Some VEXNEWS readers have noticed we’ve gone a bit quiet on the Prime Minister of late. We are a mostly very irreverent news source and we’ve committed some absolute shockers against the Prime Ministerial entity, as we did her predecessor and his predecessor.
But as with the Howard-hating we found quite objectionable, we find ourselves increasingly displeased by the vicious slagging of the PM. In our headlines we’ve consciously decided to avoid – where possible – references to her by first-name or even just surname alone.
The whining against her is mostly shrill, hysterical, vicious and vile. And while we like irreverence, we think it’s gone way too far.
Julia GIllard is the Prime Minister of Australia and while we’re not her biggest fan, we respect her and we certainly respect the office she holds and to which she was democratically elected, under the laws of the land. She is betting the political farm on a a highly controversial new tax/economic reform and while we worry about the sense of unilaterally imposing a tax designed to solve a global problem, we’ll give her credit for having a courageous agenda and sticking to her guns.
It was a bit depressing for many Labor supporters when the master-blaster Paul Keating showed up on Lateline the other night and judo-chopped Tony Abbott and perhaps made the only recent exposition I’ve heard on the carbon tax from the pro-tax side that was even half-way convincing in terms I could respect, without necessarily agreeing with all of it.
It was a magnificent display that many will have seen. Anyone interested in public life in Australia really must see it.
The contrast between the quality of his argument and the quality of the communications emanating from government ministers was stark.
So while we think there’s little value in joining the political thug-fest against the Prime Minister, we really object to the pre-meditated slur she made today against News Corp.
They can’t really defend themselves either. Sure they have many outlets but they must feel very constrained in their exercise at the moment.
The PM said:
“I do believe that Australians watching all of that happening overseas with News Corp are looking at News Ltd here and are wanting to see News Ltd answer some hard questions,” Ms Gillard said.
The Prime Minister did not elaborate on what questions the company should answer.
The implication is clear enough, she’s suggesting News Ltd have “hard questions” to answer in relation to the voicemail interception issue plaguing its sister company in Britain, News International.
But, hang on, there’s been absolutely no credible suggestion of any such thing going on at News Limited.
It’s moonbat stuff.
And keep in mind, while we admire many at News Ltd., one of their own as recently as a few weeks ago was using company lawyers to threaten us with legal proceedings, so we think we’re in a reasonable position to make an impartial judgment about these matters. Fortunately the company lawyer is a free-speech crusader so let us off lightly. The only barrow we push is the VEXNEWS one (containing as much KFC as we can).
In fact, as we revealed here, the only serious hacking allegations against Australian journalists right now are against The Age Five, who have essentially admitted criminal activities. The Prime Minister has been silent on that scandalous subject.
Even Stephen Mayne, that embittered long-term obsessive critic of News Corporation, has loudly proclaimed that there is no culture of illegal access to voicemail or equivalents within the company for which he worked for a time.
The only prominent person putting these slurs around about News Ltd is federal Greens party leader Bob Brown who is slowly tongue-kissing this Labor government to death. Following his lead generally leads to trouble.
The Prime Minister, a vastly more centrist, decent and sensible figure than Brown, ought not again stoop to his low level again.
There are times when aspects of News Ltd’s coverage of current events is displeasing, maybe even outrageous (we’re one to talk), but equating that with serious allegations of criminal wrongdoing – without evidence – is beneath her.
The PM urged the media at her National Press Club oration to “stop writing crap”. She should similarly desist from speaking crap and while we’re thinking about digestion, should really press the flush button down on Bob the Brown.
UPDATE: Despite all evidence to the contrary above, some, as in poor old Lee “Rhiannon” and Israel-hater Antony Loewenstein, remain convinced that the ALP is “in bed with News Ltd” and those unfortunate enough to live in inner-city Sydney could pop in to Politics in the Pub this Friday to hear a “debate” between the two, who might nod in agreement so violently about how wicked the Jewish state and their running-dogs are that they could both be mistaken for unfortunate-looking (perhaps Halloween-edition) Bobbleheads.