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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:44

World War 3 is nigh because Albanese forgot a few numbers Featured

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Election campaigns, most people believe, tell the public about the people who are vying to become the next generation of politicians and occupy a nation's parliament.

In Australia, federal elections tend to tell us more about the kind of media set-ups that operate in the country, exactly how infantile and juvenile they are and the extent of their ability.

This is clearly illustrated in the number of stories on Tuesday about a gaffe made by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. He did not know the unemployment figure and he did not know the prevailing interest rate either.

Of course, he should have known both these figures. But his ignorance is not going to lead to the end of the world, end his chances of winning, or anything on that scale.

Albanese's opponent, Scott Morrison, who has much more backing from journalists, has made much more catastrophic mistakes during the three years since 2019. Mistakes that actually cost people's lives.

But with journalists clearly considering themselves insiders — and not outsiders as they should be — any stuff-up on the part of the opposition is reason for shouting drinks. If this gloating did not take place in public, where would the next "exclusive" come from?

The Labor leader's error does not merit a headline like "Albanese could pay a staggering cost for a stupid mistake". This, by the way, is written by David Crowe, a journalist who is a good example of the type of person who is firmly anchored on the inside, like a leech on someone's leg.

As former Courier Mail journalist Denis Atkins pointed out on Tuesday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made a similar mistake in 2015, two days before the state election was called. And the god whom many in the Murdoch stable worship, John Howard, did the same in 2007. Both these were non-events.

All the blathering about these simple errors shows that journalists are lazy and lack the brainpower to discuss something serious. Australia lacks a proper defence set-up, is drowning in debt, faces serious corruption issues and has just endured three years of a do-nothing government.

And the leader of this government, Morrison, cannot bring himself — despite all his claims about being a Christian — to giving a little girl her freedom so she and her family can go back to their own homes. I can just hear the heavenly host applauding.

The truth behind the low unemployment figure is rarely ventilated: it is not due to any effort on the part of the government, but rather due to migration numbers falling off due to the pandemic. Less people, same number of jobs, and hey you have a lower number who are unemployed. Even a sixth-grader could understand that – but not the numskulls who work for the country's media.

The painful thing about the sludge that has emerged from the media this morning is it will keep coming for the next 39 days. Probably in larger volumes. I would be interested to know what you, gentle reader, plan to do in order to immunise yourself against the flow from the gutters.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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