From the very outset, can we at The Bug‘s Media Glass House simply say how disappointed we all are that we have to highlight today’s front page from The Daily Telegraph.
We have always regarded Samantha Maiden as the least worst of all the Newscorpse politics writers in Australia and we don’t even respond with an automatic gag reflex if, from time to time, she even describes herself as a journalist.
But it is true that we were bitterly disappointed in the paper’s political editor on Friday when she ran this piece on the news.com.au website.
Can we be frank at the MGH? As we hope we always are. We’re not sure if Maiden was proactive in disclosing this shock video or was simply reporting its appearance.
But she certainly gushed about it.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese was the guest speaker at a function for a Chinese trade association linked with the Chinese Communist Party three years ago where he spoke in Mandarin urging closer ties between Australia and China.
Video of the event has emerged just 24 hours after the Prime Minister accused the Labor leader of being too close to China and soft on national security as a “Manchurian candidate” – a slur he was forced to withdraw as it was unparliamentary.
Instigator or recounter on Maiden’s part, we thought this was terribly bad form from her, considering the enormous amount of criticism from former and present spy chiefs/diplomats as to the damage being caused by Prime Minister Morrison and Defence Minister Dutton to a strong bipartisan approach to national security matters in their transparently desperate bid this past week through 50s style Reds-under-the-Beds rhetoric to somehow damage Labor.
And now today’s effort! Really, Samantha Maiden?
No-one gives a tinker’s cuss as to whether Anthony Albanese played a game of Chinese checkers at university!
Unless, that is, you’re some form of fellow traveller happy to promote disgusting, disgraceful, desperate and unparalleled political campaign posturings we’ve witnessed this past week that have no place in Australian life?