When the appalling violence against women and children by their partners or ex-partners is raised on the media, the vacuous little RWNJs who feel affronted by the fact that it is almost universally men who commit these crimes, come out and say that it is ‘not all men’ who commit such crimes. While this is stating the bloody obvious, it seems to be designed to deflect blame from them as a group, so they can avoid taking this travesty seriously1.
Now there has been a story on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 7:30 program about the over-servicing and simple corruption by doctors, who it is considered have drained up to $8 billion from Medicare2. And what did the Australian Medical Association do? They circled the wagons and came up with the equivalent of the ‘not all men’ non-argument. They called the allegations an unjustified slur on the entire medical profession, stating that the vast majority of doctors do the right thing by their patients and by Medicare rules3.
The vast majority of doctors may do the right thing, but there is clearly a proportion of the medical profession who do not. The AMA would be better advised to call out the over-servicing and corruption, than to play the victim and scream ‘not all doctors’.