Labor’s plain packaging fails as cigarette sales rise
This June 8 headline and accompanying article published in The Australian has been shown to be based on specious information as last night’s Media Watch program explained. Relying on respected government sources and tracking back connections between the journalist and the source for data relied upon to big tobacco the Media Watch report destroyed the report by The Australian.
With newspapers challenged for revenue, their best chance at a future comes from fearless and accurate reporting and not doing the bidding of businesses looking for an outlet for their spin.
While I understand big tobacco and those who support them and their spin (in newspapers, blogs and other outlets) the real story that matters is the health outcomes we all hope for of less people getting ill and dying from tobacco related illnesses. This public health issue is why we need fact-based reporting and not spin that serves the tobacco companies.