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The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 Election by Mungo MacCallum

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December 2013–January 2014, no. 357
Shane Carmody reviews 'The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 election' by Mungo MacCallum

The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 Election

by Mungo MacCallum

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 298 pp, 9781863956185

The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 Election by Mungo MacCallum

by
December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

Tim Bowden, ABC journalist and historian, hosted a television program called BackChat between 1987 and 1994. Viewers could write in with their comments on Aunty’s offerings. One correspondent criticised the Rob Sitch-inspired spoof of the commercial current affairs programs, Frontline. The correspondent was appalled that the ABC could waste taxpayers’ money on a program that was such a poor example of critical journalism. Bowden, po-faced as ever, recalled some advice from an old hand when he was starting out in journalism: ‘Never give them satire, they’ll think it’s the real thing.’

Shane Carmody reviews 'The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 election' by Mungo MacCallum

The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 Election

by Mungo MacCallum

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 298 pp, 9781863956185