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Political discourse hits a new low

I didn’t think it was possible, but political discourse in Australia has hit a new low courtesy of Channel 7 and Sunrise.

Yesterday they had a ridiculous stunt where they proposed a new alternative politician to vote for Don Key (donkey, as in donkey vote…you see how clever that was? *end sarcasm*).

They had a touch screen voting booth where passersby could register who they thought would make the best PM.  Now being Australian and fully ready to go along with any gag no matter how piss-weak, 44% of people voted for the donkey.

They then took it one step further and took the donkey to the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra and had various Opposition members and Independents hamming it up on camera.  That tool Wilson Tuckey even whacked some hastily cobbled together saddlebags with “$170 billion debt” on it.

They also had chief political arse-clown Mark Riley interviewing it…mind you it’s the best interview he’s done in a while.

This morning they had the nerve to say this stunt was all in aid of highlighting the fact that voters are turning away from the major political parties and what are their alternatives.

Well duurrrrr!!!  Talk about your self-fulfilling prophecy.  The media has done their utmost to make this next election more of a contest, purely for their own sales figures/ratings, by giving the opposition a free pass, beating up any minor issue with government policies and viciously attacking the PM, and then have the nerve to wonder why people are turning away!!

On a side note, I saw the MCA add about the RSPT for the first time last night…it was all I could do not to put my fist through the screen.

What a load of lies and made-up bullshit!  No wonder the government needs to advertise to counter this crap…it’s pure propaganda for the mining companies and not in any way based on reality.

  1. June 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I’ve said elsewhere that although I think it was a stupid move from the Government to use taxpayer dollars to advertise the RSPT, because it has the appearance of being the wrong thing to do, I actually understand and find compelling their reasons for doing so. I am wondering if these mining ads are in someway a breach of the Trade Practices Act or various Fair Trading Acts. You know, a bit of the old, “misleading and deceptive conduct”. It is worth having a look at.

    I think you should stop watching Sunrise. Stick on ABC News Breakfast. At least its informative.

    • June 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM

      From what I have heard about the ABC’s continuing bias, I think I’d find it anything but informative.
      Don’t they just parrot the latest Limited News headlines?

      • June 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM

        They do, but at least you feel a little more upmarket because you’re watching the ABC.

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