The Three Unwise Old Men of the Media

What is happening to the Elders of media?
Fair dinkum, you really have to wonder what the world is coming to. As if mainstream media isn’t bad enough with journalists of all ages and gender now offering their biased political opinions every day in our media instead of professional political analysis, we now have two elders of mainstream media behaving like bogan bullies in the playground who don’t have the wit or intelligence to win an argument so resort to degrading and belittling those who they deem “weaker” than them – and the third behaving like a cross between Henry the VIIIth, Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna!
First we have Alan Jones frothing at the mouth, spewing his vile comments re the Prime Ministers dear old Dad. You’ve read numerous articles on IA (and in msm) about that. Then up pops someone who Labor people would have thought had a little bit more decorum where the PM was concerned given that he is apparently a former Labor Party stalwart, speech writer for many a Labor MP and author of sorts.
Bob Ellis.
Hidden away in his blog on September 12 2012, is a nasty little article about our PM. Not as cruel as Jones’ remarks but not far behind I can tell you.
The Real Julia, Stripped Bare” – where Ellis, for some insane inexplicable reason, has chosen to attack the PM for daring to leave a conference in the Cook Islands to travel home on the day that Australia had its worse death toll in Afghanistan. She came home to show leadership. Had she of not done so, you can bet your bottom dollar the media and the Opposition would have torn strips off her for days on end. Most of us saw it as the decent thing to do.  Ellis, however didn’t. Ellis then took a savage aim at her for leaving a day before a conference in Russia finished and fly home to be with her mother, sister and extended family on hearing of the sudden death of her father saying “she fled the conference and went home weeping to Adelaide.” What drives a silly old man to write something that cruel? Ellis says she should have stayed the extra day. Why? The last day of any conference is usually just putting minor finishing touches to discussion and saying a cheery round of farewells to all and sundry. It was not necessary for the PM to stay an extra day.  Ellis may not be close to his family but for those who are, we all know we would drop everything to be with our loved ones when a parent or dearly loved family member dies. But Ellis equated these dreadful exodus’ with soldiers in the battlefield not allowed to leave their posts when a loved one dies (and I would imagine that would only occur during a violent exchange of gunfire in a battlefield where flight to safety would be near impossible.) Drawing a long bloody bow there Bob if you ask me. 
Why the PM’s return home when her father died even warrants Ellis’ commentary is beyond me. Does he, like Jones, have a permanent hatred for her?  Does he have precious little to write about?  Is he bored? Or is he, like Jones, just old and cranky and wanky?
If I was Julia, I would simply tell Ellis and Jones to “rack off” but being the dignified, strong, professional statesperson she is, she wouldn’t dream of saying anything like that to them. 
So I will say it for her. 
“Rack off! you stupid old has beens”
Then we have the outrageous spectacle of John Laws appearing on ABC 7.30, supposedly to offer intelligent commentary on the Jones saga, but instead looked like and came across as a silly old pompous fool who thought he must have been appearing in some Shakespearean play…either that or he thought he was auditioning for the role of Sir Les Patterson now Barry Humphries has retired him.
These old men of the media should be displaying the art of their craft in a dignified professional statesman like manner – honouring their many years experience in the field with informative, clever, detailed scrutiny of an issue.
But no.
Jones, and Ellis to a lesser extent, are ranting like frustrated old wankers, condemning our female Prime Minister with a viciousness that is not becoming of any journalist in Australia, let alone those in their autumn years.
Laws? Well, as I said, just came across as a pompous old fool.
They are all well past their use-by date.
We have for far too long tolerated the disgraceful ugliness in which mainstream media has descended over the past few years. Young and seasoned journalists, using their medium to spruik their own biased political opinions, rarely, if ever, providing us with highly intelligent policy analysis. Rarely, if ever, providing us with clever, intelligent investigative journalism.
If this is what our seasoned journalists are going to end up like God help us all. Because believe me, they seem to heading that way.
But I’m an optimist – I still have faith in the young ones. 
But I wont hold my breath.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 20:18:42

    Ellis should be out to pasture the stupid old prik is in early dementia. Sad but true. His writings should be banned


  2. wixxy
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 20:38:13

    Love it, brilliant stuff Denise


  3. metaboleus
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 21:02:23

    Seems as if Ellis is providing cover for the reactionaries. How many times have we seen, in the last few days, comments to the effect that what AJ spewed out was not as bad as what Ellis vomited up. In many ways Ellis is more appalling as he is seen by the more moronic in the community as a leftie.


  4. columbus
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 11:48:47

    Ellis’ “reason” is neither insane nor inexplicable. To compare him to Alan Jones and John Laws is ridiculous and you know it. Lose the hyperbole Denise, this is the sort of language AJ would use. To attack sexism with fervent ageism is hypocrisy and you know it. To describe someone as demented because of their age is tantamount to commenting on Julias appearance because she’s a woman.

    You need to read Ellis’ blog post on Gillard within the broader context of his prolific writing on the Labor party.

    Ellis criticises many within the Labor party, both male and female, as a Labor insider who is despairing at what the party has become. He is not alone, many of us on the left agree with him on this, young and old. He describes the current caucus as an example of the victory of middle management. It’s hard to disagree.

    He criticises as someone who cares, someone who is against the Afgahn war, someone who disagrees with Labor’s asylum seeker policy and their treatment of Julian Assange among many other issues. Yet someone who gets out on the hustings, like many of us who also have concerns, and campaigns in marginal seats and volunteers at polling booths for Labor on election day. He’s a Labor member with 50 years tenure and experience and if anyone’s entitled to criticise…

    This criticism had nothing to do with Gillard being a woman. If you read his posts he was even more ferocious and scathing of Rudd. He described Mark Arbib as “a crab louse on the pubis of the party.” His criticism can be scathing but also erudite, subtle, nuanced and often humorous.

    Ellis has never forgiven Gillard for her role in the knifing of his mate Beazley and installing Rudd. He describes Gillard as ” one of the dwarves who brought him down (I always see him as Aslan slain, and Gillard as the White Witch of Narnia holding high the bloody dagger and laughing)”. Incidentally this occurred on the day of the death of Beazley’s disabled brother. In this matter you conveniently ignore Gillards own capacity for cruelty Denise.

    Ellis describes Beazley facing the caucus to be rolled and facing the media afterwards carrying this burden of grief and compares it to Gillards handling of similar. It has nothing to do with gender and more a comment on leadership and character. Ellis has often commented on Roxon and Plibersek being better candidates .

    I share your passion on the matter of Gillards treatment by some sections of society Denise, I just think you need to be careful in who you target, why and how you present the argument. You risk being seen in the same category as those you criticise.


  5. denniallen
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 21:06:45

    I have edited this post to remove distasteful language. I admit using such language only puts one in the category of those who one is commenting on and as such from now on refuse to in future lower myself to those standards.


  6. denniallen
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 11:09:13

    Columbus..thank you for your feedback…I very appreciate your opinion and constructive comments. I can see from your comments that our thoughts do intersect at the occasional point so your feedback is welcome. I look forward to your comments on future posts
    D 🙂


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