It pains us to again agree with Donald Trump’s view of his treatment by the media. That’s twice in one week, but who’s counting.
The Courier-Mail, the News Corp Australia daily turdbloid serving the ever-shrinking Brisbane market, ran a story today on the ex-president’s recent speech to a room filled with rich campaign donors at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Miami.
In his speech Trump apparently made it clear that even though he was tipped out of office – wrongly and illegally in his unshakeable view – he was still in charge of the Republican Party.
The headline on the story was presented unmistakeably as a quote from his speech and included what was presumably a summary of his demands to Republicans wanting to get on in the world of US politics: “Kiss my ring.” (pictured)
Unfortunately those words, if they ever passed Trump’s lips, certainly did not appear in the story itself.
Now we here at the MGH are no Trump fans. In fact if we found ourselves in his presence and he suddenly self-combusted we would, as the old saying goes, be somewhat reluctant to micturate on him to extinguish any conflagration.
But just days ago our MGH presented a story about Trump’s new office desk which outlets around the globe wrongly, in our view, presented as a “replica” of the desk in the Oval Office at the White House.
Well, we think the latest story about the former president’s speech to donors belongs in the same category – fake news!
This item fits snuggly into the category of: Just because we can.
A few days ago the national News Corp broadshit The Weekend Australian carried an online item about the funeral arrangements for the late Duke of Edinburgh.(pictured)
Wait! What? Prince Philip is dead?
Yes, we hate to break it to any of our readers who may have missed the news. We hope you can cope.
But back to The Oz. Its story said the Duke funeral service would be held in “St Geroge’s chapel” at Windsor Castle.
Now we know everyone makes the mistake of transposing or omitting letters from their proper place when typing now and then. We’ve lost cunt of the times we’ve done it.
But we figure that the quality control systems at a big outfit like The Oz should at least run a spell check over its stories.
Speaking of The Oz, what mental gymnastics must have been undertaken when senior editorial staff considered how they might eek an anti-ABC story out of the national broadcaster’s coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
We can image they were ready to pounce and lambast Aunty for what they were no doubt expecting to be perfunctory acknowledgment of Prince Philip’s passing.
Imagine their surprise when the ABC flicked the coverage switch to “live, full-blown, non-stop, wall-to-wall”.
Any thought at The Oz of attacking the ABC over its leftie bias shaping a response that failed to give due respect and credit to the life and achievements of a great royal would have evaporated very quickly.
But now they face another dilemma – how to handle the fact that the ABC confounded their expectations, but in the process failed to reflect the expectations of its viewers who preferred repeats of Vera? (pictured)
Give them time and I’m sure the brains trust at Holt Street in Surry Hills will think of an angle.
Channel 10 might be first with the news but it also appears to be the first to trial a new way to spell harassment. (pictured)
Will it catch on? Who knows, the way things are going in the foreth estate at the moment.
MGH will be keeping a close eye on this new Canberra political reporter for the ABC’s News Breakfast show.
Last week, he solemnly revealed that the government’s promise of four million COVID-19 vaccine injections had failed to reach its target of “sometime earlier this month”.
Sometime earlier this month! Try by the end of March or by April 1.
Our man in the capital might have just had a momentary brain fade and could not come out with either of those two specific dates, even though they had been mentioned for days by all sections of the media.
“Sometime earlier this month” sounds a bit weasel-wordy and perhaps what an LNP apologist might trot out to soften a political blow.