A recent email sent by activist Geoff Holland to his struggling "Save City Place" group included a swipe at the Hillbilly Watch blog by the self-appointed activist. Holland unabashedly points at our exposé of the emails between Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and Mayor Bob "Screwdriver" Manning that allude to "secret deals" on the opening of Lake Street and then "cautions" HBW has generated "at least one hoax" previously.
Once the emails were exposed, the mainstream Cairns press was used by King and Manning to "spin" the emails as harmless, despite the likely criminal violation of doing city business in such a secret, untransparent way.
We've also seen the blogger of the Raj Cairns Report (a mostly nonsensical regurgitation of the wackiest news and irrelevant factoids that can be found) jump on yesterday's story about the Cairns Post removing editorial and printing functions from Cairns.
A story that HBW reported over a year ago! And after we reported this long-term strategy by News Limited to end all but perfunctory office staff in Cairns, we were widely criticised as "generating a hoax".
The LNP in Queensland is out to stifle dissent. A Twitter account called "Qld_Mythbusters" was recently exposed as a tool being run out of Campbell Newman's office. And Gavin King's Facebook page is monitored 24/7 to ensure no negative or critical comments are made.
And then there's the biggest tool in the shed, John MacKenzie, where no lie is too big and where facts are twisted to suit his Cairns-destroying agenda. In a tutorial in today's program, he "educated" his hillbilly listeners to the fact that our government spends over $25 Billion per year on programs for the aboriginal community - and then tells the listener to remember to point out this fact when someone suggests that some Australians are racist. This blog isn't big enough to point out the absurdity and racism in this kind of argument.
If the progressive community in Cairns is going to keep our local pollies in check, we need to keep our eyes on the target and not get sidetracked with trivia. With Warren "Run for the Door" Entsch clearly worried about the 1000+ daily readers of this and other Cairns blogs, and Cairns Post being reduced to a daily paper of press releases and hooker ads, the new media's time is arriving.