Media in the middle

Older readers will recall the days when news was purveyed only via newspapers and the radio. Although that was a long while ago, and memories of those days are dimmed by the efflux of time, my recollection of that era was one where reporters ferreted out the facts from wherever they were hidden, verified them by cross-checking against other sources, and promulgated them in unalloyed form untainted by the reporter’s opinion, unadulterated by ‘he said, she said’ reporting, and free of ‘press release’ propaganda. Reporters ‘wore out boot leather’ or ‘played the phones’ to bring us the real news. Of course during wartime some of the ‘news’ was subject to censorship and state propaganda designed to keep morale high, but we accepted that as appropriate.

How different it is now. Apart from the multiple media outlets that exist, the style of reporting has changed so that the consumer of news now has to refine the slivers of gold from the heavy overburden of dross. And in fact it’s worse than that. If it were only a matter of refinement, many readers are perspicacious enough to find the gold, but we now have another layer of overburden – propaganda, a deliberate intent to persuade, to deceive, to cajole into believing whatever the writer, or more sinisterly the editor or proprietor, wants us to believe. News outlets have become a powerful means of persuasion, of bending consumers to the will and the beliefs of the authors. There is no more flagrant example of this than the Murdoch media, and should Gina Rinehart get control of Fairfax, we should expect the same.

How many times have we heard political commentators say: “Labor never seems to be able to get its message across”. Or “Every time Labor has some good news to announce, it is drowned out by some mishap or disaster”. Or “Whenever Labor has a success or has achieved a legislative goal, leadership speculation overwhelms it.” Or “They just can’t seem to throw off speculation about a change of leader, or Kevin Rudd’s return.” Or “Labor can never get any ‘oxygen’ or clear air”. And who is to blame for this? Labor of course – it is hopeless at communication they say. It amazes me that those who say that with a straight face either cannot see, or refuse to acknowledge, that it is the media that consistently ensures that Labor’s attempts at communication are thwarted. It is the media that can always find a negative story, a downside, a contrarian view to counter anything positive the Government achieves, any ‘good news’ stories it has to tell. How many times have you heard Barrie Cassidy, Leigh Sales, Chris Uhlmann, Tony Jones, Emma Alberici, Fran Kelly, or Karen Middleton utter those very words? Cannot they see that the Murdoch media particularly, and much of Fairfax media too, deliberately runs interference to counter Labor’s good news so that the adverse news gains prominence over the good. These journalists can easily see the phenomenon, but are seemingly blind to its origin.

This piece asserts that one of Labor’s intractable problems is that ‘the media is in the middle’, in between the actual news, good and bad, and the public, that the media filters the good news about Labor out, and replaces it with the bad, albeit too often constructed out of little or nothing at all. It is part of the media’s strategy to run a continual campaign of obstruction so that Labor gets almost no ‘clear air’, no ‘oxygen’ to disseminate its good news. There are hundreds of examples of this.

Before someone comes here insisting that once again I am unfairly ‘blaming the media’ for the contemporary state of news dissemination, for Labor’s current position in the opinion polls, let me quote from David McKnight’s book Rupert Murdoch An Investigation of Political Power (Allen&Unwin, 2012). He describes how in the US Murdoch has used Fox News “…to pioneer a new form of political campaign - one that enabled the GOP to bypass sceptical reporters and wage an around-the-clock, partisan assault on public opinion. The network, at its core, is a giant soundstage created to mimic the look and feel of a news organization, cleverly camouflaging political propaganda as independent journalism”.

McKnight goes onto say: “In Australia, the desire by Murdoch’s news media to shape the agenda of Australian politics shows no sign of diminishing. Its two most powerful weapons, the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun, run regular campaigns against Labor and its policies, but are particularly venomous towards the Greens. The flagship Australian, as Robert Manne said in his prescient Quarterly Essay, remains an ideologically driven newspaper ‘unusually self-referential and boastful, with an extreme sensitivity when it is criticized. Its most distinguishing stance is its ‘loathing and contempt for anyone who thought radical action on climate change was needed’.”

McKnight concludes his book: “Given his oft-repeated rejection of retirement, Rupert Murdoch is likely to remain a powerful figure capable of influencing world politics for a considerable time to come.” So unless the Leveson Inquiry brings him undone, we have much more Murdoch interference to come.

If anyone is still sceptical about Rupert Murdoch’s preoccupation with commercial power and the exercise of political and ideological influence over governments on three continents, please read McKnight’s book. Page after page documents how he has become involved in high-level politics for many years.

He was a great supporter of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Regan, George Bush and John Howard, a strong advocate for the Iraq War, a promoter of the now-debunked ‘weapons of mass destruction’ story, and the supposed connection between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, one that never existed, one for which there was never any cogent evidence.

He was an opponent of closer relationships between the UK and Europe, and editorialized strongly to push his views on this. Through his US Fox News he has supported the Republican Party and its extreme right wing extension, the Tea Party, running a virtual propaganda machine that is venomously anti-Obama, strongly pro-Republican, and aggressively anti-global warming.

We know he has ‘courted’ national leaders in several countries, and indeed they have ‘courted’ him for his support politically. This has come out in all its ugliness in the Leveson Inquiry. Tony Blair flew halfway round the world to a News Corporation meeting at Hayman Island to curry favour. Anyone who doubts that Rupert Murdoch has an anti-Gillard, anti-Labor, anti-Green agenda should look at the overwhelming evidence that this is so. His editorials have called for ‘the destruction of the Greens at the ballot box’. His media outlets are pro-Coalition and pro-Abbott, who is never put under scrutiny by his media, never challenged, never questioned about his policies or costings, never corrected when he utters lie after lie about the carbon tax, the minerals tax, asylum policy, or for that matter any Labor policy. Abbott gets a free ride. And he knows on which side his bread is buttered: “I hope he liked me”, said Abbott after their one and only meeting in the US. I’m sure he hopes just that, and is now convinced that even if Murdoch doesn’t like him much, he will support him, because he wants a change of regime, a change all his outlets promote day after day.

Now I know any newspaper proprietor has the right to pursue his or her commercial interests, and to hold any ideological or political position, even to use whatever means that are available to pursue them. But is it right, is it fair, is it moral for just one man to be able to exercise such unbridled power on three continents, such that he can change governments or keep them in office through the power of his media?

Should one man have this disproportionate power to persuade the electorate to his own views? And should he have the unfettered capacity to do this by disseminating untruths, distortions, and downright lies? Should one man have the power to poison the minds of the voters against the nation’s PM and her active and productive Government, the power to mount a disingenuous campaign, Fox News style: “a new form of political campaign - an around-the-clock, partisan assault on public opinion”, in order to dislodge an elected Government?

Folks, this is serious – this is exactly what News Limited is doing; it will not stop until it succeeds, no matter how long that takes.

Let’s look at a few examples of how this is being done.

Murdoch regards The Australian as his treasured flagship even although it is said to not turn a profit. Its modest weekday circulation of around 100,000, with weekend patronage a little larger, does not lessen its value to him. It is aimed to influence opinion leaders in commerce, industry, agriculture, banking and politics. And it does.

Murdoch journalists know the ‘party line’ and readily toe it. Maybe they subscribe to it, but even if they don’t, they know that their continuing employment depends on pleasing Uncle Rupert, or at least not upsetting him. Although one reads the occasional ‘no one tells me what to write’ from News Limited journalists, everyone knows what the corporate line is, and dutifully complies. In his Quarterly Essay Bad News – Murdoch’s Australian and the Shaping of the Nation Robert Manne documents how editor Chris Mitchell makes it clear in his weekly meetings with his columnists how he wants stories to ‘come out’. And so they do.

Paul Kelly is a doyen of Australian political comment, has written tomes about it, and is a Walkley Award winner. One might imagine that he would be fiercely independent and not subject to editorial strictures. Yet his writings are compliant with the Murdoch line. In his review of Kelly’s book The March of the Patriots in Crikey Guy Rundle points to: “…the great flaw that runs through his work - an almost visceral dislike of some amorphous group, variously known as “progressives”, “the Left”. People from this group are rarely, if ever, quoted – they’re an amorphous chorus of noises…” This visceral dislike contaminates his weekly columns and TV appearances. He argues against the carbon tax, castigates the Government over its asylum policy, the minerals tax, and its style of government. And because of his aura of authority, his word is gospel to many. It is a pity that someone of his journalistic stature is such a Coalition sycophant.

There is little point in spending much time on Dennis Shanahan, who is unashamedly pro-Coalition, who can extract any drop of good news for the Coalition from Newspoll results, and any amount of bad news for PM Gillard and her Government, not that this takes much effort at present. He joined with Matthew Franklin in the News Limited campaign against the BER and HIP, which ran unabated for months, even after three Orgill Reports showed over 97% satisfaction with the former.

Neither is there any point in discussing the partisan contributions of Christopher Pearson, Tom Dusevic, Judith Sloan or the editorial writers at The Australian. Just glance through the last issue of The Weekend Australian to see what I mean. Find if you can anything that is complimentary to PM Gillard or her Government.

In his desire to establish himself as a columnist and TV commentator, Peter van Onselen prefers to follow the party line, often to his detriment. He sarcastically derided Julia Gillard over her opposition to a levy to fund the NDIS, a move that would have given Tony Abbott another GBNT slogan. Even Abbott discarded the idea of a levy, leaving PvO exposed as naive.

Don’t be deceived by his innocent baby-faced appearance. This man is a venomous enemy of the PM and her Government. This is what Uthers Say had to say about him in a piece: Enter the Australian all spin zone – a News Corporation duplication “Australians are seeing Fox News channelled in Australia by News Corporation’s Australian operations and particularly in not too subtle form on The Contrarians hosted by News Ltd’s Peter van Onselen.

“The practices of the Fox News Channel revolve around keeping the audience afraid and enraged. Those who stand between the very wealthy and greater wealth must be labelled, vilified, and dismissed. The tactics of its “news folk” and commentators include stacked panels, name-calling, talking over or shouting down any opposition, having a ready supply of villains that the audience will have Pavlovian responses to, and of course feeding the perceptions they create that suit the narratives that serve their corporate masters so well.”
The Bolt Report uses similar techniques.

Do read the whole piece to gauge the extent of van Onselen’s malevolence, and how the tactics used in the US Fox News, which is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the Republican Party and its extreme right wing manifestation, the Tea Party, are replicated here. Fox uses the disingenuous slogan ‘fair and balanced’ and its dishonest catch cry is: ‘We report, you decide’.

In searching for even one non-partisan writer for this newspaper one is left with just George Megalogenis, who writes well on matters economic, and at least backs his assertions with facts. But even the much-respected Mega at times seems to be avoiding conflict with the party line when he writes his columns.

