At last someone in the mainstream media is asking questions about Cory Bernardi, regularly raving right wing ratbag, as you can read in Abott's man under fire over extreme right lobbying.
Pardon me. Excuse me. Is it ever so rude to notice?
Yep, there's the digitised proof, and it almost made the pond entirely forget the story, which is that Bernardi has been off in the wild, hunkering down with big tobacco, an organisation fighting gun control called ALEC (it's a wonder the Herald didn't twist that into smartaleck), and the Heartland Institute, which recently ran a two day conference called Can Tobacco Make You Healthier?
Which is a bit like a conference explaining how a .22 slug can lead to plastic surgery which can definitely enhance your appearance.
Anyhoo, according to the Herald story, Abot's (oh it's so catching) man has failed to declare his links in his register of pecuniary interests.
Making him sound furtive as well as deviant.
On the other hand, if anyone in the media bothered to track and report on Bernardi consistently they'd find him routinely up to all sorts of wildcat rogue activities.
But the media routinely drapes a pall cloth over the more extreme parts of the Liberal party.
After all, this is the man the South Australian Liberals have determined should hold their number one Senate slot for the next election, and never mind if he gets off with big tobacco, ALEC or the climate denialist crowd.
Oh you crow eaters, there's nothing to crow about here, you should be eating crow.
It says a lot about Abbott that he fellow-travelled with Bernardi for a long time until the wayward eccentricities made him say 'enough already', and it's a sharp jolt to those susceptible to the blathering of people like Christopher Pearson dissembling about the way Abbott has turned into a secular liberal because he opens his fridge to certified feminists.
The reality remains that you can't have a right-wing cigarette but tossed out the window without also having an occasional spectacular right-wing buttfire.
Bernardi is a classic butt, and a classic reminder of Abbott's lingering enthusiasm for right-wing ratbaggery.
Will Abbot come out and denounce Bernardy during his whirlwind tour to announce positive policies?
And advise the world that Bernardi will sit during his term in power on the back bench, so teaching the crowing South Australians a lesson in eating crow?
In your dreams. Abbutt is just as likely to appoint Bernurdi the Minister for Climate Science ...
For more reading on Bernardi and ALEC, here he is mentioned four months ago (yes it's that sort of exclusive story) in ALEC is Secretly Collaborating With Foreign Countries to Promote Bills in Congress, and as a bonus here's an extended piece by Mike Seccombe, with a punchline that Bernardi is Sarah Palin, without the lipstick, and he too has gone rogue: If You Like Sarah Palin, You'll Absolutely Love Cory Bernardi.
The good news is that a shooting star like Pallin eventually burns up and hits earth (Sarah Palin and Fox News part ways as Tea Party's favourite's contract expires), but that only happens when sensible people vote for middle of the road moderate politicians, rather than ratbags.
It seems even Fox News has decided to make some minor cosmetic changes to its incessant ratbaggery.
Are we likely to see any changes to the ways of the Murdoch press, and in particular The Australian?
In your dreams.
The real comedy there is that after years of reviling Fairfax, the Murdockians have come out and blatantly imitated them.
From January 29th News Ltd sites intend to run autoplay videos (News Limited to switch on autoplay video), and thank the lord and praise them to heaven, UM and its CEO Matt Baxter will boycott them in the same way that they've boycotted Fairfax (UM boycotts News Limited autoplay video).
At least there's someone out there who understands the cold fury of a consumer either forced to turn off the sound, forced to drop out of the story, or forced to suffer an ad.
Now it's true that the pond has never watched any video at any time on any News Ltd site, and that's not about to change, forced or non-forced. But all the same it's remarkable to watch a desperate industry deliberately alienate a significant part of its customer base.
The irony is that Fairfax will shortly be imitating News Ltd by rolling out a porous paywall, so that the peas in the pod can keep on looking pretty much the same.
Good news for The Guardian's proposed invasion down under.
Unless you like paying to read stories about Abott's men because it's simply too burdensome these days for the mainstream media to act like the mainstream. And hire a checker outside New Zealand.
Which leaves just enough time to reference another Fairfax blunder (not that News Ltd doesn't also shamelessly misuse and abuse the content of others), revolving around the duck which has now departed Sydney harbour.
It's all there in mUmBRELLA's SMH in copyright blunder over tweeted duck pic.
So much for the incessant squawking over intellectual property rights ...
It's one thing for a blog which doesn't carry any advertising to make use of a CC or other image; quite another for a blog or the MSM which carries FORCED advertising to try to tickle the till and make a little coinage out of the uncredited work of others.
Okay, okay, you want some fair and balanced reporting, just like Fox News, so here it is from the other side of the fence, a story back in 2011 when Dr. No was in full nattering negativity mode, and News ran a story entitled Tony Abott launches stinging attack on Prime Minister Julia Gillard over carbon tax.
No wonder they're forcing the videos, so they can maintain the visual assault on all fronts.
Oh okay, the New Zeelunders eventually caught up with the blunder, and the story's now about Abbott's man being under fire, but it's too late, too late the pond tells ya.
I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the tyupos
take another woman
Gone, gone, the damage done.
I sing the song
because I love the press
I know that soem
of you don't understand
to keep the cash from running out.
I've seen the typos
and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every Cory Burnardi
is like a settin' sun.
Apologies Neil Young.