Silly Green tart

People who take offence at obvious satire or even name calling and trot off to court often get their arses handed to them in the most ignominious manner.

Take this silly green senator in Australia who is suing a magazine for a photoshop job…she has obviously never heard of the Streisand Effect.

Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says ZOO magazine made her look incompetent and immature when they photoshopped her head onto the body of a lingerie clad model.

Senator Hanson-Young is suing the magazine on several grounds over the photo and article entitled “ZOO’s Asylum Seeker Bikini Plan”, published in July 2012, a week after her emotional address in the Senate about Australia’s humanitarian intake of asylum-seekers.

But NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum on Wednesday struck out several of her arguments, saying she did not believe the photo made the senator look incompetent or immature.

Justice McCallum, however, granted Senator Hanson-Young leave to argue her case in front of a jury at a later date.

The magazine had said it would “house the next boatload of asylum seekers in the ZOO office”, if the Greens’ immigration spokeswoman would agree to a “tasteful” bikini or lingerie photo shoot.

Senator Hanson-Young claims the magazine gave rise to several imputations, including that she is “not a politician to be taken seriously” and that her pro-asylum seeker stance is “ridiculous”.

And that is where things started to go wrong for Miss Idiot-face.

In her judgment, Justice McCallum found there was no imputation that Senator Hanson-Young was immature and emotional.

“I do not have any difficulty accepting that the article is denigrating and capable of holding [Hanson-Young] up to public ridicule,” Justice McCallum said.

“However, I do not think it is capable of attributing incompetence or immaturity to her.”

Here is the offending photo…what do readers think?



Considering this is a photo of the same senator, which she consented to, I think she may be stretching herself in the case.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.