At the Daily Telegraph they cover all the important news:
Yep, that’s right. Unsubstantiated gossip about Pippa Middleton not wearing undies is the editor’s pick of the day.
They also don’t let the facts get in the way of an opportunity to run a story that bashes asylum seekers: Taxpayers cop $1.5 million bill for asylum seekers phoning home:
TAXPAYERS face a $1.5 million phone bill this year to cover long distance and local phone calls from asylum seekers and staff in just one immigration detention centre.
Ohmygod those greedy good-for-nuthin’ asylum seekers… hey, wait a minute, check out the next sentence:
The Department of Immigration last week issued a tender seeking phone companies to cover the cost of telecommunications from the detention centre at RAAF Scherger near Weipa in northern Queensland.
Gee, that’s not quite what the headline implies, is it? And by not quite, I mean not at all.
What was it that Darren Hassan said last night on the excellent Go back to where you came from, about the media manipulating us to feel empathy towards asylum seekers? When he said that, I larfed and larfed. He was so angry about being scared that he was trying to make it the asylum seekers’ fault.
The Tele story goes on to say there are 600 asylum seekers being held in detention, and about 210 employees (Serco staff, lawyers, interpreters, health workers and defence personnel).
The department said that it could not break down the total cost of the calls between detainees calling overseas and the calls made by staff.
It denied that the bulk of the $1.5 million would be used by detainees.
“It’s a contract for what might be spent in the next 12 months at the entire Scherger base,” a spokesman said. “That telecommunications cost is for all operations.
It’s not quite what the Tele wants you to believe, is it?
This isn’t the first time they’ve run this story. Check out the sidebar of related links:
I guess it’s good to know they’re keen on recycling.