FROM SOFT LEFT TO HARD RIGHT IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE A QUID
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.
Mark Latham looks more like a CFMEU cage fighter than a political commentator. And anyway he is more of an opinionator than a commentator but lately he has shuffled to the Right to become a regular with a giggling Alan Jones on SKY.
Mark sees himself as an intellectual but intellectuals don’t have heads like his. Those eyes are far too close together, his neck is far too thick and that mealy mouth is fashioned for picking fights with.
Okay, so he got into a fight with a 65 yo lady swimming instructor and broke a cabbie’s arm over a fare disagreement. No big deal... I’ve broken more bones than that in various altercations but why has he been kicked off every media gig he has landed?
After a decade of trying to keep a media spot he has had to admit that it appears nobody likes him, nobody wants him... he hasn’t attracted one advertiser and there is no Friday pay packet for his hungry family.
With his agro attitude to feminists he was never going to make it at the ABC and it’s doubtful he will last at SKY but you have to hand it to him, he has tried valiantly to reinvent himself as a comedic political know-it-all.
He knows his politics (obviously) but his humour is yawningly weak. He tries too hard, it’s not really him. He is much more at home balling someone out and threatening to punch their lights out. That’s what viewers, readers and listeners expect.
He just doesn’t cut it as a nice guy. My memories are vivid and are of him angrily imposing himself uninvited on election campaigns...
As a political pundit he is prepared to shit on every friend he ever had in Labor and he was Labor leader for a whole year! Now that might be a gift for Jonesey but he has no friends on the Lib side either, so it’s a lonely cab trip out west each nite, with little to argue about other than the fare.
Don’t know about you, but I still can’t cop him... I am trying to because I should like him. But there is something there that makes me grind my teeth. Something in his eyes is unsettling.
I will keep trying ‘tho.