May 22, 2018

Guy Rundle reads the Oz so you don’t have to

Even a casual glance at The Australian reveals that the right is at war with itself, even if it won't admit to it.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Jennifer Oriel is back in form! The little bird of Monday morning is chirping the crazy like crazy this week. Here’s how her article begins:

The fix is in. Queer activists will use fear of sharia to create a moral panic about freedom of religion. Suddenly laissez-faire liberals have developed a distaste for pluralism. They claim that codifying freedom of religion will result in sharia. They fail to comprehend fundamental freedoms in context.

Whut? Yes, hysteria about sharia law and halal wasn’t a product of the right — it’s them damn queers, who want to stop the bogus “freedom of religion” nonsense arising in the wake of the SSM Yes vote. You know, Mardi Gras activists like Miranda Devine (“Quest for sharia law is out of line”), Alan Jones and Ayaan Hirsi Ali — oh and of course Pauline Hanson.

The rest of the piece is unhistorical drivel about Christianity, but what’s worth noting is this: even when there is an argument that splits the right down the middle, they can’t acknowledge it. No wonder they are losing every important cultural-political battle. I guess faith denies proof.

Chris “Eraserhead” Mitchell’s weekly ramble in the backblocks — much loathed, we are told, inside News Corp itself — has the usual sage wisdom presented as hard fact:

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Howard’s battlers and Kevin Rudd’s working families are more honest than those who claim they would prefer better government services to tax cuts. Many will buy Morrison’s line that they know better than governments what’s best for their money.

Honest? Ah, what he means is this: an Australia Institute-commissioned survey showing that most Australians want more government action using taxation, not less. All those people are lying to pollsters to distort the opinions of honest “working families”. The Frankfurt School will be poisoning the wells with wind-turbine syndrome next.




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9 thoughts on “Guy Rundle reads the Oz so you don’t have to

  1. klewso

    But isn’t The Oz pitched at the goldfish demographic?

  2. AR

    Even if NewsCorpse’s demo. had the extended memory of goldfish, it has the longevity of a Mayfly – not a long term plan for advertising revenue, apart from that featuring on Jones’ prog – reverse mortgages, funeral planning, incontinence wear and sunset homes.

  3. Gil Furik

    Thanks Guy for a good laugh with the following gems:
    “Mardi Gras activists like Miranda Devine”
    Chris “Eraserhead” Mitchell – (I vaguely remember that film, and you are spot on !!)
    “The Frankfurt School will be poisoning the wells with wind-turbine syndrome next.”

  4. Stu Pidman

    Problem is, I haven’t read the Oz, quite literally, for 20 years. And now having read this, I strangely feel like going out and buying a copy, just to see what’s up in bizarro world.

    1. AR

      Resist, please.
      You’ll not regret doing so. It’s ineffable.

      1. dar

        Check the readership numbers. The Australian does well because it has a more balanced diet than most other publications, including this one. Unlike the tax funded ABC, the Australian , and Sky News for that matter, offers a variety of contributors with a variety of opinions, agendas or lack there of.

          1. dar

            Not funny . Or clever. Or informative. Or engaging. Just nasty.

  5. dar

    They will “buy” it because it’s fundamentally true and they will be hoping this particular politician follows through with his observation. It is anathema to millions of Australians , and this is just a guess based on a lifetime of observation, that governments would presume to know better than the people about how to manage their money.

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