Sunday, December 10, 2006

No Need To Explain

You don't have to be a fan of Pauline Hanson to see there's a difference in the ways the media elite treat her and others:

PAULINE Hanson is furious with immigration policy again - but this time she's on the outside looking in. The former One Nation leader is battling US red tape as she seeks to become a refugee from the hot Australian Christmas.
In other words, writes Sunday Mail pisspot Edmund Burke, ha, ha, bitch, how's it feel to be on the receiving end, huh? How's it feel to be a 'refugee'?

It must feel very different for Hanson compared with, say, Russell Crowe or Cornelia Rau.

What's the comparison?

Well, as Burke notes, Hanson was 'jailed in 2003 for electoral fraud and spent 73 days in prison before her conviction was overturned on 6 November, 2006'. The reaction of the Australian media was disappointment that she 'got away with it'.

Russell Crowe, a violent tempered actor, threw a phone at a hotel clerk but his celebrity status when threatened with being unable to work in the US as a result garnered him media sympathy and acrimony towards the US.

Cornelia Rau was held in immigration detention for 10 months because she was a schizophrenic Jane Doe with no documentation and, to all appearances, potentially an illegal alien. The reaction of the media was to vilify the authorities for apparently being unable to read minds. And if Rau was being denied entry to the US while they cleared up her immigration status in light of a flag on her record, the media would be hitting the roof.

Hanson's real crime, of course, is being 'far right' in her views (though perhaps she is less far to the right than, say, the likes of media commentator and Communist sympathiser Phillip Adams is to the left) and also having been successful, for a time, in the Australian political sphere despite the best efforts of the media to brand her undesirable.

Burke, of course, trots out the standard media description of Hanson as:

the former fish shop owner
... which is intended as a put-down rather than necessary detail.

So much for solidarity with the workers.

-- Nick

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