In my view The Australian is patently partisan in its opposition to the Gillard Government and its support for the Coalition. Almost everything it publishes is designed to replace the Government with a Coalition one.

The same could be said for the rest of the News Limited stable. It is fruitless looking for a non-partisan writer there. Bolt, Akerman, Lewis and McCrann are conservatives with a vitriolic hatred of Labor, and the others largely follow their lead.

Let’s look at the Fairfax stable, where one could once reasonably expect to find better-balanced journalists. Ross Gittins and Peter Martin are standouts in that they present the facts as they are. They write mostly on matters economic, and do it well. At the Australian Financial Review there are some sound writers, chief among them Laura Tingle, who seems to be able to see things others can’t, and express them in clear prose.

But the Fairfax journalists that are most read are a big disappointment. The grande dame of political journalism, Michelle Grattan, who once could be relied upon to write balanced articles, has got her knife so far into Julia Gillard that she can scarcely say anything good about her at all, even when the PM has a substantial success to her credit. There is always a down side that gets the emphasis. Any acknowledgement is given begrudgingly. Why she is like this she alone knows, but it shows, and reflects poorly on her.

Phil Coorey seems a reasonable sort of fellow, especially on Insiders, but even his articles are tainted with the disparaging remarks about the Government. Peter Hartcher, whose well-written book, The Sweet Spot, I reviewed a little while ago, too gets on his high horse to vent criticism against the Government.

To read their columns a visitor could be left with the impression that Australia had an incompetent, leaderless Federal Government that had no vision, no narrative, and no accomplishments, that does nothing but fight over leadership, and that is headed for certain electoral wipeout at the next election, from which recovery would take a decade, or more.

They, along with many other commentators, are so certain of this electoral tsunami that they speak as if it were a foregone conclusion. Discouragingly, their dire predictions seem to be based on contemporary opinion polls, to which they wrongly attribute predictive capability, even this far from the next scheduled election. How these columnists have been conned into assigning such power to the polls is beyond me, and I suspect to some of the better pollsters too.

And it’s not just regular journalists that indulge in the perpetual ‘Gillard is doomed’ rhetoric. Crikey’s Bernard Keane is regular knocker, and recently the usually supportive Mungo MacCallum has joined the doomsters, basing his assessment on a discussion he had with half a dozen mates at a pub. Even Labor politicians are gloomy. We are used to Richo rabbitting on about the PM’s political demise as a matter of when, not if, but when Steve Bracks joins him and talks about Labour being wiped out around the nation, Labor supporters despair. Mind you, he retreated from this line when he recently launched his book, A Premier’s State.

Indeed it’s hard to find many who support the Government. NAB chief executive Cameron Clyne was one in an article by Ben Butler in the SMH Let’s stop the negativism, says Clyne Read it for a psychological boost!

So there it is – a media in the middle – interposed between the political reality of Federal politics and the public. Most of it is malignant; intent on spreading widely its cancerous message about PM Gillard and her Government, absorbed with metastasizing to every part of the electorate. Truth is irrelevant – bringing PM Gillard and her Government down is all that counts. The Murdoch media now reflects the strategies employed by Fox News in the US – an around-the-clock, partisan assault on public opinion – and the Fairfax media, and to some extent the ABC, is following suit. It is subversive and dangerous.

Can you imagine a football match where one team is playing well and scoring freely, while the other is floundering? Imagine now a clique of TV and radio commentators whose focus is on every real or trumped-up misdemeanour of the winning team, savaging their players and their coaches for ‘unfair’ play, rough tactics, poor strategy, incompetent ball handling, timid tackling, hopeless defence, pathetic attack, and lack of leadership.

Imagine the commentators overlooking the dirty tactics, the behind the play assaults, the lack of any visible game plan, the foul leadership, and the low scoring of the other side, glossing over these misdemeanours as inconsequential. Imagine as the game progresses and the score mounts, the commentators predicting, even at half time, a massive loss for the winning side based upon Sportsbet odds.

Imagine the umpires punishing every small or imagined infringement of the leading side with a severe penalty, while overlooking the gross violations of the other.

Imagine the supporters of the losing team hurling abuse, cans and bottles at the players, threatening to jump the fence and assault them. Imagine them endlessly chanting lurid slogans until they became deafening. Imagine this going on from the very beginning, and continuing even as the superior side piles on goal after winning goal, to the very end.

Imagine even some of the winning side’s supporters turning on them, criticizing their tactics, even the colour and design of their gear.

Imagine all that and you will have an image of what is going on with the media in this country. The media is in the middle, determined to shield the public from the truth, the real score, the real promise of greater things to come; determined to distract the electorate, to misrepresent the progress the Government is making, to promote the losers and paint them as in an impossible-to-lose position, but never prepared to expose their hollowness, their policy paucity, their costing dishonesty, their sinister agenda for our nation and its people.

Labor’s most pressing problem is the ‘media in the middle’.

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Patriciawa

2/08/2012Well done, Ad Astra, even better than your best! This needs to be said again and again!

Libbyx33

2/08/2012As usual, Ad astra, you have hit the nail on the head. Here in Qld, the Courier Mail is a bloody disgrace! And I cancelled my subscription with the Australian once Peter van Onselen changed from being a pretty balanced writer into a Coalition shrew. Pathetic, as he started out (mostly) inpartial. That the Courier Mail is basically the ONLY paper in town is holding all the plebs to ransom. Added to that, all our local & regional newspapers, such as Quest Newspapers Albert & Logan news here in my area, are also all controlled by Murdoch's media empire. Honestly, I'm sick of all the lies! I haven't read the article your link provided regarding Peter van O, but I shall do so shortly & get back to you. Thanks again for another accurate & informative article!

Tom of Melbourne

2/08/2012 Bill Kelty knows nothing- [quote] 'I've got to be frank: it's too easy to blame the media, too easier [sic] to blame the playthings of politics. And there's no purpose blaming the opposition for doing what, after all, you would expect them to do, and that's to beat you. ''In a sense, I think we make politics just simply too hard. The truth will normally do.” [/quote] Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-trusted-messenger-steps-forward-to-rebuke-labor-20120518-1yw5j.html#ixzz22NWhpW9L Ad Astra is a far more astute analyst than any ALP/union luminary.

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2/08/2012I'm glad to read such an article, and see it "out there". For more that 25 years I have believed that the most malevolent influence on democracy is the Murdock press influence and Power. No organisation should have this power to use. Those who deny it is happening are those in collusion with it who are happy to take the benefits. As we see in the UK the benefits come with a consequence. Plenty of Journo's know this is happening. When are we going to get the facts from some of them or are they too cowed and scared of losing their jobs, or,do they also love the intoxicating taste of having power to influence outcomes.?

jaycee

2/08/2012Ahh!..good..I didn't want to be the first to comment AGAIN!...people will start to think I hang around this site too much! Yes, AA..great article...Lots to talk about. One example we all are aware of with the MSM. blocking news is the Wixxyleaks and The Independant Aussie stories on Thompson/Slipper shenanagens. I think it was last night I was gobsmacked to hear Leigh Sales excitingly announce that "...you remember how WE broke the story on the corruption in the HSU. saga...".....WHAT!! The MSM. were the LAST to come upon the scene....the blogsites had moved from breaking to making the pace on the story. But yes, it is the media, always the media and only the media that shapes and breaks the personalities in the politics in the mainstream news. Murdoch and now "Mikimoto Rhino" are doing their damnest to break this govt'...We can't do much about "the beast" yet, but Rupert ought to be declared personae non gratae and denied any and all access to Australia by any medium. After all, he is now a foreign national working against the interests of the nation....."Throw the bum out!"

Patriciawa

2/08/2012 As Ad Astra says, the blatant bias of Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd in Australia favoring the Coalition and the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has done great damage in opposing the Government’s minerals tax and carbon pricing scheme along with promoting the chicanery of scepticism about climate change. Yet it has not defeated the all important legislation bringing in these all important reforms. Other major change has been achieved too in the areas of health and communications, particularly the NBN. All that in the context of a hung parliament and the most tenuous hold on government has been achieved by the vision, tenacity and negotiating skills of our Prime Minister, supported by some very able Ministers and two very principled and strong minded Independent MPs. Let's get behind them and ensure their decisive re-election in a year's time. Perhaps then the government will have the strength of numbers to address this blatant abuse of power by Rupert Murdoch. Current Australian media ownership laws, as much the responsibility of Labor power brokers as Coalition in the past, cry out for reform. Meanwhile [b] Remember! “True Liberty Is When Free-born Men Speak Free!”[/b] John Milton’s Areopagitica, Crying freedom for the press Back in 17th century England, Resisted monarchy’s excess. His tract was a mighty weapon In democracy’s progress. We are the beneficiaries Of his most eloquent address. But we ‘free-born’ were complicit, As we watched and acquiesced While that freedom was abused With a brazen shamelessness. We encouraged one man’s ambition To buy up, control, possess As property our thoughts in print And we applauded his success. We shared profits with this behemoth Who now destroys our happiness And publishes news of our world, Writ as he commands it be expressed. This threat to our democracy Tells us it’s time to re-possess What he uses as a licence To break all rules and decency transgress. Our precious freedom so perverted Has caused society's regress. Let’s use our laws while we still can, Redeem ourselves, and truly free the press.

Gravel

2/08/2012Ad Astra Well said, sadly. Oh and you forgot the real traitors in the media, the ABC. Most Australians trust the ABC. I used to. Not anymore, they are just as culpable, even more so as they are available everywhere in Australia, and they are supposed to be impartial. I used to dislike people calling for the demise of the ABC, but I would now find myself in the front row calling very loudly, if not for their demise at least for a giant cleaning out and new, impartial staff being put in their place.

Ad astra

2/08/2012Folks You are all quick off the mark tonight. Thank you Patriciawa for your very complimentary remark, and your elegant and apt pome: [i]True Liberty Is When Free-born Men Speak Free![/i] Libbyx33 Thank you for you kind comment. I think you will be mortified when you read the piece on [i]Uthers Say[/i] about PvO. His strategy is right out of the Fox News playbook. 42 long The Murdock power is frightening. Almost every page of McKnight’s book documents this. The latest book [i]Dial M for Murdoch[/i] by UK Labor MP Tom Watson and Martin Hickman is next on my list. Here is the review in [i]The Guardian[/i] http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/06/dial-murdoch-tom-watson-hickman-review The review concludes: [i]"In the end, this story is about corruption by power," he notes, before adding, vividly of the Murdochs: "From the criminal underworld to the headquarters of London's police force, from the decks of yachts in the Mediterranean to farmhouses in the Cotswolds and the deep-carpeted rooms of Downing Street, they had spun an invisible web of connections and corruption." The law of the playground states that the bully survives only if he is indulged. That surely is the greater crime, and that is laid at the politicians' door.”[/i] jaycee Thank you for the compliment. The Levinson Inquiry has a while to run. By the time the next election comes along, who knows what might have happened to Murdoch and his empire. Maybe his wings will have been clipped and his power in this country limited. Gravel Thank you for your kind comment. You are right. The ABC is culpable; it is too often an echo of News Limited. Why is this so? Maybe it needs a new Board and MD. Wasn’t it good of ToM to pay me such a nice compliment!

