By Darryl Mason
Is Senator Steve Fielding outsourcing his press releases to Rupert Murdoch's anti-Greens chief propagandist, Andrew Bolt? Sure reads like it :
The Greens would rather send Australia back to the Stone Age than use common sense....
“I don’t know what planet the Greens are on, but by the look of their ‘Safe Climate Bill’ they look like they’re lost in space,” Senator Fielding said.
“If Bob Brown and his hippy friends really believed in their cause they’d ride their bikes to Parliament House instead of using the Commonwealth’s petrol-guzzling V8s.
“If we did what the Greens propose Australia would no longer exist because there’d be no industries left to drive our economy."
“The Greens’ proposed 40 percent reduction in emissions would cripple our economy and boot thousands of jobs offshore.
“The hypocrisy of the Greens beggars belief with the way they carry on about the environment yet show no evidence of doing anything about it in their personal lives."
“The Greens should either practice what they preach or just shut up and go away.”
Further proof needed? Here's the headline Fielding chose for his press release, in all screaming caps :
Fielding better watch himself. Rupert Murdoch has been ranting like a loon (or like someone who's lost a few billion dollars) about the evils of "content kleptomaniacs" recently. If Fielding's going to lift so much content from Andrew Bolt, he may be in big trouble :
GREENS PLAN ECONOMICALLY LAUGHABLE, FOOLISH AND LUDICROUS
"(the) plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content."But can you copyright political propaganda?
UPDATE : Earlier today, Andrew Bolt published the key lines for the revived, and rather boring, political strategy for attacking The Greens (they use cars! and planes!) from Fielding's press release, before it went online.
How very similar it is to Andrew Bolt's own favoured "Look! Hypocrisy Over There!" methodology for attacking The Greens. Surely just a coincidence, and not at all groupthink.
Or something more suspicious.
Did Andrew Bolt get a preview of the press release from Fielding by e-mail, or fax? Or did Fielding read it to him over the phone while he was 'putting it together' ?
How very, very interesting.
Family First Senator Steve Fielding is tired of being hectored by hypocrites:
From 1 July to 31 December 2008 Greens Senators spent $164,240 flying around the country.
“The carbon footprint the Greens leave behind jet setting across the country is just another minor detail they forget to include when they campaign about lowering carbon dioxide emissions....”
(No link yet to press release.)
Is 'journalism' now a second job for Andrew Bolt?
Below, David Marr catches up on the Sunday morning papers, during the 'Morning Papers' segment of Insiders, while Bolt waffles about his latest climate change conspiracy theory, that doesn't include the fact that his boss, Rupert Murdoch, is the world's leading promoter of global warming fearmongery and carbon neutral corporatism.