Australian Politics – Media Class Expels A Prime Minister Who Dissented

Posted on Sun 09/20/2015 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Brendan O’Neill on the coup of the media elite:

Here in Australia, the recent political coup had two parts: the hidden skulduggery and the public justifications for such skulduggery. It’s only by considering both that … something very interesting – and worrying – starts to emerge: a feeling that former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was dumped not because he was an ineffective leader but because his world view failed to conform with what political and media insiders consider to be proper and progressive…

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

It also feels like a chattering-class coup, the exiling of a leader for daring to think things that opinion-shapers consider heretical…

One consistent message takes shape: a key problem with Abbott was that he was “out of touch” on certain issues, most notably climate change and gay marriage. This has shaped the coverage of the coup around the world… The judgment of (new Prime Minister) Turnbull and Abbott via the green-gay gospel was repeated across the media, from CNN to The Sydney Morning Herald. CNN ran a piece headlined “Five things to know about Australia’s new PM”. No 1 was that he had challenged Abbott before. Guess what No 2 and No 3 were? Yep, “He’s strong on climate change” and “He supports same-sex marriage”… The mantra of “He supports same-sex marriage” – uttered everywhere – is the new way of saying: “He goes to church every Sunday.” It marks him out as “one of us”, unlike Abbott…

Whatever the internal Liberal machinations that led to the ousting of Abbott, the public mythologisation of his removal is revealing and terrifying. It speaks to the new intolerance, where anyone who refuses to buy into chattering-class orthodoxies can expect ridicule, and maybe even the termination of their careers.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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