The ABC has decided to endorse – by repeating without quotes – The Australian‘s description of what it’s been doing to the Greens ever since it declared it wanted them “destroyed”. The Australian, and now the ABC, calls that concerted one-sided campaign of misinformation “scrutiny”. A special kind of “scrutiny”, where you don’t actually analyse in any detail what the object being “scrutinised” actually says and does, but instead attempt to misrepresent and belittle it via associations, smears from opponents, and outright lies.
So – the word “scrutiny” now means something very different to what I had previously understood it to mean. I think I’ve got it – but wouldn’t mind some help to really help establish it in my mind. Have readers got any similar examples of “scrutiny” as per this definition they’d be willing to share in the comments? The most amusing wins a prize*.
*Prize may simply be other commenters’ admiration.