The Australian has gotten very lazy indeed. In their opinion section they now have a feature they call “Cut & Paste” where all they do is quote disjointed segments from op-ed articles originally published elsewhere – I wonder whether they pay the journalists whose writings they use this way? Or are they going for a “fair use” justification for paying them nothing by only quoting snippets of their columns?
Still, without this feature from the Oz I probably would not have come across Rod Liddle’s piece for London’s Sunday Times, where he reels in horror from the apparently repulsive young women of Britain. It’s astonishing that there are still journalists who not only could write the following in the first place but then allow it to go to print unrevised, contrasting and weighing these two behaviours in the following way:
WHAT shall we do with our young women, do you suppose? Two surveys out last week suggest they are increasingly prone to acts of criminal violence and, worse, have become among the fattest girls in Europe.
Right, because bashing people is only a minor offence compared to the unforgivable crime of not being eye-candy for Ron.
The Oz at least spared us from the title given to Liddle’s column – For the good of the nation, tell the fat girl she’s an ugly porker – and the gratuitous swipes at the sexual habits of young women plus the appallingly insensitive claim that at least Austrian girls locked up in cellars with limited food can be expected to be thin.
Most of you will not be surprised to learn that both the violence and the fatness are attributed to the pernicious influence of feminism. But of course.