Crikey, that's spin
An alternative reality Crikey summary of the Canberra tent embassy protester fracas:
Tony Abbott made provocative remarks about a group of people protesting for indigenous rights. [Abbott's remarks were provocative only because he was misquoted.]The summary is just the sort of shameless spin its provider, genius media expert Jeremy Sear, claims to aim to debunk. Lefties are incapable of rationality when it comes to Abbott.
He then attended a public function right near that group of people.
Somebody told the protesters he was nearby at a public function. [Protesters were informed by a Prime Ministerial aide via a trade union official. What was the intent of the information providers?]
They went to protest to him directly. [Fair enough.]
They banged on windows and called him a “racist” and suggested he should feel “shame”. [The fracas was both ugly and threatening.]
Which part of this is a scandal other than
- the AFP massively overreacting; and [The Prime Minister's security detail and summoned police reacted as they saw fit in the circumstances.]
- Tony Abbott’s hostility to the aboriginal protesters? [How, exactly, did Abbott display hostility.]
I don’t care who told them he was nearby – they were perfectly entitled to go and let him know what they thought of his remarks on the television.