At the 14th Annual Online News Association Conference, held in Hobart this week, the editors of Australia’s online news sites unanimously voted to begin physically slamming people they don’t agree with.
News websites regularly ‘slam’ people, organisations, or concepts that don’t align with polite society’s, or their organisation’s, point of view. The most common targets of ‘slamming’ are US President Donald Trump, Karl Stefanovic, mid-level rugby league players, single mothers and schoolchildren.
Waleed Aly is widely regarded as the best at ‘slamming’ things which offend him.
In the struggle for ratings Australia’s news websites have decided to step this up again and physically slam detractors.
The body slam is a wrestling throw in which the opponent's body is lifted and brought down hard to the ground. The move has its origins in Taekwondo but was popularised by John Cena in the early 2000s.
The Obiter attended the conference and caught up with BuzzFeed Editor-In-Chief Paul Le Squire-Jones.
‘It’s a tough world out there mate,’ Mr Le Squire-Jones remarked as he rolled a perfect Champion Ruby.
‘I’ve got a newsroom full of idiots who really should have gone into commercial real estate and a readership coming down harder than Benny Cousins on a Monday. We slam people in print a fair bit in print and it always gets clicks, so this just seemed like a natural progression.’
‘With all this Opera House stuff we’re going to try and body slam Gladys Berejiklian when she gets out of the shower tomorrow. The pictures will be in the Friday paper.’