Wouldn’t their readers prefer to know what’s really happening?

Do the people who write such stories not know any better or do they have such contempt for their readers that they serve them up what is known to be untrue because it makes them feel better? There is no doubt that the left wants Abbott to fail but still, you have to ground yourself, you would think, in some kind of reality when assessing how things are going. This is from a story in The Sunday Age titled, Stop the boats policy all talk, no action. You can get the gist of where this is going from the opening paras:

The Coalition’s pre-election promise was unequivocal: in the first 100 days of office, it would take ‘immediate action’ to reclaim control of Australia’s borders.

Its Real Solutions policy blueprint vowed: ‘We will immediately give new orders to the Navy to tackle illegal boat arrivals and turn back the boats where safe to do so.’

But in no other policy sphere has the government’s soaring rhetoric crashed more forcefully into reality than in its boats policy - and its damaged relationship with Indonesia has played a key role in the crash.

If anything has been a success, I would have thought, the boats’ policy has been it. Oddly, the bits in bold are not in the online version but only in print. Perhaps the passage has been removed because of this, Yudhoyono wants an even stronger bond, which was picked up at Andrew Bolt.

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19 Responses to Wouldn’t their readers prefer to know what’s really happening?

  1. candy

    No, their readers want some hate Abbott stuff.

    Perusing the readers comments at times is a real insight. I don’t like to think badly about my fellow man/woman but they are absolutely rabid with hate for Tony Abbott. Michael Bachelard etc write for those people. The truth doesn’t come into it. Tony Abbott will never win them over.

  2. mareeS

    What the left hasn’t got is this: Australian navy and customs boats, and Australian merchant boats in the Top End, are staying inside the Australian 200km territorial zone, and the Indonesian fleet have been told to police their own search and rescue zone. No more ANZAC taxis, that’s the other side of the ABC/Gruniad leak. That’s why so few boats are coming: they have so much further to go before the taxi arrives.

  3. wal1957

    And the release of the latest budget forecasts will all be Abbott’s fault as well!
    The lefties do not like looking back to the cause of the problems we are now facing.
    It’s all too inconvenient to assess the Liebor yaers in power, the absolute waste.
    It’s sad to realise that probably in 2 election cycles we will again see Liebor in power. How fickle and gullible are the Australian voters.

  4. Bruce

    One boat with three, yes three, passengers over the whole of last week.

    At the end of the ALP term in government it was up to 3 boats a day, usually with 50 or 100 people each.

    The Age is in serious fruitloop-land if they think Abbott and Morrison are not successful in this policy area. Even with the ABC trying as hard as they can to prevent them from succeeding.

  5. H B Bear

    After six years of the greatest policy failure Australia has ever seen, Abbott and Morrison’s efforts are an outstanding reversal of fortune.

    Despite its best efforts, Fauxfacts is unable to fulfil the North Korean media’s function here in Oz. Fauxfact’s circulation continues to shrink like the Greens-ALP vote. There is barely a single journalist with any credibility left in the building, just a few old diehards and a bunch of cheap J School kiddies. The end of hard copy Pravda-on-the-Yarra and The Silly is less than two years away.

  6. mareeS

    “The end of hard copy Pravda”

    HB Bear, did you observe the thinness of it on Saturday. Quel satisfactio. The beast is dead but still drawing intermittent breath.

  7. Ant

    No, their readers are children and fools who think sprinkling pixie dust over problems magically makes them go away.

    Every time I get together with a good friend of mine I have to hear the asylum sneaker plight rubbish: “Oh, we’re such a rich country and they’re so poor and deserving but the conservatives want to punish them because they’re not white.”

    This from a dux-level masters graduate. The stupidity, ignorance and recklessness of the Left can’t be cured. Only crushed.

  8. nic

    And the release of the latest budget forecasts will all be Abbott’s fault as well!

    Read the SMH, to them it is! The sneering is amazing.

  9. Fred Furkenburger

    I have told a number of my leftie friends that if their only nrew source is from the ABC or Fairfax (and just about the rest of the MSM for that matter) they are only getting a third of the story. And it’s more than likely a misleading third at that!

  10. Fred Furkenburger

    Bugger, “news” source!

  11. nic

    I have told a number of my leftie friends that if their only nrew source is from the ABC or Fairfax (and just about the rest of the MSM for that matter) they are only getting a third of the story. And it’s more than likely a misleading third at that!

