Editorial independence at Fairfax? Perhaps not.

There’s been a lot of talk about editorial independence at Fairfax in recent months; something the company prides itself on. So the confluence of items in today’s edition of the Australian Financial Review must simply be an uncomfortable-looking coincidence. The paper’s cover features a flattering picture of a smiling James Packer reclining in a chair, with a smartphone in one hand (the subliminal message is positive; he’s relaxed, yet dynamic). The editorial accompanying the image is unstintingly optimistic as well. It covers Packer’s plans to build a ‘six star’ hotel in Perth with no reporting of any criticism or the...

There’s been a lot of talk about editorial independence at Fairfax in recent months; something the company prides itself on. So the confluence of items in today’s edition of the Australian Financial Review must simply be an uncomfortable-looking coincidence.

The paper’s cover features a flattering picture of a smiling James Packer reclining in a chair, with a smartphone in one hand (the subliminal message is positive; he’s relaxed, yet dynamic).

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