FAIRFAX IN BED WITH LABOR... and without a condom
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
When did Fairfax lose its virginity to Labor? Some time back I guess and I didn’t realise it until I walked into the newsroom after Whitlam’s sacking and found everyone in tears chucking typewriters.
You see, junior cadets were recruited from indoctrinated university students. The students gradually slid up the ranks and employed only those of like mind. That’s to be expected.
Now the SMH is a cesspit of Labor lackeys and it shows on their balance sheet and in their share price. But the rabid Left of Fairfax has no respect for solvency and is prepared to share the conjugal bed with the ABC.
If you want to work for Fairfax or The Age you will toe the Labor Party line or you will leave.
I have worked for both and suffered the SMH altering my work. I had to endure daily brawls to get my stuff published in the same form as I had created it.
I was summoned more than once to the hallowed halls of the 14th floor where the CEO at the time, Falkingham, would dress me down for dabbling in objectivity.
When Murdoch offered me a contract, Fairfax was as happy as I was and from that point on I can’t even recall who ‘The Australian’ editor was. It was like a breath of fresh air.
With the imminent demise of the worst government in Australia’s history, Fairfax has become desperately dirty in its attempts to shore up the redhead’s support.
They will fail because, contrary to what Fairfax believes, readers are not that stupid but they are creatures of habit and some continue to buy what they prefer to call their new “compact” rather than “tabloid” editions.
Their support for Labor and their hatred of Abbott is no better demonstrated than by today’s ‘lemonising’ of Turnbull’s alternative to Conroy’s disastrous NBN.
Now, anyone with an IQ above their boot size can see Conroy’s NBN is a disaster in progress but Fairfax is madly quoting “IT experts” denigrating Turnbull’s fix as “fraudband” and a “complete lemon” accompanied with nasty photo-shopped pics of Abbott.
Turnbull’s plan is to simply get us out of the NBN mess that Conroy got us into.
There is no easy way because the country is already billions in the red and drowning in backhoes.
Of these pale dull-eyed “IT experts”, I have never met one who doesn’t want a faster broadband... hardly objective opinions.
But Fairfax has seen an opening, it is going for a single shot Abbott kill and it has the journos to do it: Unabashed Lefties, Carlton, Waterford, Marr, Pasco, Grubb, FitzSimons and anyone else including the tea lady can have a free kick at Abbott.
I’m not IT literate but looking at the NBN disaster from afar it certainly needs reining in before it becomes an irreversible catastrophe... and that’s just the math.
Ok, I admit Turnbull’s alternative was unimpressive but this mess isn’t of his doing and the NBN isn’t something you can just cancel.
The Labor way is, “what we do, just try and undo”.
Turnbull is in patchup-mode and it doesn’t look good, but if the choice of experts to fix it is between Conroy and Turnbull then the choice couldn’t be more clear.
It seems unfair that Fairfax, partnered with Labor, can publish itself into insolvency while the ABC gets off scot free.