Aug 8, 2013

The trolling, parody genius of ‘Nick Cater’

Nick Cater's claims are so outlandishly ludicrous that he can be nothing other than an extremely well-executed hoax. And what a hoax! The hits keep on coming from "Cater".

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


For years The Guardian ran a column by one Bel Littlejohn, a distillation of the worst of the Left-liberal prejudices of the Grauniad audience. Australian visitors found it hilarious — especially after one had quietly explained that it was a parody, the work of Private Eye superstar Craig Brown. Now, I don’t know who’s doing this Nick Cater character at News Corp, but they’ve got the makings of an award-winning comedy festival character right there.

For years we’ve wondered how you parody the pose taken by right-wing insiders, that they represent the voice of the people against some mysterious left-wing elite. Whoever’s writing the “Nick Cater” columns has nailed it –the writer has made him purportedly an executive editor of a company that controls wads of Australia newsprint, and then made his one argument that “gatekeepers” are controlling the culture and leaving people of his views without a voice. In recent times, the gag was taken once stage higher when a whole book by “Cater” complaining of this exclusion was put out by the publisher owned by the guy who owns 70% of Australian newsprint, and who employs “Cater” and others to run it. Ern Malley had nothing on that little episode.

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11 thoughts on “The trolling, parody genius of ‘Nick Cater’

  1. Andybob

    Australia’s own Stephen Colbert ?

  2. illywhacker

    The most brilliant aspect of the hoax is the way “Cater” pretends he’s stumbled on something new, as if it isn’t a process that sociologists and political observers have been talking about for decades.

  3. DiddyWrote

    A hatred of the bourgeoisie is very bourgeois.

    I find this confected loathing of educated ABC1 city dwellers in the opinion pages of the Oz always peculiar from a commercial point of view. The advertisers expect the paper to appeal to just this demographic.
    Could it be The Australian is being run for reasons other than direct profit. I think the shareholders should be told!

  4. Col Pot

    Speaking of Whitlam, you forgot to mention one of his greatest crimes – Medicare.

    I can’t wait for Tony and his buddies to start dismantling that mistake and install a Freedom Loving USA-style private health system.

    If you can’t afford it, it will serve you elitists right. Should have spent more time inheriting wealth and importing cheap labour, like hard working people do.

  5. Liamj

    News Corp replaced all the journalists on its staff with churnalists, now is attacking journalists as a class. Fakes always hate the real thing.

  6. jack linsey

    Cater should tell Rupert to move his News Corp HQ out of Surry Hills to Merrylands and balance will be restored.
    Wot a wanka.

  7. CarlitosM

    Today’s effort on the cover of the Terrorgraph is doubly telling: not only it’s using antiquated metaphors that are lost on anyone younger than 35 yrs old, but just like last Monday’s cover it’s just so over the top that it actually does not convince anyone.
    So here we have the deliberate strategy to appeal to really old people in away that it won’t actually change anybody’s vote. So, what is the objective then? Have they totally gone nuts?
    There’s always that possibility when you eat some much sh!t, yet Mr Murdoch did not send his chief-sh!t-thrower DownUnder just for giggles.
    It is totally effective when you realise who these efforts are directed to, who they are really meant to influence: soft-weak-at-the-knees Lib/Lab Pollies. Will Rudd and Labor blink?

  8. shepherdmarilyn

    WEll here is what our pollies and the media do well, they raise racism to a whole new level and just keep right on doing it through sheer derangement.

  9. AR

    The logical Crater was on the Caterwauling Catamite’s hate slot a couple of days ago, though with little opportunity to say owt but “Yes,Alan”, “No, Alan”, “Three bags full, Alan, sir..”.
    On of the gems was CC declaiming that “people are NOT entitled to equal education or health care…” with which Quaker meekly (or unconcernedly?) agreed.

  10. JamesH

    Dear Sir,

    I wish to buy what is referred to by the unwashed masses as a “bumper sticker”, proclaiming to said unwashed that “I am a Media Land/liberal elite/elite/rootless cosmopolitan/un-American/beatnik/bohemian/dandy/Cavelier/troubadour/Cathar/Essene/Babylonian”. Illustrated by that nice Mr Onthemoon, please.

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