"We try to be balanced and we're more than happy to come down on some lefty columnists if we catch them stuffing up.
"If you or your subscribers have any decent examples send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We check out all the tips we receive, and while we won't whack it on line as quickly as Crikey, we'll give it a good run if it stands up."
Well, let's see. Here's lumpy lefty columnist Phillip Adams in today's Australian:
George W. Bush is, God help us, US President, despite receiving fewer votes than Al Gore. For this he can thank his brother, Jeb, the devious Governor of Florida, and his father's conservative friends on the US Supreme Court. Having stolen the election, one of the most mediocre men to hold the office was given unprecedented power by, of all people, Osama bin Laden.
It's illogical to claim that Bush is President despite "receiving fewer votes than Al Gore", as the popular vote has no bearing on Presidential elections. Adams may as well write that Bush is President despite a decline in Maine's lobster population. And the "stolen election" myth has been erased by comprehensive recounts.
Indeed, the only thing holding Bush back is that many senior Republicans think the plan to attack Iraq is utterly bonkers. The President might shrug off the views of Henry Kissinger and a chorus of Republican congressmen …
Henry Kissinger is in favour of a war against Iraq. The New York Times apologised for misrepresenting Kissinger’s stance on this subject some while ago. Try to keep up, Phil.
Clearly the lunatics are running the US asylum and will brook no argument. "You're either with us or you're against us," they say, insisting that unilateralism in foreign policy is justified by September 11 – as are the attacks on human rights and due process within the US.
Care to offer any examples? No?
Phil's anti-Americanism is so profound that it overwhelms his vision, ruins his ability to perform simple mathematics, and corrupts his knowledge of the alphabet, as we learned from his July 6 column, in which Phil imagined how Australia might become part of the US:
Yes, it does present a design problem for Washington, squeezing a 51st star on to Old Glory. There are five neat rows of ten and 51 isn't easily divisible. But if the Americans can put a man on the moon they can fit Australia into their flag. Sorry, our flag.
The US flag has nine horizontal rows, not five. Those rows include, alternately, five and six stars, not ten. The last five-row US flag was the 38-star flag of 1877-1890. The last flag with five neat rows was the 35-star flag of 1863-1865.
Incidentally, 51 is easily divided by 17 and 3.
Australia will simply join the list of other states, like Texas, Kansas and California. With alphabetical order in our favour, we will enter the list at No 3, just after Alabama and Arkansas.
No, we'd enter the list fifth, after Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, and Arkansas.
A junior reporter would be fired for making such elemental errors. Adams doesn't even apologise. And Media Watch lets him get away with it, preferring to point out such momentous gaffes as a radio presenter's confusion over September 11 news replays and spelling mistakes at a university website.
'Last Night in New York' is a unique take on the events of September 11, a traumatic event scene through the eyes (& ears) of a Australian romantic in love with the idea of New York.
Scene through the ears. What a way to witness an "event."