Chris Kenny released from News Ltd paywall, featured as a quote on somebody’s blog
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but according to an article in The Weekend Australian by a former Liberal staffer named Chris Kenny (now released from the News Ltd paywall* and without dignity reduced to a slab of quoted text on someone else’s blog), the Canberra press pack are A BUNCH OF STUPID LEFTISTS who miss important stories BECAUSE THEY’RE LEFTISTS like the time that Kevin Rudd was about to be overthrown because Labor couldn’t outspend the mining industry in an advertising campaign and the journos didn’t know ahead of Labor MPs what was going to happen WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS.
(I know they deny being lumped together as “leftists”, but have you seen how unsupportive they can be of Coalition policies? Exactly.)
And they were all so easily distracted by sideshow politics – unlike The Australian. Take this list of things the Coalition would’ve liked them to talk more about:
Why didn’t they properly scrutinise the NBN or the Coalition’s climate change policy, or the viability of the UNSC bid? Why didn’t they harangue the Prime Minister into releasing the draft Murray-Darling plan? Why didn’t they investigate the merits of the proposed health reforms or the need for continued government stimulus spending?
Why didn’t they enquire more deeply into the massive costing hole in the Coalition’s campaign platform rather than leaving it till the very end of the campaign when it was too late for most voters to hear about it? BECAUSE THEY’RE INCOMPETENT LEFTISTS. And also the Liberals promised it was fine.
Further, if you look back on Rudd’s time in office you can find lots of people who were critical of him and said he should go JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED LATER. And yet the journalists couldn’t pick it ahead of time! With the benefit of hindsight, how foolish they can be made to look.
Fortunately, “readers of The Australian”, you always knew better.
*On the day of publication, you could only read part of the rant on the free website. If you wanted the rest – and who wouldn’t – you had to buy the paper.