Not all lawyers in the same soiled basket

…from the quill of Antisthenes


One hopes that the people observe the current inquisition of the not-sufficiently-left media decreed, scripted and directed by the Greens. From Andrew Bolt’s blog:

In the Spectator, Neil Brown QC writes on the extraordinary construction of a media monster that’s intimidating and silencing all those poor diddums of the Left, who now need all the regulatory help they can get to once more dominate public discourse as they deserve:

Speaking of the media inquiry, I have just seen some of the first day’s evidence, or should I say whingeing.

Apparently, Australia is gripped by terror. The populace are too intimidated to express their own opinions. Fear stalks the land. Democracy is at risk because conservative views are being expressed.

Rupert Murdoch and Andrew Bolt have the whole nation in thrall to their evil spell. Frankly, I did not know whether to laugh or cry. The working press should have jumped on this nonsense when it started some months ago and pointed out that the real reason why the left-wing establishment is so sensitive to the handful of conservative voices is that it has lost its monopoly on opinion and doesn’t like it. There is also a challenge to the big-government, high-taxing, high-spending and open borders approach to life and the leftwing establishment likes that even less. Hence it has now invented the myth that it is being stifled; in reality, it is just being defeated.

But journalists and the media have allowed the myth to gain credence instead of supporting the rugged independence of their craft. They paid part of the price when they salivated over Andrew Bolt’s predicament instead of supporting him. They will pay the balance when the government uses the recommendations of the Finkelstein Inquiry to cast the first chain around what used to be the freedom of the press.

In the Spectator out now.”


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About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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