Filling the media void with news of their own

Newspapers and news programs are going to fill their space and their time with something. If it is not generated by the government and filled with its own agenda, then it will be news generated by someone else with a different agenda. From reading The Australian today, I can see that the Government may finally have seen the light. Two very interesting stories:

Tony Abbott blasts ABC judgment on Indonesia spying story

and

Scott Morrison freezes asylum-seeker claims

Even The AFR is pitching in:

Abbott gets frustrated over Senate

The story that has been missing since the election however was the single most important story and which may now be too late to run. It may sound like a cliche for an incoming Coalition government, but such is how it has always been:

Budget Black Hole: Labor has Left behind a Fiscal Disaster

It is the actual situation and something should have been made of it. Everything over the next three years will be related to this one fact of political life. Why so little has been done to imprint these ideas on the community I still cannot understand. But while it’s late, it’s not too late. Waiting for the Commission of Audit whose report should be part of every economic related story for the subsequent three years.

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30 Responses to Filling the media void with news of their own

  1. stackja

    Why so little has been done to imprint these ideas on the community I still cannot understand.

    MSM have been complicit in not allowing the imprint. To the MSM, TA should not be PM. So the MSM will never report any ALP negative or TA positive.

  2. candy

    I hope the government keeps it up. They need to be positive and encouraging.

    Although with a hostile senate blocking everything, the government is going nowhere and the Abbott agenda will never see the light of day. It looks a hopeless situation.

  3. Rafe

    This was always going to be the elephant in the room for the new administration and every single promise before the election should have had a caveat regarding the Black Hole.

  4. Rococo Liberal

    Personally, I think those here who worry about the MSM and the reporting of politics in general are a bit silly.

    As Conservatives and Libertarians our view is that politics needs to be scaled back in public importance. Government needs to be reduced in size and scope, and the idea that everything is political, so loved of the left, must not also be adopted by the right.

    I think we forget that the last three years have been totally unusual, and that the ALP disease of seeming and not doing has cactually fooled a lot of us here into thinking that the new government has to be out there engaged in a lot of activity all theime, even if that activity achieves no tangible result.

    We have just lived through a 9 month election campaign, that has made people, other than a few politics junkies, sick of politics. Added to that is the loathing and mistrust that most people have for the MSM political commentators.

    I don’t think the voters as a whol;e are listening to the MSM. They know how useless Labor is. So the MSM’s carping will not do them any good, because they are pushing a meme that has no depth of public support.

  5. stackja

    Rafe
    #1097195, posted on December 4, 2013 at 11:47 am
    This was always going to be the elephant in the room for the new administration and every single promise before the election should have had a caveat regarding the Black Hole.

    TA overestimated the electorate’s intelligence.

  6. egg_

    We have just lived through a 9 month election campaign, that has made people, other than a few politics junkies, sick of politics. Added to that is the loathing and mistrust that most people have for the MSM political commentators.

    It’s had a huge effect on mining houses putting infrastructure investment on hold and so effected the Economy has a hole and particularly some regions such as the Hunter – read: high unemployment.

  7. egg_

    has a hole as a whole
    (same thing)

  8. Art Vandelay

    Budget Black Hole: Labor has Left behind a Fiscal Disaster

    It is the actual situation and something should have been made of it. Everything over the next three years will be related to this one fact of political life. Why so little has been done to imprint these ideas on the community I still cannot understand.

    Exactly! I can’t work out why the Libs haven’t hammered this over and over. This tactic worked so well after the election of Howard’s government that I think everyone still remembers the phrase “Beazley’s $8b black hole”.

  9. Ant

    Apart from the fiscal disaster what about the NBN catastrophe/

    Albanese knew their most current reporting showed that it was completely ruinous and stupid, yet the media allowed him to conceal it from view prior to the election because it had a “draft” fig leaf over it.

    The media in this country are mostly junk. About the only thing good I can find to say about it is that at least it’s not yet as bad as the US.

  10. shrinkin bloody violet

    What about the fucking Royal Commission(s) into union corruption (and its extension into the very machinery of the ALP)? Its a fucking disgrace that this investigation has not been called given the insidious effect this rampant criminality has on the nation. There’s no fucking excuse – morally, tactically or politically. Its an executive action – the Senate is not required. These people have damaged the country with their corruption and cant be allowed to get away with it, yet again. On top of that they are your sworn enemies. What’s the fucking downside? Use your power for good, Tony, or get the fuck out of the way. If we wanted a progressive soft cock we would have stuck with Turnbull

  11. stackja

    Guardian supports ABC.

  12. Simon

    I just assumed they were keeping the powder dry for budget time which also happens to be about the same time as the new senate kicks in. Easy way of getting a second bite on the “mandate” cherry.

  13. RL,

    I don’t think the voters as a whol;e are listening to the MSM. They know how useless Labor is. So the MSM’s carping will not do them any good, because they are pushing a meme that has no depth of public support.

    My thoughts also.

