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MSM bottoms out

I know it’s been a loooong time between drinks, but my rage-o-meter has tripped off the scale this week and it’s either vent or explode, so without further ado…

This week has proven beyond a doubt to even the most insular of shut-ins that the political media in our country is shit, in fact beyond shit they are an industrial fertiliser plant of crapulence foisted on the public.

With their bull-headed insistence on propagating the AWU non-troversy tirelessly and mindless despite even a subtle hint of anything approaching evidence of wrongdoing, even the most rigidly one-sided partisans are saying “dude, you’ve got nothing”.

And their partners in  crime the Coalition have only succeeded in showing how truly incompetent they are, with Julie Bishop sacrificing her own career to shield Abbott, and then culminating in the LNP being absent from Parliament for the passing of the NDIS legislation…a watershed moment for the Australian people.  Instead they are scurrying around feverishly trying to shore up their lame-arse “scandal” as it unravels from beneath them.

Of course the Old Media are with them every step of the way, because to inject any reality into proceedings would show that they have bet all their money on the wrong horse…the nag that fell over out of the gate.  They fail to realise that the public has long since woken up to that fact that they are pushing their own agenda and do not has the public’s interest in heart…you only have to recall the spectacular fail they manged over the misogyny speech.

Now a lot of people would come to the conclusion from this week’s goings on that all of the OM is in the pocket of the LNP and is merely their propaganda arm, but apart from News Limited I think this is probably off the mark.

I think it’s something a bit more callous and cynical than that.  For the past 6 or 7 years the OM has reported on politics like they report on sport…there is always a winner or loser, emotive terms like “debacle” are thrown around willy-nilly regardless of how applicable they are, and even the most lopsided arguments are given some semblence of faux-balance to make it appear that things are closer than they are (no-one likes a walkover).

It has now gotten to the point where every single event in the political sphere is reported through the prism of sensationalism…the more hyped and emoted the better.  When it comes to dry policy passing through the Parliament, it doesn’t have the “sexy” factor that appeals to the “punters” so it doesn’t get reported on…so instead we get reams of Gillard is dressed funny, she has a big arse, Rudd is on TV it must mean he wants the leadership etc. ad nauseum until it finally culminates in the shocking beat up of nothing we have seen this week.

All for money…which is the end result.  They want sales/page hits to satisfy their advertisers and the truth can go and get stuffed until it becomes sexy…in the meantime “look over there, it’s a Ruddstoration”.

To mind the only thing we can do is to crack down on this shit in the media and borrow Canada’s truth in reporting law.  After all, you don’t see Fox News in Canada do you?  That can only be a good thing.


UPDATE:  The Opposition’s week of #fail rounded itself off nicely yesterday when Tony Abbott accused the Prime Minister of criminal behaviour based solely on an inaccurate media report from Mark Baker.  The report initially stated that the WA Registrar asked Julia Gillard for confirmation that the association “was not linked to a union”, when it actually asked if the association was a union.  Of course it was not and the PM’s reply stated this very non-controversial fact, leaving the Coalition’s “smoking gun” as a vary damp squib.  This left Abbott and Bishop with absolutely nothing to stand on…and in fact highlighted that Abbott is such a lazy prick that he can’t do his own research.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is almost exactly a re-run of UteGate with the LOTO making unfounded accusations of criminality against the PM with zero evidence.  Following the precedents set earlier this should be the end of Abbott and Bishop well and truly…unless of course the Coalition are massive hypocrites and won’t uphold their own principles…….


  1. November 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Truth in reporting law? Now that’s a bloody good idea, except that half the MSM wouldn’t know how to research and verify a good story — far too reliant on what they’re fed by the maestros of political spin in that lump of luxury on the hill.

    • November 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      It would soon sort the wheat from the chaff….though I can see the Australian being reduced to a pamphlet.

      • November 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        Aah but it would be and accurate and informative pamphlet! 😉

  2. Pip
    November 29, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Truth in reporting law in Canada… no Fox News in Canada …

  3. Ian
    November 30, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    You’re absolutely correct on the horse race analogy. The MSM have even given up the pretence of the effect politics is having on this country. All they are concerned about is how successful the latest game will be. Will it succeed (irrespective of whether it betrays Australia) or will it fail? Nothing about the merits of any action, merely their consequences.

    • November 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Ever since the misogyny speech they’ve been trying to convince the public that they’re above the politics and an impartial observer. Unfortunately for them people have woken up to the fact that they are neck-deep in the filth…most of their own making.

  4. December 2, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Good to see you back posting, MS. 🙂

  5. December 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Hi Massive, Great Spray! You are not far off the mark, Limited-News IS, without doubt the propaganda arm of Mr-Rabbit`s out-fit. The rest of the Lazy embedded media just goose step to the Limited-News tune, allowing Rupert`s minions to set the daily `squawking-points`. Any accurate output is purely coincidental.

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