Truth Seeker

2/08/2012Hi Aa, another clear and concise article laying out the shortcomings of the media in this country. Great work. I have posted a number of times on the need for a Canadian style "Truth in media" legislation, which I believe would be in the best interest of our great (although somewhat diminished) democracy. I wrote the poem "The Boil" a few days ago, and as previously stated, was waiting for this new article before posting it. Hopefully a bit of light relief, amidst the political thrust and parry of The Political Sword. The Australian public looked upwards in awe From the base of a hill that was not there before It appeared just like magic…. And it grew overnight And by the next morning…. was a hell of a sight And some people said this was surely a sign That the country was sick, and we’re in a decline But the government said wait.. this just isn’t right The economy is good and the future is bright But the people got frightened by the sight of the mound And despite all the evidence said the country’s not sound But the government continued, as the figures were good Ignoring doomsayers as they knew that they should But frustration increased in the ranks of “The NO” And the hill stole their focus and continued to grow Big red and angry with a festering head “It looks like a pimple”, one observant soul said Then a little boy smiled, as he spoke to his Mum “It’s just like that boil, that I had on me bum” And a woman with shock written over her face Said “The damned thing’s so big, you could see it from space” So the question arose as to what should be done With a bloody great boil that could blot out the sun Could they lance it or squeeze it or just build a fence Round a festering pustule that was so immense But after heated discussion machinery was brought So the squeezing commenced and the excision sought And they pushed and they squeezed until up went a shout And bugger me dead, all the media popped out. Pushing harder and harder, spurred on by success Coalition backbenchers were expelled with the mess. Then the core broke away in a fountain of puss And in the midst of the gore was an LNP bus Covered with slogans and filled up with slime Then the door slowly opened and out stepped Chris Pyne And the children collectively said to their mummies “It’s a big mincing poodle, with a mouthful of dummies” Then Hockey slipped… landing, calculator in lap But the batteries were spent and his figures were crap Mirabella and Bishop stepped out hand in hand They were covered in slime….. but their posture was grand Abetz and his senators came out, single file Followed closely by Abbott spewing venom and bile His budgies were glowing and his hirsute chest puffed But the people all saw that his party was stuffed With his slogans revealed for the rubbish they were And his efforts exposing him as the billionaires Cur With their policy vacuum being more than enough To expose them as naught but a large pile of slough (sluff) So the people moved on with their confidence high As the Abbott’s ambitions went completely awry And the country recovered, growing stronger each day While the LNP circus slowly faded away And the moral for all is the poison… you’ll foil If you use enough pressure to excise the boil And don’t be misled into sad apathy But seek out the truth, as it will set you free Ask questions, demand answers and ignore all the spin And then those that deserve it will hopefully win And be careful when riding the LNP bus As you may well end up…. Sitting… covered in… puss. Cheers

Truth Seeker

2/08/2012Patriciawa, I wasn't sure if the poem was yours, until I read Aa's comment. Nice one! Cheers

Frank

2/08/2012Thanks for another excellent commentary. Unfortunately this is the only website that shows up the deceit and propaganda of Labor's opponents. I have caught out Van Onselen and Shanahan on perpetuating myths. Tony Windsor blew a hole in van Onselen when he tried to lie in an Agenda interview. VO got back in his box. In the USA Obama at least has the New York Times and the MSNBC supporting him. That is why Murdoch is desperate to take over the NYT. He has already destroyed the balance of the Wall Street Journal. Here in Australia Labor does not have a supportive newspaper or news channel. Unfortunately that is why this country will see its worst nightmare PM-Tony Abbott

Ad astra

2/08/2012Truth Seeker Thank you for your kind remarks and for your superb verse. What a great belly laugh it gave me as I reveled in your clever medical analogy. There is nothing as effective and satisfying than lancing a ripe boil and watching its purulent contents burst forth. And it’s therapeutic too for the bearer of the boil. Of course, the contents of the boil need to be consigned to the bin for soiled detritus and cast into the fiery furnace.

Ad astra

2/08/2012Frank Thank you for your generous remarks and for reminding us of PvO’s encounter with Tony Windsor. It is a foolish man who tries to trip him up, but PvO doesn’t yet realize how wet behind the ears he is. Murdoch may find his days of expansion of his empire are at an end. News Limited may not be as potent come late 2013. It’s been a long day, so I’m off to watch TV.

Wake Up

2/08/2012Well said AA, couldn't agree more. In fact I would go as far as saying it is Murdoch, not the coalition that Labor needs to beat if it wants to see another term in government. I most definitely don't want to see government regulation of the media and clearly self regulation has been a complete joke but something needs to be done to stop this rot and the question really is 'what'. When one organisation holds nearly all the cards it is nigh impossible to have a meaningful debate on media regulation without the usual howls of gagging the press, threatening free speech, censorship, filtering etc, however a simple law against publishing lies or misinformation as news would be hard to oppose and even harder to argue against by the opposition or Murdoch. It worked in Canada so well that Fox News wasn't able to get a look in there, and that in itself has to be a glowing endorsement.

Truth Seeker

2/08/2012Thanks Ad for your kind words and appreciation of my poem, I am glad that It produced a laugh, and that you enjoyed the analogy. It is great fun writing such verse, and employing subtle metaphors to emphasise a point (or two). TPS is a great site, and I am happy to add my little bit via comments and poetry. Cheers

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2/08/2012Wake Up Thank you for your pertinent comment. You are right, Murdoch is the most powerful enemy. If only we had the Canadian rule banning lying in the electronic media, what an improvement that would bring about. PvO would have to revise his strategy.

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2/08/2012I agree with everything you say Wake Up. The ABC in australia until recently had a unique status for representing a "balance". Which it can no longer claim. Murdoch hates the BBC claiming that it is the enemy of free speech. As IF this bastard ever cared about free speech. Free speech is when he has the right to state what we should accept and any contrary view is opposed., by his regime. If a "state" like USSR has a paper called PRAVDA one could assume it is a slave of the state. When a monopoly on opinion, ( not fact ) like the NEWS LTD runs things we are supposed to believe that it is OK. Well It is NOT, and we should stop listening to this propaganda and realise how we are being manipulated.

jane

2/08/2012Ad astra, great post as always. I think when you typed the following words you summed up the wizened foreigner's poisonous world view and his attachment to dishonesty, mendacity and corruption: [quote]He was a great supporter of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Regan, George Bush and John Howard, a strong advocate for the Iraq War, a promoter of the now-debunked ‘weapons of mass destruction’ story, and the supposed connection between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, one that never existed, one for which there was never any cogent evidence.[/quote] His malevolent presence is everywhere in the msm. With hindsight, we only have ourselves to blame for abandoning the media ownership rules set down by wiser heads, thus allowing this dreadful old man's foul tentacles to penetrate every aspect of the media Hopefully when the Levenson Report is handed down, the tentacles will be prised loose in the UK and some action will be taken here. No matter what, I think that legislation similar to Canada's wrt news reporting is essential, with harsh penalties for violations. It should also include shock jocks and opinion writers,; opinion is not exempt from truth.

Patriciawa

3/08/2012Thanks, Truth Seeker, that's an update of a pome I wrote a while back when the hacking scandal first broke out in the UK. I like your political 'pomes' too. Let's see more of them. From your command of form and language I suspect you might be a poet from some time back, rather like Talk Turkey who seems to have been essentially a poet first and a Labor champion later. For me the need to encapsulate some thoughts about politics in a few lines has driven me to use verse as my vehicle at times. I've started reading poetry proper only recently. You are quite right. Tony Abbott and his team are a boil on our body politic and we need to see him squeezed off the face of Oz. As you wrote earlier [i] To hand the keys of this great nation To the Abbott’s vacuous team To rape and pillage our economy[/i] Would be to .....[i]realise a nightmare… from the dream.[/i]

rocco

3/08/2012Murdoch always says he doesn't tell his editors what to publish, He doesn't have to, they just know. How often does Murdoch bring someone from outside the News empire to edit his newspapers, They are usuually people with a long career in News and have figured out early in the piece what attitudes they have to have to advance. Likewise their reporters. In your assesment of the various senior writers at the Australian I think you missed Greg Sheridan He was an unashamed apologist for the Suhartos at the time they were lining their pockets and people were being murdered in East Timor by the army and Rupert was trying to advance his interests in Indonesia. Mind you Sheridan had some mates, not least some senior ALP figures! At the risk of being branded pickey I reluctantly point out it is the Leveson inquiry. And what compelling viewing that has provided

Water Damage Experts in Philadelphia

3/08/2012Most Australians trust the ABC.

