I missed this a couple of days ago, Scott Yorke reckons the left need a hero blogger.
What the left needs right now is a blogger who treats every political occasion as a game in which someone wins and someone loses. Someone who reverts to nastiness at every opportunity, while insisting the other side are the nasty ones. Someone who will politicise every occasion to their team’s advantage, even as they accuse others of improper politicisation.
Ideally they’ll be politically connected, so that parties of the left can feed them material for their blog. They will need to have a robust attitude towards defamation laws, and be prepared to post prolifically. They will need to maintain cordial relations with the press, in order to ensure journalists copy and paste their material as often as possible. This means not writing posts attacking journalists. It also means maintaining a public profile. Being anonymous just won’t work. Having integrity and high ethical standards also won’t work.
The blogger will claim to be even-handed, and will scoff at claims they are little more than a partisan hack. They will point to that one time they were mildly critical of their own team as evidence of a lack of bias.
The left is never very good at media because they spend way too much time hating each other rather than hating the government like good right wingers do. On the right we all hate the same thing, there are no splitters and we remember the real enemy is the Labour Party, the Unions, big government and an honourable mention to the Greens.
Sometimes we have to bash our own side like when Farrar goes all pinko on us, but we know deep down his heart is in the right place and the occasional brain fart for money is permissible for someone of his ethnicity. When the pressure goes on we all know that he will be on the right side even if it is a clusterfuck, and mateship counts for a lot more than ideology.
If the left were serious about this they would pay someone to do what Scott advocates, but being a bunch of broken arses they don’t have the money to pay, so it won’t happen.