I don’t accept Katharine Murphy’s premise of not reporting on this sorry business, simply because she couldn’t verify the yarn. She shoots herself in the journalistic foot in at least two points in her “don’t-shoot-me-I’m-a-journalist” piece.
“I’ve known Joyce, and his former wife Natalie, for ages. We all grew up in the same part of the world.”
“The feedback I got in the time I had available to make inquiries was people weren’t speaking on the record.”
In the time she had available??!! If that’s not a cop out, I’m not here and I’m not writing this.
Let’s be just a tad honest about this whole saga. No-one in the MSM bothered to look further than the ends of their quills because of the ‘YUK’ factor. I mean, seriously!! Bananaby Joke bending some woman over a desk….not that I’m aware whether that really happened or not, but seriously??? That’s just YUK right there. Okay, so Barney poked some woman in the pants, and blew his load inside her. Well, doesn’t that just about confirm the extent of this idiot’s intellect? Too dumb, or over-whelmed by the power of the pussy to think about the consequences of letting go inside of a woman who wasn’t his marital partner, regardless of whatever difficulties his marriage may or may not have been experiencing. Yeh, I’ve been through that mill. I’ve played in another yard and I know full well – and knew at the time – what the consequences would be. If, as a male, you choose to seek sexual or emotional satisfaction outside of the societally created bounds of matrimony, then be prepared to wear the backlash, because it comes very quickly, it hits hard, it keeps on hitting and leaves you with scars to remember it by. But that’s an aside to the point of my writing.
The Main-Stream Media is a victim of it’s own inaction, it’s own prudishness and it’s own reticence to cannibalise what it perceived as one of it’s own. These journos all ‘know’ the people they follow around. Murphy admits as much. The rumour mill had been running for months, which Murphy admits, so why, if she or any other journo even suspected there was some substance, wasn’t the yarn pursued? Oh, because the journos didn’t have time, at the time. Yeh? Bullshit!
We’re talking here about a man with a known penchant for taking the tiller out of competent hands and steering his own course. The ad hoc decision to relocate the offices, staff and functionality of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to Armidale is a prime example. The man doesn’t think, he just ‘does’. So if this supposedly unintentional semen transplant wasn’t deemed to be in the ‘public interest’, but merely of interest to the public – considering what the media circus knows about Joyce’s penchant for shooting from the hip – why wasn’t it investigated further to accurately determine that it was merely a sordid matter of interest to the public? We’re finding out now – post-mea culpas from the media – that there was and is much more in the yarn than simple public voyeurism. We know now that Greg Maguire – sometime billionaire, “influential player in New England politics” and bon vivant – has gifted Barney & friend at least 6 months rent free accommodation in a luxurious 3 bed/2 bath townhouse which would normally have netted Mr Maguire some $14,000. Do I smell pecuniary interest? Oh nooo…..just a friend helping a friend.
We also now know that the Prime Minister’s Office took an active part in the hush-hushing of this Sexual Transmitted Disaster, by ensuring that a newly created and unadvertised position in Nationals Minister Matt Canavan’s team was created for the duffed mistress. That’s the creation of an alleged $191,000/annum paying job for someone who either knowingly encouraged the deposition of sperm into her uterus, or was gullible enough to simply open her legs because she thought the Boss would look after her. That’s public money she’s being paid. For a job that never existed and is essentially unnecessary & irrelevant to whatever it is Canavan does. Isn’t that just the tiniest little bit corrupt???????
I ask you this, reader. Is this behaviour – that of the PMO specifically – acceptable Westminster Parliamentary behaviour? Why not simply let Barney et al continue to rumble under the wheels of the bus he/they have wittingly and willingly thrown themselves under? Why do we, the taxpayer, have to fund the coverup – which it isn’t – of a sordid little affair by a sordid little man with a yet-to-be determined gullible woman? I say yet-to-be determined because she has gone to ground and we may never know just why she agreed to open her legs, which she surely did, and I find myself asking exactly why. Anyway, that is as may be. The point of the whole mess being that a sitting government is closing ranks around one of it’s own, claiming “private lives are just that….private”, while billing the taxpayer. As soon as the PMO jumped into the pool, the water became very, very murky.
Was the issue worthy of earlier investigation? Given what we know of the political knife-edge this government has teetered upon since September 2016, I would have though very much so. Has the Main-Stream Media let us all down yet again? Most definitely!