August 19, 2003

ANNE OF GREEN GABBLE

Greenpeace boss Anne Summers discusses her history of journalistic open-mindedness:

I was in the US writing for The Australian Financial Review. I had been there for only a few months, but that was long enough to develop a deep scepticism, even repulsion, at the impact of Reaganomics on the poor and the defenseless.

Which explains why Reagan was voted out in 84 and today ranks as one of the most unpopular Presidents ever. It was the repulsion that did it.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 19, 2003 03:57 PM
Comments

This endless bashing of John Howard over the way he treats the unemployed and his plans for social security are laughable. Compared to the Keating Government Howard is a shining star for the unemployed. He hasn't talked about what welfare payments he is going to dole out - he has done something much more useful - changed vast hordes of unemployed into employed. Giving someone a job instead dole payments has to be the best way to treat the unemployed.

Posted by: Gilly at August 19, 2003 at 04:09 PM

You can forgive Anne for being a bit dim on social and economic matters because she has gotten by on her looks- a pretty little thing like her can't be expected to make much sense, she's only there as eye candy.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 04:19 PM

"Commentators today misunderstand the man and his modus operandi when they argue that today's times suit Howard because the era has become so conservative. They fail to understand how much he has made the times, how much Australia today reflects his values and his views."

Summers demonstrating yet again the insular Canberra press gallery's refusal to accept middle Australia even existed pre-Howard.


Posted by: ilibcc at August 19, 2003 at 04:37 PM

The Canberra press gallery are insular? Stop the press! New front page!

Posted by: Ferg at August 19, 2003 at 06:04 PM

Call it, rather, a "peninsular".

Honk.

Posted by: Yoghourt at August 19, 2003 at 07:09 PM

In some cases, Islam is right- Anne Summers SHOULD have to wear a hijaab.
(I think she has been wearing one, but it's a bit too tight).

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 07:17 PM

"where homeless people slept on the streets"

Anne is worried that homeless people may not have homes. Sharp.

Habib: she may be more suited to Islam TV

Posted by: The at August 19, 2003 at 09:17 PM

Only if they have a 24hr horror channel.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 10:02 PM

I googled Anne Summers images and got heaps of Buffy Ann Summers, (yummmmmm)
Can we swap?

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at August 19, 2003 at 10:27 PM

Stupid bitch should stick to selling dildoes if you ask me.

Posted by: David Gillies at August 20, 2003 at 02:49 AM

Let me get this straight: one person had an opinion on Reagan's policies. Yet, incredibly, Reagan still managed to get elected!

Good work exposing this, Tim. Why haven't the other media reported this stunning story of democracy surviving a close brush with a single dissenting opinion?

Posted by: Geoff at August 20, 2003 at 09:40 AM

Geoff

It's not about one person. It's about a news organisation running the same tired line obsessively for like, twenty years.

Maybe that's why Fairfax is in such deep trouble.

Posted by: ilibcc at August 20, 2003 at 10:55 AM

"that was long enough to develop a deep scepticism, even repulsion, at the impact of Reaganomics on the poor and the defenseless."

I can understand her revulsion. After all, Reagan did free them from communism.

Posted by: Clem Snide at August 20, 2003 at 10:07 PM