I was gonna write about this but some prat beat me to it.
We came close to losing the leader of our Federal Opposition Party this week. A media stunt very nearly went oh so wrong when a truck had to swerve off the road to avoid Tony Abbott's chauffeur driven motor car. Along with Abbott's car and the truck, a van was involved too.
All heaped praise upon the truck driver who did a bit of swerving and off road dust raising acrobats with his truck to avoid hitting the Comcar. Seemingly the van driver did nothing wrong except slow to see what all the media were doing. Comcar driver did nothing wrong. Hang on. Road accidents aren't accidents, they are crashes. Someone did something wrong to cause the crash or the near miss.
If you click on the link above and go to the last para, I agree with the prat who wrote it. Bad truck driver.
But Abbott was ever so quick off the mark to praise the truck driver for his skill, getting his quote quickly into the media,when it is clear that the truck driver was at fault. Too fast, not paying due diligence, tired, distracted, mobile phone (from my observations, truck drivers are exempt from mobile phone laws when they are driving) whatever.
So did Tony Abbott silence the truck driver about a media stunt that nearly went horribly wrong by praising his skill at avoiding an accident? No, not quite but the driver is not mouthing off to all and sundry. Abbott bought his silence about being critical of the media stunt by praising his skillful avoidance of an accident. Kwid pro kwo.
The media has really let us down on this very obvious you scratch my nads and and I will scratch yours. One party should have been charged with careless driving and the other for creating a road hazard.