Dear Sydney Morning Herald re March In March

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Dear SMH,

Today my friends and I were flicking through your pages with a regular Monday morning happiness. As per Monday during footy season, we are fairly certain we navigated patiently through a double page spread describing an enthralling Dragons Vs Cowboys match in Wollongong with a quoted 8,345 attendees, but we may be confused with any week from the upcoming 26. Normally it’s quite tedious to scroll through the sports wrap, but we were happy to do so this morning as we reveled in the excitement of turning the pages and that beautiful moment when we would finally land in your heart to read about the mighty March In March. We searched and searched, turned and turned. We soon realized that there was NO mention of the march. Maybe we’d missed it? Was there a feature article insert that may have fallen out? It was a nationwide march, surely there was something? A political movement created by the people for the people that attracted more than 100,000 + attendees nationwide over 2 days with another massive day still to come in Canberra. This was not a poor mans competition to the annual St Patricks Day carnival parade as Tony Abbott more or less described it (St Pat’s we noted had some coverage on page 5) – this was a big moment for Sydney & Australia. March In March meant a lot of things to a lot of people, so much that #marchinmarch was trending nationally on social for more than 2 days – a movement of national consciousness created by an army of people, mums, dads, students, kids, ratbags and scallywags, socialists, greens, normals, hipsters, awakened corporates, teachers, community elders, Irishmen, tweeters, instagrammers, facebookers, hashtagees and hashtaggers. We figure your news team would search social media TRENDS for new content ideas? You must have noticed the fuss? We dressed up, spoke about truths, communicated compassion and frustrations. We sang with Billy Bragg and shared stories of why we want changes in Abbott government policy. It was more than the talk of the town. It was the talk across the pubs, clubs, dinner tables, beaches, parks, Saturday morning kids cricket carnivals and garage sales Australia wide.

Read the Full story of this Letter and it's journey to 100,000 views HERE. 

We understand that it is footy season so your pages are already well and truly reserved for the “Tahs” who no doubt appreciated your usual 2 page critique of their backline ball movement and scrummaging, and the mighty swans whose accuracy in front of the goals is always worth a solid 500 words, especially after a shock loss to the Giants!  – and in future circumstances, we would never want to be the ones responsible for you having to have “the talk” with Fitzy. Leave that man be. Don’t get us wrong, we understand all of your commitments to space. Likewise we noted your extensive coverage of the Tasmanian & South Australian state elections which pointed out the daunting amount of work Labor has ahead of it if they are to challenge Abbott at the next election – but was there really no room for the March In March? At all? Nothing? Not even a dribble in the socials pages? Actually there was some disguised mention of Billy Brag performing in Central – but you needed a diploma in braille to uncover the code: Billy, a hugely famous political activist with decades of history was performing in Belmore Park, Sydney – on a Sunday afternoon for the March In March. Is it that you guys are hard markers, or is that your paper is going through a crisis due to the decline in readership as the internet and quality online news content platforms look to eat you alive, that you couldn’t afford to send a reporter out on a Sunday pay rate?  If that’s the case – our condolences. It’s a sigh of relief to know that the Internet is creating transparency for the people of Sydney and Australia, and you will no doubt come to adjust to the changing world where people want a rounded display of content filled with substance and truth on a Monday morning. Maybe your team were on the bandwagon of cynicism like so many others, adding further to the plight of progress. Billy Bragg spoke of our greatest enemy being not the capitalist world we so often complain about, but the cynical world. A world where hope is cut down at the knees. It’s not hard to see where the cynicism develops when a world class newspaper such as the SMH fails to report on a movement of the people. Your silence astounds us, similar to the way Adam Goodes was astounded in a recent piece in the SMH when describing white Australia’s attitudes towards Indigenous Australian history. Why are we silent to the truth?

If you could do us one favour, please ask your chief what sort of information you are looking to cover in 2014, because it seems we need pointers. A couple of tips for you, your team and any aspiring writer for that matter looking to cut through in this age of constant content; write articles that people want to read and report on what matters to the people of Sydney. The SMH do this better than most, more often that not. But on March 16 and 17 – we say not. Not only was this day important for the folk who marched, it was the faces and reactions of the observers and the greater community that was a spectacle and the real story of the day. Thousands paused their Sunday shopping, tinder dates, jogs, TAB bets & ‘Sundey Arvo Beers’ to watch the 20,000 plus crowd – these people suddenly realised that they might have been “missing the boat” on Abbott’s policies of late. Their eyes were transfixed on EVERY sign. It was beautiful to watch onlookers de-code the signs – and suddenly feel connected to the issues and to consider the power that humans can have on each other. Suddenly a compassionate, considerate and conscious world seemed so much more important to every individual. We the marchers educated them, leaving them to go home with new knowledge, sense of self-empowerment, a new interest in Australian government activity, and most importantly hope.

Read the Full story of this Letter and it's journey to 100,000 views HERE. 

