It’s about time News went without its dinner

It’s just good to see the target of a News Ltd witch-hunt turn around and say – No. Sod you. I will not resign just because you’ve whipped your ill-informed customers into a frenzy. Much as you might like to think it, this country does not belong to Rupert Murdoch yet.

And kudos to Christine Nixon for, after they’ve relentessly attacked her all week, and in the most vicious ways, for DARING to have dinner on Black Saturday, calling the press conference at 6pm and keeping the sanctimonious hacks from theirs.

The only sad part is that the editors and columnists who’ve actually been running the shameless smear campaign would’ve sent lackeys to cover it. It’s not like they’d miss their dinner.

PS Bolt and other idiots keep calling Nixon a “leftist”. Can anyone identify any left-wing principles the former police chief espoused? Is promoting women all that’s required to make someone a lefty now?

UPDATE: Check out this piece from someone who, unlike the pontificators from Southbank, actually did lose a lot in the fires. She’s angry – because this is being used to bury the real issues.

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12 responses to “It’s about time News went without its dinner

  1. Yeah, it really has turned into a disgraceful witch hunt. One wonders if the reaction would have been different from the media if Nixon wasn’t a woman.

    I think her even being a little above average weight has added fuel to the whole ridiculous dinner controversy.

  2. Wisdom Like Silence

    Nixon has fucked this up royal(lololol).

    She shouldnt have tried to decide what was relevant and what isnt, that’s the comissions job.

    That being said, she didn’t do anything wrong.

  3. Jeremy, do you think that she should suffer no consequences for lying to the Royal Commission?

    Cheers.

  4. Apparently being a woman cop in the top job makes you a “leftist”.

  5. Marek – of course there should be a consequence for lying to the Royal Commission. But that’s not the basis on which they’re baying for her blood.

  6. I guess you’re right Jeremy.

    You probably expect a lot more out of the Hun than I do.
    They’ve gone all in with the ‘how dare she have a meal’ meme and don’t want to confuse their readership by changing tack too quickly.

    It’s a sad indictment on the values of Hun readers that the editors think that they can stoke more outrage from highlighting the fact that Christine Nixon didn’t martyr herself for her job than point out her actual indictable offences.

    Funny old world!

    Cheers.

  7. OK, I just read this excellent post from over at Groupthink and am now onside with you over this witch hunt.

    Being a Northerner, I didn’t realise that Christine Nixon was still Police Commissioner at the time of the fires.
    I thought that she had, by then, assumed a role within the Rural Fire Service command structure.
    This isn’t true.

    She was still a cop and, as such, had no real operational jurisdiction within the RFS.
    Therefore, there was no need for her to be ‘in the command centre 24/7.

    I stand corrected, though she still has a case to answer for lying to the commission.

    Cheers.

  8. If there really was serious concern about her going to dinner, somebody would;’ve said something at the time.

    Nixon reportedly made a lot of enemies in her time as Commissioner in taking on the old guard and trying to stamp out corruption in the force. Perhaps that’s what makes her a leftist.

  9. I’m surprised I have to tell a Lefty gay rights marcher such as yourself that Nixon is considered a Leftist because she tried to improve the relationship between the gay community and the police force and reduce gay-bashing by taking part in gay-pride marches.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/nixon-gets-pride-of-place-in-gay-parade-20090201-7usx.html

    Duh, Jeremy. Duh.

  10. I’m surprised I have to tell a Lefty gay rights marcher such as yourself that Nixon is considered a Leftist because she tried to improve the relationship between the gay community and the police force and reduce gay-bashing by taking part in gay-pride marches.

    And yet NSW Police Commissioners who encourage their members to march in mardi gras aren’t called leftists. The reason Nixon is is because a) she’s a woman who took on the corrupt old guard, and b) she’s a labor appointee.

  11. If she was a leftist, why didn’t she change the police force’s motto from “uphold the right”?

  12. Blast Tyrant

    SB called her a leftist on the last blog post about this topic and I’ve asked him a few times to identify what it is that actually makes her a leftist and all he has come up with is that she’s “known for being PC”.

    Now we’re all discussing it and he’s nowhere to be seen. It’s weird…

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