Pure Poison IconGee, I wonder what the Sunday Telegraph‘s angle will be on this story?

Who here thinks the Sunday Telegraph will do the honest thing and concede in the article that they manufactured the story by searching exclusively for families that were “fuming” and “outraged” about electricity prices “skyrocketing”? Anyone?

Hey, maybe it’s a hoax. Maybe it’s someone setting up the Sunday Telegraph in order to make them look like a shamelessly partisan smear-pushing sensationalist hysterical and fundamentally dishonest propaganda rag, rather than… uh, something else. Maybe there’s another ad somewhere where the Sunday Telegraph seeks an ordinary family unassociated with either side of politics who are simply prepared to discuss their experience of electricity prices, whatever that opinion might be? Even if it’s positive, because they’re one of the majority of families who will actually be better off under the carbon price legislation?

Maybe. We sure hope so.

ELSEWHERE: Here’s another ad, and this time by a journalist sensible/sneaky enough not to specify which paper he or she works for:

Business owners: Will the carbon tax hurt your revenue in 2012? I’d like to hear from you.


If you believe that the introduction of a carbon tax will negatively affect your business, please get in touch.


I’m a staff writer for one of the major Sydney metropolitan daily papers. I’m researching a feature story on the effects of the carbon tax upon business owners.

If you believe that the introduction of the carbon tax will negatively affect your business – whether through rising costs, decreased revenue, or some other means – I’d like to arrange an interview with you at your earliest convenience.

Apparently this cack-handed, cynical, misleading and deceptive manufacturing of a story is called, by its practitioners, “journalism”.

(Via reader James)

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