SMH, we write with the best of intention. We seek truth. Yesterday was a big day and you blatantly ignored it. Even the ABC gave us some airtime despite obvious pressures on them. Without trying to sound like bitterly disappointed children, we wish you all the best in your slow descent to the thin air of online content and the minds and memories of paper loving Sydney journeymen such as ourselves. We have sincerely appreciated our relationship with you over the last 20 years – the unforgettable experience of being able to walk out to the front door step of our Grandma’s house, unwrap you, feel your soft smooth texture and that fresh smell of ink of a morning. You offer so much. You’ve taught us a healthy portion of the things we know about the world, arts, culture, politics, sport, crosswords and life. Your pages will never be forgotten by us, but we’re putting you in the sin bin for a little while. Like Abbott, if you work with us, the people, we will work with you. We are all in this together. We want everyone on the field at all times working together, as after all we are all one. We’re sure that you don’t need Nostradamus to point out the way the new generation are already consuming media with online content certainly being the way forward – and we noted your inclusion of Jacqueline Maley’s little piece – so your URL has been added to our favourites, but if you are going to go to the efforts of printing to the streets, at least pay attention to the real news. We needed you yesterday. More than anything it would have been a great symbol of respect – honouring the hard work done by thousands of people whose hands and feet moved purely with the intention to compassionately care for their treasured country.

In case you wanted to see what you missed – here is a beautiful video from the Melbourne march: http://vimeo.com/89244643

Sincerely

Timothy Pembroke
Annandale

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626 thoughts on “Dear Sydney Morning Herald re March In March

  1. Wow. 100,000 people plus nationwide!!!! Only out of country of 22 million people plus. What’s that, like 4%? Truly noteworthy

    1. 100,000 vs the 300 at the LNP’s ‘Ditch the Witch’ campaign, which was covered for weeks. That’s Thermopylae odds; your argument is invalid.

      1. Hi Chris, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

      1. Hi Greg,

        I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
        Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        Thanks
        Tim

    2. 200 people marched to show their disapproval of Gillard and it was so ‘noteworthy’ it saturated the news for weeks.
      That’s ‘like’ fuck all %.
      Now ask yourself why. Then think for yourself and recognise how the media manufactures comments like yours through people like you.
      Keep thinking beyond the tabloids Brendan…then continue to keep on thinking – for yourself.

      1. You didn’t get column inches because The Loony Left jump up and down every time a Liberal picks their nose.

        Abbott hasn’t done anything of any consequence yet; he’s just put in proposals which need to go through legislation in the upper house, and most of them will , thankfully in some cases, struggle to get through.

        But you lot have done such a fine job of complaining about nothing that now nobody gives a crap what you say anymore, because that’s all you’ve done since the day you lost the election; act like sore losers, call the country idiots, march against proposals which haven’t yet been approved, and offer no alternative in government.

        And then you sit there stumped and ask ‘Why won’t anyone listen to us?’
        Gee. Let me think.

        You’ve made a fine bed for yourselves by calling Wolf so many times, so get comfortable. You’re going to be there awhile.

      2. Hi Ron – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
        Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        Thanks
        Tim

      3. Hi Steve –
        Please see UPDATED Blog with the full story social media story including comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you could share it with your network it would be a great help. Otherwise here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

        Tim

      4. Hi Steve,

        Hi NAME, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    3. its actually .45% ie half a point. hardly representative of the population. some times democracy is hard to take when you voted for the losing team.

      1. Hi G – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
        Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        Thanks
        Tim

    4. 0.4%, actually. I’m not getting why we should expect the number to be higher for it to be noteworthy. That’s quite large for protests in Australia. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe it’s the biggest turnout for nationwide protests since the anti-Iraq war protests in ’03.

      By comparison, the nationwide anti-carbon tax rallies were greatly dwarfed by this, only gathering a few thousand participants, yet apparently was noteworthy enough to be on the news.

      1. Hi Jess,

        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

        With love.
        Tim

      2. Hi Jess,

        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    5. I attended the Adelaide MIM and I proudly represented 20 of my relatives who would have loved to attend, but could not be there on the day…if each person there on the day also did this…now do the maths

      1. Hi Kerryl,
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    6. Hi Brendan – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

    1. Its about rich people and big business owning the pm and also owning the media to down play how much the blue collar are digusted.

      1. Hi Mike,

        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

        cheers to the truth.
        Tim

      2. Hi Mike,

        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    2. Hi James – I thank you for sharing your brief thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

    1. Hi there – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

  2. In their defence I did see an online article by the SMH about the March in March with lots of photos and twitter comments and all that jazz…

  3. There were marches all over the country, 12 000 in Sydney, 25 000 in Melbourne and approx 112 000 who registered to march around Australia. That doesn’t count those who just turned up and it is a disgrace that it was reported simply because it wasn’t what the government and their supporters in the media wanted to hear. It is a sad indictment and proof of bias in the media in no uncertain terms.

    1. Spot on, Jenni — I am not much into conspiracy theory, but in this case, there is a whiff of it among mainstream print (and even tv) media. Boo to them — no more print media for me! Subscribe to online Guardian Australia and independent media (e.g. Australian Independent Media, Hoopla, New Matilda) -I was going to add Crikey.com to suggested readrs, but even Crikey avoided March in March! so boo to them too).