TalkTurkey

3/08/2012Ad astra Your writing awes me, not so much the writing itself as the breadth and depth and insight of the reading to which your writings bear witness. But your writing itself is so logical, so clear and ordered, I think you are nonpareil in everything you say. And you have never written better than this, as I'm sure you know! It is sad indeed that every line is all too true. Oddly, though my wording is a lot less conciliatory than yours, I find it all too easy to write similarly condemnatory material about the many things I really hate, and I really do mean hate, as in hatred of that wrinkled nasty old ex-Australian evil wizard Murdoch. There's just so much to write about, the only problem being that often even the most virulent terms are just completely inadequate, as in, who doesn't have fantasies of physically snotting that poisonous poodle Pyne, kicking him in the ribs and gaoling him for complicity in attempted sedition? Well before I reached the end of this new thread, I had some of the words of TS Eliot's poem [i]The Hollow Men [/i]exercising the gerbils, and then just a few lines from the end you yourself referred to the hollowness of the Abborttians themselves. So I looked the poem up, as you do so easily these day, and at the cost of a fair (or unfair?) bit of column space I'll paste it on the end. I know I could link it instead but it's nice somehow to grace the Sword with it, and to honour Ad astra's own writing with some of the best there ever has been. (I still prefer Ad's!) But I found first of all something unexpected, I'll let the Wikipedia notes do the talking. Funny though I don't think I ever saw any episodes, might now try to get it on DVD from my PUBLIC LIBRARY, it sounds worthwhile. Others may have seen it and I'd be glad to hear their opinions thereof. [b]The Hollowmen TV Programme[/b] From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Genre:Situation comedy-Drama Created by Santo Cilauro Tom Gleisner Rob Sitch Directed by Rob Sitch No. of episodes.12 Production Working Dog Productions Broadcast Original channel ABC1 First shown in Australia Original run July 2008 The Hollowmen is an Australian television comedy series set in the offices of the Central Policy Unit, a fictional political advisory unit personally set up by the Prime Minister to help him get re-elected. Their brief is long term vision; to stop worrying about tomorrow's headlines, and focus on next week's. The Hollowmen was first broadcast on Wednesday, 9 July 2008, on ABC1. Each series comprises six half-hour episodes.[1] On the eve of the first episode's national premiere, the series was approved by the ABC for a second series. The second series was screened right after the first, beginning on 13 September 2008.[2] Lachy Hulme will reappear in the third season.[3] The comedy-drama satire is produced by Working Dog Productions, which was also responsible for Frontline, The Panel and Thank God You're Here. The music used during the opening credits is an edited instrumental version of the 1987 song "North by North" by New Zealand band The Bats. A special one-off presentation of The Hollowmen was created by Working Dog and played at Parliament House in Canberra on 11 March 2009, in support of the ABC's funding bid for 2009-12. [Isn't that interesting? - I don't know how I missed it.] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now here's the poem: I have [b]bolded[/b] the parts that seem to me particularly poignant. [b]The Hollow Men [/b] by T S Eliot Mistah Kurtz-he dead A penny for the Old Guy I We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion; Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us-if at all-not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men. II Eyes I dare not meet in dreams In death's dream kingdom These do not appear: There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column There, is a tree swinging And voices are In the wind's singing More distant and more solemn Than a fading star. Let me be no nearer In death's dream kingdom Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves In a field Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer- Not that final meeting In the twilight kingdom [b] III This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star.[/b] Is it like this In death's other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone. IV The eyes are not here There are no eyes here In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men. [b] V Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o'clock in the morning. Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response Falls the Shadow Life is very long Between the desire And the spasm Between the potency And the existence Between the essence And the descent Falls the Shadow[/b] For Thine is the Kingdom For Thine is Life is For Thine is the This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [b]BUT [/b] [b]FIE on TS ELIOT![/b] I am [i]not[/i] a hollow man! Ad astra is not a hollow man! Comrades of the Left are not hollow! [i]Let the poem instead begin [/i] [b]THEY[/b] are the hollow men! [b]THEY [/b]are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. And put the whole poem in the third person, where the Third person is the Fourth Estate! THEY are the Media in the Middle. And WE [i]will[/i], because we [i]must[/i], knock the stuffing out of their straw-filled heads. Swordsfolks please retweet or otherwise proselytize mentions of Ad's new thread to you followers, do it every time in fact. He talks such plain sense, it helps to bring people back together after the deliberate fragmenting perpetrated by the Abborttians and those bloody Media in the Middle. Don't quite know how to finish this so I'll just say [b]VENCEREMOS![/b] [b][i]NO PASARAN![/i][/b]

TalkTurkey

3/08/2012Truth Seeker WOW! TPS bids fair to be what The Bulletin was a hundred years ago! Patricia, and thee, and me, makes three . . . And Yes, TPS is a great site, led from the front by our host's wonderful threads, and its spread far and wide every day by our resident but peregrinacious Tweety Bird Lyn. The better it gets the better it gets.

TalkTurkey

3/08/2012Oops 'and its spread' = 'and it's spread' JUST A TYPO OK!? :)

Lyn

3/08/2012 TODAY’S LINKS Typecast, Mr Denmore, The Failed Estate Honestly, if you're a journalist and you can't do any of those things, I would argue you really have no business being in the profession in the first place. And I'm 53 years old. Starting a blog is hardly rocket science. Digital video? Hit record on your iPhone, plug it into your USB port, go to YouTube, upload. How hard can it be? Twitter? Please! Twitter is MADE for journalists, particularly headline writers. http://thefailedestate.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/typecast.html #80 Parody of journalism Part 1- Spin and counter spin, with and without a News Corporation, Uthers Say Firstly after two years of unrelenting campaigning by the News Ltd press and the news limited (limited by the sheer dominance of the News Ltd press in the Australian media scene) to keep Kevin Rudd in the leadership picture in efforts to delegitimise the Prime Minister of Australia, two out of three being sold on the news limited idea may not be a very successful campaign. http://utherssay.com/ The Book of Mvrdoch, Archie, Archie Archives With every Blogger and every Twitterer and every FaceBooker adding their voice.Blessed be the Blog Post and the Tweet and the FaceBook Update and the Wikileak.All saving Democracy and the world which became noisier yet finally amenable to reason.Blessed be the Fifth Estate and the power which devolved to the common man http://archiearchive.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/the-book-of-mvrdoch/ Listen To The Music,Sal Piracha Only The Depth Varies Mr Hockey was critical of Wayne Swan's continued offensive against the Axis of Greed, and decided (probably with the assistance of staff) that Mr Swan was drawing attention to himself as "Acting PM" to set himself up as an alternative to the unpopular Julia Gillard. I hate to be the one to break it to Mr Hockey, but here goes: Wayne Swan is the Acting Prime Minister. He doesn't need to draw attention to himself. He gets our attention because right now, he is our elected leader. http://onlythedepthvaries.blogspot.com.au/ Gillard dodges the states' hospital pass, Mungo MacCallum, ABC In the meantime, Gillard's stubbornness has, for once, paid off; she has got her trials, and the states - well, most of them - are on board. Even van Onselen has had to admit, grudgingly (in paragraph nine of another lecture), that her original "poor decision" has been vindicated. Coming from The Australian, that's about the best she could hope for http://www.abc.net.au/rampup/articles/2012/07/30/3556634.htm Swan Is On The Money, Ben Eltham, New Matilda We’re taxing the rich less. Tax rates on the wealthy have fallen significantly in Australia. The top tax bracket was 69 per cent in 1970. Today it is 45 per cent. This means that the wealthiest in our society were paying more than one and half times more tax at the statutory rate a generation ago. Of course, its worse than that, because the very wealthy have vastly more tax perks, write-offs and accounting tricks with which to legally minimise their tax, such as negative gearing, self-managed superannuation, family trusts, and all the rest. http://newmatilda.com/2012/08/02/swan-money FWA review released: blow to biz lobby, Bernard Keane, Crikey The business campaign for further industrial relations deregulation has suffered a major blow with the release of the review of the Fair Work Act by Bill Shorten today. http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/08/02/shorten-unveils-fwa-review/ Our ABC: has it lost the meaning of respect or is it just following the political discourse? Miglo, Café Whispers Has the ABC lost the meaning of respect or is it just following the political discourse? A discourse, it seems, being set by the Republicans in America and the Liberals in Australia where respect is ignored even if earned, yet handed out to the undeserving few http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/our-abc-has-it-lost-the-meaning-of-respect-or-is-it-just-following-the-political-discourse Will the Chinese Government eventually dominate the NSW electricity transmission network-, Clarence Girl, North Coast Voices The NSW Liberal government is devising a plan to attract greater foreign investment in the state's assets that will see more than $40 billion worth of infrastructure assets made available to Chinese state-owned companies, according to The Australian. On a tour of China, NSW Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell said that Chinese state-owned companies would be able to bid on asset sales that will be outlined in an infrastructure blueprint due in September. http://northcoastvoices.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/will-chinese-government-eventually.html Bill Shorten cheated of an IR fight he could win, Rob Burgess, The Power Index given that many of those enterprise bargaining agreements were struck last year when headline CPI was 3%, it can't in itself be used as a sign of a wages blow-out. Actually, Bill Shorten would prefer it was interpreted that way. Then he'd have a fight on his hands -- a fight he could win out in the electorate, and one that might actually bolster Labor's dire opinion polling. http://www.thepowerindex.com.au/follow-the-power/shorten-cheated-of-an-ir-fight-he-could-win Sell off the NBN? Abbott won’t confirm or deny, Renai LeMay, Delimeter selling off the completed portions of the NBN would be horribly messy and wouldn’t really make much sense. The current NBN network is a real patchwork affair — bits of residential fibre here and there, wireless in patches, some substantial backhaul links, and satellite stations under construction. It doesn’t seem to make much sense to sell off those bits and pieces shortly after they were built — that, in my opinion, would mediate against a long-term Coalition FTTN strategy http://delimiter.com.au/2012/08/02/sell-off-the-nbn-abbott-wont-confirm-or-deny/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_ YES WE’RE TALKING TO YOU, KONRAD: Patronising journalist ass gets behind wheel of taxi to discover what working is like, Vex News This morning The Age has published an article so pat, so stupid its author will wander Media House being congratulated. It will probably win a Walkley. For one of their number has been sent on assignment to work as – wait for it – a taxi driver. http://www.vexnews.com/2012/08/yes-were-talking-to-you-konrad-patronising-journalist-ass-gets-behind-wheel-of-taxi-to-discover-what-working-is-like/ Why Abbott could lose the ‘unloseable’ election, Daniel Palmer, Climate Spectator Then there is the potential for gaffes, with just one bad interview considered crucial in cruelling Hewson’s chances. Abbott hasn’t been immune from them in the past, so there’s nothing to say he will be immune in an election campaign http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/why-abbott-could-lose-unloseable-election Australia’s best economic fundamentals since 1964, Stephen Koukoulas, Market Economics One massively inspiring fact is that in 1964, Australia’s per capita GDP (US$ terms) was $2,250. In 2012, the IMF estimate it will be $69,000, an increase of more than 2,600%. We are a very rich country. http://www.marketeconomics.com.au/2164-australias-best-economic-fundamentals-since-1964 Job cuts and wage cuts, John Quiggin Although he is happily ditching promises made to public sector workers, Newman cites vague language about the ‘cost of living’ to rule out any re-examination of tax poloicy, even though most of QUeenland’s low tax effort reflects concessions to business rather than households. http://johnquiggin.com/2012/08/02/job-cuts-and-wage-cuts/ Carbon pricing impact low but big ,Donna Kelly, The Fifth Estate Mr Skelton said a change of the Federal Government, with opposition leader Tony Abbott still declaring he will drop the tax, would be interesting.“There are lots of incentives and tax relief in the system which would make it quite challenging and in discussions I have had with colleagues, it’s not thought it would be repealed in its entirety http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/36996 Fair Work Act review: weighing up the evidence, the spin and the wedge , Rae Cooper, The Conversation But keep your eyes on Tony Abbott. He is a man who is deeply wedged on IR policy. He walks the line between having promised not to enact WorkChoices-style changes (remember the “Dead, buried and cremated” line?) and criticising every move the government makes. All without any discernible policy between these two points. http://theconversation.edu.au/fair-work-act-review-weighing-up-the-evidence-the-spin-and-the-wedge-8611 Today’s front Pages Australia Newspaper Front Pages for 3 August 2012 http://www.frontpagestoday.co.uk/index.cfm?PaperCountry=Australia

Truth Seeker

3/08/2012Patriciawa, Thank you for your kind word, And yes, you are right that poetry has been a part of my life for a long time as I was a singer songwriter in a previous life (prior to the onset of illness). I have always been a student of politics, and despite times of disgruntlement, I believe that the ALP is the only party that shows real social conscience. I have only been commenting on blogs for a short while, and have different names depending on the tone site. My respect for Ad's writing was why I chose "Truth Seeker", as a reflection of his concise, straightforward, insightful, respectful and honest approach. TT, Ditto. I do enjoy your honesty and passion, and am happy and honoured to be included. Cheers

Gravel

3/08/2012Truth Seeker, Patriciawa and Talk Turkey Three great pieces to add to Ad Astra's latest and best topic. There are so many good and clever people in Australia. Thank you all for putting your best foot forward for Labor.

janice

3/08/2012Ad astra: As usual a good piece on the rotten media we have in this country. Murdock has poisoned the 4th estate totally even to the extent that our National Broadcaster dances to his tune. It is the corruption of our ABC that I am most angry about. Truth Seeker: Wonderful piece of verse you have given us. I find it quite delightful that on TPS we are graced with three poets. TT: Hope you are coping ok and not suffering too much.

