They’re not hardly unhinged at all …

How dare you not agree with their politics. If you do, you must be punished.

This clown used to be a Cabinet Secretary under Clinton.

And, of course, this person is actually in Congress now.

As if often said here ar The Breakdown, every bad idea from America comes to Australia – and the retribution (isn’t there meant to be ‘healing’?) has already crossed the oceans …

The left loves a good purge:

 

JON FAINE:

I want to expand our discussion to another aspect of media which I think is quite intriguing as the Rudd Government is about to start it’s first session in the parliament, and that is whether or not the media needs to go through a bit of a rethink, as it would seem, according to last year’s election, the nation has. Have things moved on and have some of the staples of the media in the Howard era worn out their usefulness as we enter a Rudd era? … I’m going to talk in particular about columnists… and Bruce you have some notorious ones of your own? Although I’m going to here, stick my neck right out, and say I think The Australian newspaper has perhaps the most loyal band of Howard supporters amongst its current crop of columnists. And you have to wonder how they’re quite going to adjust, and cope, and fit in when the people they are so well connected to, are no longer in office.

BRUCE GUTHRIE (Editor-in-chief of the Herald Sun, my employer):

Yes, I’d probably take issue with the word notorious Jon, by the way. I’d say notable rather than notorious…

JON FAINE:

But it’s more the columnists (on the The Australian), the sort of Christopher Pearson’s and Janet Albrechtsens and Mark Steyn was the American columnist who was used in the paper yesterday and so on. And you think, well, it kind of represents the thinking that’s out of step with the result of the election in a way, some of the material that those people are very much making their own and their own beat.

BRUCE GUTHRIE:

I guess it comes down to whether you think newspapers need to be in step with the Government?

JON FAINE:

Oh no, not with the Government with the electorates… But within your newspaper, rather than asking you to speculate about other things, within your own newspaper, does the result of the election mean you rethink any of the component parts that make up your weekly diet?…

BRUCE GUTHRIE:

I think it’s very, very hard to contribute a column on a weekly basis over a long, long period of time and so we’re forever monitoring that.

JON FAINE:

Very interesting, so you’re not going through a cleansing process?

BRUCE GUTHRIE:

Definitely not.