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How they do business at The Australian?

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Check out this story – a senior journalist at The Austra-lyin’ wrote emails to independent Wentworth candidate Dani Ecuyer urging her to preference Malcolm Turnbull – her rival, and one of the key people for Australia’s sabotage of climate change action and for the approval of Gunns’ pulp mill project in Tassie. Turnbull is essentially the antithesis of everything Ecuyer is running in support of, and yet,

She has released an email exchange with The Australian newspaper journalist Caroline Overington, in which the reporter writes “Please preference Malcolm. It would be such a good front page story.”

Even on Star Trek where oversexed humans zapped around space at light speed with photon torpedoes and influenza, the crew knew they weren’t meant to influence the paths of other cultures. Here’s a senior writer for a paper which funds massive advertising b.s. about how awesome it is, asking a pro-environment candidate in what has become a very marginal seat to help return the Liberal anti-environment candidate.

Media Watch, the unique Australian show which guarantees the host a very limited number of journalistic career options for at least five years, has provided a deadly bit of coverage here chronicling the entire sage of communications to and about Ecuyer by the dark forces of  News Limited.

Hilariously, both Caroline Overington – the ‘journalist’ in question – and Chris Mitchell – editor-in-chief at The Australian – are claiming that the whole thing was just part of a friendly joke between girls. Seems like the same kind of contempt which they express for the nation’s collective intelligence each and every day.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

November 13, 2007 at 9:03 am

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  1. Caroline “interest rates are great for re-election” was quick to point out on the radio this morning that it was just a joke between gals because the other obviously wacky gal used to date the evil socialist candidate and that it would be ironic if she pushed her preferences to her ex boyfriend. I will be very happy when these people have less influence on Australian society.

    Colin Campbell

    November 13, 2007 at 1:12 pm

  2. Not that looks matter, because i myself have a great face for blogging – but doesn’t she look like Lurch (Addams Family) in a heavy metal wig?

    typingisnotactivism

    November 24, 2007 at 2:36 pm


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