2353

3/08/2012Truth seeker - wonderful work. Lyn - even the descriptions of your links are informative, thank you. And on the topic, psycologists will tell you there are a number of distinct stages to perceived danger (which I'm sure NewsCorp is feeling at the moment), from memory the second one is fight - and a media organisation will fight by publishing articles that are designed to change people's point of view. At this point keeping the pressure up - media enquiries (UK), changing media laws (AUS) and loss of influence due to a decline in sales (Globally) will only add to the response. In the end, I suspect NewsCorp will implode in a similar way to Conrad Black's empire - the difference is that Murdoch the elder will never do jailtime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_Black

Ad astra

3/08/2012LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated:http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/LYNS-DAILY-LINKS.aspx

deknarf

3/08/2012Excellent article on an increasingly propagandising partisan Australian mainstream media. One can only hope that their mainstream rapidly becomes a backwater.

Psyclaw

3/08/2012 [b]AA[/b] Your logic, breadth of understanding, research skills, patient writing style and your energy means that you are without peer. The great testament to this in recent times is the vast array of new names that have appeared under comments here, especially in the last 3 months or so. And many choose to remain. Great work. There are a very few others, Mr Denmore for example, who are right up there too, but IMHO, you shade them when both quantity and quality are considered. And Lieutenant Lyn's magnificent efforts every day must not go unmentioned as a cause of so many posters and undoubtedly many more lurkers flowing onto this site.

Tom of Melbourne

3/08/2012As a matter of interest, is the interest of the media in Gillard’s affair with Bruce Wilson, and her conflict of interest (client/lover) or her involvement (in the alleged misappropriation by Wilson) legitimate?

Psyclaw

3/08/2012 [b]AA[/b] I forgot to mention that I was up until the end of last year a daily commenter (ie pro JG arguer) on the Drum. I haven't been there even to read since then except on one occasion a few weeks back to use my registered name lest I lost it because of non-use. Even on that visit, I merely made a quick faux comment to use my name, and read nothing ..... disinterest! But at 3.30 am I was up today to watch the Lympics, and had a browse on the Drum with my ipad. I was looking for comments from erstwhile "colleagues" who with me carried the fight to the enemy. Of about the 30 who I knew to be pro government I could find only 2 familiar names. I saw many of the familiar enemy commenters still writing there. There were of course many pro government writers, but only those 2 that I recognised. I am still pondering an explanation but I suspect it has got something to do with the frustration of dealing with the same 3 or 4 neoliberal writers who have articles there every week, sometimes 2 or 3 from the same person. I refer to Reith, Sloan, and one or two IPA reps whose hackneyed and unrefreshing rants the ABC is ready to publish day after day. I am not referring to balance or bias at the Drum .... a quick look into the archives there shows a wide range of writers from all perspectives. But there is that few of which Reith the liar is a standout who have articles there day after bloody day. ( I know this from reading tweets and from visiting other sites who make mention of it) Unlike TPS, the Drum had / has IMHO gone very stale and repetitive. After 8 months I don't miss it, even though it was formerly a place of excitement for me and the site where I cut my blogger's teeth.

Ad astra

3/08/2012Hi Lyn Thank you again for a great collection of links, which I will read after responding to the overnight comments. To whet my appetite though, I couldn’t resist reading Mr Denmore. I was taken with his conclusion, which is relevant to this piece: [i]”…good journalism is still about good news sense, intense curiosity, an ability to tell a story, [b]a respect for the truth[/b], a crusading mentality and a capacity for sometimes telling people what they don't want to hear. That hasn't changed. And it shouldn't change.[/i]” (My bolding). And so say all of us. I’ll be back in a while to respond to the comments that came in after I retired last night.

Lyn

3/08/2012Good Morning Ad & Everybody Firstly Ad Astra, A big Pat, Pat on the back to you. Thankyou for another article for our enjoyment awarded “ Supercalifragilistic” reading. Thankyou Talk Turkey, 2353 and Pysclaw you are all fabulous posters, consider youselves leg-roped. From Melissa Clarke’s interview on ABC 24 this morning re- Tony Abbott’s discussion paper on Foreign Farmland investment. You would think from Melissa’s report Tony Abbott is the Prime Minister and has released a new policy. More information about Tony (B-----) Abbott than any of the Government Policies. Did you see in Today’s links the” Uthers Say” article is a sequel to the first one yesterday on Peter Van Onselen and Fox News. Mark Riley has been mixing with fake sources again, no NSW polling http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/14438455/exclusive-leaked-polling-shows-alp-annihilation/ AussieActivist‏ #auspol want the #truth? Julia Gillard Expose by #Anonymous - $1,000,000,000 embezzlement of AWU funds http://wp.me/pxCdv-cd #osyd Andrew Catsaras‏ Laura Tingle Change the subject but not the tune http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/change_the_subject_but_not_the_tune_ktDViqL4m39nqScDep0lAK National Times‏@NationalTimesAU The Australian public needs to have confidence that foreign investment is in the national interest, says Abbott http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/public-needs-confidence-in-farm-investment-says-abbott-20120803-23jh8.html AustralianPoliticsTV‏@austpoliticstv Channel 7: Senator faces more shoplifting charges http://goo.gl/fb/wPSuO #auspol Ross Bowler‏@BowlerBarrister Campbell "Not Fully Briefed" Newman: Some statistics http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2012/08/01/1226440/707421-public-job-cuts-graphic.jpg @POTRM ABC News‏@abcnews Coalition wants rethink on foreign investment http://bit.ly/M6VFpY Private Law Tutor‏@Priv8LawTutor Newman to close court doors in QLD. What will this do for justice in the State? http://m.couriermail.com.au/news/newman-takes-axe-to-courts/story-e6freon6-1226441795124?sv=1e807e768dc2ea16b6a4bde29fe265a0 Peter Pyke‏@PeterPyke "Premier public enemy no. 1" in Mackay. All over Qld, actually. That was quick, but he is in a league of his own. http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story/2012/08/03/premier-public-enemy-no-1/?utm_source=rss+dailyexaminer&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS+distribution Norm‏ Judith Sloan (Not recommended bad reading bad article) just proof of nonsense australian Fair Work Act review an object lesson in spin | The Australian http://bit.ly/OIW7M9 #auspol David Marler‏@Qldaah @mrumens "Fears Newman axe will fall on home help" http://ow.ly/cHul1 #qldpol #auspol #qld #nswpol #vicpol #taspol #sapol skye laris‏@harperly Premier Newman says there's not enough money for an #NDIS - but he found $110m for something else really important. http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/media-release/211/Newman-Government-delivers-Gold-Coast-racing-upgrade National Times‏@NationalTimesAU One fight the Coalition will shy away from http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/politics/one-fight-the-coalition-will-shy-away-from-20120802-23ih1.html via @NationalTimesAU National Times Phillip Coorey Business lobby angry at 'inadequate' Fair Work review http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/business-lobby-angry-at-inadequate-fair-work-review-20120802-23ih0.html via @NationalTimesAU National Times‏@NationalTimesAU Hands off farm: Coalition http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/hands-off-farm-coalition-20120802-23ikh.html via @NationalTimesAU Sharon Carpenter‏@msscarpenter If you still think the NBN is a waste, consider the opinions from the Aussies who are actually using it. http://m.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/high-life-in-the-nbn-fast-lane-20120801-23fqe.html #li #auspol Pamela‏@Pamela_November Get the impression that Abbott making policy without consultation or negotiation Hands off farm: Coalition http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/hands-off-farm-coalition-20120802-23ikh.html via @theage :):):):)

bilko

3/08/2012AA Another fine article coincides with my own opinion of the current media. As in some of my past comments our or should that be "their abc" is not worth capitals and I have often refered to a Dennis Wheatley book "Such Power is Dangerous" which is about media domination but my recent search indicates it meant the movie industry not print media. Old age catching up with me. The abc needs a JC clearing out the temple action and a few Labor Ministers standing up and condemming any journo's actions that just repeats the MSM lies by simply interrupting them for a change and then telling them to their faces that that is bullshit and then forcing the facts on to the airwaves. Well I can dream so someone please tell me I am not living in a Matrix reality and Neo/Julia is the one.

Ad astra

3/08/2012Folks Good morning and thank you so much for your thoughtful comments overnight, which I’ll now attempt to answer. jane Those words summarize many pages of David McKnight’s book [i]Rupert Murdoch An Investigation of Political Power[/i]. Although I had read here and there about the Murdoch influence, until I read this book I had no idea how pervasive it had been for decades and on three continents. Every page raises the eyebrows. The fact that Murdoch has not sued McKnight or the publisher suggests that it an accurate account. Murdoch is not interested in just the commercial side of his business, he is an ideologue with an intense interest in politics on a global scale, and seeks to influence national leaders to his point of view. While some of the influence is exercised covertly, much is done overtly through his media. He has been labelled the world’s most powerful man, which may be an exaggeration, but he could easily wear the more modest tag: ‘the world’s most powerful media mogul’. Unfortunately his influence is geared to support extreme conservative positions. I agree that that if Canadian law has prevented Fox News from operating there, we could do with such a law here.

Ad astra

3/08/2012rocco You are right when you say: “[i]Murdoch always says he doesn't tell his editors what to publish, He doesn't have to, they just know.”[/i] The McKnight book documents how Murdoch carefully picks editors that share his views of the world, and will sack them if they write contrarian editorials. You are right about Greg Sheridan. He knows the party line. Thanks for noticing the misspelling of ‘Leveson’. Correction made.

