You might find it hard to imagine that some members of the press see themselves as victims of some form of injustice or oppression, but some do.
There are people who not only believe that George Pell was unfairly treated, but that they have been as well – and just because of their subscription to one religious denomination. They go further. They see George Pell as a victim – and somehow or other they share the pain.
This is curious, as it is a perfect example of conduct that their colleagues make a habit, if not a living, out of denouncing. It’ s called ‘identity politics’.
I have often wondered what’s wrong with people who have a common interest – such as farmers, plumbers, country women, or coal miners – coming together to advance their interests. But some in the press see something sinister in this – even though that’s what they get together for every day.
It is curious for another reason. George Pell and the church he stood for are criticised – that is the soft word – for regarding the church as more important than the victims of its abusive priests. Whose conduct George Pell chose to overlook. In the interests of the church.
But that is precisely the attitude that the vocal defenders of George Pell evidence nearly every time they open their mouths. People come and go, but the rock of the church abideth forever.
This is not just sad. It is disgraceful. Many, many lives were ruined. Far too many were lost. People killed themselves. Because George Pell thought that it was in the interests of the church that he look the other way.
And now others of that ilk say the same. With a kind of smarmy contentment, as if they have been vindicated. And not one word for the families of those who killed themselves, or the many who were defrauded of their compensation by George Pell, and the crafty lawyers who have since retired from the scene.
The mockers of Jacinda Ardern may not quite see themselves as victims, but they have something in common with the supporters of George Pell. They are aging white males who have not achieved much in life. Their role is limited to commenting on others. And when someone succeeds, as this woman did, they show an ugly jealous bile.
Meanwhile, their dark, brooding employer sits out of the light in America, and collects buckets of dollars – and wives.
Pell – Ardern – hypocrisy – lawyers – jealousy.