It takes a degree of froideur to go to The Weekend Australian after a Coalition win – or, more accurately, yet another ALP loss. But I summoned it up this morning. Greg Sheridan is not stupid – he is just so often wrong. ‘Scott Morrison is restoring our global swagger.’ Where and when did we lose it? In Cape Town with the sandpaper? Mr Sheridan is full of praise for Morrison who he thinks as yet shows no sign of hubris. And again he praises Trump by condemning Trump’s critics. The fallacy is blatant. Trump is out to destroy conservatism. Which contribution of Trump to the world order this week did Mr Sheridan most celebrate? Building a wall in Ireland or getting Mar a Lago to run the NHS?
If ‘tribalism’ had not been discovered, Chris Kenny would have demanded it. He thinks ‘the love media’ should follow Seinfeld – and not Twitter. That raises two questions. First, what is the other media called – ‘hate media’? Secondly, how do you account for the success of his idol, Donald Trump, on Twitter?
Labor’s overreaction to the Australian Federal Police raids was another clear example of falling for misguided priorities….Journalists cheered of course, but away from the political/media class, the insinuation the Coalition has us sliding toward a police state would have sounded hysterical and partisan, while non-journalists would have wondered why the media thinks it deserves exemption from the rule of law.
The Weekend Australian, 8 June 2019.
I don’t know if Mr Kenny sees himself as a journalist, but he does write for the Murdoch press, and his subscription to the rule of law fairly takes your breath away.