    Its a loop. Most of these people dont vote Liberal anyway. More to the point, they sneer at ‘bogans’, not realising how many other Australians who vote there actually are. hence the ‘I don’t know anybody who voted for them’ wail.

  12. Geriatric Mayfly

    To MareeS., we have scotched the snake, not killed it. It still writhes and until it is completely defanged, remains derranged and highly venomous.

  13. H B Bear

    HB Bear, did you observe the thinness of it on Saturday.

    Nope – been a while since I was in Victoriastan. Everything gets a bit thin at this time of the year. Expect Fauxfacts to kill off the Weekend AFR during 2014 – which does suffer from permanent anorexia. There are a couple of non-print assets that are probably still saleable and then FXJ is in real trouble. They have been burning the furniture to keep warm for a couple of years already.

  14. cuckoo

    Some junior cadet on Radio National this morning was sneering that ‘Tony Abbott SAYS he has slowed the boats..’ Hold it right there, sweetheart: either he has or he hasn’t. It’s a simple numerical fact. Fewer boats than before = slowed rate of boat arrivals. But they can’t bring themselves to say it, anymore than The Fonz can say he was w-w-wr-wrong. Then she goes on to bag Abbott for not having stopped them altogether, as he promised.

  15. boy on a bike

    Reading The Age is not an exercise in discovering new facts from a wide range of sources.

    It’s all about being told how you should feel about a particular topic. Facts are an impediment to having the correct feelings – get with the program, guys!

  16. james

    ‘I don’t know anybody who voted for them’

    I really enjoyed it when my lefty friends came out with the “I don’t know anyone who voted for Abbott” line.

    In one case I just turned to the rather attractive little gay girl who was spouting her disbelief and said:

    “Yes you do”.

    The silence was awesomeness.

    Some junior cadet on Radio National this morning

    The nobody filling in for Jon Faine was talking to a unionist about Holden. Amazingly they agreed with each other that this was all the Libs fault for “Not trying” and would haunt Abbott “Like a crown of thorns”.

    No opposite viewpoint to be seen of course.

    Listening to ABC radio when the big names are on a WEB is illuminating as to just how left wing they are.

    The more well known presenters at least try to pretend to present other opinions even if only to dismiss them. The fill ins don’t even try.

    “Oh, we’re such a rich country and they’re so poor and deserving but the conservatives want to punish them because they’re not white.”

    I love this one.

    Usually pretty simple to ask how many they would like to put up in their house, after all we need to help these poor oppressed people and since any wealth we have is only the result of unearned privilege the more progressive amongst us should set the example for those in the community who are sadly less enlightened.

  17. stackja

    candy
    #1112358, posted on December 16, 2013 at 10:43 am
    No, their readers want some hate Abbott stuff.

    Fairfax collective panders to the TA hate .

  18. Andrew of Randwick

    The problem with Fairfax (SMH & Age) is that they had no understanding of a simple business principle – customer segmentation and profitability.
    .
    First their target customer had always been middle aged reader in the desirable AB demographic – who could have been counted on to buy a paper for the next 20 years. But they deserted them.
    When a 7 day a week subscription to the SMH and AFR is cancelled you do not get a 18 year old Irish backpacker in a noisy call-center to ring and ask why you cancelled your subscription. It was a pathetic attempt at customer understanding.
    .
    The second problem is their non-nonsensical rule that the Board can’t interfere with editorial directions. The collective journalists went off in trendy (but non profitable) directions without any business input. There are just not enough advertisers chasing 20-30 year old inner city left leaning trendoids. And perhaps the advertisers knew more than Fairfax about this new target group’s emergent reading habits, i.e. not paper. And if on-line advertising revenue is one twentieth of paper advertising – where were the massive cost and staff cuts to re-balance the business?
    It is sad, but they have a death wish as strong and as perverse as the unionised auto workers.

  19. Luke

    Yeah but for these people reality doesn’t exist. A tree doesn’t fall in the forest unless some indie pop group sings about it, some trumped academic publishes an article on it (blaming men and/or capitalism), or some arty type writes some prose about it or represents in through explosive technicolour diarrhea (aka modern art).

    Oh and Twitter and Facebook are considered primary sources of record. Jane hears it from Paul who hears it from Stephen who heard it from Sky who retwitted it from Lorde who read it on her cousin’s Facebook wall who quoted it from some obscure blog.

    As it turns out those voters with a 5 sec attention span tend not to be skeptical. It’s far quicker to just go along with the current narrative.

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