Blog Profile / Pure Poison


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Filed Under:Politics / Australian Politics
Posts on Regator:840
Posts / Week:2.1
Archived Since:May 25, 2010

Blog Post Archive

The good and the ugly

Crikey‘s First Dog On The Moon elegantly highlights the hideous flaw in anti-“boat people” rhetoric: I’m posting it to Reddit next. Elsewhere, The Age publishes former Senator Amanda Vanstone comparing refugees who arrive on boats with ants chasing after our precious sugar. Show More Summary

In which it turns out that “free speech” for certain News Ltd columnists means the right of businesses to lie as they trade

The Coalition sends out flyers to small businesses encouraging them to raise prices and blame it on the “carbon tax”: A handy notification that this butcher is one to avoid The Government responds, pointing out that lying to customers (even if Tony Abbott has told them to) could (as during the GST introduction by the [...]

What’s the connection bw Dave and Jeremy leaving Crikey and Fairfax editors quitting?

Jeremy (from Victoria) and Dave (from NSW) announce that they’re leaving Crikey at the end of the week. Suddenly the editors of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald both quit. Coincidence? We’d love to tell you, but we can’t. Yet. UPDATE: An old friend thinks they might be after him, instead.

Something Wonky launches

The Pure Poison Podcast is dead, long live Something Wonky. Dave and Jeremy’s new podcast is now online. A new name, a new format, but with plenty of the elements that made the Pure Poison Podcast a part of your weekly routine. Subscribe to Something Wonky via iTunes, or via RSS. Alternatively, you can download [...]

The many definitions of “editorial independence”

Bad news for those thinking about subscribing to The Australian, according to these remarks it published today: …just $1200 a person. When you think about it, this is probably the equivalent of a two to four-year subscription to a pay-walled media site. In fact, it would get you 2.9 years’ worth of The Australian’s complete [...]

Weekend talk thread June 29

This is it, the very last Pure Poison open thread. I think that we’ve said everything that we wanted to about Pure Poison closing down already, but I’d like to take the opportunity once more to say thank you, Pure Poison was more than just Jeremy and I and we will miss all of your [...]

The Inappropriately Happy Herald Sun reader returns

Yesterday she was giggling over a mother murdered for a cheap meal. Today she’s cacking herself about asylum seekers in peril on the sea: It’s funny because they didn’t arrive here safely. (Via an unfortunate encounter with the Herald Sun in a cafe at lunchtime.)

Emotional parliament fears for lives of people on boats; refuses to address the actual safety of those boats

As the media demand that politicians PUT ASIDE POLITICS and SAVE LIVES but are vague on the specifics of how exactly to do that, the parliament wrestles with legislation that will SAVE LIVES whilst simultaneously PUTTING LIVES IN DANGER and if only people on the other side to me would put politics aside for a [...]

The odd things that Herald Sun readers smile at

The Herald Sun champions psychopathic schadenfreude in its readers: The good news story really made her day Via LGWS

All hail our new boat regime overlords

Quick question: has something happened to our government this week that we’ve missed here at Pure Poison? Talking of an action by the Australian government, a columnist at News Ltd writes of ““this farcical boat people regime”. When did that happen? Have they broken out of detention centres and seized Parliament? ELSEWHERE: The same columnist [...]

In which it turns out that “free speech” for certain News Ltd columnists means the right of businesses to lie as they trade

The background. The Coalition sends out flyers to small businesses encouraging them to raise prices and blame it on the “carbon tax”: A handy notification that this butcher is one to avoid The Government responds, pointing out that lying to customers (even if Tony Abbott has told them to) could result in prosecution by the [...]

Coincidence?

Jeremy and Dave are leaving Crikey at the end of the week. And then this week the editors of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald both quit. Coincidence? Well, we can’t answer that here. Yet.

The good and the ugly

Crikey‘s First Dog On The Moon elegantly highlights the hideous flaw in anti-”boat people” rhetoric: I’m posting it to Reddit next. Elsewhere, The Age publishes former Senator Amanda Vanstone comparing refugees who arrive on boats with ants chasing after our precious sugar. Who wouldn’t want to live in Australia, she asks, before demanding we remove [...]

“Unfair, unbalanced and savagely skewed to fit his ideological inclinations”

A newspaper writer discusses another member of his profession: …whose writing I’ve often found to be unfair, unbalanced and savagely skewed to fit his ideological inclinations, sometimes to the point of melodrama. I suspect everyone who’s stuck by Pure Poison to its final week can guess who it’s about, and who’s making the comment. Yes, [...]

Miranda’s unique recollections.

Miranda Devine thinks that Gina Rinehart is exactly what Fairfax needs, and takes a trip down memory lane revisiting her own time at the Sydney Morning Herald to point out why. When I arrived at the Herald it was controlled by a handful of hard-Left enforcers who dictated how stories were covered, and undermined management [...]

Actually, I’m more concerned about what Tina Alldis admitted than her offending journalists

One effect of sacking journos is that those left will have less time to file more content. Which we’ve seen in the past has been a great opportunity for PR flacks hoping that their thinly-veiled advertorial media releases might appear in formerly credible publications with little scrutiny. Here’s Tina Alldis, head of publicity at agency [...]

The final Pure Poison Podcast – #62 – Something Wonky this way comes

The final Pure Poison Podcast. The last ever #LOLBolt comedy section, discussing News Ltd and Fairfax’s future as well as Dave and Jeremy’s future. You can download the podcast, find it at the iTunes music store, subscribe to the feed in iTunes or stream it online at our podbean page. For those of you subscribing [...]

I’m here to reassure you Andrew, you’re completely wrong.

The Herald Sun’s resident resources and energy expert, Andrew Bolt, today posed this question about the Federal Government’s Climate Change Authority board: These people are in charge of our power prices? What a collection of extremists, Leftists and fellow travellers. Only one scientist among them, and about as alarmist as you could find. The most [...]

Weekend talk thread June 22 – 24

The weekend is here. For old time’s sake, here’s a video of the Grey Fergie muster at Bendemeer, NSW.

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