Chaser and US newspapers

Andrew Leigh writes:

Which brings me to the Chaser, a program of such blokey irreverence it could only have been developed in Oz. For some odd reason, the Chaser lads have been copping flack over the past 24 hours for their APEC stunt. Watching stern-faced Mark Day on Today Tonight last night, you would have thought that the lads brought us within inches of armaggedon. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel a kind of cheeky pride at being part of a country where the public broadcaster pays comedians to dress up as Osama in a Canadian car, and attempt to meet George Bush?

It’s not just you. More power to ’em.

I do wonder about Andrew’s views on US newspapers, though:

When it comes to newspapers, theirs are unquestionably the best in the world – led by the New York Times, and followed at some distance by the WSJ, WaPo, LA Times, and others.

How does the FT not cut the mustard?

3 Responses to “Chaser and US newspapers”

  • The Washington Post has gone downhill the last few years. I dont recall it being much better than the SMH either.

  • You’re right, the FT should be on the list. For some reason, I have it catalogued in my head as a European paper.

  • 🙂 Well, yes. Fair point. I was just trying (lazily) to question the idea of untrammelled US supremacy in the area of newsprint.

    For an ideal news media combination, I think many people would agree that BBC Radio 4 and the FT coupled with C-SPAN and the NY Times would be pretty difficult to beat. I don’t know enough about the fortnightly and monthly journals to have an opinion on which of those most belongs in that sort of company.

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