Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany was not enough to get Michael Leunig fired from The Age, but the mawkish, whinging, self-pitying, pseudo-Christian Socialist who has made a career dealing dross dressed up as profundity has finally got the boot for his anti-vax ratbaggery — acceptable, it appears, until now.
He’s got the boot but Nine Newspapers are still happy to profit from his piffle. Just drop by at their pathetic Prue and Trude online outlet, The Store, and you’ll find that one of the most prominently promoted productions is the 2022 Leunig Calendar. “Shipping from mid-November”, the site says. Leunig has been purged before the calendar, once given away for free with weekend copies of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald is even available, yet Nine are still happy to turn a buck from his work.
And it’s not just the calendar. There is a range of Leunig prints available for up to $500.
Michael Leunig might have unacceptable views, according to his “Free speech? Yes, but” editor, yet is still worth profiteering from.
Perhaps for once, the old bore’s self-pity is excusable.
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