      1. it was not reported because the protests are by root anti establishment. the protests are a community upset with the root causes of alot of problems, which both labor and liberal are a part of. its the same reason there are still police, at the occupy wallstreet park in the USA, preventing people from stopping or sitting down. its a threat to the establishment.

      2. *it was not reported because the protests are by root anti establishment.*

        So when the protest against Gillard was reported it was because it wasn’t anti-establishment. Can’t have it both ways. Anti-Abbott, anti -establishment – no argument here but cover one – cover them all.

      3. Hi Warren – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
        Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        Thanks
        Tim

      4. I think what made my even angrier was Abbott’s remark when asked about the upcoming marches last week. He said the only marches he was aware of were for Paddy’s day. Follow that with no news coverage and it is a big smelly con job I think. Thanks for the taking the time to let me know what you thought.

    2. Hi Jenni,

      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

      cheers to the truth.
      Tim

  4. Sounds like someone still thinks mass media is supposed to be even and non partisan. Come on buddy.

    1. Crito, if you don’t think mass media should be even and non partisan, the SMH should remove its banner ‘Independent Always’

      1. Hi Jude,

        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

        cheers to the truth.
        Tim

      2. Hi Jude, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

  5. I am a Brisbane reader. The standard of reporting In the Brisbane Courier mail is in short biased to Liberal.

    We cannot change the bias of the Murdoch papers.

    I do contend though that it is a fact that they do not influence voters views.

    To illustrate, the CM conducted the most vile and degrading campaign against K. Rudd last election. He won his seat. It showed that Murdoch and his crew are gooses and try as they might, the readership is not stupid to swallow their tripe.

    The real problem then is that our future is influenced directly by those we elect (partially), and those that are allowed by our law to make profit in our country (mainly).

    The March March had aimed at those that were elected. It is common sense that it nigh on impossible to change the influence of those who profit (i.e. the foreign companies), so the point of the march was valid.

    Even though Labor really does not have the guts to do anything about the foreign companies, at least they will make a token stand. Liberals never will make that stand.

    So to the promoters of the march, forget the SMH. Forget the CM.

    Those papers produce nothing better than the race form and something with which to pick up my dog’s droppings.

    Settle down people, and think about what your plans need to be.

    Attack the Liberals who represent big money and rich, and want only that minuscule portion of the world to have a decent living.

    At the same time, attack Labor and get them to represent our country and not the marginal voters that it thinks will give them government.
    Forget Murdoch.

    Bring about change by firstly pulling Labr into gear, then hit the Liberals. You will have the support of the people.

    1. Finally. A rational Left supporter. Well said, Neville.

      Nobody respects the opinions of The Left anymore because they spend too much time pointing the finger at Liberal, whilst ignoring their own parties many faults.

      If you are going to hold one party to account, you need to hold both of them. That’s the true power of democracy.

      The Loony Left like to make out as if The Media buys voters with their coverage, which is another classic example of The Left’s grandiose intellectual opinion of themselves over everyone else, thinking we can’t think for ourselves.

      We don’t care what the papers say. You know what we base our votes on?

      By The Performance Of The Government In Power.

      It’s that simple.

      And on that reason alone, is the ONLY reason why Labor lost the election so convincingly, and which makes the people still crying about it seem even more out of touch with reality.

      1. too intelligent a response for this thread…please remove, it looks so out of place amongst the hatred, innuendo, and conspiracy theories.

    2. Hi Neville,

      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

      cheers to the truth.
      Tim

  6. Not to worry. You did well. The March happened, it affected those who were present. It spread to the consciousness of those who were not and will continue to ripple out. If the SMH want to expose their bias to the public it will be to their detriment in the end.

    1. Hi Hi :)

      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

      cheers to the truth.
      Tim

  7. A great letter and much needed Tim. The silence from our media on this now politically, historical day without much recording of it has certainly been deafening enough.. As for Jacqueline Maley’s mini coverage and it’s accompanying photo’s?? I am absolutely embarrassed and saddened that the photographer could not even find the time to highlight Billy Bragg’s name under the shocking photo taken. As for the gal next to him?? Well, that was ME!! Billy could have been “anyone” of us in the crowd. He at least deserved to be acknowledged for WHO he is. I guess the photographer had a baked dinner and a guinness waiting at home. No time for editing, scrapping or naming any famous, activist musician who performed for us that day… And is highly respected here and O/S. Shame on you SMH. Poor Billy no doubt would be horrified this pic ever made it online. Just as I was… Aside from that though…..PROUD TO BE AUSTRALIAN and would march again ANY day for the numerous causes we covered that day.

