This is getting fuggly:
IF you were in any doubt that the government’s media inquiry isÂ a McCarthyist witch-hunt against the Murdoch press, inspired by Greens leader Bob Brown, just look at the speakers lined up for the first day’s hearing in Melbourne on Tuesday.
There was self-proclaimed Trotskyist journalism academic Martin Hirst, leftist historian Robert Manne – who has just written a 40,000-word hatchet job on the Murdoch media – and disaffected former News Ltd journalists Eric Beecher and Stephen Mayne, both of the left-wing website Crikey.
We’re just waiting for Noam Chomsky and John Pilger to show up.
No wonder Bob Brown is grinning like a Cheshire cat. All his ducks are lined up, thanks to a compliant government which is implementing his wildest dreams, one by one, from muzzling conservatives to a carbon tax.
Bobby Brown can’t believe his luck.
After a moment of sunshine, the whole thing went south:
- THERE needs to be less regulation on the media to ensure a healthy democracy,Â the ABC’s director of editorial policy Paul Chadwick said yesterday.
Look out, here comes the speech police!
“The greatest threat to freedom of speech in Australia is abuse of freedom of speech,” said Disney, and “a cacophony is not freedom of speech.”
So they are for free speech, as long as it’s free speech they like. Lots of people talking – “a cacophony” – is not free speech, but a conversation in which Someone determines who may speak and how is.
- This inquiry threatens your right to speak – here or anywhere
- Not even the finest judge should decide which newspapers should survive
And the ‘stolen generation’Â still can’t be found:
A victim of his own lies complains:
I had no idea my ideas were so dangerous, butÂ Professor Robert Manne has sounded the warning at the media inquiry:
Robert Manne yesterday:
RECENTLY an email correspondent, David Barrow, had provided me with an electronic version of some blogs and comments published on the Bolt blog since 2006. In my case there had been 188 Bolt incitements … in the case of Tim Flannery there were 393 Bolt incitements.
Incitements? Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald, April 16:
IT only takes one unhinged citizen with access to arms to blow apart the peaceful progress of democracy. Windsor worries about the state of affairs: “There’s been an elevation of incitement in the political messages out there. It’s pretty fragile. It only takes one unhinged person and it will change everything.” Is Australia heading there for its own Gabrielle Giffords moment?
Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary, ninth edition, 2001:
INCITEMENT: Encouragement or persuasion to commit a crime even though the crime be not committed.
Oliver Wendell Holmes defends free speech in Gitlow v People of New York, June 8, 1925:
EVERY idea is an incitement … The only difference between the expression of an opinion and an incitement in the narrower sense is the speaker’s enthusiasm for the result.