Chaos in America: How Australia’s newspapers are covering Trump vs the people

In America yesterday, teargas was used to clear peaceful protestors around Washington DC, so President Donald Trump could get a stoic and symbolic photo in front of St John’s Church.

Most of Australia’s capital city newspapers, however, avoided using the photo on their front page.

The West Australian, a Seven West Media publication, used the photo most prominently, underscored by the headline ‘God help America’.

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Nine’s The Australian Financial Review also gave the image front-page treatment.

Australian Community Media’s (ACM) The Canberra Times gave some attention to the photo, however prioritised an image of heavily armed police using teargas outside the White House.

News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), Herald Sun (Melbourne) and The Advertiser (Adelaide) all used Richard Grant’s image of a policeman pointing a gun at a man and a young child.

Nine’s The Sydney Morning Herald featured an image of a protestor being arrested, surrounded by a raft of local stories.

Its stablemate in Melbourne, The Age, went with an image of Terrence Floyd, mourning the loss of his brother George Floyd, which sparked the initial protests and unrest.

News Corp’s The Courier Mail in Brisbane gave priority to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the death of a local toddler, however ‘Acts of domestic terror’ ran  as a banner above the fold with the same image chosen by News Corp’s papers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

News Corp’s national offering The Australian, prioritised the court case between former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith and rival Nine, over claims made in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The bottom of the front page featured an image of Trump returning to the White House.

The NT News – forever marching to the beat of its own drum – focused instead on the state premiers it contends are “holding Australians hostage” with the COVID-19 travel bans.

And The Mercury in Hobart also steered clear of the international meltdown, instead focusing on the pubs reopening.



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