I want money, I want lots of money, In fact I want so much money
Give me your money, Just give me money
Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford
What does the biggest story in the country today look like in the Mainstream Media (MSM)?
It is non existent.
What does the biggest story in the country today look like on social media?
It looks like a thoroughly investigated exploration of Tony Abbott being forced to pay back taxpayers after using our money for his private money making adventures, promoting his book Battlelines.
Journalist Margo Kingston has done the investigation for No Fibs, and the Australian media has ignored this story completely.
This is just one more example of the disconnect between what the MSM is ramming down our throats, and what the people are clamouring to read. The biggest story on the No Fibs website, is barely a ripple in the MSM pond.
The silence in the MSM over anything to do with Tony Abbott and his Liberal Party, including the lack of examination of Coalition policies, this close to an election, is bizarre. Especially considering the frenzied media obsession with the former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and every aspect of her life (shoes, jackets, earlobes, private life, 20 year old work history, friends, parents, hobbies, dog; anything and everything to avoid talking about her governments policies, legislation, and AAA economy).
The book is Battlelines, the “author” Tony Abbott, and he flew around the country promoting the book, raking in the profits, and changing the Australian taxpayers to fund his promotional tour.
The amount in question is just under $10,000. Compare this to former Speaker, Peter Slipper, who has been hounded by the Federal Police for under $1000 for visiting a winery on a Cabcharge voucher.
In a No Fibs exclusive: Abbott forced to repay $9,400 he charged taxpayers to promote his book. Here is a very small extract:
EXCLUSIVE: Abbott forced to repay $9,400 he charged taxpayers to promote his book
By Margo Kingston
6 July, 2013
The Opposition leader, Mr Abbott, was forced to repay taxpayers nearly $9,400 after receiving travel expenses to promote his book Battlelines in 2009.
The repayment occurred after Mr Abbott publicly denied the allegation through a spokesman, who stated:
“All travel undertaken by Mr Abbott has been within the entitlement. This is a blatant attempt by Labor to smear and mislead.”
To read the full article: No Fibs: EXCLUSIVE: Abbott forced to repay $9,400 he charged taxpayers to promote his book
Forced. Does this suggest Tony Abbott would not have repay taxpayers otherwise?
What Tony Abbott really needs to understand is: the taxpayers of this country aren’t his personal ATM.
The Flying Lizards: Money (That’s What I Want)