Strange and Charmless

The stress on our political leaders right now is insane. People are dying and we attribute all the blame to our politicians. Our strange and charmless lives produce this intense focus and desire to blame. No wonder Mike Baird, former premier of NSW, reached across the political divide to send well wishes on LinkedIn to Daniel Andrews, who is attracting more violent personal criticism than any other politician in Australia…”

Jenna Price: The insane stress on our political leaders right now can’t go on.

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34 Responses to Strange and Charmless

  1. Hay Stockard

    Politicians on both sides are generally the scum of the middle,class these days.

  2. Bronson

    Jenna defending the indefensible – if you can’t handle the pressure resign.
    Dumb scribblers who don’t even try to hide their own inconsistency expect to be taken seriously?

  3. cuckoo

    Yeah, I can remember how concerned Jenna and others of her ilk were, that Tony Abbott might be unfairly blamed for things that weren’t his fault.

  4. ‘Tis always the way of the Left.

  5. Walter Plinge

    Kim Jong Dan attracts violent criticism? A superannuated lefty sticks up for him? You don’t say!

  6. Damon

    “we attribute all the blame to our politicians”
    Like Andrew Cuomo didn’t sign the order to return covid patients to nursing homes?
    You can fool most of the people some of the time, etc..

  7. Lee

    I bet this hypocritical twit has a somewhat different view on PDT and his alleged part in the pandemic – not the slightest shred of empathy for him from her, I imagine.
    She is what passes for (far-left) “lecturers in journalism” at unis these days.

  8. Gerry

    For years he was just a gormless puppet put in by the numbers men, he had actually finished only one great project, the East-West Link and under budget. He’s now trapped in a web of lies foist on him by the strictures of the party’s own obsessive political correctness,
    – The initial cover up of meatwork religious (and party) affiliations without alerts for the ensuing religious festivals,
    – The legitimising of the BLM children’s street party and subsequent cover up of 2nd generation infections (BLM teenager to parent) designated as ‘under investigation’, and coincidental tracing shutdowns. This is the connection he is most afraid of.
    – The use of union labor firms, now disguised as affirmative action.
    We have upcoming new year parties on 18-19 August to get past yet. Along the way he has blamed me under two of his target groups for causing his stuff up. Is there anything here that makes me just a little bit distrustful? Or am I just a little bit paranoid?

  9. Damon

    “we attribute all the blame to our politicians”
    Like Andrew Cuomo didn’t sign the order to return covid patients to nursing homes, and Mad Dan isn’t Premier of Victoria?
    You can fool most of the people some of the time, etc..

  10. Lee

    Amazing the spin and double standards from the left.
    Conservative leaders are slammed for things that are not their own fault, like Morrison and the bushfires – no spin about stress on political leaders here.
    On the other hand, all the excuses and spin in the world are trotted out for progressives who are demonstrably at fault, like Andrews and his cabinet over the coronavirus bungling.

  11. Des Deskperson

    Even by the standards of the ‘progressive’ commentariat, Price is a third rater, unintelligent, crudely biased and predictable.

    Her career as a journalist also seems to have been pretty ordinary, judging by her online profiles; no evidence of awards, breaking stories or serious publications. Her role as a ‘sections editor’ may refer to her reported job as editor of the SMH’s ‘letters’ column.

    On the other hand, she was awarded a citation in 2103 for an ‘outstanding contribution to student learning’ from the ‘Office of Learning and Teaching’, apparently part of the [then] Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science Research and Tertiary Education.

    I always like the way the photos that accompany her columns have changed over the years as she became further up herself: from ‘concerned mum’ through ‘activist citizen’ and ‘militant feminist’ to ‘serious public intellectual’.

  12. Tom

    Buffoons like Price are political activists, not journalists. A real journalist would be too embarrassed to file such an agitprop rant, call it an “article” and brag about it on Twitter.

    And, of course, she’s an academic teaching wannabe journalists they should be armchair socialist revolutionaries like her. God help us!

  13. Mother Lode

    Jenna has a well rounded level of knowledge.

    She is equally ignorant of every topic under the sun.

    And if there is one sphere of Australian life that has problems (like health) then every other sphere of life should be ignored.

    She is a bit like all those British cartoonists that Tom links to – blind to the peculiar distribution of cases to particular states and also to the fact that health is a state responsibility, she instinctively blames the Federal leadership.

  14. Cassie of Sydney

    “Des Deskperson
    #3543964, posted on August 11, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    Even by the standards of the ‘progressive’ commentariat, Price is a third rater, unintelligent, crudely biased and predictable.”

