For years, the greens have had a free ride from the media in this country. They have become accustomed to this, and now it seems like they want it to continue. Remember the offense they took to Chris Uhlmann asking their leader the hard questions? The one where Brown goes on about his Murdoch conspiracy theories, before being told that he himself had written about wanting to get rid of the coal industry.
With Brown now demanding an inquiry into the media, his intentions are clear. He wants the media off his back. Yet what he proposes has the potential to hurt this country and our freedom of expression.
“I think there’s quite a bit of concern I’m being fed from within the media … about the narrow range of media opinion and the intrusion of opinion into news columns in sections of Australian media…And it’s a good thing that we have a look at that…Maybe we do need to lift out of the gutter some of the stuff that’s appearing as opinion or news commentary in Australia.”
“Gutter” of course meaning anything he doesn’t like.
Then, he comes out with a call to license newspapers. That he would even consider such a drastic measure which could so easily be abused by government is scary, and the first step down a very dangerous path. At least Neil Mitchell took him to task over this.
There is an episode of the Simpsons where Mr Burns buys off every media outlet in town, except the newsletter written by Lisa Simpson. He crushes any dissent of his nuclear plant, as Brown want to crush any dissent of the greens and their policies. If Burns had the power Brown now seeks, what hope would there be for free speech in Springfield? This is the world Bob Brown is taking us towards.