It is getting harder and harder to read a newspaper these days what with the Murdoch self interest and now the Gina Riley Fairfax rubbish. No wonder print is dying.
Take the so-called Craig Thomson affair. Fanned by a power hungry crypto fascist in Parliament who the electorate know nothing about really, the FACTS are irrelevant as long as the spin required gets his result. His major domo (Pyne) has to be one of the most odious seen in the job if you don't count Heffernan, and many don't.
So, natural justice? Fair go? Trial by media? I once thought Michelle Grattan was a good journalist but sadly that was thirty years ago. She now seems to have fallen in love with the image in the lake. What is strictly opinion is fed to us as factual reporting. Gina has the Press we deserve!!
Reading the chat on the Conversation is disheartening too until others who were disgusted by the kangaroo court chipped in. Do I know anything more about this sorry affair? No. But I will not be judge and executioner where I have no role. We have institutions to look after these matters, let them do it.
Meanwhile we should tell the heir of B A Santamaria and Mannix that we are not in 1950's Australia and in any case we can't wander about the country saying what we know to be untrue for personal gain while letting the country down into the bargain.
Julia and her government has done a great job in a minority gvt on a number of fronts while all the while being dogged by these intellectual midgets with outsized egos and deep pockets. The talent on the front bench clearly outweighs the opposition. Listening to Joe talk economics would be good for a laugh if he wasn't taken seriously by people who either share his ignorance of the dark science or feel they can use it for their own ends.
It has been a sad time for democratic process and for our democracy generally.
Shame Abbot shame. I was just listening to Abbot/Pyne frothing their daily motion to suspend standing orders. This is a daily ritual that takes the place of policy debate because they just don't have ant that they are prepared to go public with. And where they do the details are so vague, the underpinning assumptions are often wrong and the work that has gone into them is that of the headline catch rather than the hard yards of policy development in the interests of all Australians.