Monday, September 20, 2004

Pre-school Gate, Negativity, and hacks love a strong man.

Malcolm Farr found a novel way to avoid any serious discussion and bash "Erratic" Latham with this editorial about little Oliver's potential pre-school.
Get onto something that people actually care about rather than "pre-school gate".
Malcolm Cole and Chris Jones somehow managed to omit the crucial infomation about Howard not having overseas support for his plan for Anti-terror flying squads.
But they did manage to editorialise by claiming "News of the planned announcement last night came after Mr Howard flexed his muscles on national security yesterday by restating his readiness to launch a pre-emptive strike if a terrorist threat emerged against Australia."
Wake up guys. Howard would not dare announce these policies if Indonesia's leaders were not busy going to the polls.
Michael Harvey, the Herald Sun's chief politics reporter, was no better with his article under the heading "Terror Net; Agents to go after evil cells". Not without international co-operation which Howard doesn't have as yet.
On a positive note David Penberthy has written a great report about the political moves surrounding Latham's Liverpool record. Penberthy had a shocker in 2001 but has vastly improved this time round.
Why didn't the Herald Sun print the results of the Roy Morgan Poll? They chose to report this one instead. Surely the news is "Polls are inconclusive" rather than "PM on top, but Labor crawl back".

7 Comments:

At 6:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is worse, the Herald Sun ignoring the crucial details about Howard's plan for anti terror flying squads or the Age ignoring the story altogether. It wasn't in their hardcopy today and has made a belated appearance at 8.30AM on their website.
Perhaps they might think about hiring some more staff?

 
At 9:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latham's strange response to a perfectly valid question about little Oliver's schooling was worthy of reporting. He flailed his arms about so much reacting to Laurie Oakes' question on Sunday that he lost his lapel mic at one stage.

Given his stance on public versus private education and his willingness to parade the kiddies for photo opportunities, Latham's reaction is most newsworthy. At least for those of us with an ounce of news sense.

Oops. Got personal again. Mercy!

The Hack.

 
At 9:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latham's strange response to a perfectly valid question about little Oliver's schooling was worthy of reporting. He flailed his arms about so much reacting to Laurie Oakes' question on Sunday that he lost his lapel mic at one stage.

Given his stance on public versus private education and his willingness to parade the kiddies for photo opportunities, Latham's reaction is most newsworthy. At least for those of us with an ounce of news sense.

Oops. Got personal again. Mercy!

The Hack.

 
At 9:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apologies for the double post, Iain. Not sure how I managed that. But maybe the point was worth making twice.

 
At 10:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your point's a good one Hack. Latham has made a strong public stand. If he's telling people to do one thing and does another himself, if his private position is at odds with his public position, then he's a hypocrite. Like that cheating happy clapper MP in NSW. The matter is one of legitimate public interest. I don't vote for hypocrites.

 
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