Christian Kerr has nailed the Greens. At last he has written something on the money.

He accuses the Greens of ‘campaigning’ against Exclusive Brethren. He pompously declares that he can ‘smell’ it.  And that the Greens shouldn’t play ‘purer than pure’.

What on earth is he talking about?

Of course the Greens are campaigning against this homophobic, abusive sect with its secret connections to conservative Governments around the world. Not to do so would be derelict. This is what political parties do — whether it is John Howard against Unions or the Greens tackling global warming.

He then goes on to accuse the Greens of approaching the media about the cult in an attempt to get the media to run stories about them. Heaven forbid that political parties and politicians would approach media outlets about potential stories.

Of course Christian is entitled to spin whichever way he wants, but more often that not, this is associated with his seemingly hysterical reaction to anything Green. This is a shame because undoubtedly Crikey readers would be interested in thoughtful analysis of Green politics, which is so often also missed by the banal knee-jerk criticism of right wing commentators in the mainstream media. But Christian Kerr is blinded by his pathological irrational hatred and isn’t capable of decent, informed journalism.

Take the Exclusive Brethren as an example. For Christian’s sake he should talk to some Ex-brethren before he writes another word. He is just making himself look super silly. Why on earth would he want to side with this fundamentalist sect with its litany of family break-ups, emotional abuse, secret election manipulation and more?

Christian is being blinded by his seemingly fanatical hatred of anything Green. Even if all the evidence – from Background Briefing, David Marr, Today Tonight, The Age, The Australian, The Mercury and the JJJ Hack program – is that the Brethren is a sinister and destructive outfit playing politics without transparency, Christian just can’t see it because the Brethren is attacking the Greens. He is blinded to the evils of the Brethren operations by the ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ syndrome.

We all have our biases – mine is pro-environment, supporting self-determination for West Papua, opposing the repressive Chinese regime and anti-Bush and someone who desperately wants to see the Senate wrested from the Coalition in 2007.

Christian Kerr is as much entitled to his biases as anyone else – even if it makes him look like a goose. But when it comes to covering climate change, environment groups or the Greens, let’s not pretend it makes for balanced, fair or accurate political reporting.

Peter Fray

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