Here’s a fun Friday quiz: who does this sentence refer to?

“They represent by far the major media presence in Australia and, from their bully pulpits, they present a common position on most social, economic and political issues.”

The obvious answer is News Corp and its hectoring tabloids in particular.

But no! These words are from the chairman of the PM’s Business Advisory Council, Maurice Newman, writing in today’s Australian, and they refer to:

“The ABC, SBS and the Fairfax organisation, along with The Guardian, Crikey, The Conversation, The Monthly, New Matilda, The Saturday Paper, The Green Left Weekly and sundry others.”

According to Newman, this secret council of disparately owned media outlets and their followers have colluded to derail and stifle debate on such issues as gay marriage, climate change and refugees.

You might not write for Australia’s largest newspaper publisher, or have the PM’s ear on business policy, but you are now part of the censorious “elite”, dear reader. Enjoy your newfound power, and your weekend. We’re off to meet with our media colleagues in the Council of Doubt-Free Progressives Inc. We’ll be back on Monday with the latest missives.

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey