Talking about the IR debate requires a discussion of how journalism works

Today the leader of my national practice group, Josh Bornstein, made a great speech to the AI Group national conference.

I’ve had the pleasure of addressing that conference myself. It’s a great opportunity to talk directly to people on the ‘other side of the fence’ from those I act for, to (ahem) give them the benefit of a union lawyer’s view about IR.

Josh pulled no punches – you can read his speech here.

His speech has broader ramifications than talking about IR. It talks about the way that IR is reported in the ‘old media‘. Specifically, Josh takes aim at journalists who uncritically repeat assertions made by those with vested interests, without considering the validity of what they are saying.

It’s an issue of whether journalists should be investigators or mere stenographers – a point made by Dr Christopher Scanlon of La Trobe regarding the role of journalism with society.