|Pinkie and Pint? Delingpole says:|
"When I come to Oz in mid-April I'd like to buy him a pint."
James Delingpole writes a tribute to QC Raymond Finkelstein.
James mentions that Australian Climate madness has a good summary of the report including "Pinkie Finkie's proposal to create a new super-regulator called the News Media Council." (Link)Raymond – or Pinkie Finkie, as I'm sure he'd preferred it if I called him, because the Aussies do love a bit of informality, don't they? – has produced a report on media regulation in Australia so terrifyingly authoritarian it makes the Leveson Enquiry look like a model of balance, sanity and restraint. Chinese have been eyeing Pinkie Finkie's report with gobsmacked admiration, wondering whether they could ever get away with producing something quite so extreme…)
This bias is certainly evident in its attitude to climate change. It cites a December 2011 report by the left-leaning Australian Centre for Independent Journalism on media coverage of climate change policy in Australia. The report – A Sceptical Climate – had found that "negative coverage of government policy outweighed positive coverage by 73 per cent to 27 per cent" and that the preponderance of negative coverage was even greater among Murdoch-owned newspapers.
To which the only sane and sensible response is: "Yeah? And???" Of course a left-wing think tank is going to find climate scepticism objectionable. Of course it's going to seize every opportunity to have a dig at papers owned by Rupert Murdoch. But had Pinkie Finkie been wearing his scrupulously neutral wig of blind justice – rather than his I HEART George Soros hat – it might have occurred to him that there was a much more plausible reason than media bias as to why the Gillard Government's carbon tax got such generally negative coverage.
Maybe the carbon tax was just a bloody stupid idea and everyone with an ounce of sense could SEE it was a bloody stupid idea!
Pinkie Finkie, however, takes the view that any newspaper that takes a firm line against an iniquitous, wrong-headed, economically suicidal, unscientifically-based, activist-driven, morally bankrupt new carbon tax system must perforce be in need of stricter regulation.And the future? What will that be like?
I think the Carbon Tax, the (hijacked by activist judges Andrew) Bolt trial and now this are going to lead to the mother of all political backlashes, and that when it comes to the next general election the avowedly climate sceptical Tony Abbott is going to be a shoo-in. But let's allow lefties like Pinkie Finkie and Gillard and Tim Flannery and Bob Brown their hour in the sun because the longer they stay there, the more damage they do and the more damage they will be seen to have done.For the future of our children, let's hope and pray that James is right.