[Marxism] 175 years of the Sydney Morning Herald
Ozleft at optusnet.com.au
Tue Apr 18 20:59:02 MDT 2006
The Sydney Morning Herald's 175th anniversary, an alternative view
By Bob Gould
As a man of the left with an interest in history, on April 19 I read the
Sydney Morning Herald's 175th anniversary supplement with great interest.
Like all newspapers, the SMH claims to be independent, and also claims
to speak "to, and for, all the people of Australia in reporting and
analysing the news", (page 10, April 19).
The hypocrisy of claiming to speak for all Australians is breathtaking,
although it is conventional newspaper cant. For a start, in Australian
politics the SMH has rarely been independent, and has only supported a
vote for the Labor Party on three or four occasions in the 100 or so
elections during its 175 year history.
On every other occasion it has supported a vote for the conservative
parties, often in extremely virulent tones. One of the exceptions was
the Second World War election, when the then editor, Henderson, or
possibly one of the Fairfax family, wrote a carefully thought-out high
Tory series of articles, which the SMH released as a pamphlet. The nub
of the argument in this publication was that national necessity required
the re-election of Labor Prime Minister John Curtin, but that a careful
distinction should be made between Curtin Labor and Lang Labor, and the
Communists, neither of which should be supported.
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