Michael

3/08/2012Coalition 'cute' shoots itself in foot. With Shouldabeen smirking over his shoulder, and waving what appears to be 2 or 3 pages of A4 paper ("Coalition announcing policies", says ABC New Breakfast, can you imagine the shellacking a Labot minister would get for two page 'policies'?), Warren Truss made an ass of himself this morning, and - surprise - the Coalition's policymakers generally by example, in one go. First up he namecalled his fellow agricultural land control Coalition policy committee members as "Ministers". Apparently they, including 'Treasurer' Hockey and 'Foreign Minister' Julie Bishop, are in government??? Did you notice? Cute? No, plug stupid. But that was without trying to be cute. That was yet to come. Warren Truss, cutest guy in the cute Coalition, demonstrating just how much 'work' Coalition policy-fudgers put into policy-making, ran past the assembled media some weird and wacky rules from around the world demonstrating how other countries handle foreigners buying their agricultural land. And jolly wheezes they were, with Tony Abbott smirking loonily over Truss's shoulder. The jolliest wheeze of all was Truss telling us that in New Zealand, foreigners may not buy more than 5 hectares of "agricultural land", and should that land include "sea views", then a non-Kiwi was restricted to a purchase of 0.2 hectares. Smirks all across the three Coalition luminaries, because Jivin' Joe Hockey was there, too, champing at the bit to run his opening line past all assembled - "Since 1788 Australia has relied on foreign investment...". See, Joe did pay attention in History Class. Of course, the fact that there was no "Australia" in 1788, 1789, or 1900 for that matter, since the nation only federated as 'Australia' in 1901, is something that maybe slipped past Joe. Unlike lunch. Back to New Zealand and circumscribed agricultural land purchases. Remember '5 hectares', or '0.2 with an ocean view'? Remember the film "Avatar"? Directed by an American fellow, James Cameron, who's just purchased a little writing shack on New Zealand's North Island, so that he can knock out the scripts for Avatar 2 and 3. James has to work out just what he's going to use his new 1,000 hectares of Kiwi agricultural land http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/james-cameron-buys-land-in-new-zealand-for-farming/38405/ for, because at the moment it's running cattle, and his family are vegetarians, but whatever they decide, they do have to make their property come up with some agricultural produce, because that is one of the terms of their purchase of it. Perhaps James can mull over what to grow by gazing out at his new property's ocean view? The Coalition are apparently already elected, as the concept of 'Shadow Treasurer', 'Shadow Minster for Foreign Affairs', just does not apply to conservatives in waiting. That's arrogance, that's getting ahead of themselves. That's to be expected. But politicians who provide skinny policy documents they describe as being the framework for shaping our national interest, all Australians' national interest, and illustrate just how cogent the work they've put into the policies is by demonstrating how wacky other countries' laws are, and get their examples wrong, well, that's stupidity. That's also to be expected. But when they do both of these with 'aren't we cute' smirks on their faces, 'aren't we so witty and hardworking to have chased down these funny little examples from all around the wide world' in their Year 10 school project body language, then we are see the sort of cute that shoots itself in the foot. If this is what can be expected by this mob in government, who'll help the national interest then? Not these galahs, because, let's face it, we saw this sort of stuff under Howard, and Shouldabeen promises the country he'll take us all back to Howard. Cute. Stupid. Lazy. Arrogant. Shouldabeen. Whichever deity you call on... help us!

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3/08/2012Talk Turkey What can I say. You lavish so much praise you make me blush. Thank you. To me this was simply another piece, but it was written from the heart. You and I share, along with many others who comment here, a loathing of much of our current media, which we see as a grossly biased player in the deadly serious business of governing our nation. Its overt intention is to overturn our elected Government and replace it with an Abbott-led Coalition Government. Our democracy supports its right to express a preference, but that privilege is perverted every day when journalist after journalist, editorial after editorial distorts the truth, misrepresents the facts, and at times blatantly lies. Those who corrupt the truth to achieve their purpose stand condemned. Labor is fighting not just the Coalition – that is a relatively straightforward task – it has also to fight dishonesty and corruption in the media that perverts and debases our democracy. You will recall that in May I wrote [i]Julia Gillard can defeat Tony Abbott. But how does she neutralize Rupert Murdoch?[/i] This is a theme to which we will all need to return as the 2013 election approaches. We need to expose, as best we can, every instance of dishonesty and misrepresentation. We need to embarrass journalists by drawing attention to their inaccuracies and biases. They do read in the Fifth Estate. Many, if not all, have professional standards and pride in their work. They will respond to criticism so long at it is fair and backed with facts. http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/post/2012/05/05/Julia-Gillard-can-defeat-Tony-Abbott-in-2013-But-how-does-she-neutralize-Rupert-Murdoch.aspx Thank you for posting T S Eliot’s [i]The Hollow Men[/i]. How apt! [i]VENCEREMOS! NO PASARAN![/i] indeed.

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3/08/2012Gravel I endorse your admiration of our resident poets: Patriciawa, Talk Turkey and Truth Seeker.

KHTAGH

3/08/2012Again AA you are the light in the darkness that pervades our very lives, don't turn off the light. Well written & so bloody true & frightening, I think we have hope. We can gather from the comments here we are not alone in our rage & desire to get on top of these despicable people. Murdoch must be brought to account. Talk Turkey "who doesn't have fantasies of physically snotting that poisonous poodle Pyne, kicking him in the ribs and gaoling him for complicity in attempted sedition?" I do DAILY!! p.s. I hope you stay on top of your medical problems & all's well in the long term, I wanted to post on the last article from AA but the door closed on me yesterday. [I'm in a similar situation that has been going on for 33yrs!! S8's daily, crushed, nearly killed in an industrial accident when 21, broken back the rest is history & a not good one at that, I feel for you TT] I too think that ABC24 are talking about the whinging wing nut like he is already the F_cking PM. As we have seen, no point in complaining. If we do all you get is a GET STUFFED email as so eloquently summarised by Jane last week. You are a real ray of sunshine AA. All the commentators are pretty damn good too.

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3/08/20122353 Your reference to the fate of Conrad Black and his empire is apt. Murdoch’s empire is vast and in many parts. The UK side looks to be under the greatest threat, the US and Australian side much less so. No one can predict how it will all turn out. If I had to guess, I suspect it may turn out to be a slow crumble. Folks I'll be back after lunch.

42 long

3/08/2012I think there will be consequential repercussions for Murdoch in the states, from the UK situation. The Media in australia is in disarray so it would be hard to predict anything with accuracy.From OUR point of view could it get much worse? SO ANY change should bring some potential benefit.

LadyInRed

3/08/2012Ad astra. Great article I could feel the passion! I feel energised. And hey great word perspicacious (I had to look that one up - love it) The media maketh and the media breaketh - that is Murdoch's mantra. Murdoch didn't like Nelson or Turnbull either because they were too leftish for him, and so I believe he gave them a particularly bad time of it as well. He loves Abbott because 1) he is not that bright 2) he'll do and say anything to get power 3) he is a religious zealot (so that deminishes his brain cells) and 3) he knows how to run and duck (both literally and metaphorically) 4) he's a bloke! Now to Lyn's links!

Patriciawa

3/08/2012Many thanks, as always Lyn, for my morning's reading so far! TT, good to see you up and at it in spite of it all! I join your enthusiasm for having Truth Seeker posting here with us at TPS. Truth Seeker, your arrival is most serendipitous. Lynchpin over at the Poll Bludger had asked if I had written any lyrics, which sadly I hadn't! Still he did persist with me and I tried adapting the lines of Working Class Man (Cold Chisel and Jimmy Barnes) http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/working-class-girl/ Lynchpin did record that and as well composed music for another of my earlier pomes at http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/but-will-boat-people-ever-get-the-message/ We had encouraging comments from bloggers about the need for some modern day leftie lyrics, but are far from having them performed yet. The boat people song is ours entirely of course, but we need permission to use the Working Class Man tune, and so far we have had no response to enquiries at all. Still it's early days and who knows you may know just what we have to do to get a collection of leftie songs off the ground! You may have some ready to go yourself! Can you advise us anyway?

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3/08/20122353 Your reference to the fate of Conrad Black and his empire is apt. Murdoch’s empire is vast and in many parts. The UK side looks to be under the greatest threat, the US and Australian side much less so. No one can predict how it will all turn out. If I had to guess, I suspect it may turn out to be a slow crumble. deknarf Thank you for your comment. I share your hope that the MSM becomes a backwater, unless of course it resumes is proper role – providing accurate news and reasoned opinion based on verifiable facts.

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3/08/2012Psyclaw Thank you for your most generous comments. You are right, [i]TPS[/i] continues to attract great commentators who bring so much to the site. Lyn’s links have made [i]TPS[/i] a hub for the Fifth Estate. With her Twitterverse there is a vast amount of information accessible here. I seldom visit [i]The Drum[/i]; only when Lyn links to an article there. There seems to have been a concerted campaign of getting extreme right wing advocates into all sorts of media slots – an echo of Tea Party tactics.

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3/08/2012Hi Lyn What a lovely compliment is ‘Supercalifragilistic’. Thank you. The links to Newman’s behaviour gives us a glimpse into what an Abbott Coalition Government would be like. I hope all Queenslanders take note. Why is the media so exercised about the latest poll numbers, supposedly leaked from Labor sources? Of course there would be an electoral wipeout for Labor if those figures pertained at an election; that is a mathematical certainty. The fallacy is in believing that these numbers will be the ones around in late 2013. I haven’t seen much of Mark Riley lately; is he still Channel Seven’s chief political reporter? I see the old, old story about Julia Gillard during her union days, the one that resulted in Glenn Milne getting the boot from the ABC and News Limited, is being resurrected. I guess if there’s nothing else to tip on her, they dig to the bottom of their dirt barrel. 2353 says: [i]“Lyn - even the descriptions of your links are informative, thank you.[/i]” I agree wholeheartedly. It is those descriptors that add so much value to your links. We know they take a lot of time to compile, and are eternally grateful for this excellent work you do for us all. I’m still to read your morning links. It’s been a busy day!

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3/08/2012Michael I suppose this flurry of ‘policy’ activity is to give substance to Tony Abbott’s utterances in China. There is always an opportunistic edge to them – Abbott knows that the average Joe will applaud him if he seems to be resisting ‘selling off the farm’. But investors will despair and his Nationals mates will need to be placated. Their preferences are still a mystery; listening to Barnaby Joyce on ABC TV a couple of days ago left me no wiser. He is amazing. He can talk gobbledygook non-stop yet still earn from his colleagues the tag ‘great retail communicator’.

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3/08/2012KHTAGH Thank you so much for your complimentary remarks. You give me great encouragement. I agree that [i]”All the commentators are pretty damn good too.”[/i]. That, and Lyn’s links is what makes [i]TPS[/i] what it is. Any success with your Gravatar issue?

