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Fairfax falls to demographic prejudice, not technology

By James Adams - posted Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Over the last weeks, the media has been full of journalists telling us how terrible it is that Fairfax is sacking 1,900 staff and their papers shrunk to tabloid size.

Naturally I fell terrible for the innocent workers, especially the printing workers who are losing their jobs and are going to struggle to find new jobsin their skilled areas

But many of the journalists had it coming. They are finally getting what has been overdue for a long time. The "Melbourne Middle-Age" and the "Sydney Moaning Feminist" have been stuck in some kind of 1960′s baby-boomer feminist socialist delusion since, well, since the 1960′s. As society has moved on, they haven't. Australians became increasingly unwilling to read their rants.


Old, bigoted and out-of-touch

I worked for Fairfax for most of this century. Let me tell you a story to illustrate Fairfax culture.

Walking to bistro for lunch I found it full of old people. I wondered if it was a senior citizen's club tour or something?

But they weren't quite old enough; they were dressed in expensive hippy clothing (and there is a hypocrisy); there was the occasional younger person… then I realised! It was a journalists union meeting. Wall-to-wall grey-hairs and chrome-domes!

The journalists at Fairfax are like an episode of Grumpy Old Feminists! What are old people like? They complain, at length, about the immoral youth of today! That today's youth (anybody under 45!) don't have their values!

While the internet is one factor in the collapse of Fairfax, the other reason is simply that people don't want to have this dogma shoved down their throats anymore. Fewer and fewer Australians want to read their rants!


These journalists avoid telling the truth

They avoid telling the stories they don't agree with. A father murdering his children is re-hashed in the media for years, but when mothers do the same thing (as is more likely), their stories sink without trace.

These journalists shun and eventually expel those with differing views. They live in Sydney's expensive inner-suburbs (the 'white ghetto', where very few non-Anglos live) and yet support free immigration.

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James Adams is the media spokesman for Fathers4Equity - Fathers4Families.

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