December 6, 2013

Left of politics still not happy with the right of politics

The tenor of intensity with which many journalists dislike the Prime Minister and his colleagues is evident in the note which accompanies the current edition of The Monthly magazine. Editor John van Tiggelen quotes "one of the magazine's most popular contributors" as declaring: "I don't think I've ever seen such a cabinet of creeps; I can't bear to take them seriously yet."
This contributor chose to remain anonymous. Not so Van Tiggelen himself, who referred to the Abbott government's "onanistic reverence for John Howard" and depicted it as "this frat party of Young Liberals who refuse to grow up".
A considered person might well have regarded such language as redolent of frattish, undergraduate language. But Van Tiggelen is the editor of one of Australia's leading magazines and is happy to put his name to such infantile abuse.
The cover of The Monthly claims the magazine contains an article by Greg Sheridan titled "My Beautiful Bromance with Tony Abbott". In fact, this is an attempt at ridicule by academic Russell Marks. Sheridan has known Abbott for three decades. To some, Sheridan's recollections in The Australian and elsewhere of the young Abbott have been of considerable interest. Not to the likes of Marks and Tiggelen, however, who regard them as a suitable case for sneering. 
A problem for the Abbott government is that most journalists who report national politics are inner-city types. It's difficult to think of many members of the Canberra press gallery or key reporters in the capital cities who would support Abbott's position on, say, climate change or asylum seekers or same sex marriage.
So much is the dislike of Abbott that it appears some commentators want his policies to fail even if this is damaging to Australia's national interest.

Abbott's anguish inner city types in media dislike him

2 comments:

  1. "So much is the dislike of Abbott that it appears some commentators want his policies to fail even if this is damaging to Australia's national interest."

    True, Caz. Sad, but true..

    What happened to the Aussie adage of a "fair go"?

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  2. Fair go was long ago!

    I do wonder if Labor supporters have entirely forgotten that the natural state in Australian federal (and American too!) politics is conservative, the right, not the left.

    The hate culture generated during the Howard years is alive and well, it set an ugly precedent that, unfortunately, is now back in full force .. well, not that it ever went away; note the hammering Abbott got during six years of the ALP, and he wasn't even running the government.

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