Tuesday, 9 December 2014

An editorial in "The Australian" that should be read by all political journalists

Forget you prejudices. This morning The Australian has an editorial that deserves to be read; an editorial that puts the political adventure of Clive Palmer into a proper perspective.


The conclusion from the well argued Media can’t see story for dinosaurs and twerking:
Mr Palmer is our very own Silvio Berlusconi; a cashed-up bully willing to use his lawyers, money and, apparently, his business partner’s funds to get his way, even at the expense of our country’s future. But to what end? To settle scores, sure, and, perhaps, to advance his business interests, but certainly not to assist the national fiscal challenge. In fact, he does great harm. The only eventuality more humiliating for our national political discourse than Mr Palmer’s ability to win seats and hold sway in our national parliament is the parallel willingness of the bulk of our journalists to indulge his antics, ignore his failings and refuse to report or investigate his business affairs.
I, for one, plead guilty to having, in the editorial's words, "suspended normal scepticism about Mr Palmer’s political plays and business dealings." I will endeavour to do better.
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