    This is Mr O’Farrell’s strategy; get the trains working and the roads & tunnels built and ‘the marginal Western-Sydney voters will come’, everything can wait until the third term.

    We hope it’s not too late…

  14. Why so little has been done to imprint these ideas on the community I still cannot understand.

    Perhaps it’s because the Libs are facing continuous deficits for the foreseeable future unless they cut welfare for their core constituencies of corporates and the aged. They have no appetite to pick a fight with their base, with the polls already dropping towards 50:50.

  15. Mr Rusty

    Why so little has been done to imprint these ideas on the community I still cannot understand.

    EVERYTHING the Government does comes down to money, thus every time a Coalition politician opens their mouth they need to prefix it with phrases such as “Labor’s debt”, “Rudd and Gillards’ deficits”, “Labor spent you and your childrens’ money, therefore…”
    This should not stop until the debt is paid off and even after that people should be reminded what they could have had – “If Labor hadn’t wasted money on pink batts and BER we could have built this new highway 10 years ago” etc.
    Also, the Libs need to stop using the word “billion”. “Three hundred thousand million” spoken nice and slowly, emphasising each word hits home MUCH harder than “threee hundred billion.”

  16. blogstrop

    The discovery of larger than predicted deficits, blacker than expected black holes, duplicitously downplayed debt burdens, adds up to “changed circumstances”. Then all bets are off.

  17. JC

    You’re right Fatboy. It’s impossible for libs to cut the deficit. Howard ran huge, huge deficits.

    You big fat idiot.

  18. JC

    The media in this country are mostly junk. About the only thing good I can find to say about it is that at least it’s not yet as bad as the US.

    Ya reckon? Taken a look a Fairfax recently, or watched the abc?It’s actually worse here because the US doesn’t suffer from having to fund a leftwing pig like the ABC.

    We spend the equivalent of 16.5 billion on a US proportion of GDP. It’s fucking huge.

  19. Andrew

    Perhaps it’s because the Libs are facing continuous fucking massive embedded Labor deficits twice the size that Labor admitted to in their last N minibudgets due to all the timebombs they left behind for the Australian public, for the foreseeable future

  20. Rabz

    Budget Black Hole: Labor has Left behind a Fiscal Disaster

    I’m shocked. No one could have foreseen such an eventuality.

  21. Peewhit

    Rabz haven’t you been paying attention to the electoral cycle. In all governments Labour spends the state/commonwealth to the edge of financial disaster, then the electors put the liberals in to repair the damage. The moment the damage is repaired enough they then turn to Labour to spend their own money on them, forgetting that as taxpayers they supply the money being spent. It is enough to make you wonder about the common belief in a free lunch. As Heinlien said in one of his novels TAANSTASFL.

  22. LABCR-TV

    The reason we have been told very little of the budget problem is because Joe is waiting for the Commision of Audit report. Then he will have all the facts, and it won’t be good.

    When Joe arrived back in Australia after his visit to the US recently, I couldn’t help but notice his body language. He looked like he’d just seen a ghost, or woken from a nightmare. I couldn’t believe what I saw, this wasn’t the Joe I know of. At press conferences and in Parliament Joe looks, almost defeated, for want of a better word. And I think he has let his ‘exercise routine slip a bit’ recently.

  23. stackja

    It’s actually worse here because the US doesn’t suffer from having to fund a leftwing pig like the ABC.

    NPR?

  24. .

    Erm, may I suggest Mr Rabz is being sarcastic and facetious?

  25. stackja

    In all governments Labour spends the state/commonwealth to the edge of financial disaster, then the electors put the liberals in to repair the damage. The moment the damage is repaired enough they then turn to Labour to spend their own money on them, forgetting that as taxpayers they supply the money being spent.

    UK and USA too.

  26. stackja

    Rabz
    #1097748, posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    Budget Black Hole: Labor has Left behind a Fiscal Disaster
    I’m shocked. No one could have foreseen such an eventuality.
    .
    #1098657, posted on December 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    Erm, may I suggest Mr Rabz is being sarcastic and facetious?

    Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to…

  27. JC

    Stackja

    NPR is a poor mans version. The Feds match donations dollar for dollar. It’s also soft left because they have to be really careful as the donations could fall. It’s just not as hard left as Their ABC.

  28. Popular Front

    They have no appetite to pick a fight with their base, with the polls already dropping towards 50:50.

    It doesn’t matter what the polls currently say hammerhead, there’s no vote until 2016 at which time the ALP rabble will have their arse handed to them again.

  29. stackja

    JC
    #1098674, posted on December 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    Stackja
    NPR is a poor mans version. The Feds match donations dollar for dollar. It’s also soft left because they have to be really careful as the donations could fall. It’s just not as hard left as Their ABC.

    US voters not so compliant? Congress not allow NPR to go too left?

  30. C.L.

    Stack, the full quote is applicable re fiscal policy:

    I’m shocked – shocked! – to discover there is gambling going on here!

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