    I agree DD however this this same third rate, unintelligent, crudely biased and very predictable grub lectures in….ahem….”journalism” at UTS.

  15. tgs

    Des Deskperson
    #3543964, posted on August 11, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    Even by the standards of the ‘progressive’ commentariat, Price is a third rater, unintelligent, crudely biased and predictable.

    Her career as a journalist also seems to have been pretty ordinary, judging by her online profiles; no evidence of awards, breaking stories or serious publications. Her role as a ‘sections editor’ may refer to her reported job as editor of the SMH’s ‘letters’ column.

    On the other hand, she was awarded a citation in 2103 for an ‘outstanding contribution to student learning’ from the ‘Office of Learning and Teaching’, apparently part of the [then] Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science Research and Tertiary Education.

    I always like the way the photos that accompany her columns have changed over the years as she became further up herself: from ‘concerned mum’ through ‘activist citizen’ and ‘militant feminist’ to ‘serious public intellectual’.

    Top post.

  16. Robber Baron

    If politicians can’t be held to account for their decisions, what’s the point of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy?

    Ahh yes, we’re a dictatorship. Therefore she is correct! Tyrant dictator KimJongDan cannot be held to account.

    Third-world shit-hole.

  17. Lee

    If politicians can’t be held to account for their decisions, what’s the point of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy?

    You forget that Labor politicians can’t, and are not to “be held to account for their decisions”, whereas the rule does apply to LNP pollies, even when not their responsibility or decision.

  18. Des Deskperson

    ‘I agree DD however this this same third rate, unintelligent, crudely biased and very predictable grub lectures in….ahem….”journalism” at UTS.’

    But Cassie, as I indicated above, she was awarded a citation for her outstanding contributions to student learning, specifically ‘supporting student journalists from day one to employment’

    You will note that the citation says nothing about the quality of her teaching.

    More broadly, I’ve had some experience in managing these sorts of awards in the APS, and while it is possible that this one was kosher, mainly their purpose is to get publicity for the agency or organisation* that issues them, so they tend to be dished out fairly freely. Judging by the nomination forms, all you had to do apply for one of these citations was nominate someone – including yourself – against some fairly generic criteria and then get the Dean and the VC – or their delegates – to endorse it. It doesn’t strike me as particularly rigorous.

    * Ineffectively, it would seem in this case, since the ‘Office of Learning and Teaching’, no longer appears to exist.

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’ve never seen any shortage of applicants for the job.

  20. nb

    Andrews bans hydroxychloroquine and Price expects him to be thanked?

  21. She’s vomiting through her “eyes”.

  22. Mark M

    It is a fact that people who believe UN failed doomsday global warming also suffer from depression and other mental illness.

    Is it any wonder that someone who is panicked by an imaginary crisis has completely lost their composure and flounders when confronted by a genuine threat.

    The kitchen has the exit sign clearly marked.
    Careful not to let the door hit you in the back of your head on the way out.

  23. duncanm

    First thing I’ve read of hers that I agree with. Her life is “Strange and Charmless

  24. miltonf

    Who was the wackademic sending (used?) tampons in the post to Tony Abbott? Remember that bit of agitprop?

  25. miltonf

    UTS is a charmless building- a monument to brutalism.

  26. Squirrel

    I can feel another Aslan allusion coming on.

  27. wozzup

    Jenna Price: “I can’t decide whether to cry or vomit”
    Dear Jenna, please feel free to go ahead and do both, preferably at the same time. I would pay good money to see the spectacle.

  28. Leo G

    No wonder Mike Baird, former premier of NSW, reached across the political divide to send well wishes on LinkedIn to Daniel Andrews

    I’m sorry to hear you’re being unfairly blamed for the Dan-demic, comrade.

  29. Mark M

    At least Scomo put boots on the ground for the bushfires.
    Not so much for the “Co2 induced” floods …

    30 years ago, when carbon (sic) levels were “safe” …

    Shoalhaven residents assess damage after worst flood on NSW South Coast since 1991
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-11/shoalhaven-battered-by-wild-weather-worst-flood-in-30-years/12545262

  30. Iain Russell

    @Mother Lode indeed her consistent and all pervading numptiness is a marvel to behold. You go girl – go you good thing!

  31. Herodotus

    Agree Cuckoo at 1.59 above. The left activist “journalists” went ballistic on Abbott for years and greased the shute for Mal.

  32. Dasher

    I once read her articles in the Canberra Times…woke rubbish at the best of times and your two examples exemplify her wonderful journalistic standard…this is her to a “T” She is also a lecturer in journalism. Heaven help us.

  33. John

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, lecture at UTS.

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