NOT 'THE AUSTRALIAN', SURELY!
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.
“Shorten left out of the Gillard loop”, screamed ‘The Australian’ this morning. “Hmmm”, I thought, “Gillard’s loop? What the hell would Shorten be doing in Gillard’s loop anyway?” He’s an ambitious little loner with a blue tie!
"She isn't getting advice from the right people," wrote Onselen, quoting a source close to Mr Shorten.
Golly, an anonymous source close to Shorten really said that? Well I’ll be stuffed! You could have knocked me over with a feather.
‘The Australian’ is blessed with too many incisive journos to mention, so why did Editor Mathieson allow Peter van (well, I believe you Prime Minister) Onselen’s concocted nonsense on Page One.
Onselin is an affable enough bloke but a seasoned political animal he is not, and it shows.
A short lifetime amassing university credentials does not replace the street-smarts necessary to interpret politics.
Onselen went on, “The Prime Minister has not sought his (Shorten’s) advice in recent weeks because she fears that he may have switched sides and can no longer be trusted”. Blimey teddy!
So Julia fears he can’t be trusted and hasn’t asked his advice because she believes he may have switched sides? What sort of nonsense journalism is that?
It’s the sort that begs a retraction, and of course it was retracted. The Australian’s on-line version was thankfully replaced with, “Shorten still the man in the middle” by Ben Packham.
Bill Shorten has never graced Gillard’s inner circle. He is certainly not on the outer, but a Gillard confidante? No, never.
He has been very busy counting faction numbers and, as I have said before, the counting may well be in regard to his leadership ambitions and not Rudd’s... and at least I don’t quote “sources close to” saying that!
Peter, if you have something stupid to say, then YOU say it and YOU own it! Leave the “sources close to” garbage to the tabloids.
Write that sort of drivel as an opinion piece not a news story we should be able to rely on.
Journalists who suspiciously quote these anonymous sources should ensure the info is near to correct or ask those concerned to confirm or deny.
But if Onselen had picked up the phone, his silly Page One story would have flown out the window where it belonged.
Come on ‘Oz’ you are about the only paper left we can trust, so please don’t allow ambitious schoolkids dodgy Page One leads when you have the likes of Shanahan, Kelly and Sheridan.
That said, I quite like Peter.