Looting the dead.Â Can they sink any lower?
The Age’s front page today is a cold, soulless diatribe that presages the first salvos in what will no doubt be a campaign to blame the Brumby Government for Victoria’s ghastly bushfire devastation: “Now the backlash” screams the headline.Â Conspicuously absent from the front page is any sense of the humanity of the devastation.Â No victim shots, no tales of despair or miraculous survival.Â Just another opportunity to get stuck into the government, as they have on public transport (with some justification) and channel deepening (with no justification whatever).
Contrast that with today’s Herald Sun’s admittedly grim front page “album” of fire victims, accompanied by the headline “All Lost”. Terrible, but moving. You can’t look away, and you can’t help but relate the plight of these Victorian families to that of your own.Â That’s what great newspapers are all about. They speak to us and for us.
So, if it were just a battle for the hearts and minds of Victorian readers, it would be 5 million to nil in favour of the Herald Sun.Â But in stuffing up its print coverage today, the evil trolls at Fairfax Digital have tried to correct the situation with a far worse sin that than of merely being boring drones.Â
The front page of The Age’s website actually features the faces of tragedy (so maybe there is a real journalist there after all) – but guess where they got the photos?Â That’s right.Â Stolen from the Herald Sun.Â Looted.Â Photos of the dead.Â No acknowledgement.Â No shame.Â They’ve simply scanned the photos from today’s Herald Sun and posted them online.Â An utter disgrace.
They seek to play politics with this natural disaster while looting photos of the dead. It was once considered impossible for The Age to sink lower than it did under Jaspan. No longer.