Even I am getting sick of writing about this Greens vs News Ltd story more quickly than the latter’s stable of fanatic polemicists.
Here’s another one, from today’s Herald Sun, with Miranda Devine attacking them over bats (the literal, flying variety):
The activists fighting the eviction of protected bats destroying Sydneyâ€™s Botanic Gardens, and the shire council in Victoriaâ€™s Yarra Valley boycotting locally made paper, are all part of the same human wrecking ball that threatens our health and happiness far more than carbon dioxide.
Contrary to the picture the paper chose to use to illustrate the story – Bob Brown with malfunctioning cogs in his head – neither, if you read the story, are to do with the Australian Greens. (There’s a councillor from the state Greens related to the second one, but it’s not a Greens-run council.) Not that such an elementary detail would bother the “free and sceptical press” at News Ltd…
But even Miranda’s claims about the bats appear to be dubious. An anonymous tipster (who knows more about flying rodents than we do) sent us through a few links highlighting the absurdity:
Even a cursory review will highlight a series of problems with the story that should make the most junior journalism student blush. She claims that NSW Labor banned shooting of flying foxes before they were kicked out of office. Wrong. They didn’t; they committed $5m to the netting of orchards in the Sydney region with a commitment to phase shooting out over 3 seasons. The Liberal election promise was for the same funding but with a 2 year phase out of shooting.
She says that farmers can’t shoot flying foxes. Wrong, they can still apply for an be issued licenses to shoot and the NSW Dept of Industry and Investment has made it easier for them to do so. She says that the eviction of bats from Royal Botanic Gardens was postponed because of the actions of the Humane Society. Wrong, the Botanic Gardens Trust media release makes it clear that the decision was taken by the Trust itself.
She chooses to demonise the bats a bit more by highlighting the risk of contracting lyssavirus but fails to mention that since the introdution of a vaccine, there’s not been a single death caused by the disease. Still, her blog got the reaction she probably wanted out of her readers so perhaps she’ll just consider it mission accomplished and feel the misinformation to be justified.
How embarrassing for her.
I wonder who they’ll wheel out tomorrow?
ELSEWHERE: Obviously the Southbank Jester doesn’t count, since he never takes a day off. Take this stupid one from today:
Who upset Saint Bob?
Hands up, the ABC staffer who dared to upset Bob Brown with a mean question at the last election… Was it you, Kerry? Mr Jones? Mr Adams? Confess, Ms Trioli! Well, how about you, then, Robyn?
“Saint Bob”, lol.
Pity Blot didn’t read the Australian article he linked to, which makes explicit the Greens’ complaint:
Only five complaints were lodged about the national broadcaster’s treatment of the Greens – alleging insufficient time had been assigned by the ABC to the minor party.
So the answer to his question is… no staffer. The Greens’ objected to being refused scrutiny. Although to point that out might make his confused readers’ heads explode, so maybe it’s best he doesn’t.