A delightful smear job on the Occupy Melbourne protesters by the Herald Sun this morning, with our new favourite beat-up queen Anne Wright (the one who tried to pretend back in February that $2.42 meals for prisoners were luxurious) doing a classic bit of “pick out unrepresentative details and pretend they show hypocrisy” hackery:
No issue yet but we’re working on one
Organisers walk around tapping on their iPhones, the media co-ordinators use a Macbook to update their Twitter and Facebook accounts and others snap photos using expensive digital cameras.
I mean what percentage of Australians have mobile phones and computers, right? And if they were ordinary folk surely they’d be shooting on much more expensive film, right?
I did love the summary she gave this quote from a protester:
“I was walking home after a night out at 2am and they asked me what I thought of the movement and I have been here ever since,” he said. “I just don’t like the fact the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, I haven’t done too much research.”
Anne’s reduction of that?
Unemployed 21-year-old Leroy Maurus only joined because he was walking home from an all-night bender.
Yeah, that’s all it was.
And she went on. Getting sillier and sillier.
The vegan kitchen, lauded by protesters as a haven for the homeless, uses store-bought Tip Top muffins and Vegemite, sold by major supermarket chains.
A couple were drinking Starbucks coffee, one of the world’s largest coffee chains.
It’s almost like these people live in the world they’d like to change, isn’t it?
I mean, I know it’s just an obvious, shameless beat-up, an entirely one-sided attack serving to defend in advance Robert Doyle sending in the police this afternoon. But, Anne – it might’ve been more effective if you were even a little subtle about it. More does not necessarily equal better.
(I will give begrudging credit to the Herald Sun sub-editor who came up with the “within tents for assault” pun for the top of the page, though.)
PS Don’t worry, they did find a dreadlocked hippy-looking fellow for the top of the page; he was just to the right of the bit I cropped.
ELSEWHERE: From the sibling Occupy Wall Street protest in the US, what happens when a partisan news organisation tries to pull the same stunt on camera and they misjudge their target:
That bit at the end?
“I think, myself, as well as many other people, would like to see a little but more economic justice or social justice — Jesus stuff — as far as feeding the poor, health care for the sick. You know, I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the Bill of Rights up while they’re screaming at gay soldiers, but they just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that a for-profit healthcare system doesn’t work. So, let’s just look at it like this, if we want the president to do more, let’s talk to him on a level that actually reaches people, instead of asking for his birth certificate and wasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra.”