    1. Hi Rosie,

      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      cheers to the truth.
      Tim

    2. Hi Rosie, ☺
      If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on QUICKLY somehow someway through facebook, email, word of mouth, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      cheers to the truth.
Tim

      1. Hi Annabelle,

        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts, and what final effort we can make to inform others. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        cheers to the truth.
        Tim

      2. Hi Annabelle, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

      3. Hi Tim,
        I appreciate your effort to contact us/me individually and admire your stamina following all of this through. I read the follow up story and will certainly pass it on.
        The amazing result of all of this (march and the letter) is that I now feel not alone in my revolt against the blatant contempt the politicians hold the citizens of this country in. I use to feel angry every time this government (and sometimes tbe past government too, to be fair) was doing wrong by us, people, angry but discouraged because I couldn’t see how to change things, how to raise my voice (not to winge, but to say my disapproval).
        I am glad that with this grassroot movement we are able to use each other’s skills and connections to be more efficient. Glad that the addition of each of our single voice makes for a louder call. Also glad that when one feels tired, his mate will pick up and walk further.
        I was relying on democracy, thinking that once I had voted and paid my taxes I could rely on ‘the political system’ to do its part and look aftet me and my country. Yes part of it was laziness or ignorance, part is also that life is not easy and we all have our struggles that take priority most of times. But this march and the follow up reminds me that we all need to take things more at heart and keep our hands on the lead, stay on the politicians back and monitor where they take us.
        So once more, thank you for offering me a voice, through this letter.
        Cheers
        Annabelle

    1. Hi Mark – I thank you for sharing your thoughts, even though brief :)

      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

  8. Your argument is somewhat undermined by the pie chart you show appearing on the front page of the Herald, which shows that a majority of people support the Abbott government.

    But, I digress…

    Last weekend there were two state elections.

    So, put yourself in the shoes of the Herald’s editorial team, deciding how to compose Monday’s front page

    They were faced with:

    - A political poll they’d paid for that suggested that, had an election been held, a majority would have re-elected the Abbott government.
    - A decisive loss of ALP power in Tasmania to the Liberals in their state election.
    - An election on a knife-edge in SA, with it likely that the ALP would lose the state to the Liberals.
    - A set of protests held by lefties (I don’t use the term dismissively, I count myself as one) with no clear message.

    Put yourselves in the shoes of the Herald’s editorial team.

    Given this, would you really run with “NO FAITH IN ABBOTT”, as you suggest?

    I am greatly sympathetic to the cause, but the March in March was an unhelpful approach, and whining about the lack of media coverage you feel entitled to is even less useful.

    If you want to bring change, join or start a political party, or campaign as an independent political candidate, and build an alternative worth voting for.

    1. That is not particulary practical advice! And what happens to the people who do that? Do they stay true to their ideals? And while your comments about coverage of other events may be true, it is still valid to argue that the SMH should have been able to fit even a paragraph and a photo? (I have edited a newspaper, so don’t need a lecture on the practicalities of that, either, thank you!)

      Strange that activists are criticised if they use the internet as their method of expressing their vews (not valid: clicktivism); or if they march (really, they made the effort to get on the streets and it means nothing?) — they really can’t win can they? i would have thought that recent inquiries into the corrupt behaviour of politicians and the ineffectiveness of political parties might just be reasons enough for people to be taking action in this manner RATHER than doing as you suggest? And to sugges that change can not be brought about in this manner is surely ignoring history?

      1. Hi NAME, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    2. That’s kinda where these things lead to. Many parties were started through just this kind of march and there’ll be a number who will now join & more heavily support the parties they find their values in line with.

      1. Hi Felix,

        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    3. Haha, because a pie chart is definitely proof of something. Statistics are just as reliable as the people who decide the sampling. maybe 51% of people who haven’t stopped reading the SMH in disgust of their biased nature agree with the medicare policy, but that’s a bit of a skewed sample isn’t it? You yourself said it was a political poll they’d paid for.

      As someone who has worked in the number-crunching division of a government-contracted “social research” organisation, that gets more contracts for more studies if they’re turning out “public opinion” favorable to those paying for it, I can tell you right now that a picture of 30,000+ people upset enough to take to the streets on a weekend in the first half-year of a new government is more considerable than a pie chart paid for by the SMH.

      1. Hey Dan :) again i think
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    4. i am not a leftie and i had a very clear message – not in my name – i think it has been useful for the lack of story to become the story and i don’t think raising an Issue is necessarily whining – it seems very narrow minded to think that they only way change is possible is by becoming a politician and to then denigrate all other efforts as unhelpful – greatly sympathetic – i doubt it

      1. Hi Caz, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

      1. Hi Hume, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

      1. Hi PV, ☺
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on QUICKLY somehow someway on facebook, email, word of mouth, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    5. Joining a political party is exactly what we do not need to do. The strength of MiM was that it was not the usual suspects. It was real people expressing their dissatisfaction. They don’t want to hear the usual pap. We are losing our democracy to a mendacious government and a complicit media.

      The overwhelming sentiment at the marches was “thanks for giving us this opportunity to speak out and to see that we are not alone.” And while experts might say it was amateurish and achieved nothing they are missing the point.

      Politics has moved too far away from decency, honesty and transparency that people are hungry for a new way. What we tapped into at the weekend is not going to go away because others tell us we are naive. A bit of simple honesty without spin is what Australians are looking for.

    6. Excellent response, Adrian. But one which, unfortunately, will go right over the top of the heads of the Left Fanatics.

