Decision Made: Jaspan Gone


The Editor-In-Chief of Melbourne’s most socialist/green/left/moronic/but-I-repeat-myself newsrag, The Age has been fired. This is a promising sign, because it means that the falling circulation figures of The Age are sending a signal to the upper management about the declining quality of the rag. Even though they frequently lie about their figures.

The former Editor-In-Chief Andrew Jaspan has a pretty decent resume, but I think it’s fair to say that he has a very skewed view of the world.

When Australian man Douglas Wood was abducted in Iraq, where he was working towards rebuilding the nation, The Age went to an especial effort to make it clear that they believed he deserved to be abducted because “we took away these people’s lives and we didn’t have the right to.”

Douglas Wood and his wife.

Douglas Wood and his wife.

Soon after Douglas Wood was released and made it home to Australia safely, Mr. Wood described his captors as “arseholes”. Jaspan’s response was absolutely incredible:

“I was, I have to say, shocked by Douglas Wood’s use of the a—hole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else.

“The issue really is largely, speaking as I understand it, he was treated well there. He says he was fed every day, and as such to turn around and use that kind of language I think is just insensitive.”

What a little arsehole. Or as Tim Blair aptly typed, a moral vaccuum. Good riddance to the Subaru-driving Jaspan.

Andrew Jaspan at a Christmas Party

Andrew Jaspan at a Christmas Party

Image courtesy of Andrew Landeryou

The question now becomes, what will happen next at The Age? Will it stop being the far-Left rag it currently is, or will it steer back towards the center, in an attempt to gain back some of it’s lost readership? The strongest days at The Age were those when they had a variety of different writers working for them. Strong writers, like Pamela Bone and Gerard Henderson.

Bring back those days, and you might get some circulation happening because people are buying the newspaper, not because you’re constantly handing out the rag.

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