1. Tingle drops the ‘f’ bomb
Yes she did. She commented on Twitter that ABC journo’s had been doing a good job in their coverage of the fires. Someone called YeaNah @YeaNah10 suggested that such a comment lacked balance.
Laura Tingle responded by telling the commenter to “go f**k yourself”, except she spelt it out.
Corrine Barraclough in Luvvie Laura and the(ir) ABC’s problem with abusive behaviour says you can’t do that. Abuse is abuse.
However, swearing is also shorthand way of expressing disgust and disapproval. Moreover, YeaNah is suggesting that ‘balance’ be privileged over the truth. Is Tingle unable to express the truth because she is working for the ABC, so she must demonstrate ‘balance’ at the expense of truth?
Here’s Ed Jenkins on the performance of the conservative media on the bushfires:
In this crisis, the conservative media have defended Morrison against the most benign attacks even as the death toll climbed and the fury mounted; they have dismissed experts with decades of in-field experience as “activists”; they’ve spread thoroughly debunked theories about these fires being caused by environmentalists’ opposition to preventative land clearing; even bushfire victims themselves were branded as “feral” when they had the temerity to heckle the PM during a photo opportunity in their fire-ravaged town of Cobargo. Possibly most telling of all, Craig Kelly, a member of Morrison’s government, went on UK television to deny any link between the fires and climate change, where even a wet gollum like Piers Morgan couldn’t let it pass. Back home, pundits on Sky News defended him, saying that they “didn’t know anymore more across the science than [Kelly].”
Jared Richards, who also addressed the Tingle matter, thinks The Outrage Over Tex Perkins’ One-Finger Salute To Scott Morrison Is Nothing But A Distraction.
Then Amanda Meade at the Guardian says the ABC has received overwhelming praise for its ‘vital’ emergency reporting, despite ongoing scorn from Murdoch-owned media.
To Barraclough Katharine Murphy is a far-left journalist, the ABC is guilty of “foul, extremist leftist groupthink” and the Q&A panelists
To tell a climate denier to go fuck themselves. Especially impactful if coming from a respected figure known otherwise for their tact and restraint. After Australian journalist Laura Tingle who created a stir on Twitter by doing just this.
2. ‘Dangerous, misinformation’
Speaking of Newscorp’s coverage, commercial finance manager Emily Townsend said she had been filled with anxiety and disappointment over Newscorp’s coverage, which had impacted her ability to work. So she’s leaving.
Not before an email from her was circulated to staff:
“I have been severely impacted by the coverage of News Corp publications in relation to the fires, in particular the misinformation campaign that has tried to divert attention away from the real issue which is climate change to rather focus on arson (including misrepresenting facts),” she said.
“I find it unconscionable to continue working for this company, knowing I am contributing to the spread of climate change denial and lies. The reporting I have witnessed in The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun is not only irresponsible, but dangerous and damaging to our communities and beautiful planet that needs us more than ever to acknowledge the destruction we have caused and start doing something about it.”
Newspoll has found:
more voters (59%) are dissatisfied with Morrison’s performance than satisfied (37%).
Satisfaction in Morrison fell eight points and dissatisfaction increased by 11 points, both movements outside the poll’s margin of error of 2.5%. Just 4% of voters were “uncommitted” when asked how Morrison is performing.
Albanese is in positive territory after a six-point increase in satisfaction from 40% to 46% and dissatisfaction falling from 41% to 37%.
He leads Morrison as preferred prime minister, 43% to 39%, the first time he has done so since taking the Labor leadership after Bill Shorten’s shock loss at the May 2019 election.
Morrison dropped nine points as preferred prime minister while Albanese increased by nine points, reversing Morrison’s lead of 14 points in the last poll, taken in the first week of December, to trail by four points.
The Coalition suffered a two-point drop in primary vote to 40% while Labor recovered by three points to 36%. In two-party-preferred terms Labor lead the Coalition 51% to 49%.
4. Roger Federer gets a serve
Roger Federer is now 38, and while he has not indicated he will retire any time soon, clearly he is thinking about it. Apart from reportedly being the first tennis billionaire, part of his plan to keep the wolf from the door is his association with the Swiss finance giant Credit Suisse.
For some time now climate activists have been targeting the company, and his support, by playing tennis inside their building and other activities. Greta Thunberg has piled on.
Federer has now issued a carefully worded statement saying he had four children and takes climate issues very seriously indeed.
Credit Suisse recently stated it is “seeking to align its loan portfolios with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and has recently announced in the context of its global climate strategy that it will no longer invest in new coal-fired power plants”.
Whether that will satisfy the #RogerWakeUpNow campaign remains to be seen.