    7. Hi Adrian, I appreciate your ideas.

      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has comments from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, social media posts. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1

      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

    8. Hi Adrian – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

  9. We do not buy a newspaper except our local one as it is the only news that we can rely on as being the truth and not hyped up.
    Should the Australia journalists ever manage to bring out a report that isn’t over critical, untrue, exaggerated, one sided, etc. then we might think about buying them again.

    We rely on the ABC and SBS and Twitter for news.
    We are intelligent caring people who believe in a fair go unlike Newspapers and the Government .

    1. Hi Bob & Milly, ☺
      If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      cheers to the truth.
Tim

  10. So if the side who loses the election goes on a march the government has to implement all of the opposition’s policies instead?

    1. How are so many people confused about this? It wasn’t a pro-ALP march. Shorten specifically distanced himself from the event, not ALP representatives spoke at the Sydney rally when I was there. It wasn’t a march trying to force the government to adopt the opposition’s, aka “the election losers’” policies. It was expressing dissent and hoping that if enough dissatisfaction with these policies is expressed, they’ll at least be reconsidered. Parties keep a watch on polls and public sentiment to anticipate what will get them to the next election.

      In fact, many of the major protests in the March had previously organised protests against the ALP’s policies on refugees, tertiary education cuts and marriage equality.

      Politics is more than just Liberal vs Labor. It’s not trivial crap about who made what gaffe and who looks stupid in speedos or being unpleasant to airline staff or having red hair and not being married. This affects our lives every day and everyone is just acting like it’s a high school popularity contest.

      1. Hi Spider,
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    2. How about we don’t jump that far ahead Dubs? Do you not think that people have the right to speak up if they see things being done by their government that are directly contrary to what was promised before the election?

      Just look at a couple of issues: were we told that there would be dumping in the Great Barrier Reef.? Were we told that the government would try to remove World Heritage status from the Tarkine? Tear up the forest peace deal? Eviscerate Gonski? Have a commission of audit with only big business people on it?
      As you can imagine, I could go on. The point is that it’s not about sour grapes about losing an election, it’s about what our elected government is doing. Democracy does not stop at the ballot box. We all have a right, even a responsibility, to inform ourselves and engage with our communities and our politicians.

      1. People have every right to speak up, Margaret. They SHOULD speak up.

        The problem though, is that The Left only speak up when Liberal is in Power, and conveniently go silent when Labor is in the top position, regardless of how horrendously their policies are doing. Examples:

        Where were the Labor supporters candlelight vigils when some of the 1200 refugees died under a Labor government?
        And don’t tell me you didn’t see it happen.
        There was extremely graphic footage of a pirate boat full of men, women and children being shattered on the rocks of Christmas Island all over the National News, in front of dismayed local residents, who afterwards stated that the boats needed to stop so that human lives would no longer be lost.

        None of those that died were given candlelight vigils as though they were Saints.

        Where were the street marches then?

        Where were the Marches In March then?

        It was your policy of opening the borders which killed men, women and children. But we heard no stories of marches; we heard no cries and howls of protest.

        You asked for open borders and got it wrong; so where was the transparency from you that you are now asking of the current government? You did the same thing as they are doing about the Manus Incident: You went quiet.

        You point out that this isn’t about sour grapes, and that ‘It’s only about what the elected government is doing.’ Yeah. But it’s only ever about what Liberal is doing though. The Left never holds it’s party to account. If it did, we’d have a better run government and you’d have more respect as a party.

    3. Hi Dubs – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

  11. The only media coverage I remember from protests during Labor’s previous time in Office was Gillard complaining about “Ditch the Witch” slogans – not about the protest itself. Funnily enough nobody’s complaining about the far worse slogans used in this campaign. Which way does the bias go, really?

    1. I wonder why you think there were far worse slogans at these events. There was a tiny minority who ignored the organisers advice to keep it clever, not crude.

      This is of a different magnitude from federal politicians standing in front of the signs about Gillard. For the march, it was a few rogue marchers. For the “Ditch the Witch” rally it was carefully considered policy to have such outrageous signs and to validate them by speaking in front of them.

      The anti-Gillard campaign got plenty of coverage. March in March did not. the people who marched are not stupid. They know that the media has an agenda.

  12. Adrian, as a journalist, and putting myself int he shoes of the Herald’s editorial team as you suggest, my answer is ‘yes’ I would run the story. Unless of course vested interests did not allow me to – which I believe is the point of the article.
    Also, “whining” is a bad choice of word to describe outrage.

    1. Hi DB, ☺
      If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      cheers to the truth.
Tim

  13. this whole march in march thing is disgusting. we are Australia not Syria or Egypt. why do people think they can get together to oust a prime minister.

    the current government has a lot of challenges, but is no different to any other government. each party has their fair share of ‘ruling’. they both need each other. liberal is semi for the people and more importantly makes money for the government in many ways and the labor party is all for the people and workers and unions and spends all the money. its the circle of life. what the current government is cutting back on is vital for a sustainable Australia. I travel a fair bit and you see how lucky and fortunate we are in Australia. and I’m comparing to the usa and uk and france… so the day that people stop worrying about things they cant directly change and just get on with their lives and live it how it should be will make the whole world a happier place. it simply isn’t worth it.

    side note: I am a level headed voter and neither side pulls me, I look at the big picture. and on people smugglers, its a very tough topic and you simply cant just let them in as that is unsustainable, what to do? I don’t know. and on gay marriage: it will happen, give it time, it’s not worth dying over. I know several homosexuals and heterosexuals who are happy either way with the legality. de-stress guys. make the world a happier place.

