The Australian’s Christian Kerr was the one called up to last bucket the Labor Party’s leader.
There is nothing unusual about this but I was struck by the column inches wasted on what can be only labelled as an infantile array of unnecessary and completely un-newsworthy cheap shots at the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
He bases his commentary on Bill’s initial response to the closure of Toyota in Australia.
He derides his passionate press stop with Labor colleagues, saying Shorten’s ‘jumble of thought and emotion served neither his cause nor his constituency’.
He then gives a backhanded compliment to him:
‘But it was a different Shorten who appeared in question time. He looked smart; well-groomed, well-dressed – even well-pressed’.
Well I’m glad he met your standards, Christian.
To top off this childish spray he says:
“The schoolboy hair and rumpled suit were gone, but the Opposition Leader may have spent summer in class in elocution lessons.”
What a puerile effort!
The only opinion writers you will find in The Australian that present the other side of the debate are either former or present Labor Party MPs.
The list of Liberal acolytes and staunch conservatives at “The Heart of the Nation” is extensive. Judith Sloan, Henry Ergas, Chris Kenny, Grace Collier, Janet Albrechtsen, Nikki Savva, Peter van Onselen and Dennis Shanahan all speaking in one voice.
To be fair, Peter van Onselen does occasionally stray into the territory of supporting Labor occasionally but it is always uncomfortably done and in a backhanded manner.
He becomes indignant, his glass jaw on display, when it is suggested he is a Liberal.
He’s a former Liberal staffer, who writes for The Australian and has his own show on Sky News, along with the TV host-cum-shock jock wannabe Paul Murray.
Do I really need to say anymore? He knows which side his bread is buttered on.
All this isn’t an accident. They are paid to push the IPA Fox News conservatism Rupert Murdoch is so in love with.
A quick look at Murdoch’s Twitter stream is enough to make me ill. A pulpit from which this self important man lectures governments and guides his minions.
This is done both for self-interest, to keep the Abbott Government in his pocket, but also to drive the resurgence of Murdoch’s ideology in Australian society.
Abbott is Murdoch’s dream come true. A willing accomplice in dragging Australia back to the bad old “Golden Age” of Howard or, better still, back to the visionary Menzies era. An era where Australia stagnated as a conservative bastion and complete backwater.
A lot of his opinion writers seem to enjoy trying to immaturely bait and annoy progressives and are making a habit of constantly defending the bungling Abbott Government at all costs.
Can you imagine the commentary if Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd started their terms in office how Abbott has? The cabal of Murdoch facilitators would be feverishly speculating about leadership challenges from the front pages of the entire News Corp Australia stable of publications.
All this is completely fine in a free press but who does The Australian serve?
Would it not be best to try and present news in an unbiased manner, without riddling it with opinion?
Would it not be best to have a balanced stable of opinion writers from across the spectrum to present the diverse array of views in our nation?
For somebody as experienced as Rupert Murdoch you would think he would respect the values of “fairness and balance”.
Given the tagline for his joke of a “news network” Fox News is “fair and balanced” it would seem Murdoch has no concept of the most basic of journalistic principles. Or maybe he simply doesn’t care?
Can I make a suggest Rupert? Don’t call The Australian “The Heart of Australia”.
“The Voice of Rupert Murdoch” has a ring to it I think.
Matthew Donovan (pictured) is a former Labor candidate for the seat of Surfers Paradise in Queensland as well as a political commentator and freelance journalist. He’s an active Labor campaigner from Burleigh Branch on the Gold Coast. His interests are progressive politics, policy development and media/social media strategy. Matthew’s studied Journalism, International Relations and History at the University of Southern Queensland. He plans to study Political Science in the near future.