The Oz strikes a blow for balance

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On Sunday the Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese announced key design aspects of the climate change policy it will develop to place before voters at the 2022 federal election.

How grateful must all those non-deniers Rupert Murdoch assures us work at The Australian have been when they heard the news that Albo would be looking for our nation to achieve a target of zero net-emissions by 2050.

Cue a Monday front page with a screaming headline quoting one reaction to the broad outline of the policy Albanese gave on the ABC’s Insiders chat show.

There under The Oz masthead was the headline statement:  ALP target a ‘business bodyblow’.

Readers would have notice the quotation marks around the words “business” and “bodyblow” which undoubtedly suggested that someone was cited in the story saying Albo’s idea would be a bodyblow — meaning it wouldn’t be a good thing, in fact it would be very bad — for business.

But in the section of the story on the front page we couldn’t find any of those The Oz sought for comment who used the term “body blow” let alone “body blow for business”.

But wait, there’s more. There on page four where the front page yarn continued and concluded was a clue.

bodyblow1The spill headline (pictured) explained it all: Farmers fear ALP emissions policy a bodyblow for business.

Oh, so it’s the farmers’ representative who used the term?

Well, no. Reading the words in the story attributed to National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar we couldn’t find any use by him of the words “business” or “bodyblow”.

In fact Mr Mahar didn’t bag Albo’s idea out of hand at all. He simply said his organisation and its members “remained cautious” about the plan and wanted to know exactly how its goal would be achieved.

“The industry would have real difficulty in supporting any target or proposal that would put the competitiveness or ongoing growth of major sectors at risk,” Mr Mahar said.

Fair enough. He doesn’t really like the idea but wants more details. But he never labels it as a “business bodyblow”.

In fact nobody in the story does.

Of course you can’t miss the fact that the whole idea of a “business bodyblow” is the theme the federal government is and will continue to run against Albo and his emissions reduction plan.

That was pretty obvious by the fact that commentary on Labor’s policy in The Oz story was dominated by Morrison Government Finance Minister, Senator Mathias Cormann, National Party leader Michael McCormack, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, and NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrot.

The “balance” was provided by someone from the Australian Logistics Council, a university academic, and the guy from the NFF, as well as Albo himself.

Yep, business as usual at The Oz!


paramedicaThere’s a new frontrunner in the coveted 2020 Shit-brown Walkley for Hyperbole of The Year!

Channel 9 last night in a promo for its reality TV show, Paramedics, on Tuesday night says the show has the “moment that will stop Australia in its tracks”.

The Bug has cancelled all travel plans for the timeslot just to be safe and it urges all other Australians to follow suit. Cancel any travel plans, especially by air. Avoid lifts.


Is ABC TV’s News Breakfast co-host Michael Rowland becoming a right-wing fuddy duddy in middle age?

He spoke out forceably the other day about Celeste Barber using the Fire Fight Australia fundraising concert in Sydney to have a go at Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his Hawaiian holiday and his slow response to the fire season disaster.

Channeling Ricky Gervais, Rowland said he didn’t like people politicising award nights and the like. The danger for Rowland is the perception that he thought someone needed to balance up Barber’s barbs. Can that in itself not come across as defending Morrison?

Besides, it wasn’t an award night and, quite frankly, The Bug thinks anyone who helped raise $50 million for fire recovery can say anything she fucking well likes, especially when The Bug suspects, if recent Newspolls about Morrison’s approval ratings are any guide, a solid majority of Australians agree with her sentiments.


costomumJust briefly……..

We’re pretty sure that this story in a recent edition of The Courier-Mail in Brisbane about legal manoeuvring by the mother of a young woman who alleged improper behaviour towards her daughter by a state MP Jason Costigan may not have been well received by the mother of the MP in question.