Jul 8, 2014

Media briefs: escalators of decline (pt 3) … territorial borders … Holden on the Oz

Guy Rundle's ever-watchful eye on the outpourings at Surry Hills. And other media tidbits of the day ...

The escalator of decline (part 3). There are signs The Australian isn’t feeling the love. Our exegesis of Paul “eeyore” Kelly’s “escalator of decline” article last week is said to have got Surry Hills very miffed, since they believe it to be a staggering work of thundering genius etc etc. Indeed, in one of those grand slams that only the Oz and the Pyongyang Daily can do, Chris Kenny devoted half of his Saturday column to saying how great  Kelly’s piece was, how he was the transcendent political sage of our era etc etc. Kelly, he said, was writing from “the fulcrum”. The fulcrum? We thought he was on the escalator of decline. Ah well.

Soon after this in-house tongue-bath, the Spectator Australia published an online leader entitled “Our Best Newspaper”, and defending the Government Gazette from its critics — most recently Margaret Simons in The Monthly. Surprising to some, since Speccie Oz editor Tom Switzer was edged out as op-ed editor of The Oz, due to his opposition to the Iraq War (rumour is he came in particular conflict with Michael Stutchbury, who later became an Oz unperson himself, and a target of the two-minute hate, after he fled to the Fin).

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8 thoughts on “Media briefs: escalators of decline (pt 3) … territorial borders … Holden on the Oz

  1. klewso

    Didn’t Sloan take a ride on that apathetic escalator of ennui last night?

    As for the rest of The Oz :- “The Bludger should not be our national icon – it should be our national viewspaper!”?

  2. klewso

    The Curry or Maul front sheet?
    “The Manchurian Candidate” – wasn’t that all about mind-control? Like Murdoch aspires too?

  3. Migraine

    For all the wrong reasons, I loved Chris Kenny’s weekend piece, and the editorial in the same edition, which amounted to “we’re right and everyone else is wrong”. It’s a position which ticks a lot of boxes on the diagnosis checklist for various personality disorders, but we’re talking about a newspaper, not a person – so tags like ‘narcissistic’, ‘psychotic’ and ‘megalomaniacal’ probably don’t apply. Then again, neither do terms like ‘logic’, ‘consistency’, ‘compassion’ or ‘objectivity’.

  4. Electric Lardyland

    Yes, Migraine, maybe, ‘written by psychopaths, for psychopaths’ is more appropriate? Though of course, writing while on a fulcrum, might be making them seem a little bit unbalanced.

  5. Liamj

    The main work of the Oz is becoming supporting the ego’s on its payroll, which can’t leave much love for the man that funds the payroll.. must be about time for another sacrifice.

  6. Bill Hilliger

    Bad news for the oz = good news for all Australians

  7. AR

    How many Mudorc readers would even know the point of the Manchurian Candidate?
    This is the constant puzzle about the Oz – it is so dumb that it must really piss off those who can’t, due to ideological constipation, bring themselves to read a real newspaper.
    Why don’t they feel insulted and demeaned by the drivel herein?

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