The Media We Deserve is about the major entities of the Australian media, their roles and influence in our lives, and the issues of journalistic practice that shape their content. The nation is fortunate to have media that are generally competent and occasionally very good indeed. But the print and broadcast material that we consume every day can also be perverse, shallow, illogical, infuriatingly opportunistic, crassly commercial, insufferably pretentious and rarely witty. David Salter tries to untangle and make sense of the contradictions.
David Salter has been one of Australia's most prominent independent journalists and television producers. He was Executive Producer of ABC-TV's Media Watch program, and writes regularly on media affairs for The Australian.