Opinion

The not-so-dirty secret the COVID-19 panel wants to hide

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:15pm, first published March 27 2020 - 1:34am
Government experts are rarely "independent" - especially not in the way the public assumes them to be. Picture: Dion Georgopolous

As governments have ratcheted up non-medical measures against COVID-19, the communications performance of an array of public officials has been lamentable and embarrassing - agony to watch. Some reporters and commentators, possibly at the urging of editors, have markedly softened their questions. They are doing so for fear that apparent hostility or exasperation after failing to get straight answers might actually undermine confidence in public health measures that all reasonable observers believe to be necessary.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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