Satire in the AFR

Rowan Dean has a great piece in the AFR lampooning those opposed to the Fairfax raid. Read the whole thing (well worth the subscription).

Acting Greens leader Christine Milne was quick to express her dismay. “This is a national scandal,” she said. “If you have a couple of people using newspapers as a mouthpiece, that is a real problem.

“For years, we in the Greens have had a total monopoly on all discussion about climate change and the long-overdue, successful and hugely popular implementation of the much-loved carbon tax, which is going to solve the global problem of an overheating planet that we daily see all around us destroying the lives of millions of people and obliterating entire species as massively populated islands disappear beneath the waves before our very eyes. The last thing a democratic, vibrant and free press needs is someone who disagrees with us.”

Recently returned from her “Rehabilitation and Re-programming Retreat” on the shores of the Volga, fellow Greens senator Lee Rhiannonovski went even further.

“For years, we have had a direct conduit to the oppressed, latte sipping masses of the inner cities thanks to our close ties with certain sections of the Fairfax media,” she said. “The idea that this should be put in jeopardy by someone who represents hard-working, successful Australian entrepreneurs and members of the capitalist conspiracy to give people jobs and keep our economy strong is an absolute betrayal of everything we believe in.”

As she was whisked away in her government limo to attend a taxpayer-funded banquet at Marrickville Town Hall in honour of the brave boycotters of Max Brenner, the senator made it clear that she would not sit idly by and watch greedy, self-interested minority groups try to influence the?mainstream press.

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15 Responses to Satire in the AFR

  1. whyisitso

    This link is not subject to subscription.

  2. m0nty

    It’s a bit undergraduate, but moderately amusing.

  3. Occam

    The move by Rinehart is totally unacceptable! How dare she interfere with our media outlets for truth – or ?????? as we call it!

  4. Anne

    “This is a national scandal,” she said. “If you have a couple of people using newspapers as a mouthpiece, that is a real problem.

    Hilarious that she can say that with a straight face! Bwha ha! She did say it with a straight face didn’t she?

  5. Nic

    The last thing a democratic, vibrant and free press needs is someone who disagrees with us.”

    Lol, so true, so very true.

  6. Nic

    Anne, I think you’ll find it’s a satirical piece.

  7. JC

    Rowan Dean has a great piece in the AFR lampooning those opposed to the Fairfax raid.

    Sinc,

    As someone said , this isn’t a raid, it’s a rescue.

  8. Peter Patton

    Indeed, national newspapers with a couple of people using it as a mouthpiece are a scandal, Christine.

    “Without Green Left Weekly, freedom of press and public truth-telling in Australia would be gravely ill.” John Pilger

    And so on.

    Opposition leader Tony Abbott and his co-thinkers are dead wrong. The Aboriginal Tent Embassy, established by activists 40 years ago, is as relevant as it was then.

    Blah, blah, bollocks.

    http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49836

  9. Peter Patton

    Oh, it just gets better.

    Mayne: now’s not the time for Rinehart to be be saying ‘look at me’
    by Stephen Mayne

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/02/02/mayne-now-is-not-the-time-for-gina-rinehart-to-be-be-saying-look-at-me/

  10. Anne

    “Anne, I think you’ll find it’s a satirical piece.”
    Thanks Nic, I get that, sorry, must read article before knee jerk response.
    I’ll try harder.

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  12. That Stephen Mayne ain’t the deepest thinker. His article is begging for a fisking!

  13. Peter Patton

    Apparently, Christine Milne is going to introduce legislation so that only poor people can own newspapers.

  14. uncle

    Both, Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannonovski should be locked up in a loony bin for good.

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