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"...public opinion deserves to be respected as well as despised" G.W.F. Hegel, 'Philosophy of Right'

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October 3, 2012

A media performance by John Laws on the ABC's 7.30. He's a performer with an eye for the backdrop, the clothes and style. It all says 'excess'. The knife is turned on Alan Jones over the latter's remarks about the Prime Minister's father at a Young Liberals Sydney University function, whilst Law's disdain for the media is upfront.

The broader context here is that print is giving way to screen and young people are gradually turning away from the TV screen to computer and mobile screens. Hence the decline in the popularity of printed newspapers. Digital technology isn’t destroying journalism--- “it’s destroying the business that subsidized journalism. So it needs a new form of subsidy.

More worrying though is the declining trust and confidence in the media as many journalists assume that they are entitled to their own facts as well as opinions. The future of journalism may well be the Alan Jones model:---confirming and shaping the opinion and prejudice of their fragmented audience.

This relies on falsehoods and deceptive claims, for instance, abound around the energy debate, and the shift to renewable energy and climate change.

Like many politicians in the Liberal Party Jones doesn't care for the facts or what the fact checking journalists say. Jones' position is that he is entitled to his own facts, over rides the fact checking with bluster and bullying, declares a cultural war on the watch dog press that judges truth from falsehood, and tells his audience to be outraged at their victimhood.

So we tune into the Murdoch press for the latest Gillard Labor outrage that is written up in a way that is designed to reinforce the partisan political divide with deception and deliberate, carefully crafted falsehoods.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:44 PM | | Comments (6)


There hasn't been much factchecking of the LIberal Party's scare campaign on carbon pricing by the political journalists in the media. They let it roll through for a year or more, knowing it was based on carefully crafted falsehoods and wild exaggerations.

John Laws nailed it. He said " I'm a performer"
I wonder if yous lot knew that

I've posted this elsewhere but here goes again.
Add to it if you wish.

Its an incomplete list of violence, sexism and misogyny from COALition politicians and officials - as such it doesn't include a few from the ALP, lots from broader society [the NT abattoirs fella David Farley for esample] and the positive deluge that could be got from the media, Murdochistan in particular.

- “Mr. Abbott observed: “Gillard won’t lie down and die ….”
- Tony Abbott” Julia Gillard has a “target on her forehead”.
- Mr. Abbott : “Are you suggesting to me that when it comes from Julia, ‘No’ doesn’t mean ‘No’?”
-Joe Hockey “Wayne Swan is to surpluses what Paris Hilton is to celibacy”.
-Bill Heffernan [re the PM] “I mean anyone who chooses to remain deliberately barren …”
- Penny Wong has reacted angrily after Coalition Senator David Bushby ”meowed” at her in a committee hearing today…[from the ABC website]
- Nats senator Ron Boswell "2 mothers or 2 fathers can't raise a child properly. Who takes the boy to football? Who tells him what's right from wrong? What does he do? Go along with mum, or 2 mums? How does he go camping or fishing? It won't work, it's defying nature!"

- John Howard’s former chief of staff, Grahame Morris said about Julia Gillard that Australians “ought to be kicking her to death”.
- . . former deputy federal director of the Liberal Party Grahame Morris said "Leigh Sales can be a bit of a cow sometimes when she does interviews".
-Tony Abbott : that Gillard ''make an honest woman of herself''
- Convoy of No Confidence with the famous photos of 3 Liberal MPs including Mirabella, Bishop the elder and LOTO Tony Abbott, in front of signs –“Ditch the witch” –“ Bob Brown’s bitch”.
- Sophie Mirabella has been known to call out, “Here comes the weather girl”
-Hit squad: Tony Abbott's backbench has branded Labor women "handbag" assassins for their attacks on their leader's allegedly brutish behaviour to women [“The Australian” National Times]
-The club [Sydney University Liberal Club] tweeted the next day: "Brilliant speech by Alan Jones last night. It's no wonder he's the nation's most influential broadcaster [The Age]

One of the ways the media [and COALition] is currently misleading the public on this issue is by failing to put the issue in the context shown by the quotes above.

The COALition is, next to the media, the primary villain in the violent and misigynist attacks on women, the PM in particular.

"the Alan Jones model:---confirming and shaping the opinion and prejudice of their fragmented audience."

Jones appeals to his conservative audience in terms of them being the real victims---- they know they once had power but they now believe they are losing it. One of the prejudices is misogyny --the women are taking over and running things. Hence the gender attack on Gillard.

They see themselves as having right on their side--and God. But they cannot express what is happening because political correctness prevents them.

"Jones appeals to his conservative audience..."

It's a symbiotic relationship. Jones feeds, and feeds off the most oppressed, victimised, disenfranchised and downtrodden group the world has eve known... today's middle-aged, working, hetrosexual, anglo-Australian, Christian male.

Peter S Stock, on the money again.
mars 08, it is symbiotic- like cancer.
All the time and effort that has to be spent undoing the rubbish people like him, Devine and Bolt put out so that real issues obscured are re-revealed and again faced.