the Herald Sun vs the Greens
When the Herald Sun hacks, they hack hard. Yesterday Gerard McManus thoroughly misrepresented the Greens policies and was humiliated for being a hack of the highest order by Bob Brown in front of the entire press corp.
Did McManus apologise. No way, he just enlisted the help of Michael Harvey to produce this pile of puke under the disgracefully dishonest headline "Brown backs off Greens' drug ideas".
Brown stood by the real Greens policies of investigating drug harm minimisation stratergies and attacked McManus' dodgy interpretation of them. But who cares about facts anyway. Certainly not McManus.
Anyone would think the Hack of 2004 Trophy is a coverted award the way the Herald Sun journalists are racking up the votes.
Michael Harvey backed up his hard news story with an editorial on page 5 on the same topic. Oh arn't the lines between news and editorials being thoroughly blurred at the Melbourne tabloid. It's probably good the Herald Sun labled Harvey's second piece as "comment" because without this tag it would be hard to tell where the news was.
Andrew Bolt again showed why he has very short odds to win "Hack of 2004" with his effort on the Greens. The Hun hasn't posted his latest column yet but let me assure you guys, he brought up his Green Nazi theory again.
At least my local News Ltd tabloid, the Geelong Advertiser didn't touch this dog.
Perhaps the whole affair was unwittingly summed up by Elizabeth Coleman in her letter to the editor that said, "I though I was reading fiction when I read about the Greens' policies. As I read further it only got worse." Yes Mrs Coleman, you were reading fiction, and yes it was getting worse.