Jun 11, 2014

Media briefs: a certain scribe who smokes … bet on Jesus … Fairfax shares …

Up in the air, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... Jesus? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

You are what you smoke. Sad to see Errol Simper, The Australians “A Certain Scribe” jumping on the anti-anti-smoking bandwagon by endorsing Christian Kerr’s overblown beat-up (as exposed by Crikey) of tobacco industry “stats” on plain packaging.

Simper is one of the few independent voices left at the Oz, and usually takes a pass on the paper’s frenetic boosting in the service of turning beat-ups into “controversies”. But as the scribe himself notes: “Your correspondent’s war with tobacco has waxed and waned over the years …”. Don’t say. It is often observed that people look like their pets. Simper looks like a slightly crushed Dunhill 25. He hasn’t smoked cigarettes these past decades, they’ve  smoked him. When he finally goes, they should stub him out in a giant bottle green ashtray, while the band plays the Winfield theme. If they cremate him, it will, due to OHS, have to be done outside, in the beer garden.

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