We celebrate The Australian’s 50th birthday with a list of 50 things that have come in for a lashing of its poisoned pen.
To mark The Australian’s 50th birthday, we’ve compiled a list of 50 things the Oz loves to hate. Have we missed something or someone who’s been the target of an Oz hate campaign? Add them in the comments.
The ABC: “In federal politics, Sky News makes a more substantial contribution to public life than the ABC, an institution colonised by perpetually adolescent Triple J graduates who count doltish shows such as The Hamster Decides, Gruen Nation and The Roast as a serious civic debate.”
“Feral” Greens: “It becomes clear that behind every stated purpose — and an increasing number of anodyne motherhood statements — set out in Greens policies through the years is a secret agenda that, at its core, is anti-free trade, anti-capitalism, anti-wealth, anti-consumption and anti-growth … For too long, Greens extremism has been hidden from the Australian public under a cuddly shroud of green goodwill.”
Guy Rundle: “Rundle — who it is claimed prefers the French pronunciation of his Christian name (yup, to rhyme with brie) — wrote two scathing pieces about the Guardian’s handling of Assange for The Monthly, which Davies slammed as inaccurate, forcing an apology and retraction. Davies confronted Rundle at the book launch and by way of riposte threw the remainder of his wine in Rundle’s face. The Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary recounted that Rundle mewled and stomped off muttering: ‘I’ve got to change my contact lenses now’ while Davies ‘hopped around like a champ’.”
People who don’t follow up its stories (a la Palmer). People who do follow up its stories (a la Daily Mail).
Crikey: ”Crikey’s position in the media world is left of centre, anti-establishment because it has nowhere else to go. If it were not a gadfly, a pricker of pomp and pretension, it would be nothing. It breaks virtually no news; it relies on controversial comment for its existence and carefully crafts this formula to keep the subscriptions rolling in.”
*Additional reporting by Crikey intern Paul Millar