The Age newspaper has sunk to appalling new lows in their coverage of the Victorian bushfire tragedy. But if you thought they couldn’t go any lower than using the tragedy to promote a now thoroughly discredited enviro-agenda, they’ve proven you wrong.
VEXNEWS can reveal The Age has threatened the livelihood of the Whittlesea newsagent in the bushfire devastated area of Melbourne’s outer north for failing to get the Age delivered to their exact requirements since Black Saturday. They made this threat even though they were aware the newsagency’s only driver had lost his home to the Black Saturday carnage.
Neil and Robyn Ritchie are hard-working newsagency proprietors who have survived the fires with home and business intact, but there has nevertheless been terrible disruption and loss. For their staff, customers and the region they serve.
One of their long-serving and loyal employees, it seems, lost his home and had to move away from the area in order to have a roof over his head.Â The hard-working duo Neil and Robyn have therefore been unable to offer home delivery on weekends since the fire swept through.Â Finding people to work a newsagency delivery round, involving as it does 2am starts, good local knowledge and strong right arm for throwing papers is difficult, and they do not grow on trees.
A couple of days ago, according to our ever-reliable source in the newsagency world, Neil and Robyn received a “breach” notice from Fairfax, informing them that unless they resume home delivery on weekends, they would be held to be in breach of their newsagency contract, whereupon punitive action would be taken.Â This could involve financial penalties, seeking restitution, or, if the breach persists, loss of the newsagency contract.
Nice.Â We wonder if noted penny-pincher CEO and Captain of the Titanic Bryan McCarthy himself drafted the letter, or whether it was a simple case of stupid people doing stupid things because they are too stupid to know the difference.
Heartless, hopeless and stupid beyond belief.Â
We can only think that the pages of VEXNEWS will provide a wonderful resource for business academics in years to come, when they go searching for clues as to how a once mighty business like Fairfax just slipped under the waves in the dead of night, never to be seen again.
In the wake of Victoria’s worst natural disaster, Melbourne’s two newspapers have revealed their true colours.Â First, there’s the Herald Sun, with its consistent, empathetic, human coverage that has managed to pick the right tone from the first day.Â And then there is the Aged.Â
A dying newspaper with a black heart.