In 'A grown-up speech on mass migration' and 'Sky News host back at work after embarrassing on-air immigrant 'extermination' gaffe' we find that Sky News's Julie Etchingham, thinking the microphones were switched off, commented over David Cameron's speech that the Conservatives' policy over immigration should be 'extermination'. This is apparently supposed to be proof that there is a liberal elite in the media and they're out to get us or something.
There are a couple of reasons why this is among the stupidest things I've heard from the paper. The most obvious is that it isn't at all clear from the remark that Etchingham was parodying the Conservative stance at all. From the second story there, we can see the form the actual comment took in its context:
[Cameron says] "Let me outline the action that a Conservative government would take.It's not clear from this whether Etchingham is parodying the Conservative view or offering her own flippant view of what the policy should be. It would certainly be clever PR for supporters of someone making a horrible right wing comment to actually claim it was a horrible left wing comment. And maybe she was just, you know, mucking about without offering an opinion on anything.
"As we have seen, some of the increase in population size results from natural change - birth rates, death rates. Here our policy should be obvious . . ."
At which point Miss Etchingham's voice was clearly heard to say: "Extermination."
That aside, even if we do take the Mail's interpretation of her comments at face value, this is just effing silly:
[...]wasn't she speaking with the authentic voice of the liberal elite?She works for Rupert bloody Murdoch! Is Rupert Murdoch part of the liberal elite now?
For more than 40 years, Left-wingers in politics and the media have successfully silenced rational debate on the impact of mass migration, shouting 'racist' at anyone who dared even raise the subject.
Here's the thing - even if she is a horrible lefty, the fact that she has to swallow her principles and work for Rupert Murdoch surely shatters the idea that the liberals control everything.
Clever clutching at straws from the Mail - which manages to report negatively on immigration pretty much every bloody day, often several times a day and still manages to argue that debate on the subject is silenced.