THE HATEFUL HARTCHER HATCHES ANOTHER ANTI-ABBOTT PLOT
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.
If you have a thirst for politics and a need to know the machinations afoot inside the beltway, then Fairfax’s Peter Hartcher’s articles are best ignored because he typifies all that’s terminally wrong with Fairfax and, as a darling of the ABC, he will be one of the last rats to jump ship.
His love of the Left and his recent inept predictions include the headlines:
• Intergenerational Report's first word should be 'sorry',
• Tony Abbott clutching at straws in attempt to protect remaining support base,
• Tony Abbott still PM, but voters already in a post-Abbott world,
• Tony Abbott's post-spill prime ministership can go only one way,
• Hope-less Tony Abbott is 'Laboring' his leadership pitch point,
• The inside story of how the Liberal leadership duo of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop cracked,
• Tony Abbott's threats, scare tactics only dig him a deeper hole, and
• Tony Abbott is the problem with the federal government.
This sort of reliably impartial reporting even challenges Graham Richardson’s assurance, a few weeks back, that: “Come Tuesday, Tony Abbott will no longer be prime minister”.
But Fairfax and Hartcher have saved their best “scoop” for this morning, suggesting Tony Abbott must be homophobic because he requested that the gay partner of Australia’s ambassador to France, Stephen Brady (pictured) “stay in the car” and not join the greeting party on the tarmac.
When this non-story finally leaked out, well after the event, Mr Hartcher jumped all over it calling the instance “bizarre” and asking the question, has Abbott been homophobic all along?
Immediately he called Bill Shorten for a comment which turned out to be classic Shortenesque... “The Prime Minister needs to explain this bizarre incident”.
Hmmm, well, let’s get the story straight first shall we? Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministerial party was arriving in Paris on ANZAC day when a protocol officer had phoned ahead to suggest that only Ambassador Stephen Brady, and not his partner (Peter Stephens), should be present to greet the entourage as Mr Abbott’s partner, Margaret, was not travelling with the party.
Clearly the Ambassador’s partner, Peter, did not take kindly to being told to “stay in the car” and promptly chucked a hissy fit. When the dust settled it was admitted by all to be a complete misunderstanding.
Mr Hartcher had thought otherwise and saw a yummy front page story attacking Abbott as homophobic.
But Hartcher actually knew otherwise! He was aware that Mr and Mrs Abbott were close friends of the Ambassadorial couple and had hosted a farewell dinner for both when they left Canberra to take up the Paris appointment. Abbott had also formally invited them back to a staff dinner while he was in Paris.
The artful Mr Hartcher is also aware that the Prime Minister’s Office employs a number of gays and Abbott himself is very close to his lesbian sister.
The story is yet another instance of Fairfax's journalistic dishonesty. Of course they have never forgiven me for going after their beloved Gillard either and have published some of the most baseless rubbish I have ever seen in an attempt to discredit me, including a map of where they think I live.
... which would not be very helpful right now except for the fact that they predictably got that wrong too.