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3/08/2012LadyinRed Thank you for your kind remark; you are right about the passion that propelled this piece. It goes back to the beginning of this blog when I added the strapline ‘Putting politicians and commentators to the verbal sword’. The media was my main target, and is even more so now, deteriorating as it is every month. 42 long You may be right, but progress in the US to bring Murdoch to account seems slow. It makes me wonder whom he has in his pocket there. We now know he had many in the UK – Blair and Cameron just for starters!

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3/08/2012bilko Thank you for your complimentary remarks. I too would enjoy seeing Government members hitting back at journalists making stupid remarks or asking obtuse, unintelligent or disrespectful questions, as JG did with: ‘Don’t write crap’. Sabra Lane is an example of impertinent questioning. If anyone doubts this, read the transcripts of her interviewing Wayne Swan on 1 August. http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3557936.htm Here’s a couple of examples to get you going: [i]”SABRA LANE: Australia and the United Arab Emirates have signed a deal overnight to pave the way for Australian exports of uranium. At a time when the Middle East is so unstable is that really such a wise thing to do?[/i]” Sabra must she believes she has the edge on wisdom. [i]”SABRA LANE: Mr Swan you're set to deliver a speech tonight where you're going to talk about how Bruch [I think that was supposed to be ‘Bruce’] Springsteen's songs and lyrics have inspired you. How is the decline of industries in New Jersey in the United States relevant to Australia?[/i]” Yes Treasurer, explain yourself to me, Sabra Lane, ABC reporter of note. And later: [i]”SABRA LANE: If your policies have been so strongly influenced by the likes of the Boss and Cold Chisel, why is it that the working class has walked away from Labor?”[/i] An irrelevant backhander to end an acerbic interview, during which Wayne Swan exhibited a level of courtesy not matched by his interviewer.

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3/08/2012Folks There is a follow-up to the [i]Uthers Say[/i] piece referred to in this piece. It is Lyn's second link. It is here: http://utherssay.com/2012/08/02/80-parody-of-journalism-part-1-spin-and-counter-spin-with-and-without-a-news-corporation/ Beware, your blood pressure may rise at the arrogance of PvO, which seems to have no bounds.

Lyn

3/08/2012 Hi Ad and Everybody Twitterati for you. You will see the MSM will not lay down and die, making hay over a Bill Shorten meat pie, reported by none other than Samantha Maiden. Journalist anyone?? Read the first tweet & follow link, some ugly people out there an “unproductive old cow” added to Julia’s other insults, when or where will it end. Agnes Mack‏ OK everyone, we've stuffed our faces with pie jokes. Time to get serious about this reprehensible sexist piggery http://bit.ly/OugkRR Marian Dalton‏ Who was the smart-arse journo who thought handing Shorten a pie was funny? Latika Bourke ‏ OMG What? Australia's largest Beef Producer 'jokes' PM Gillard's an 'unproductive old cow?' http://latika.me/MgHwC1 TheFinnigans dump at sea, burn to death, shot at, smash with baseball bat, kick to death, now to be minced at the abattoir like an old cow. Death of a PM Mark ‏ Newspoll w/end and no Ruddstoration leadershit!!......Time to beat up some old shite and 'pie in the sky' faux outrage!! #auspol Media to be charged to report from Parliament Under the proposal, television networks with space in the Parliamentary Annexe would be charged a combined total of $25,620 a year, based on a rate of $300 per square metre “inclusive of energy and cleaning costs”. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/media-to-be-charged-to-report-from-parliament-20120803-23k9b.html#ixzz22Ss32Tgk Susan McDonald‏ The #Insiders panel this Sunday August 5 is SMH's @lenoretaylor, Courier Mail's Dennis Atkins @dwabriz & Global Mail's @MikeSeccombe 9am ABC Stephen Koukoulas‏ Since the carbon tax started, the ASX is up 3.7% - adding about $41 billion to the value of the market. Should cover a few bills Australian Politics‏ Foreign investment plan crazy: Reith: FORMER Howard minister Peter Reith has condemned a Coalition plan to incre... http://bit.ly/RfwS4Y Brisbane Times‏ Premier Newman says public servants must 'wait and see' what jobs will be cut when the budget is handed down http://ow.ly/cHJRN Arioch‏ atikambourke: Link to Coalition's Foreign Investment discussion paper here: http://latika.me/NOa5wf” so it's aspirational not policy #auspol Queensland Online Newman on courts: 'Just you wait and see' http://bit.ly/QFAlbh #qld Coalition says police should probe union scandal, but Labor rejects claims as 'ancient stuff' THE Coalition says police should investigate claims by Ralph Blewitt, a former AWU official and alleged bagman for a financial scandal linked to the then boyfriend of Julia Gillard, who wants to give evidence about his role in the scam and the conduct of others. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/coalition-says-police-should-probe-union-scandal-but-labor-rejects-claims-as-ancient-stuff/ Premier Campbell Newman blames public service leaks for creating uncertainty in government workforce http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/premier-campbell-newman-blames-public-service-leaks-for-creating-uncertainty-in-government-workforce/ Flashboard Newman blames public service leaks for creating uncertainty in government workforce #qldpol" Everyone else blames 2000+ job cuts. Australian Labor‏ Campbell Newman can do $110 million to upgrade Qld racetracks (http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/media-release/211/Newman-Government-delivers-Gold-Coast-racing-upgrade) but can't do $20 million for a #NDIS launch site. Bill Shorten in political pie fight Ms Wong told 3AW that Mr Shorten had entered her shop at 5pm last night and was agitated when he was told that she was out of pies http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bill-shorten-in-political-pie-fight/story-fn59niix-1226442192020?sv=8f5da19d481aa08071949658cb30df30 Frances Farmer‏ What a pile of shit, as if he'd lose it over a pie. RT @samanthamaiden: Bill Shorten's ANGRY PIE VIDEO. http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mit John Hanna‏@ Shopkeeper hands over security footage of customers to media? Remind me NEVER to shop there. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bill-shorten-in-political-pie-fight/story-fn59niix- Kabuki Geek‏ Staff at North Carlton Foods apparently make offensive remarks about the PM - Best to avoid. North Carlton Foods 577 Lygon Street Carlton North VIC 3054 https://plus.google.com/102201994234915146871/about?gl=au&hl=en#102201994234915146871/about Judge 'n Jury _ @Pamela_November The media is only interested in Shorten's pies, and Swannies Springsteen. Policy? Does policy discussion get more likes? Simon Copland‏ THIS IS WHY EVERYBODY HATES THE MEDIA. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-03/shorten-humbled-over-meat-pie-furore/4175738 Geoff ‏ Abbott's roads funding pledge ridiculed! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-03/government-ridicules-roads-funding-pledge/4175314 Enough said!

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3/08/2012Hi Lyn I’ve been though this morning’s links. I thought Mungo MacCallum’s piece was a good read, nailing on the way PvO’s miscalculation, apparently acknowledging in the end: [i]”that her original "poor decision" has been vindicated.[/i]” Can you believe the arrogance. Yes! http://www.abc.net.au/rampup/articles/2012/07/30/3556634.htm Ben Eltham’s piece was good and had a link to Wayne Swan’s John Button Lecture: that concluded: [i]”It is with this in mind that I've called this evening's lecture Land of Hope and Dreams. Because that's what I think this country is. A land of hope and dreams, but they must be hopes and dreams for everyone, not just for a fortunate few.”[/i] That sums it up pretty well. http://www.treasurer.gov.au/wmsDisplayDocs.aspx?doc=speeches/2012/022.htm&PageID=003&min=wms&Year=&DocType=1 Miglo’s piece on the ABC was spot on. http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/our-abc-has-it-lost-the-meaning-of-respect-or-is-it-just-following-the-political-discourse/ Daniel Palmer’s piece about how Abbott could lose the ‘unlosable election’ is good reading. http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/why-abbott-could-lose-unloseable-election He begins with a truth we have been uttering here for many months: [i]”It is impossible to forecast a federal election more than twelve months out, especially as we can’t even be sure of the identity of the two candidates. That hasn’t stopped people from trying however, with no shortage of pundits lining up to call Opposition leader Tony Abbott 'Australia’s next prime minister'. The polls suggest they will be proven right, but polls can fluctuate wildly in the year of an election.”[/i] It ended with the timely reminder: [i]” A week may be a long time in politics, but 15 months is practically an eternity.”[/i] We should all note Stephen Koukoulas’ piece: [i] Australia’s best economic fundamentals since 1964[/i] http://www.marketeconomics.com.au/2164-australias-best-economic-fundamentals-since-1964

Marilyn

3/08/2012You are just as guilty though with that piece of anti-Greens rot about not making dirty deals over the treatment of asylum seekers because you lazily assumed the MSM reports were true. The Greens believe we should uphold the law, that is a good thing but was written up as a bad thing because the MSM didn't listen to the actual debate or read the actual bill and neither did you.

Marilyn

3/08/2012What drives me the craziest though is the MSM report that Gillard and the ALP can't get across their message, because the MSM are too busy claiming they can't get across the message to report the message.

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3/08/2012Hi Lyn Your Twittterati shows the emptiness of the Fourth Estate with the ‘Shorten pie affair’, and its venom in promulgating the 'unproductive old co' jibe. There seems to be no depth to which it will not stoop.

Michael

3/08/2012Coalition's "cute" is catching, as is its stupidity. ABC News shining light Latika Bourke told us this afternoon that community reaction to the Coalition's agricultural land discussion paper would be filtered through "Treasurer Joe Hockey's office". Apparently they pay her.

jaycee

3/08/2012This "new" piece of newslimedited "scandal" involving one; Blewitt and Julia Gillard's early career.....Where do they drag these pieces of tragic castaway up from?...are they old alkies thirsting for another flagon to quell the drouth? Above all else, they must be bloody tragic to try and flog these dead horses...AND Murdoch!...surely his very mother must be squirming and regretting the unavailability of safe abortions in her day! It is time the govt' got serious with these traitors..for traitors they are..we have a democracy in place..it worked perfectly when we had a hung election...didn't we all praise the system....until!...yes, the little turd got flushed and now he and his sychophants want to stink up the nation. Why haven't the federal police automatically investigated these acts of sedition?...they seemed to be all over Haneef and Hicks, yet here under their very noses we have traitors plotting AND acting in broad daylight to bring down the govt'...if that isn't an act of sedition, one has to wonder what is!? Murdoch..: Personae Non Gratae....we don't need turncoat troublemakers in this country. I see they cancelled "Captain Emhads'" visa, why not Murdochs'?

