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When political foes are fairer than ‘progressive’ media, our democracy has problems

26 September 2019

5:00 AM

26 September 2019

5:00 AM

You cannot hope to bribe or twist
(thank God!) the British journalist.
But, seeing what the man will do
unbribed, there’s no occasion to.

As for their Australian cousins, the reporters, subeditors, picture editors, caption and headline writers; well… Here’s a piece from yesterday’s The Sydney Morning Herald on the Chicago leg of Prime Minister’s visit to the United States:

Key takeaway (gedditt?):

One by one they walked through the front doors of the grand United Nations headquarters: leaders of micro-states and superpowers alike, flanked by teams of advisers and translators.

The global diplomatic community descends on this patch of midtown Manhattan for the annual UN General Assembly like seagulls on a hot chip. Hotels book out; the streets go into lockdown.

This year’s event began with a special climate change summit designed to showcase what countries around the world are doing to reduce their carbon emissions. With the world’s media watching, most leaders were keen to spruik their progress.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern was there on stage. So were Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron and British leader Boris Johnson. US President Donald Trump – who has announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accords – didn’t have a speaking slot but made a surprise appearance in the crowd… The leaders of more than 50 countries…

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist who travelled to the summit from the UK in a zero-emissions yacht, delivered an impassioned speech, barely hiding her anger at… politicians…

Scott Morrison, though he was in the US, was in a different city altogether.

Instead of the UN, the Prime Minister was in Chicago giving a speech on foreign policy and visiting an innovation hub. There he learnt about McDonald’s new “smart Drive-Thru technology”…

The Age report was virtually the same. Ditto the Guardian Australian’s, although they realised that reams of purple prose do not automatically equal quality so put their gibe in a caption: “Scott Morrison inspects an interactive menu in Chicago while other leaders attend the climate summit.”

And here’s what was really going on, thanks to a Facebook post by outgoing deputy state secretary of the Victorian ALP, the Left’s Kos Samaras.

You read that correctly. Here’s what was really going on, thanks to a Facebook post by outgoing deputy state secretary of the Victorian ALP, the Left’s Kos Samaras.

The Prime Minister’s political enemies appear to more reliable, more wedded to the truth, more honest, more trustworthy and more straight up and down than the “progressive” left media. The media outlets who are constantly calling for a national integrity commission, too.

As the good book says, Jesus wept.

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