Niall Lucy and Steve Mickler’s new book, The War on Democracy Conservative Opinion in the Australian Press, includes chapters on Luke Slattery, Miranda Devine, Gerard Henderson, Janet Albrechtsen, Andrew Bolt, Michael Duffy, and Christopher Pearson. Here’s how they baited the hook for Pearson:
Christopher Pearson is … different. How many middle-aged, gay Catholic journalists, after all, especially ones who devote a weekly press column to espousing the virtues of conservative values and hard-line Vatican morality, can there possibly be? …Pearson shows that he is nothing more than Howard’s political gimp.
We all knew that Pearson was gay, but who ever suspected he was Catholic? If the excerpts of the book (pdf) are anything to go by, The War on Democracy is light on new information and heavy on witty name calling and moral outrage — a bit like a conservative opinion column.
So far the strategy seems to be working. How many of the other 6 will join the book’s promotion team?
At LP Mark Bahnisch floats the controversial idea that critics of ‘the left’ ought to follow Andrew’s lead and read a work before they evaluate it. Commenters attempt to answer Mark’s question: "Are there actually seven prominent left columnists writing for the mainstream media in Australia?"