19 Jan 2009, Comments (11)

ObInaugration: AGE, why are you so stupid?

Author: Helen

So, the inaugration of President Obama is not quite two days away, and what does the AGE opinion page have to say about it? Well, just a shortish piece from a guy called Steve Harris who thinks that it isn’t all that historically significant really, because Obama isn’t really a proper black person anyway. And even if he was a “proper” black person, everybody knows racism is over. Because Steve has gone from being a white dude in a suit editing both the AGE and the Herald Sun, to a suit in the AFL – that bastion of social progress – to running a think tank, or rather a marketing company. And as far as he’s concerned, he’s never encountered racial discrimination! At all. So there.

Harris knows all this because his job is, wait for it, visioneering! But the details of what Harris’s marketing company actually does are a mystery, since it seems to have no online presence whatever. X-ray vision required, maybe.

Comments (11)

  • Oz Ozzie says:

    Because the opinion page is like that – an occasional stupid keeps people reading the paper.

  • Helen says:

    It’s addictive!
    Next up- Miranda.

  • M-H says:

    You. Are. Kidding. Not significant? He’d be in a very small minority of people worldwide there. Whether you think it’s a good idea to have a black president or not, most people agree it’s significant. Visioneering? Hmmmph! Maybe it means ‘lack of vision and hearing’. Even The Divine Miranda couldn’t be this stupid.

  • Ann oDyne says:

    excellent view from The Balcony yet again, so ‘Bravo’.

    of course it is historic.
    not because the Prez had a father from Africa, but because there is JOY in this new Prez. a rare thing.

  • Oz Ozzie says:

    yeah, well, anytime the US folks want Joy in the election of a new prez, all they have to do is elect one as bad as BushII twice.

  • genevieve says:

    Be that the Steve Harris who was editor of teh Age a while back? H-band was always dropping his name, dunno why.

    There was a completely useless little article from the Guardian on autism on the op page yesterday that made me quite angry in a sad, resigned kind of way. Fortunately only one person has written in about it. But it was really lazy, lazy holiday sampling of international ‘news’ that is not news. Shouldn’t even really have made the Guardian in the first place.

  • genevieve says:

    oh whoops, I see you have already answered my question. As you were. I will stop reading five feeds at once and pay attention now.

  • Amanda says:

    During the US election primaries I got into the habit of never reading anything in the Australian press about the election, and I’ve continued it after the vote. Too frustrate making.

  • Ann oDyne says:

    re news propaganda:
    you need to be aware that Richard Olver the CEO of munitions manufacturer BAE Systems, is also a Director of Reuters news agency.

    BAE have offices in the Honeywell building opposite Victoria Gardens IKEA in case you want to visit and ask them how they sleep

  • Helen says:

    Just saying, enjoying these comments hugely. I don’t give my commenters enough feedback and that’s a bad thing, but goodnes you guys kick arse.

  • blue milk says:

    Love this post! (Sorry I’ve got nothing clever to add in my comment after your grateful comment above).

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