Dr Mumbo

Australia’s newest bi-weekly national paper lives up to its promises

Australian National ReviewLast Friday Dr Mumbo was surprised to learn that a new national newspaper The Australian National Review, was set for a low-key launch.

So, it transpires, was his newsagent, who asked him what exactly the new paper he was stocking was, when he went to buy the first edition of Australia’s only bi-weekly Saturday morning national newspaper.

Ahead of the first edition its editor promised that it would have “news with a difference” and it certainly delivers on that pledge.

The front page of Saturday’s inaugural edition featured a stern faced Vladimir Putin, with its splash written by the newspaper’s founder and entrepreneur Jamie McIntyre (who incidentally is the only byline to appear in the first 15 or so pages of the newspaper).

Meanwhile headlines like: “US Army held back assurance from Germany about Ebola virus being weaponised” and “Was Whitlam removed by the CIA? Critical facts you need to know” really caught the eye.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.45.04 amReading on past articles about BitCoin, Tinder and Richard Branson’s vacation policy he found a true alternative view just after the two opinion pieces penned by controversial and, dare we say it, eccentric US libertarian Ron Paul, with a piece titled “Just imagine… If Russia had toppled the Canadian Government.”

At a time when ISIS is running rampant through Syria and Iraq, and the threat of ebola spreading out of West Africa dominate the headlines Dr Mumbo confesses he hadn’t give much thought to the Russia/Canadian geopolitical situation.

CanadaHowever, it’s not the risk of being too alternative for the Australian political landscape that could be the Australian National Review’s biggest problem, but the fact the paper’s masthead bears a striking resemblance to another national broadsheet masthead…

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At the time of posting Dr Mumbo’s questions to Fairfax about whether they were concerned about similarities have not been answered, but he will keep you posted.


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