On this week’s review show we are joined once again by Co-Editor in Chief of The Unshackled Sukith Fernando. Podcast episodes for the next few weeks will be quite infrequent due to the fact we are getting a new studio fitted and working on some very exciting projects which will help expand The Unshackled.
The news in Australia this week was dominated by the crisis in Australian Conservatism. It began a fortnight ago with the release of the Pyne tapes and continued with Liberal Party infighting and tension between Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. It continued this week with Malcolm Turnbull giving a speech at a UK think tank while accepting an award for Australia’s open immigration policy stating that Liberal Party was not called the Conservative Party because it was not conservative. This opened up discussions of whether conservatives are still welcome in the Liberal Party, especially given the leftist direction Turnbull is taking it. We discuss whether Turnbull’s speech was misrepresented, the emergence of fake conservatives in the Liberal Party and what Sir Robert Menzies vision for the right really was when he founded the Liberal Party.
Donald Trump finally met Russian President Vladmir Putin at G20 in Hamburg, Germany. It was interesting to note that anti-globalist protestors did not seem to be pleased that the leader of the free world is now anti-globalist nor did they back nationalist Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential Election. Trump and Putin had a good meeting where they discussed working together on Syria and cyber security and Trump accepted Putin’s denials about US election interference. We are pleased that this meeting was a success but it is still of course politically difficult for Trump to work constructively with Russia given the neoconservative and media hostility to Russia in the United States and the continued pushing of the fake Russian collusion conspiracy. They thought they had the smoking gun with Donald Trump Jr holding a meeting this time last year with a Russian lawyer who claimed they had dirt on Hillary, a meeting which led to nothing further.
CNN continues to become more unhinged with their triggered reaction to Trump tweeting the video of him fighting the CNN logo. They threatened to dox the reddit user who created the initial GIF unless he apologized. The internet did not take too kindly to one of their own being blackmailed and have launched a meme war against CNN, they also published the addresses of several CNN personalities. CNN are carrying on like nothing happened, except ironically complaining about their reporters being threatened for their blackmail attempt. They still continue to spread fake news about Trump and Russia even though Project Vertias videos have displayed their producers admitting the Russia story was fake and American voters were stupid as shit. We express our hope that CNN with their downward spiral will soon die, now that it is no longer a news organization.