Miranda Devine: Telling the truth has a price

Miranda Devine: Telling the truth has a price, by Stephen Brook.

Telling the truth has a price, controversial conservative columnist Miranda Devine says.

“I personally have lost friends over it,” The Daily Telegraph columnist Devine tells podcast “Behind the Media,” speaking about her decision to label supporters of deposed prime minister Tony Abbott “delcons”, or delusional conservatives.

Abbott was one friend she lost. Conservative columnist and colleague Andrew Bolt another.

“Andrew Bolt and I don’t talk any more,” Devine says, recounting how Bolt thought Devine was criticising him personally in the delcon column.

Devine says she wasn’t, instead targeting writers for the Quadrant and Spectator magazines. …

Devine had already lost her friendship with Abbott, whom she had known for 25 years, since he worked for her father, Frank Devine, a former editor of The Australian.

“We talk when we see each other and it’s very cordial. Well, it’s relatively cordial,” she says, adding that she still likes and admires him.

“I guess I had this mistaken idea that as a columnist I should be writing what I think is the truth and I have done that rather than help him run his insurgency, which I don’t think is my role.” …

The same-sex marriage debate supercharged the atmosphere and Devine was one of the few people in the media to advocate a no vote. “I was personally insulted by the idea that anyone voting no was a homophobe or a bigot.” …

Surprisingly, Devine started out working in the textile division of the CSIRO while completing a science degree majoring in mathematics and computer science. “Both parents had been journalists and both very much tried to talk me out of it. My mother I remember saying to me, “Journalism makes women very hard.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil