Fake left is the new Murdoch press


Sadly, Crikey has decided to put the Voice referendum to the sword by blaming “racists”:

We’re a plain-speaking people, Australians like to tell themselves. We call a spade a spade, don’t stand on ceremony and tell it as it is. And we have no time for political correctness or bureaucratic doublespeak. So we like to think.

Except if you point out a racist is a racist, which is now the worst thing you can do in the debate over the Voice to Parliament.

Marcia Langton didn’t even call anyone racist. The operatives of News Corp — a foreign-owned media company interfering in an Australian electoral process — lied that she did. For that she was pilloried. Then it emerged that she had stated that the arguments of the No campaign ultimately break down into racism — which they do, if you consider the myth of terra nullius, the official erasure of First Peoples, as fitting the bill. But she was pilloried for that, too, not because she was wrong, but because, well, it was politically incorrect — quite literally. It was seen as a gift to the No campaign, akin to Hillary Clinton describing Trump voters as “deplorable”.

It is a gift to the no campaign. The fake left press has overused the word for years and reversed its pejorative.

For instance, the fake left labels the 70% of Australians in favour of lower immigration “racist” or “xenophobic”. It always ignores the evidence that excessive immigration is a class war, denuding workers and youth of housing, a fair share of national income and the standard of public services their parents enjoyed.

Just yesterday, a cookie-cut Nine property spruiker attacked the use of the word “mass immigration”, deliberately misconstruing it as “attacking migrants”.


MB is often labelled “right-wing extremist” or “alt-right” for following evidence that mass immigration is a ribald class war. How divorced from sense is that?

The point is, when everybody is racist, nobody is. Including those elements of the “no” campaign that are racist. The result speaks for itself:


The fake left has only itself to blame. These days, it has lost all contact with what it is supposed to be. A defender of reason, truth and evidence. Instead, it has given over to the policy vacuity of culture wars.

This is Murdoch method 101. Divide and enrage to profiteer in a vertical market. In fighting News Corp, the fake left has become News Corp.

Perhaps Rupert should buy it!

About the author
David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.