Inspired by Graham Young’s conflation of
suppression of dissent, and also by
John Quiggin’s response, I have written this handy guide so that everyone knows where they stand when arguing with something presented in The Australian.
|IF YOU ARE...||Not The Australian||The Australian|
|criticism is...||an attempt at suppression||our job|
|a counter argument is...||an attempt to silence us||our sacred duty|
|criticism backed by fact is...||an attempt to oppress us||grounds for dismissal|
|criticism of discourse is...||[something about lattés and suppression]||solely directed at "political correctness" strawman|
|defamation, hate speech is...||publishable in the letters section||a counter argument|
|comically hyperbolic ranting is...||defamation, hate speech||wait, I see what's going on here|
|public facts about an organisation is...||comparable to genocide||you're... this is ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO SILENCE US|
|public facts about a business is...||comparable to puppy genocide||STOP IT! STOP IT NOW!|
|verifiable information and sources is...||definitely latté territory||STOP TRYING TO OPPRESS US!|
Hope that helps. If you want to be further silenced and oppressed, I’m afraid can’t help you without a national newspaper in which to publish your misguided ranting.