In Thursday’s (Jan 26th, 2012) Herald-Sun ‘newspaper’ (and appearing also in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph) another full page Conservative propaganda article appears, this time penned by Miranda Devine who is described by the Herald-Sun newspaper as “Telling it like it is”.
In an article that ‘tells it like a Conservative Cheer Leader’, Devine tries her best to pump up the tyres of the much confused and often lost in Politics, leader of all things negative and the Opposition, Mr Tony Abbott.
Just the previous day we witnessed her colleague in writing at the Herald-Sun, and the other half of this ‘Batman and Robin’ Conservative Clean-Up Team, Andrew Bolt, publish another attack on the Labor Prime Minister. Thursday must be Miranda Devine’s day to come from the corner swinging on behalf of the Liberal Party, which as an obvious newspaper continuity plan is reminiscent of two old wrestlers who believe a constant and sustained tag team change-over accompanied by multiple attacks will diminish their opponent, irrespective of how silly and fruitless their actions appear.
You would think ‘columnists’ like Bolt and Devine had been allocated different ‘fronts’ on which to wage their never-ending concerted efforts to further the Liberal Party by suggesting the imperfections of the Labor Party and the better choice of an untested, unhappy, negative Conservative Liberal Party.
So how does a tag-team Conservative Liberal Party writing effort work to win the hearts and minds of a hopefully programmable readership through a newspaper? It’s quite easy. The plan is to leave the faithful and the uncertain with no out clause to make their minds up. On Day 1 (Wed) Andrew Bolt takes Gillard and the Labor Party on and tries to discredit it. Day 2 (Thurs) is Miranda Devine’s spotlight and she assumes the ‘Good Cop’ position pumping the object of the article up, in this case, the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott. So we have the whole gamut covered. The bad is identified and the good is glorified. The reader is left with nothing but 24 hours of complete 360 degree opinion manipulation in two consecutive articles. The Labor Party is evil and the Liberal Party is wonderful.
This is the same wonderful Liberal Party that by their angry, incessant, refusal to support the Carbon Tax, have therefore become the ally of every polluting company. This is the same wonderful Liberal Party who would rather support big polluting companies now, then future Australians yet to be born. This is the same wonderful Liberal Party whose followers reject science in favour of believing that because it has just rained outside that there can’t be anything as ridiculous as Global Warming?
In a nutshell Devine is unable to present a logical overview. Devine’s favourite little gem is quoting the job of the Opposition as thus, “The Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives Practice handbook explains that the job of an Opposition “through its role of scrutiny and criticism, is to exercise an oversight of the actions of the Government” Utilizing this quote as justification for the Liberal Party’s angry, negative, ugly history and antics since the Labor Party took Government, it happens to forget one point. How is the other side allowed to act? Devine does not mention that though it may not be quoted in her little handbook, any Government in power should be allowed to keep the Opposition whingers at bay, protecting both their Party in power, their jobs and the wishes of those voters that voted them in. It is feasible that any Government does all in its power equal to ward off, in this case, the ugly over-blown scrutiny and unfounded and invented criticism from an Opposition desperate to get into power at any cost. But Right Wing Conservatives only want a one way street from which they can throw their mud. If the mud comes back, all hell breaks loose. Or in this case, clean-up pieces are written on behalf of the Liberal Party in Opposition.
Miranda Devine’s puff-piece surely will do little to sway thinking Australians and allow leniency towards Mr No, Tony Abbott. The die is cast and Australians can see and hear that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party offers Australia nothing but nothingness.
To read Miranda Devine’s pathetic plea to understand Tony Abbott; http://tinyurl.com/6tuzhuz