Rupert Vs The Greens
Writing news stories on marginal seats is pretty bloody easy. Generally they go like this;
The battle for the marginal seat of (name of seat) held by Liberal/Labor MP (Name of MP) with a margin of (percentage) will be crucial in determining who wins govern.
(Name of seat) is located ... and contains the major towns of (names of towns).
The sitting member is up against (names of other candidates plus their parties).
After this the journo goes down the main street and reports what people are saying.
Really basic stuff that any wind up monkey could do.
But things are different these days, with John Masanauskas changing the way the Herald Sun does marginal seat reports.
Masanauskas didn't write about any of the important details for the seat of Gippsland but he did manage to find a redneck farmer complianing about the Greens. Great, stick it under the headline "Farmers fear the Greens could damage their patch", slap it next to a classic photo of a concerned farmer with wife and dog, and let him strike fear into decent society about the dreaded Greens.
Hey Masanaukas, in your effort to demonise the Greens you forgot to mention who is Gippsland's sitting member. You get a vote for the "Hack of 2004" trophy.
Greg Sheridan continued rupert's Green bashing with this effort in the Australian.
Here is just a sample of Sheridan; "The Greens are essentially left-wing Hansonites, simultaneously reactionaries and revolutionaries, who combine a hatred of modern society as it actually exists with a conspiracy-laden, fantastical view of how the world works."
Left wing Hansonites. Pu-lease.
In another shocker for Rupert's "quality" press, Christine Jackman produced this story about mojo. Jackman was attrocious last election. She even reported children had been thrown overboard three weeks after Peter Rieth produced his photos that nobody else believed. She gets a Hack of 2004 vote for her latest effort.
On a bright note Max Suich wrote an article titled The decline of the gallery that is a must read.