The Nationals Senate Leader has called for the closure of Fairfax’s Australian Financial Review newspaper following a front-page sub-editing error today involving mistaking $13 trillion for $13 billion.
Fairfax Media has recently taken an axe to sub-editors, deeming them to be an unnecessary luxury for their “quality” (code for left-leaning journalist operated) newspapers. Errors like that are the result.
Barnaby Joyce, during his brief but shining tenure as the nation’s alternate finance minister, was inclined to similar error, so it seems it’s a case of it taking one to know one.
He condemned the now-closed News of the World – probably the world’s best investigative popular newspaper during its unrivalled reign – and the Fin Review as a ‘literary abomination.’ The Senator’s media releases with their delightfully mangled grammar, mixed metaphor and cliché combinations certainly qualify too.
In one of his breathtakingly amusing series of media releases that seem to go straight from his Dictaphone to paper, the Senator even invokes the language of love, Français, to make his point.
Senator Barnaby Joyce
Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water
Leader of The Nationals in the Senate
LNP Senator for Queensland
1 August 2011
B the t’s
Long, long ago I remember getting my b’s and t’s confused, and my b solidly kicked by the fourth estate after a National Press Club event, apparently this syntax error was punishable by immediate dismissal.
I must admit when I see the same mistake on the front page of the Financial Review, I do have the expectation that News of the World like the paper should be removed immediately as a literary abomination.
“The US government’s $US14.3 trillion ($13 billion) debt ceiling will further harm theUS’s faltering economic recovery”
Of course if the US debt is only $13 billion, then even I would have to say that they don’t have much of a problem, considering now that Australia’s debt ceiling is at $250 billion, which is quarter of a trillion dollars. Australia has to realise that we have extended our debt ceiling and our gross debt amount is currently $194.74 billion.
For all the other problems that the Labor party is responsible for, including the closing down of the live cattle trade, building the education revolution, closing down fishing, closing down forestry and piece de resistance, the carbon tax fiasco, the thing we have to always remember is that the debt keeps growing, just like a cancer, always with excuses of how we are going to cure it later.