When The Media Fail To Get Even Basic Facts Correct

A recent article on State Funerals, in The Age, contained the following sentence
On December 19, 1975, Gough Whitlam’s cabinet was sworn in, ending federal Labor’s 23 years in opposition.

The Dismissal of Gough Whitlam on 11 November 1975 was one of the most significant turning points in the history of this country. It has even been celebrated in song (The Whitlams, Gough November 11, was Armistice Day, a bushranger was slaughter and Gough was betrayed, movies have been made about it).

This got past the writer, the subeditors (if they still employ them, maybe that has been outsourced to overseas countries), the editor.

On 11 November, Labor’s Gough Whitlam was sacked as Prime Minister by the Governor General and installed Malcolm Fraser as a caretaker Prime Minister. Whitlam’s government were elected in 1972, which ended 23 years of Liberal-Country Party coalition rule.

On 12 November 1975, the first Fraser Ministry was sworn in by the Governor General.

On 13 December 1975, another election was held, all 127 seats in the House of Representatives, and all seats in the Senate were up for election following the double dissolution. This was won by Frasers government.

These are not just opinions which we may disagree with, and if The Age allows this to go to print, what other facts go are they getting wrong?

There will be people reading this, learning about Whitlam for the first time. This will be history for them. If newspapers fail to get many basic facts correct, they are in effect, rewriting history.

Although this image has been rearranged, all the parts on it remain unchanged.
Original article, here: When the state sends off its favoured citizens (25 Mar 2012, The Age)

text by @redglitterx


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