Dr Mumbo loves a good tabloid front page and today’s edition of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph certainly delivers.
The Tele has chosen to compare Australia’s communications minister Stephen Conroy with no less than the dictators: Stalin, Mao, Castro, Kim, Mugabe and, just for good measure, Ahmadinedjad.
Dr Mumbo is pleased that the Tele was careful not to fall foul of Godwin’s Law (the first side of an argument to compare the other to Hitler or Nazis automatically loses), after all using Hitler would have been too much.
But he does wonder where the idea came from…
Could it have been this British campaign against the Leveson Inquiry?
As Telegraph itself explains on page 5 of the newspaper the ad: “focused on countries where the press and other media are shackled by governments, where criticism of the state is stifled, censorship imposed, journalists jailed or killed, where truth, democracy and the right to know are among the casualties.”
But is that Australia? Dr Mumbo is not so sure.