      1. yes it is your right to demonstrate peacefully which you did…however it also the media’s, editors right to report or not report on it you considered it news…they did not….Freedom of speech also entitles one to not speak if they choose not to.

    1. Hi “G” – (quoted text)’so the day that people stop worrying about things they cant directly change and just get on with their lives and live it how it should be will make the whole world a happier place. it simply isn’t worth it.’

      The point is that it can be changed and that is what Democracy is all about. We should be able to oust the Prime Minister (not that this is what it’s about). They are after all servants of the people. If people don’t speak then nothing will change to reflect their wishes.

      I don’t think anybody who is disgusted by the actions of the current government, after hearing your words will then decide to roll over and be quiet. Nice try though.

      1. Yes this is Democracy and you will get your chance to “oust” the Prime Minister at the next election…just like the majority of people ousted the last Prime Minister/Government…even though they weren’t actually elected by the people in the first place because they were able to do some back room deals (which were never fulfilled mind you) they retained government in minority…and the majority of the people who did not agree with that and who wanted another election…had to wait and so do you….that’s the way it works.

      2. Hi Kane – I thank you for your ideas.
        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd
        It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
        Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        Thanks
        Tim

      3. Hi Jonathan,
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    2. *this whole march in march thing is disgusting. we are Australia not Syria or Egypt. why do people think they can get together to oust a prime minister.*

      That is the point – we have the right to march and just because we are not being shot in the street for it does not lessen the need to express dissatisfaction with the current government and its policies. We have every right to expect our government to govern with the best interest of the population and we have every right to demand that they pay attention to more than those who funded their campaign. This is Australia and it is a democracy and sitting at home saying others have it worse doesn’t do squat.

  14. I wonder how many of the 20,000 plus crowd bought the Herald on the day of the March? I’m bemused that we still hold newspaper publishers to their ‘social licence” obligations while we have wilfully abandoned our end of the bargain (buying the paper and reading the ads). The SMH is struggling to make ends meet and I can’t see how they can survive in the medium to long term. We the public have created the situation which means they don’t have the resources they once did. I’d be inclined to cut them some slack. They are doing their best in difficult circumstances. Declaraton: Timothy Pembroke is my son and I am very proud of him.

    1. We’re supposed to give them our charity and buy their newspaper to help them? It’s not the Big Issue.

      If people don’t think the paper is worth the money to buy it, or the space in their recycling bin afterwards, then that’s just the market.

      I’ve bought 2 SMHs and a Telegraph in the last few months and regretted it everytime. I just end up with a scrap heap of irrelevant crap like the Form (woo gambling), the Real Estate section or sensationalist journalism or even just poorly written stuff – I don’t understand how people who spent a few years at uni studying how to communicate in English seem to continually misuse idioms. Not to mention that the Telegraph habitually puts sports news on the front page and the back.

      It’s a $1.50 fee to feel frustrated and disappointed. I can watch Media Watch on iView for free and feel good at the end of it. Soooo… I dunno, maybe journalists could deliver the actual news so I don’t end up getting more information out of a show that corrects news providers on their mistakes instead of the supposed news providers themselves.

      I’m going to give the Saturday Paper a go and hope for the best.

    2. G’day Big Dave/Father,

      I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time. See you at Christmas ya big jerk.
      Thanks
      Tim

  15. Other than whinging about their team not winning the last election. What coherent message are the March in Marchers actually trying to convey?

    1. No teams, no whingeing. Message? We are sick of being lied to and told half truths. We are sick of a media that promotes an Abbott agenda. We are sick of being given 3 word slogans and then finding out that what was planned was far, far worse than we could have imagined. I give you Gonski, national curriculum, NBN, a fabricated budget crisis, attacks on unions and penalty rates, a secretive policy about asylum seekers, an unexplained murder in custody, attacks on World Heritage areas. There’s plenty more.

      1. I give you 4 dead young men who died as a result of the previous governments ill conceived and ill managed ‘we’ll save the environment policy”…how many have died on this government’s watch 0, I’ll bet the families of those boys wish you would have marched against the policies that killed their loved ones.

      2. Hi Margaret,

        Hi NAME,
        If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        cheers to the truth.
Tim

    2. Really – that is your question – Okay well the answer is simple – dissatisfaction with the current government and many of it’s policies as shown by the diverse groups and multitude of signs with varying messages. I would have thought that was more than a ‘little’ obvious.

