THE BOYS and girls at GetUp are very upset about a video in which Viscount Monckton addresses a group of Australian mining execs. He tells them that if they want fair media coverage they will need to buy a media outlet. Now that Gina Rinehart has become the largest Fairfax shareholder, the video is Exhibit A in the activist group’s campaign to have its friends in Canberra make that nasty woman go away. If you have not seen it already, the clip is below.
Not much there, really, other than the evil GetUp purports to see, which in this case amounts to the appalling notion that free speech might be available to people other than pimply leftoid snots. Simply put, miners and climate sceptics should not be allowed to own media assets because they are, well, miners and climate sceptics. We’re all clear on that, right? Good, because now the logic gets a little twisted.
While the newspapers were full of Gina’s “raid” – and let us hope it is the start of a conquest, not a mere foray -- Monica Attard launched the Global Mail with $15 million supplied by internet entrepreneur Graeme Wood, who is by far and away the Greens’ largest and most enthusiastic donor.
So what’s the difference, you may wonder? Well, according to Attard, her benefactor is an altruist who cares only about quality journalism -- someone who would never, ever dream of leaning on the people he pays in order to advance the causes he supports. If you are one of those terminally cynical sorts, Attard has a ready answer. As she explained yesterday to the Australia’s media section, “Graeme is chairperson of The Global Mail board. He has no editorial input whatsoever.”
That is not what the Australian Election Commission might conclude, as it holds at least one document which makes Attard’s assertion appear rather hollow.
Filed on November 8, 2011, it lists Wood’s donations of $1,680,795 to the Greens from July to November 2010, when there was an election to be fought and a jolt of extra cash must have come in very handy. While such generosity is eye-popping, it is the email address Wood lists on the AEC form which is even more startling. It leaves no doubt the tycoon’s journalistic philanthropy and politics are one and the same:
In case your eyes are fading, the Greens’ mega-donor gives his contact email as firstname.lastname@example.org
What was it Attard was saying about the boss having “no editorial input whatsoever”? She might want to get a few of her investigative journalists to look into that.
A NOTE: There is no direct link to the document in the above post because it was a bugger to open and download. Those disinclined to take a Bunyip's word can drive themselves potty by tackling the following URLs.
Wood's private number was blacked out at the Billabong.