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Phil Hughes. Media’s ghoulish obsession with cricket death.

November 28, 2014

Of course it is sad. Of course we should mourn the passing, in tragic circumstances, of Phil Hughes.

But, as a former journalist,  I have more than a  niggling feeling that the media’s coverage has exceeded the bounds of “news” gathering, with today’s Advertiser devoting no fewer than 12 pages to the event’s aftermath. Television has shown us endless repeats of interviews from every facet of the cricketing world, plus   television clips of his times at the crease.

Phil Hughes was a talented cricketer. His death was bizarre and regrettable. And our sympathy goes out to his family.

It is just somewhat disturbing that the media has turned it into an over-the-top orgy of grief.

P.s. A thought which has been underlined today (Saturday) with another SEVEN  maudlin pages, highlighted (?)  by the tasteless front page featuring a youngster.

This is NOT journalism. It is the media at it’s worst. Exploiting the grief of a family.

The ghoulish head honchos of Waymouth Street should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Les Birch permalink
    November 28, 2014 11:31 am

    Michael I agree with your comments and no doubt its a sad situation for his family & friends. I noticed after the report on ABC TV last night (8 minutes) that a report of a worker being injured at the new Hospital (30 seconds) This poor unfortunate worker has amongst a number of injuries a broken neck and its my understanding that the prognosis is not good.


  2. Felicity permalink
    December 1, 2014 1:47 pm

    and today we hear of an Israeli cricket field umpire who has just died from being struck on the neck, the ball being deflected from the stumps. Again, it was described as a freak accident.


  3. Ian S permalink
    December 3, 2014 8:05 pm

    Australian media hold sportsmen in an almost godlike aura. It’s shameful in so many ways that there should be such a public disgorging of media sympathy for one man. Spare a thought for the hundreds of people that die each year on our roads (from our normalisation of the dangers of car travel), from cancer, from other incurable illnesses and from depression. One sportsman’s life being lost needs to be put into perspective.


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