pro-capitalist views.
2) Some Murdoch Media journalists are destined to lose jobs because of The Australianâ€™s format changing from paper to electronic transmission via Kindle, Sony and other appliances. This has nothing to do with Ms Rinehartâ€™s dealings with Fairfax. Like it or not, it signals the end of newspapers as a means of the mass-transmission of news and opinion.
3) The Fairfax drama actually is a functioning of the open market – as is the possibility of the publicâ€™s rejecting electronic media in favour of returning to newspapers. That would be an example of both democracy-through-capitalism and of the continuing freedom to publish.
Dr Paul Fidlon,