The front page story on News.com.au right now is a US cartoon apparently mocking a former US vice-presidential candidate who now works for Murdoch’s Fox News. That’s bizarre enough, but what makes it extra bizarre is this clearly wrong assertion in her interest:
Mrs Palin, a Fox News contributor, recently slammed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and radio talk host Rush Limbaugh for using the word “retard”.
No, she didn’t “slam” Rush Limbaugh – actually, she tried to draw a flimsy distinction between the two, as to why it was loathsome for Emanuel to use the word, but okay for Limbaugh to use it. “Rush Limbaugh was using satire”, she said, pathetically.
And I say “clearly” wrong, in that the hypocrisy has been widely commented-on in the US (although not by Fox News). But it won’t be so “clearly” wrong to Australian readers unless they’ve been watching recent US political news very closely – although some will have seen this incident, now that The Colbert Report is on ABC2. Maybe News Ltd’s assumption that Australians are entirely ignorant about US politics save what it chooses to tell us, is no longer quite so reliable.
So, to recap: News.com.au is beating up a story about a perceived slight to one of its employees, and relying on Australians’ lack of familiarity with the details of US politics to outright lie to us in her favour. Good work.