does the media business breed jealousy? by Greg Tingle:
2nd August 2003
*This article was written after the latest round of
jealously directed towards myself, after considerable
media exposure on Danny Schechter's
is indeed the question many of us in the media business
may ponder from time to time.
seems, jealously of others successes seem to go hand
in hand in the media? Ego's are abound.
do I know about this you ask?
there are many instances in my very career when this
first happened in my career, when I achieved a front-page
news story on a community group, and other community
groups "jumped up and down" (because the
story was not about them, even though they were acknowledged
in the article). The next notable occasion was when
a TAFE teacher was not satisfied that I was mentioned
in the media section of "The Australian"
for being controversial, when quoted, in a public
discussion broadcast on national radio. Periodically
I get uncomplimentary remarks about my website, saying
"this and that", "the colours are wrong",
"you shouldn't promote such and such, and the
list goes on. Then you get the good old fashioned,
"how much money do you make"? (Well, it's
none of your god-dammed business to all the people
who want to know).
once again raised its ugly head today.
world renowned media critic, Danny
Schechter, "The Media Dissector"
was the most recent interviewee on Media Man Australia,
joining an impressive list of past interviewee's like
Derryn Hinch, Phillip Adams, Max Markson, et al.
50-minute interview with Danny was subsequently broadcast
on Media Man Australia, in the multimedia section.
morning I awoke to an e-mail, forwarded by Danny,
and written by "Peter". It read as follows,
"danny, first of all, id like to apologise for
the aforementioned, unfortunately danny, we have fame
seekers here in Australia, too, Hinch is a bankrupt
who is also a womaniser, also a person who in a desperate
attempt to stay in the spotlight, was the BEAST, on
a panel show called ''Beauty and the Beast'', you
prob have a show like that in the U.S, people write
in with their most intimate problems to a bunch of
celebs, they have a joke, few laughs, at the writers
expense, tell them to take a pill and lie down, you
know what I mean, danny, no guilt at all, he was sacked
from that, this man has consistly gone with the most
provocative themes in order to remain famous, he even
dies his beard, ie film script, my film script, have
you heard about my film script!, as for greg tingle,
he sounded like a little boy, completely consumed
with talking to someone who is known for his morals
[you, danny] , please realise these people do not
represent the real, ozzies, that are against this
appalling , corporatisation of the world [just visit
hinchs site, now there's a corporate for you], and
media man, well, he is just a hinch waiting to happen,
I mean he idolizes the man, sorry again danny for
these famers, peter.
was the exact e-mail received folks.
does that e-mail demonstrate?
things. Inaccuracies, slanderous untrue remarks and
jealousy. Did we notice the negative way it is written?
Perhaps it is a sign of the writer's inadequateness?
It almost borders on hate mail. I have been called
a few things, but never before "a corporate".
How does one make the assertion, "a desperate
attempt"? By the way, I don't "idolise"
anyone. Today, I was once again a guest on Channel
31 Community TV, where I am better known as a TV presenter.
Just because someone may have once worked for some
corporations, does not mean that they are "a
corporate" for life.
puzzles me most is that someone would take the time
to write such a negative e-mail, containing so many
falsehoods. We all have had to develop a "thick
skin", and take the barbs with the compliments.
I reiterate that it is a reflection of the "author"
of hate mail, rather than the recipient.
Hinch is one of the most respected journalists and
broadcasters in Australia. So much so that he was
even recently invited to be interviewed on the ABC's
"Enough Rope", with Andrew Denton, in a
memorable, informative and entertaining, interview,
that can be read at: http://www.abc.net.au/enoughrope/stories/s902377.htm
Hinch has even addressed the National Press Club,
in a speech (without notes), that was broadcast on
Derryn's bio is found at: http://www.hinch.net/about.htm
for the people who are interested, my bio is at http://www.mediaman.com.au/bio.html
biographies show that someone is not afraid of what
people think, and that they stand up for their principles.
wise man once said, those who can't, "bitch",
those who wish, but can't, "complain".
me, I've got another article to write and another
interview to do.
live freedom of speech.
Editor / Director / Broadcaster / TV Presenter / Journalist
Hinch official website
Rope with Andrew Denton
31 Community TV Sydney
with Derryn Hinch
with Danny Schechter
with Joy Hruby