The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is doing a fantastic job, even outdoing Fox in the reactionary, neo-Cold War stakes. Once upon a time, SBS was a unique operation, established by the Australian government to broadcast multi-lingual programs for Australia’s 200 or so language groups. It still does some of that, but now it is trying to muscle in on the venerable territory of rabid red-baiting carried out with exemplary skill by Fox News. It is the sort of work that makes the Fairfax’s China reporter, the wimpy liberal John Garnaut, look like a limp lettuce leaf. Take, for instance, the recent report on China’s Olympic efforts:

China’s massive medal haul at the London Games has once again showcased the country’s ability to produce champions through its rigid Soviet-style sports regime …

While the fall of Communism in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s put paid to the command-and-control systems that turned the Soviet Union and East Germany into sporting superpowers, China’s “juguo tizhi” – literally ‘whole nation system’ – remains as entrenched as ever …

… systematic physical abuse … kowtow and apologise …

It wouldn’t be legal in Britain to train as hard as the Chinese …

Hmmm … my Chinese friends have a different criticism: the government is too concerned with international Olympic glory and fails to support grass-roots sports adequately. Strangely, that sounds pretty much like the Australian government, for whom each medal at the 2012 Olympics (of whatever colour) cost over $10 million, or the English government, or the American government, or …

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