      1. Hi Jenni, I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
        If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

        It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
        Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
        I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
        Thanks
        Tim

    3. Hi Hergo – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

    1. Hi Lu Lu :)

      If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      cheers to the truth.
Tim

  16. While 100,000 people attended March in March nationally, over 100,000 people attended the St Patricks day parade in Sydney alone. I’m offended that the St Patricks day parade wasn’t headline news from all outlets. Its an absolute insult to the 100,000 who attended in Sydney – I’m sure none of them would have bothered knowing it wasn’t going to make headline news.

    1. There’s a parade for St Patricks day on every year. What does it need media coverage for other than to advertise itself? Raising awareness about problem drinking?

      Non-political fun parades tend to be covered in a different part of the newspaper anyway. But nice try.

    2. Hey – I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

    1. Hi Andrew,
      If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      cheers to the truth.
Tim

  17. You say you have educated people. That is an interesting statement to make. Your expression of your own opinion is not deliverance of education. To contend that those who read your signs left better educated is an arrogant statement as it assumes your point of view is correct and opposed or different views are wrong. And on the basis of a biased sign! if you want to educate give people facts and let them form their own opinion.

    You seem to think your march is more important than the football. Importance is another interesting construct. While i do not have intimate knowledge of the market research conducted at the SMH, my instincts tell me they have a pretty good understanding of who their readers are and what they want to read. Is it not possible that the readership of the SMH care more for their chosen code of football than your march? And i think its safe to assume that readership is large enough to be considered at least somewhat reflective of the general population of Sydney and Australia.

    I’m sure you will by now be shouting “WELL THEY SHOULD CARE MORE”! But says who? you? Well that doesn’t seem fair, how come you get to choose what is and is not important for others. Now consider this, if a larger group of people feel that football is more important than your march then maybe it is. A logical way to view importance would be to aggregate the value individuals attribute to different objects, events, people etc. If more people attribute more value to football than the march then maybe your march simply isn’t that important. You will probably contest that your march had 100,000 attendants (however this is unclear, at one point you said 100,000 at another it was 20,000) and a rugby league match had 8,000. But over the course of the weekend there were 8 games. Lets make the unlikely assumption that this was the average crowd. That’s 64,000. There were 19,000 at the Waratahs match and 17,000 at the Swans (officially a GWS home game). Conveniently that adds up to 100,000. And I’m sure we can agree the TV audience tie breaker falls firmly on the side of football. Oh and don’t forget, that just as you mentioned, the season runs for another 26 weeks. So while you may have had the attention of some for a weekend football will occupy the weekends of hundreds of thousands (probably millions when we include Victoria and AFL) of Australians for the next 24 weeks.

    I’m by no means saying you are wrong, simply that to assume you are right and others are wrong is arrogant and ignorant. And people don’t like being told they are wrong or that their interests are not important, particularly when the person telling them so is doing it with a “you don’t know whats best for you but I do” attitude.

    1. Hi Mark .
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

  18. Unfortunately, it has become more and more apparent to me that there are actually only 0.4% of people in this country that give a shit about anything beyond their immediate pleasures like going to the beach (better cull the sharks!) and the cost of their power bill (which I note, has yet to go down, even after the carbon tax was abolished).

    Things like the future of the environment, the sponsoring of the arts, having a public unbiased broadcaster and other trivial topics like upholding human rights and social justice (just to name a few) take second fiddle to making sure their day to day lives are as comfortable as possible.

    We are a minority in this country. The people that watch Today Tonight and a current affair are the majority. The people that listen to the likes of Andrew Bolt and Allen Jones. The “F*CK OFF WE’RE FULL”ers.

    These people don’t give a shit about any of the concerns of the mere 100,000 people, which out of interest is a figure deemed news worthy enough for the Australian media to report on various recent protests in other countries such as Ukraine and Spain who’s huge populations make that figure vastly smaller then 0.4% (to all you complete idiots pointing out the size of the protest was tiny).

    Some of the comments on this post are proof that the brain washing of the population by the mass media, that consider issues of wealth in-equality, the environment and human rights to be providence of “lefty vegans”, is well and truly working.

    oh …and I also live in Annandale!

    1. Good point of slamming the F**K OFF WE’RE FULL slogan!

      Kind of reminds me of another slogan…oh, right!

      F**K TONY ABBOTT.

      But you get the T-Shirts to go with it! Nice to know the unemployed people which litter the 0.4% so thoroughly can still be so productive, even if it is only a shirt telling the Leader Of Australia F**K YOU.

      Stay classy.

      And on another note:

      Your bicep must be huge from holding out your hand in the dole line for so long, collecting your entitlement from the pocket of the people who actually have jobs and pay taxes; you know, the ones that you’re saying are dumb because they don’t subscribe to your views.

      The ones that were smart enough to know better at the election just gone, which is why you’re in opposition doing what you do best; creating nothing but hot air. Try to limit it though; don’t want the climate to suffer any further.

      1. yes, because only unwashed, unemployed lefties are allowed to care about things like the environment and social issues aren’t they? Your instant branding of me as some kind tax draining, stupid slogan shirt wearing, labor voting dole bludger because I’m able to feel empathy for the plight of other human beings and hold concerns for our future generations shows exactly the kind of ignorant, media brainwashed, centered upper middle class person that is apparently a majority here.

