How come this article by David Marr and Nick O’Malley is in the national news section of the Sydney Morning Herald, and not the opinion section? Compare the nakedly partisan polemic of Marr and O’Malley with the balanced, careful analysis of Nicholas Gruen here at Troppo, or even the factually based analysis of Tim Colebatch in the SMH’s sister publication The Age.
I can’t help but despair about Australia’s mainstream media when one of our leading broadsheets doesn’t understand the difference between news and opinion (or doesn’t care), while the other major media group (along with the Prime Minister) editorialises in favour of dumbing down Australia by encouraging kids to leave school at 15 because we need more tradespeople and they don’t need a Year 12 education! Where are Paul Keating and the Clever Country when we need them? Somebody stop me! I’m starting to sound like that dreadful McConville chappie. BTW McConville’s blog seems to have been pulled for “serious reconstruction” in the wake of Andrew Norton’s masterly demolition job.