TGI Friday open forum
Well, at least Mum likes the twitter thingy on the right (although she hasn’t said so yet, but if I asked, I’m sure she’d say yes)… er anyway, there’s a slight possibility there won’t be a post for every interesting story or topic out there so if it needs to be known – and we’re on a need to know basis here – let it be so.
An improvement, mehopes.
Dear Professors Robert Manne and Tim Flannery,
As a member of the Stolen Generations, I wish to use this public forum to personally thank you for taking the Fight for Truth and Social Justice and Sustainability to the irresponsible, dangerous, and juvenile likes of News Ltd’s Andrew Bolt and his ill ilk.
That this misogynist, racist puppet of the Hate Media and Big Oil has the audacity to claim among other things, the right to Freedom of Speech – which should at best be a privilege – and that he dares question Truth Warriors such as your good selves is clear indication of the general badness that our once great society is mired in currently.
As my adoptive father, Wen Bao, sagely noted before his untimely death due to a falling hot rock, it is no coincidence that nations such as the Great China are on the rise thanks in no small part to the fact its wise political masters had the moral fortitude to Do The Right Thing and take control over the lawless anarchy we witnessed in 1989.
Of course, the same should apply in our own society.
When the utmost important matter of running a country falls on the behest of the shallow, ill-informed general populous – more akin to voting for the next vacuous Australian Idol – then your esteemed colleague, Clive Hamilton, is indeed correct when he proposes the necessary edict of a suspension of democracy.
In line with such wisdom, it is also logical to conclude that morally and intellectually superior elders such as yourselves (and this is no time to be humble; our grand children’s futures are at stake) would be doing Humanity a gross disservice if you were not to take active, if not presiding roles in the long-overdue News Media Council, the government body that is poised to regulate the nation’s currently out of control news media.
In plain English, and I apologise as it is my third language, our political and intellectual elite must have the freedom to do their jobs properly, without interference. That’s what they’re paid to do, and it’s high time we let them do it without the straitjackets we currently make them (and thus, you) wear.
I would much rather receive the facts, and only the facts. Again, I see no better way of this being achieved – at least in some degree – than having sages such as yourselves finally bringing Truth to Power via means of overseeing the News Media Council.
For example, the gravitas espoused by our government-funded ABC network’s Media Watch host, Jonathan Holmes, frankly, is far too ineffectual.
And the fact that 70 per cent of admittedly well-meaning citizens have been conned, brainwashed, and used by the Mass Murdoch Malaise is telling and most disturbing.
Intellectual and societal Death by Freedom, if you will.