        The fact the only responses I get to valid points such as the extensive Australian media coverage of similar and smaller demonstrations in other countries where the population is vastly greater then ours, is “your a dole bludger” and “read the news, the Carbon Tax was not repealed” (surely not another election promise broken?) is very telling to me.

        People like you will be watching the “footy”, while the world burns …just like elite classes did in every other collapse of civilization in History (you know, that thing that happened in the past that we are meant to learn from but apparently don’t?).

    2. Hey Adam,
      If you have some final precious minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning
      Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, My key observations and investigations, and what final effort we can make to inform others :) http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      If you are able to pass it on somehow someway, fantastic. If not – your time has been precious. Thank you for liking, sharing, reading. The mission was already accomplished days ago :) Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      cheers to the truth.
Tim

  19. You say you have educated people. That is an interesting statement to make. Your expression of your own opinion is not deliverance of education. To contend that those who read your signs left better educated is an arrogant statement as it assumes your point of view is correct and opposed or different views are wrong. And on the basis of a biased sign! if you want to educate give people facts and let them form their own opinion.

    You seem to think your march is more important than the football. Importance is another interesting construct. While i do not have intimate knowledge of the market research conducted at the SMH, my instincts tell me they have a pretty good understanding of who their readers are and what they want to read. Is it not possible that the readership of the SMH care more for their chosen code of football than your march? And i think its safe to assume that readership is large enough to be considered at least somewhat reflective of the general population of Sydney and Australia.

    I’m sure you will by now be shouting “WELL THEY SHOULD CARE MORE”! But says who? you? Well that doesn’t seem fair, how come you get to choose what is and is not important for others. Now consider this, if a larger group of people feel that football is more important than your march then maybe it is. A logical way to view importance would be to aggregate the value individuals attribute to different objects, events, people etc. If more people attribute more value to football than the march then maybe your march simply isn’t that important. You will probably contest that your march had 100,000 attendants (however this is unclear, at one point you said 100,000 at another it was 20,000) and a rugby league match had 8,000. But over the course of the weekend there were 8 games. Lets make the unlikely assumption that this was the average crowd. That’s 64,000. There were 19,000 at the Waratahs match and 17,000 at the Swans (officially a GWS home game). Conveniently that adds up to 100,000. And I’m sure we can agree the TV audience tie breaker falls firmly on the side of football. Oh and don’t forget, that just as you mentioned, the season runs for another 26 weeks. So while you may have had the attention of some for a weekend football will occupy the weekends of hundreds of thousands (probably millions when we include Victoria and AFL) of Australians for the next 24 weeks.

    I’m by no means saying you are wrong, simply that to assume you are right and others are wrong is arrogant and ignorant. And people don’t like being told they are wrong or that their interests are not important, particularly when the person telling them so is doing it with a “you don’t know whats best for you but I do” attitude.

    1. Hey Jack – Thanks for your thoughtful and extended response.

      If you feel their is arrogance in my tone, I’ll have a read back as it was by no means meant to be that way.

      You said “if you want to educate give people facts and let them form their own opinion” – The prime motivation and intention of this article is to bring attention to the glaring fact that the Sydney Morning Herald Chief Editor wanted to report on the March In March – yet didn’t.

      I am a massive fan of football, I am an avid Swans, North Sydney Bears man, ACT Brumbies fan – I have played all sports and it’s role in our community is unquestionably inspiring. When a National March which created from the seed of an idea is created by the community, for the good of the community and receives not a single printed word, then I raise the issue of the weekly sports coverage.

      I’ll come back to you on more when I can. Thanks for your time though. There are no rights or wrongs for sure, I hope you can see the greater intention of this article which is to bring transparency back to the SMH.

      Cheers

      Tim

    2. Hi Jack – I thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd

      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

  20. I too am disappointed that the disgustingly offensive filth that attended this event have not been reported on in the media. One idiot holds a sign about Gillard being a witch and it’s the the portrayed as the worst sort of behaviour for months. And yet this event contains death threat signage and speeches (gun to the back of Joyce’s head, killabbot, etc) as well as a myriad of extremely offensive other signs and actions, and it’s supposedly fair game?

    If people want this sort of action to receive coverage, you may want to tone down your barbaric attitude and act with some semblance of civility.

    Putting aside the laughable inference that the smh is not ‘left’ enough, I hope you can acknowledge that stark, offensive and generally grub like signage and behaviour works against your cause rather than promotes it.

    1. Hi Ryan – I thank you for your ideas.
      If you have some final couple of minutes for the SMH story: go and see the UPDATED Blog which has emails from Sydney Morning Herald Chief-in-editor Darren Goodsir, key investigations and findings. http://bit.ly/1iAB8Zd
      It is ultimately your decision if you want to explore deeper into the story. My intention is to present truthful facts.
      Here is my last FB update from 8pm, Thursday night: http://on.fb.me/1d2EFQ1
      I will endeavour to read and comment on your post in good time.
      Thanks
      Tim

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