Me-tooism in Australian politics has its counterpart in the mainstream media. On the Palestine-Israel conflict, both Fairfax and Murdoch are overwhelmingly pro-Israel in orientation: the former, largely out of cowardice and often (but not always) out of sheer ignorance and/or incompetence*, the second out of pure Zionist zeal.
[* What is one to make, for example, of the Sydney Morning Herald's Jason Koutsoukis, in one and the same report (Crunch time as family fights to keep home from Jewish settlers, 18/8/08), referring to occupied East Jerusalem as "disputed East Jerusalem" while referring to the pre-1967 West Bank as "Jordanian-occupied"?]
One difference between them came with the reporting of the busting of the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza by two vessels manned by 44 activists of the Free Gaza Movement. This brave and inspirational act was completely ignored by Murdoch's The Australian. The SMH, however, covered the action in two reports, Flotilla lands & Gaza blockade fails (25/8/08), lifted from the The LA Times, and Hopes for Gaza protest ships to anchor freedom (26/8/08) by Jason Koutsoukis. Which is not to say that the Herald did justice to the significance of the event. To do that it would have to have published, for example, eye-witness Huwaida Arraf's excellent account, Sailing into Gaza* (palestinechronicle.com, 26/8/08). But, for a Palestinian voice (or even that of an Israeli dissenter) to break into the opinion pages of the Herald would, it seems, be no less a feat than successfully running the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
[*"When a massive earthquake rocked China and cyclones ravaged Myanmar, the world responded. Governments and civilians alike rallied to help. Yet world governments have witnessed a manmade humanitarian catastrophe unfold before our eyes in Gaza. Karen Koning Abu Zayd, head of the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), has asserted that 'Gaza is on the threshold of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence and - some would say - encouragement of the international community'."]