Press Council picking on News Ltd for the terrible things it does
This is why we usually have a #LOLBolt thread, to keep Andrew Bolt’s witterings from flooding the rest of the blog.
But we forgot to do that this week, so let’s have a very quick look at Andrew’s explanation for all the adverse Press Council rulings against News Ltd papers caught misleading readers:
The Left turns the Press Council into a playground
The list of recent Press Council adjudications shows that articles offending the Left are indeed more likely to draw complaints for faults – real or imagined. Or that the Left is more censorious, of course.
Alternatively, it might show that News Ltd breaks the rules and indefensibly smears people more often. You’d need to look at the specifics of the complaints in question (not just Bolt’s excerpts) to get a fair idea which it is. (If you have any doubts which interpretation matches the facts, seriously do that.)
And there’s something missing from Andrew’s reference to his northern colleague in a post complaining about Press Council:
The relevant words from that link?
On balance, [The Press Council] does not consider that the latter interpretation is so clear as to justify upholding the complaint.
That would be the Press Council siding with Blair against the complainant. Of course, if you don’t click the link, you might infer the opposite…
TL;DR Any regulatory authority that holds News Ltd to account for the things it does is biased and corrupt and probably “of the Left”. Boo, hiss.