Strange Days

August 21, 2007 at 5:57 am (Uncategorized)

i just found out a day late that award-winning journo and SMH blogger Jack Marx has been sacked by Fairfax. “Curiouser and curiouser,” said Alice. That’s bizarre. Apparently he lost his job after posting a satirical blog imagining Kevin “Badabing” Rudd’s activities during the now-infamous night out at Scores in New York (in 2003, mind you, so… gee, I wonder why it’s come out now?).

Jack Marx is a funny writer. And since when was satire a sackable offence? What the hell is wrong with these people? It’s funny that Kevin Rudd went to a strip club and got on the sauce. I’ve done a quick ring around, and most of my friends, male and female, think it’s a good thing he had a loose night out. God knows we’ve all had plenty. It’s just not a big deal at all, and I hope Kevin “Bam Bam” Rudd (see, it’s just a little light banter, no harm in having a laugh at a prominent politician’s expense…) stops apologising for it.
Stay the course, Kevin, stay the course. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: they’re coming for you. But is this the best they can do?

You know, I doubt anyone in Canberra wants a microscope turned on their activities after dark. Or even in broad daylight, for that matter. Some ministers are notorious boozers. Some like to stop in at Fyshwick to visit “voters” who are members of the world’s oldest profession. They put a whole new spin on the image of politicians out “pressing the flesh.” And Bob Hawke, one of Australia’s best loved PMs, once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for polishing off a yard glass of beer. I think we can all handle the idea that Kevin Rudd got drunk and watched a strip show. BIG DEAL. Every time my husband goes on a buck’s night I accept the exact same premise will be the very definition of his evening.

So why on earth has Jack Marx been sacked for writing a satirical blog about Kevin Rudd’s minor misdemeanour? It’s topical, it’s funny, it’s a free country, and Jack Marx is a member of the free press. Oh sorry, scrap those last two. I was just getting carried away.

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