A tweet published by Mark Latham yesterday alludes to the possibility of an all out legal war between Latham and Peter van Onselens. The rift between the two began in March this year when Latham simply stated facts by criticising what he called was the “Diversity Bunch”, those in the corporate world pushing for greater diversity and inclusion.
Of course, diversity and inclusion may sound good from the outside, but when the further you examine this modern-day social trend, the more you realise that at its core, it’s simply another expression of today’s left-wing identity politics.
It simply means that people are chosen based on skin colour or gender, or any other identity group metric, rather than on their skills and merit. It means young white men are having their opportunities slashed because women or people of colour are prioritised all in the name of “D&I”, as Latham calls it, even if these white male candidates are more eligible to these positions than anyone else. People are being judged based on their affiliation with a particular identity group, rather than as individuals.
The problem Peter van Onselen has with this dropping of the truth bomb is the fact that Mark Latham, maybe a bit inappropriately I admit, centred his criticism on Peter’s wife, Ainslie van Onselen. Ainslie happens to be the one pushing for diversity in Westpac, or as Latham said, “giving the gongs out to the rich and privileged women”.
Peter, a television host who was Mark Latham’s colleague during his tenure at Sky News, was obviously offended by this criticism. Peter began to attack Latham on the SkyNews show “To The Point”, with Kristina Kenneally also joining in by mocking the name “The Outsiders”.
This television feud gave way to a Twitter war, with Peter mocking Latham on Twitter, to which Latham also responded by retweeting Peter’s remarks and threatening to expose the secret deals that occur between journalists, such as Peter, and politicians or other public figures.
The van Onselens would probably be unwise to declare a legal war against Mark Latham, as this would prompt the latter to reveal Peter’s willingness to “write nice story about you” in exchange for “off-record info”, and the corruption inflicting mainstream media in general.
It is unclear where this latest occurrence of lawfare will be heading, but what is clear is that we want Mark Latham to reveal the secret world of journalists in order for the Australian public to get a better understand of the fake news mainstream media. Peter van Onselen should tread carefully as he is placing his reputation, and that of other mainstream journalists, at risk by provoking Mark Latham into revealing the hard truths.