Alas, that does not seem to be the case. On Monday morning, the ABC's Virginia Trioli, who hosts the morning program, actually asked the chief executive of Medibank, David Koczkar, whether it was necessary to have an admin user on an IT network.
Her question followed Koczkar's statement that whoever attacked Medibank's systems had gained access by using credentials belonging to an admin user.
And so, in all seriousness, Trioli wanted to know if it was possible to avoid having these pesky admin users on IT systems. She followed up with a vague question about two-factor authentication.
Of course, the main point in Medibank's announcement this morning was that the number of people exposed has now gone up to 9.7 million. That was buried towards the end of the statement that was issued, but then it is the job of a competent newsperson to sniff it out.
The fact that Medibank would be going against the Australian Government's position on ransoms if it did fork out the moolah did not seem to occur to Trioli either.
No doubt, one has to be sympathetic to people whose systems have been breached, but getting tangled in spin is an entirely different thing. Medibank has been slowly releasing data about the breach, with the news going from bad to worse from day to day.
It is something akin to slowly boiling a frog, so that the animal will feel the least pain until it finds itself fully cooked.
On the data breach front, it would be good if the taxpayer-funded national broadcaster's staff were to get a little beyond, "Ooh, the cybers" and spouting tripe about "hackers". It is rather juvenile to say the least.