OPINION: Slings and arrows are part of the job

THANKS to all those who have been going onto the QT Facebook site to tell us what they would do if they were the QT editor.

I enjoyed the idea of playing golf and enjoying long lunches the most, while sports editor David Lems told me it wasn't his brother who said he should get a pay rise.

There was a time when I would find a little criticism a pain in the butt, but I now realise it will always be part of the editor's job.

It is simply impossible to please everyone and if you are not creating a little controversy then you are simply not pushing the boundaries.

When you start to criticise the performance of long standing politicians you know that their many supporters are going to want to string you up from the nearest tree.

On the flip side of that if you are seen to be favouring someone you'll be accused of being their puppet.

I have mentioned before that it would be an easy job if you went out to just make friends; unfortunately you know that just one story can destroy a person's hard earned reputation.

Stories based on malicious rumours and spite are passed around at random on the street with little concern.

It is my role to make sure that we sift through this rubbish and rely on the truth to frame all of our reports.

It is particularly interesting come election time to watch candidates go on the attack, criticising each other instead of telling us about their future plans.

It makes you suspect they have none.

If I was QT Editor for a day, I would…

Posted by QT - The Queensland Times on Thursday, February 25, 2016


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