Dec 19, 2012

AWU commentator at The Oz forgets to note his Liberal past

Beware he who proffers helpful advice about the AWU smear campaign in The Australian.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Australian’s smear campaign against the Prime Minister hasn’t had a lot of new material lately. Having devoted months and acres of newsprint to investigating the minutiae of what Julia Gillard did in the 1990s and not turned up a single actual claim of wrongdoing, the brains trust at Holt St must be ruing that after such a big investment of resources in smearing her, all they got for their troubles was a few points’ fall in her approval rating.

Still, The Oz didn’t get where it is today — a dying paper for angry old conservative men — without a willingness to flog a dead horse. So today, it carried over 1000 words on the AWU matter about how there’s “a prima facie case that she could have been charged”, by one Terry O’Connor.

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12 thoughts on “AWU commentator at The Oz forgets to note his Liberal past

  1. klewso

    They could have got George Brandis for less money?

  2. drmick

    Botox Bishop eh. Wonder where that slush fund went?

  3. Stevo the Working Twistie

    Do you suppose they’ll get around to reading the Slipper decision in about 20 years time?

  4. rubiginosa

    “Before discussing that question, it is necessary to establish the facts.”

    Six months, acres of newsprint and over 9000 articles from Hedley should have rendered that unnecessary.

  5. David Allen

    From SMH on line this morning,”News Ltd has posted a loss of $476.7 million for the financial year ending June 30″

    Their strategy is working then?

  6. rhonaj

    Bernard you are, one of the reasons why I read and subscribe to Crikey. HONESTY

  7. Achmed

    And it is still impossible to get any Liberal to discuss the press release by Murray Cowper a WA Liberal State Govt Minister who said the fund was used for what it was intended …training

  8. Jeremy Williams

    My life has improved significantly since giving up on reading the oz – its pettiness, total lack of honesty and blatant campaigning just got too much – funny years later its interesting to hear it hasn’t changed a bit. How anyone can be stimulated by such ratbag writing is beyond me.

  9. dale ross

    the Oz is a joke. Real conservatives don’t read it, they stick to the Fin.

  10. Steve777

    I stopped reading the Australian a few years ago when it started openly campaigning for regime change like its tabloid stablemates and pushing voodoo climate science. It no longer pretends to objectivity. The sooner it’s inevitable demise the better.

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