Sunday, August 12, 2012
So at the start of every week, it is a fair bet that The Australian Financial Review (formerly a pro-market paper, now a pro-business lobby rag) will spin as "exclusives" a handful of front page beat-ups on productivity and the Fair Work Act, along with a couple of hatchet jobs on the NBN.
Editors of the News Ltd tabloids, meanwhile, will photoshop Wayne Swan and Julia Gillard as Dickensian urchins picking the pockets of western suburbs aspirationals with a carbon pricing scheme that they will continue to wilfully misrepresent.
At The Australian, hordes of bitter-and-twisted old reactionaries will line up to regurgitate the latest talking points from the Koch-funded climate change denialist industry in the US, while faking up opinion poll-driven front pages that conspire to make the government look bad.
Aunty ABC, forever worried about accusations of left-wing bias, will do her usual thing and overcompensate by infesting her every second program with representatives of the IPA or some other "think tank" whose job it is to spread the message that government is the enemy. News radio will rip and read the headlines out of the News Ltd press, while the ABC online will act as a clearing house for opposition press releases.
On Q and A, a panel of one Labor Party hack, one Liberal Party hack, one right-wing culture warrior, one incoherently right-on pop singer and one fish-out-of-water visiting author will be asked the same questions about 1/ cynicism about politics 2/ asylum seekers and 3/ the Rudd-Gillard saga and 4/ same sex marriage - resulting in totally predictable answers and much hooting from a studio audience stacked with Young Libs.
On Twitter, the same people will share the same links which reveal the same busted nature of politics and media. Lost in all the mix will be a bunch of headlines showing the Australian economy doing better than every other economy in the developed world.
And Tony Abbott will say 'NO'.
It makes me feel like Bill Murray.
Posted by Mr D at 2:59 PM