In the light of many past revelations of crimes against humanity, the most common excuse uttered by the citizens and the common soldiery have to be; “We never knew it was happening” and “I was only following orders”. Both now known to be either untrue or operating in a state of deliberate denial. Whatever the reason, both are seen to be unacceptable to a court of human rights law.
The behaviour of The Fourth Estate (the mainstream media – MSM) within the Australian democracy is completely in keeping with the above excuses. Particularly and because of revelations brought to light by the recently empowered “Fifth Estate“ – social media/Twitter/blogs. The closing of ranks within the MSM since their many obfuscations and outright lying, has formed a cabal of behaviour and group-think reporting up there on a par with the worst of Nazi propaganda. The ownership/influence of much of the MSM by one corporation has infiltrated and infected all the other outlets even including the supposedly independent ABC, which has its commentators referring to that same tabloid press to legitimize their own prejudices on a daily basis.
This cowardice against their own principles was seen most clearly in the cruel degradation of the government of our first female Prime Minister; Julia Gillard. The vitriol, lies, defamation of both her, her ministers and her partner beggars belief in this twenty first century, except for the fact that most MSM editors are operating on a nineteenth century patriarchal platform, where any woman of independence and authority is seen as a potential threat and behaving “above her station” … and in due course, is treated with all the slighting and cruelty bestowed upon the “uppity niggah” of the slave plantations of that past century.
We have seen this cowardly treatment of women and governments from both genders of those MSM journalists. The most “in your face” example was the gross, cowardly and depraved treatment of Julia Gillard by the radio “shock-jocks” and through encouragement and deliberate strategy, the bringing into the Parliament … to the House floor, by the most craven coward ever to don the honourable mantle of “Member of the House of Representatives”, a slander confected and implied against the Prime Minister herself, purporting to be from the emotion of the Prime Minister’s recently deceased father, that he ”died of shame of his daughter … ”. A most depraved and disgusting piece of political strategy worthy of one of the most demented Shakespearean villain … but totally in keeping with the baseness of those who thought it up and those who spoke the words.
The resulting spontaneous rebuttal and excoriation against the Leader of the Opposition who spoke the words has become known throughout the world as the “Misogyny Speech”. An emotional rebuttal delivered impromptu with the knife edge keenness of the executioner’s blade … with the arrow-head sharpness and thrust to pierce the armour of a knave … and with all the measured aplomb, timing and dignity of the rhetoric of an insulted Regent.
Yet, the entire press gallery and the outlying MSM missed the gravity of it completely! Missed it completely! And not only THAT, while the rest of the world, millions of women in fact, were punching the air in simultaneous approval, the MSM in Australia to a person … were punching out press releases accusing the PM of … wait for it … “playing the gender card”!
DO – YOU – EFFING – MIND!
And then, rather than admit their crass stupidity, the Fourth Estate, these “Protectors of Democracy” set about to destroy Julia Gillard and her government through vulgar accusation after vulgar accusation. She was; “barren”, “Bob Brown’s Bitch”, “A Liar – a witch” … who should be “taken out to sea and drowned in a sack” … ”kicked to death”, ” have her throat cut” … and the rest too numerous and repetitive to mention. Even her long-term partner was accused to her face of being a homosexual merely because of his skilled profession.
All this and not one … not one MSM journalist stood up for their trade ethics or their own professional integrity to denounce these most crude vilifications from the headquarters of a media outlet controlled by the most proven vile dirty old man in the whole world-wide industry … all done to appease a dirty old man’s vitriol. The shame is a disgrace, the professional stench is putrefying. The betrayal of our democracy is complete.
And the dying shame is that it is continuing. We all saw the treatment divvy’d out to an impoverished man who dared ask a simple, honest question on the ABC’s Q&A program. A question that caught the member of a lying government – favoured by the dirty old man – on the hop. No stone was left un-turned to get any salacious detail about that man’s life … Social Security details (normally a secure private, locked department, one would think), any police/court records, even dragging an estranged son from a previous relationship out into the public spotlight, just to vilify a private citizen … to vilify you or me … and if not for the spontaneous outrage of the now vociferous social media, I do believe the Fourth Estate would have without the slightest demurring driven the man to his death with all the glee of a Coliseum mob howling for the spurt of someone’s … anyone’s … blood!
The MSM has disgraced us as a source of information and news … the ABC has disgraced itself as a source of unbiased news and views … our democratic system has been corrupted by the Fourth Estate delivering misleading, lying, obfuscating and trivializing of policy through its various media platforms to a public. Policy information essential to the many trying to make a balanced voting decision for the good of the nation, rather than for the financial gain of a dirty old man from another nation.
The MSM has disgraced itself with now not one reliable, honest reporter that can be seen as supplying straight copy. It is no wonder many of the more decent graduates of journalism leave to seek employment in a more ethically salubrious country … in a more respected media landscape. For to thrive in the Australian MSM cabal, one has to don the pancake make-up of a thespian and deliver one’s confected lines with all the theatrical mummery of amateur stage-craft. One has to be as low as a pickpocket, as devious as a tax-dodger and as filthy as the Ebola virus.
The MSM has betrayed us as a nation. Has betrayed us as a people and has betrayed us as a confident in the maintaining of our parliamentary democracy … all for the glittering prize of money and a modicum of fame. The shame is theirs to wear no matter they hide from the public behind gated communities or a cover of inconspicuousness. The shame and disgrace is theirs as is the act of treason. And I for one pray I will never be suddenly accosted by any one of their kind less the temptation to spit in their traitor’s face be too great a temptation!