Members of our media analysis teams who produce the Media Glass House, especially those on floors seven and nine of The Bug HQ, were somewhat mystified about the editorial published in yesterday’s Sunday Mail in Brisbane.
It was a scathing commentary on the state of the nation’s aged care sector (pictured) even though the News Corp Sunday turdbloid didn’t actually carry a story on aged care.
That didn’t stop the newspaper editorialising about numerous examples of sad and tragic stories of neglect in nursing homes around Queensland and elsewhere.
Last Friday the Sunday paper’s weekday sibling, The Courier-Mail did run a yarn as part of an investigation into nursing homes that have failed to meet aged care standards.
But back to the Sunday Mail’s thundering editorial that tore strips of the aged care industry and the need to tackle the shameful standards and shortcoming exposed by the Royal Commission into the sector.
It demanded action, not words, and said it was especially “incomprehensible” that more than a year after the commission reported that “frail and elderly Australians are still being bashed, starved and doped in nursing homes”.
It was more than 500 strong and precise words that zeroed in on the need to do better for elderly Australians.
But in all those 500-plus words three simple words were missing – “the Morrison Government”.
A demand for action is usually directed at someone or something. Yet the Sunday Mail let the government directly responsible for taking action off the hook.
Nowhere in the editorial did it lay any blame or responsibility at the feet of the level of government with responsibility for the aged care sector.
We wonder if there would have been a few extra words inserted if a Labor Party administration were in charge in Canberra.
By contrast, take a look at some of the headlines in the same Sunday Mail on top of stories about youth crime in Queensland following a couple of high-profile incidents in recent days (pictured).
In its treatment of those stories the Sunday Mail had no trouble laying blame for those incidents at the feet of the Palaszczuk Labor Government and called on the Premier to take action.
Youth crime – usually presented as being out of control – is a great source of outrage for turdbloids like the Sunday Mail, even though its own coverage carried a rather small item from a barrister who chairs a youth advocacy program who pointed out that the official statistics show that “despite some commentary, the number of offences committed by young people in Queensland is actually reducing”.
But why would a News Corp turdbloid ever let the facts get in the way of a good scare campaign?
Does the absence of any reference to the Morrison Government in an editorial on the aged care sector and the contrasting treatment dished out to a state Labor Party government on youth crime prove News Corp overtly campaigns for the conservative side of politics?
Well, yes. It sticks out like dog’s balls, to use a technical expression.
If you really need further proof look no further than the same edition of the Sunday Mail where the LNP was given space for an op-ed by its deputy leader to argue that the Palaszczuk Government has no plans for the state and its future.
It was accompanied by a page lead earlier in the paper featuring LNP leader David Crisafulli making the same argument. (pictured)
Let’s not forget that the people of Queensland passed judgement on both Labor and the LNP only a few months back in October and they rejected the LNP outright.
Also let’s not forget that immediately after that election – not before, which might have been more appropriate – News Corp’s own state political reporter wrote that the result came about because the LNP was pretty much lazy, hopeless, and generally incompetent.
Since October there has been no evidence of change in that regard.
The only thing that appears to have changed is that work on the 2024 Queensland state election campaign has started early at the Bowen Hills branch of the LNP.