Bury that damn Fourth Estate. It's bad for business.
October 8 2004, is the day the Fourth Estate official died in Australia with The Age endorsing a serial liar.
Those who want to see a little bit of the back room shenanigans behind the editorial can visit Crikey.
The Age endorsed Labor in 2001 because of Mr Howard’s handling of the Tampa. We now know the whole Liberal campaign in 2001 was based on a series of bold political lies. The government’s dishonesty spectacularly continued with WMDs in Iraq and spurned web sites like this one. The Age, weakly argues, “Given our involvement (in Iraq), surely Mr Howard owes us more than silence on these questions (about absence of WMDs).”
Meanwhile most of their readers would be arguing going to war for WMDs that did not exist, and the current shambles in Iraq is enough justification to kick the conservative’s out.
No wonder moral at The Age is “at an all time low” and circulations continue to stumble along.
Up in Sydney, the Morning Herald sat on the fence and their editorial was all about themselves. Some brilliant navel gazing going on up in the harbour city.
Meanwhile the Green bashing continues at the Herald Sun with this story about prisoners rights. Welcome to the brave new world of Rupert’s Australian press where journos just join the campaign. At least this election it is the Greens rather than defenceless asylum seekers being demonised. More about this later.
No surprise that the Daily Telegraph argues Howard deserves another term in their editorial.
The editorial forgave Howard for no WMDs but excused his actions because of the intelligence he received.
The rest of the editorial could have been written by Liberal Party spin doctors.
Crikey slams the rest of the media as well as Howard in their pre-election editorial. Thankyou Crikey for offering something other than gutteral self interest. No doubt Crikey.com will pick up plenty of ex-Age readers.
It was a convincing clean sweep for Howard in the News Ltd rags, with The Australian, Courier Mail, and Adelaide Advertiser all supporting Rupert's champion.
In what can only be described as the most staggering omission in newspaper history in this country, the words "wmds" and "weapons of mass destruction" were totally absent from every News Ltd editorial bar one.
The media was once the lifeblood of democracy in Australia. It has been drained for commercial interests.
Farewell Democracy. RIP.