Chris Mitchell (journalist)
|Known for||Editor-in-chief of The Australian|
Chris Mitchell is an Australian journalist and is editor-in-chief of The Australian. He began his career on the former afternoon tabloid, The Telegraph, in 1973 and after working on The Townsville Bulletin, The Daily Telegraph and the Australian Financial Review, became editor of The Australian in 2003. The Australian is owned by News Corporation.
In a speech given in Adelaide on 20 February 2006, Clive Hamilton (director of The Australia Institute) identifies Mitchell as one of Australia's climate change "dirty dozen", a group of climate change sceptics with considerable influence over Australian Government policy (others are : Hugh Morgan, John Eyles, Ron Knapp, Alan Oxley, Peter Walsh, Meg McDonald, Barry Jones (former head APPEA), Ian MacFarlane, Alan Moran, Malcolm Broomhead, and John Howard).
In 1996, the newspaper he edited at the time, The Courier-Mail, claimed that the prominent Australian historian, Manning Clark, had been awarded the Order of Lenin. This claim was later shown to be false.
In 2010, Mitchell claimed that he had been defamed by academic Julie Posetti in a series of tweets she posted from a journalism conference claiming that reporter Asa Wahlquist had said Mitchell controlled election coverage of climate change issues. Posetti refused to apologise when tapes of the conference seemed to back her version of events.
- "Media Watch | I Spy With My FOI". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- "Posetti receives letter of demand from Chris Mitchell, and a special invitation". Crikey. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- About Australian election coverage
- Mitchell's dark side exposed
- Australia: No neutrality: how the carbon lobby blackens media coverage
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