As a sop to the Greens who keep them in power, the Australian Federal government has convened a craven inquiry into the media. Everyone knows this is nothing more than a chance for extreme leftists of all stripes to have a free whack at Rupert Murdoch's News organisation. News is one of the few media outlets in this country which hold leftists to account for their policies. The fact that conservatives are also scrutinised is lost on the screeching Left as they must never be criticised.
Appearing before this inquiry is Julian Disney, head of the Press Council. Professor Disney (yes, an academic), complains that the ideas being published in comment streams on the Internet are a "cacophony" damaging to society and goes on to say that, "A cacophony is not freedom of speech... You can't have free speech if you can't hear what's being said."
Cacophony? Hear? The man is talking about written comments by readers on blogs and media websites. They don't make a sound, Professor. And you can always click the back
The head of the Press Council should be more concerned about the damage to free speech caused by inapt metaphors.