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DEATH RATTLE: Sunday Age attack on VEXNEWS exposes how it lost its way

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LHMUlarf The Sunday Age had a crack at VEXNEWS for daring to report that the LHMU had changed its name to remove the word “Liquor” claiming the word is offensive to Muslims.

They insist they knew all about the name change for many months and yet decided not to report it and criticise VEXNEWS for doing so referring to our “famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit”.

Of course, patriots know that references to the said unit are principally intended to mock the oh-so-serious and constantly self-referential Age newspaper (nearly in receivership).

It is certainly true that the LHMU’s name change has been known by some who worry about such things in union circles but what was certainly a surprise was the union’s claim that the word “Liquor” was offensive to Muslims, a claim almost certainly without foundation. But court documents – that we linked to in the article – revealed that was one of their stated reasons for making the change, something that had certainly not come out previously, certainly not in The Age which (for now) employs hundreds of journalists to report news. The excellent Workplace Express had reported on the change but not on the somewhat contentious reasoning and arguments used to justify it.

Of course, as our insider sources pointed out, the real story had nothing to do with Muslims objecting to a word, that argument seems to have been fabricated by the LHMU’s lawyers, they wanted a funkier name that was more appealing in marketing terms.

Sadly, with their Farrah Tomazin busy on Twitter campaigning for gay marriage and reporting on the tasty flavours of calzone served at Greens party gatherings, good yarns (and we think it was a cracking one) can get missed. It’s not our fault they can’t spot a news story even when they say they were aware of the facts. We thought it was very interesting the lads at the nation’s most popular online football forum had a huge argument about it. Starting arguments is what the Sunday Age once did. Now all they’re left arguing about is who takes the voluntary redundancies before they become compulsory.

When the Sunday Age’s Michael Bachelard, who is meant to be hip to the lefty union beat, or at least claims to be in the Age newsroom according to our snouts, and the anono-slaggers who compile their “Heckler” column might think about this transitional moment when they get their redundancy cheques. Their really poor news-sense and laziness and desperate desire to keep in sweet with Fitzroy dinner-party companions has at least as much to do with the Fairfax press’s imminent demise as the slow death of classified ads. They have only themselves to blame.

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  1. Care factor is pretty low…

    Posted by Ronnie | November 22, 2010, 12:04
  2. Attacked by the Age = flogged by wet lettuce.

    Posted by BS Detector | November 22, 2010, 12:28
  3. Fairfax’s long awaited reorganisation is tomorrow. If they don’t
    a/ get rid of Ramadge
    b/ hire adults
    c/ boot Glenn and Burge at the Fin
    d/ buy Adam Morton a proper high chair
    e/ revamp their political team, state and federal
    f/ encourage Melissa Fyfe to go for another planet-saving long run (and not come back)

    then the paper is doomed.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2010, 12:47
  4. Of course you are right to highlight this virtual invasion by the tea-totalist Muslim hoardes, who once the Greens get a foot hold will make us give up our cultural of grog, drink driving, abuse and buffoonery.

    Makes you said to see a one proud Victoria become the soya bean of the country.

    Leave now, before the mass exodus begins. Remember this folks – nobody likes a queue jumper!

    Posted by Wendy | November 22, 2010, 12:57
  5. Just saw Alex White outside the commonwealth bank in fairfield; it’s time somebody thought about the boy and suggested he go on a diet

    Posted by He's getting fatter | November 22, 2010, 13:15
  6. Well I guess the 7 people who read the Age yesterday might care.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2010, 13:30
  7. Gee I don’t find the word lickher offensive? Whats the go with the comrades. I thought they were all into these things..

    Posted by Boofa Leigh | November 22, 2010, 19:55
  8. Vexnews isn’t a news site. It’s for entertainment only.

    Posted by Get Over Yourself | November 22, 2010, 21:30
  9. Woof!

    Posted by Joel's puppy | November 23, 2010, 10:00
  10. The Age’s VEXING news is not news. Signs of a dying publication. The black hole of newspapers a dying once bright star,

    Posted by Ageless News is not news | November 23, 2010, 13:15

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