Compulsory Murder Story

There is no doubt that Who has a much greater commitment to the fundamental tenets of good journalism than the other titles we examine in Media Blotch. Unfortunately, until recently it chose to exercise those talents, every single week, on detailed descriptions of psychotic individuals (Americans more often than not) who kill other people. Disturbingly, while Who now appears to have abandoned this approach, New Weekly has taken it up with equal vigour. Some battles you just can't win.

October 20: New Weekly again, following through the "I didn't do it" theme with a tale of how a woman was falsely convicted of killing her brother.

October 13: Again, it's New Weekly that carries the honours, this time with a piece on a man who was wrongfully jailed after a murder conviction based on false memory therapy.

September 29: It's good to know we have an influence on things. Another week goes by, and Who doesn't have a murder story. But, equally notably, the New Weekly does. So we're renaming this section to reflect the shift in deadly details. This week's offering from the folks at NW: the inevitable 'Were Di and Dodi murdered' conspiracy speculation.

September 22: With Di's funeral occupying a full 48 pages, any other reference to death might seem superfluous. But Mother Teresa also makes an appearance.

September 1: It's very weird -- Who has no murder story this week while the New Weekly, which gets more Who-like in form if not in content every week, does. The closest we get here is an account of Christian Slater's recent biting incident.

August 11: Two weeks worth of Cunnan coverage is apparently enough, so Who switches from true murder to blander true crime; in this instance, an Australian con artist and that Englishwoman who ran off with a 13 year old and ended up in jail. Mind you, they still managed to squeeze in the Thredbo disaster.

July 13: Unfortunately, after one week the murder story is back. They're sticking with the local focus again, looking again at the Jaidyn Leskie case. No new leads, of course, but still two full pages of it.

July 7: Proving that Gusworld has an instant impact on the world of popular culture, we only have to point out that Who features a murder story every week and they instantly decide not to feature one, just to spite us. The 'crime' slot is instead taken up with some bankrupt financier who had from his creditors at a Hare Krishna commune. Slightly more interesting, but still the dullest thing in the issue.

June 30: A local murder takes the stage, under the headline 'A Mother's Anguish'. Because we find these stories far too dull to read in full, we can only tell you that it deals with the murder of a nurse in Walgett.