Lyn

3/08/2012Hi Ad and Everybody Thankyou to our Bloggers they make the MSM look useless. Don't read the comments some will just destroy your faith in the human race. Michael Latika is paid to tweet by the ABC she has upset a lot of Tweeters. Latika tweets all day every single utterance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition she has virtually admitted her voting intentions. DISGRACE: The Australian’s false implication of embezzlement at PM shames our great newspaper As originally reported by one-time high-flying now unemployed journo Glenn Milne at the time, the worst that could be reasonably said of the PM was she was dating the wrong bloke. Conflating that into a sleazy she-must-have-known yarn is pretty harsh even by the harsh standards of VEXNEWS. When folk like conspiracy theorist and Greensparty preference feeder Stephen Mayne and others who ought know better run out this yarn, while always insisting that everyone involves denies wrongdoing to create their false impression there’s responsible broadcasting/reporting going on, they are left looking very silly. It’s a shame one of the nation’s best newspapers, usually a credit to the company that subsidises it, has descended to this http://www.vexnews.com/2012/08/disgrace-the-australians-false-implication-of-embezzlement-at-pm-shames-our-great-newspaper/

jane

3/08/2012[quote]Warren Truss made an ass of himself this morning,...[/quote] Situation normal, then. What a pack of buffoons they are. I've been reading more of Can't Do's latest assault on Queensland thanks to Lyn and her wonderful links. His latest excuse for the mass sackings is that if he didn't sack all those people, every Queenslander would have to cough up an extra $1,000 tax to extricate Qld from the imaginary crippling debt. Although he had $100+m to upgrade a racecourse. It apparently never occurred to this financial genius, that when you sack workers there is a multiplier effect. (Probably too dumb to work it out) They don't catch the bus or train or drive their car to work, so less revenue for public transport and servos. They don't buy the cup of coffee and/or toasted sanga or bun on their way to work, they don't buy their lunch, so the café owner's takings fall and s/he ends up sacking a couple of employees and on and on it goes. So the cretin Newman ends up with even less revenue to pay off his imaginary debt. And now he's decided to close an unspecified number of courthouses, mainly in rural areas. Is there any end to his stupidity? I read the comments section after stories like this and the anger among Qlders is palpable. I think any goodwill he may have had, has evaporated except for the barrackers, who will no doubt turn nasty when he treats them to the same treatment he's dishing out to other people.

Psyclaw

3/08/2012 [b]Marilyn @ 5.39pm[/b] Too true ....... they're too busy writing stories about the story they wrote yesterday which was about the story they wrote the previous day, which was about the story they wrote the previous day, which was about the story they wrote the previous day etc etc ad nauseam. And of course the original story that sparked all the following stories was a lie, or was just a make-up anyway. I think we are in a transitional period at the end of which the press will have ceased to exist or will be drastically different. So at the moment most press journos don't know what they are, and the default has become that they are mere googlers and copy and pasters. The days of investigations as the tool in trade of journos ie wearing out shoe leather and running up huge phone bills as they chase up leads and find out actual stories, are already gone. TV journos are much the same, preferring to cash in on insignificant happenings and blow them up into a "story", which becomes the basis of further variants of stories on the same theme for a few days. And during the playing out of such paradigms, if some other related event or information emerges which best suits them promoting the 180 degree opposite of their original stance, well that's just not a problem.

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3/08/2012Folks The MSM continues to decay. It may be dead by tomorrow. I'm calling it a day.

Truth Seeker

3/08/2012Patriciawa, I followed your links, and thought you have done a great job with both sets of lyrics, unfortunately to use someone else's tune opens a huge can of worms on a number of levels. Many artists do not want to be identified to any political agenda, even though they may well have a leaning towards the party in question. I personally gave up on trying to publish a song book, using my own system of guitar music, as the licensing was too hard to organise, although I am still going to publish my guitar music system, soon (hopefully). I have never written any political songs, as I believe that even though there may be a need, the differing styles of music available may well severely limit the appeal. In my humble opinion, the poetical approach appeals to a much broader demographic and, unlike certain types of music, remains timeless. You certainly have the skills to do both, and facebook and youtube are great formats for getting songs heard, but the experience with Land Down under/ Kookaburra sits in the old gumtree, shows just how careful songwriters have to be, but I applaud your efforts and would encourage you to continue. Maybe recording an album of performance poetry might be an option worth considering. My ability to sing has been severely impacted by the steroids that I have been on as a result of my illness, so I no longer perform publicly, although I still teach, write and record occasionally. Sorry that I could not be of more help, but I sincerely believe that with such great talents as Aa's, yours and TT's supporting the ALP as well as the good bloggers of TPS and other sites, we can show up the media for the biased and soon to be irrelevant right wing hacks that they really are. Keep up the good work Cheers

TalkTurkey

4/08/2012I have declared virtual war on the ABC's 'political journalists'. "The ABC has gone to Hell." Never a truer word. Here we are 5 years after Howard, the maggots he installed have matured pupated and turned into filthy blowflies spreading their filth into every home in the land. There is no choice about this. The truth is not being told, Right-Wings' lies and distortion on the ABC are its daily stock-in-trade. Australia is already suffering serious dumbing-down, the 'Science' program Catalyst is a case in point. It is a OOOH-AAHHH bullshit apology for science, a platform for the blond bimbo Jonica Newby, doxy and protege of the ABC's scientific demi-god Robyn Williams, to glorify herself and tell lies about cannabis and help sell her old man's American-owned Ben's canned dog food by devious though not all that well-disguised means. "Doctor" Jonica Newby is a BVS, a bloody vet FFS, about as much claim to being a scientist as Manuel in Fawlty Towers. The journalists Ad astra singles out for special mention are obvious, but the behind-the-scenes producers and directors of their offerings, faceless men as ever were, are harder to identify and just as deadly. We can't do anything much about the commercial bias elsewhere but the ABC has a charter whose conditions it is openly and defiantly flouting. Analbell the slyly-sidling Crabb is a case in point, she flatly insists on talking of the carbon tax, though on every level she knows that that is false. Their mix of spin, ignorance and outright defiance of the principles of the ABC charter means that we are [i]entitled[/i], more, [i]dutybound[/i] to take up cudgels, if not swords, on behalf of the ABC we used to trust and love. I will be writing more about this and calling for an examination of the particular persons who hired the worst pf them, and the producers and directors, their affiliations and associations, their payments to such as the IPA and Reith, who in fact should be paying the ABC millions for the publicity. (OOOhhhh No,couldn't do that, it would be against our Charter!" Huh. It is no use sitting around complaining though. It is up to us few to devise a strategy ("astrategy", I typo'd first) to deal with these vipers in our sole public-funded major TV and media player. [i]They must not be tolerated,[/i] and it this site's mission to bring them to account, see top of page.

TalkTurkey

4/08/2012[u]Gigolo the Clown[/u] A man came to a doctor one day, a doctor with a reputation for helping people deal with their problems. "Doctor," said the man, "I'm fairly well off, I have a good job which uses my special skills, everything I really need, but I just can't seem to enjoy life. Nobody ever seems to understand me. It is making me very depressed. Can you help me?" The well-meaning doctor beamed, "I think I know just the thing. Last night I saw a performance by the world-famous clown Gigolo. He was so funny, all the people came out looking happy, and with new enthusiasm for their lives. He almost performs miracles in lifting people's spirits! He's doing another performance tonight, I reckon seeing him will give you a fresh outlook on your life!" Tears of misery welled in the man's eyes. His voice barely controlled, softly and brokenly he whispered, "Doctor - I am Gigolo!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well I am so very very proud, I can't tell you, that so many of those who contribute here make comments nearly always complimentary and supportive of my own posts, and telling me that I help lift your spirits. I don't know anything that could give me such pleasure, and I love this site and those who write their honest thoughts here. (Because here there can be no posing, concern trolls get short shrift, sussed as if by that colourless dye in swimming pools that turns bright red when someone pees in the water.) Sincerity shines here like a beacon, it cannot long be pretended. And unless and until Labor fails at the next election, which I assure you now as always [i]will not happen[/i], I will ALWAYS talk up our great Government, (I'd say 'our great [i]Party[/i]' but I must include Oakeshott and Windsor, two of the finest most courageous politicians ever to grace the HoR.) And when I do, be sure, I do it from heart and head both, I have strong reasons for my belief, I'm not in Cloud Cuckoo Land, The ABBORTIANS are! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ But for myself, well I do feel a good bit like poor Gigolo atm. Things aren't real flash for me right now - Oh and btw KHTAGH thank you so much for your post, I am fortunate indeed compared to you, and so many damaged or otherwise long-term disabled people or those with truly chronic pain. But pain and suffering makes us humble and empathetic wih other unfortunates, it is not entirely negative, though it's true, while you're in severe pain that's pretty much all that's on your mind. But to continue: All was well by Thursday morning, my [i]originally-intended[/i] surgery is/was supposed to proceed on Tuesday 7th. I have been wearing the same catheter tube up my penis for a fortnight, poor little fellow's tip is excruciatingly sore, a mere touch with cotton wool hurts! But much worse still is the unexplained agony just inside my bum (sorry folks, but as I said we're all adults here. And the nurses, some of them still students of 18 or so on work experience, are completely unshockable, there is no stupid pretence at 'modesty', if you go through what I'm going through and your cockiness level is still in evidence, well you're more of a stoic than I am.) Anyway my urine was nice and clear and pale yellow, collecting in ample quantity in the bag strapped to my leg, and though I always feel like I urgently need to pee all the time, at least I knew the catheter was doing its job. Well the hospital wanted a blood sample and a urine sample 5-6 days before the op on Tuesday, so on Thursday I changed the old catheter bag for a new one, not wanting my current urine to be contaminated by the used bag -(even though I had rinsed it out thoroughly several times) (The same tube stays in place up poor little Dick, only the bag changes.) So off we went, J**** driving, to Clinpath to supply the samples. My blood was taken OK, but when I looked in the new catheter bag, it was completely dry! - And that was 2-3 hours since I changed the bag, it definitely should have had quite a bit of urine in it. [b][i]Uh-Oh![/i][/b] So I rang the office of my urologist-surgeon Dr Q straight away, they said I better go there and get it checked out. Well when I got out of the car to cross the road to the hospital, I saw that a small amount of very bloody urine had made it to the bag, only a spoonful but not pretty. The solo nurse put me on a bed in a sort of broom cupboard room, and proceeded to decant the little bit of bloody urine and took it away for analysis. I was trembling violently with pain and apprehension I must say, well the nurse was gone for half an hour, if it hadn't been for J**** there, no emergency bell, I would have felt completely abandoned. During the wait (and I was so obviously really unwell) I said to J****, [i]nobody thought to take my temperature or BP, listen my heart or anything[/i]. I felt a bit shocked by that. But at last the nurse came back, with an 18-y-o as I mentioned, and they proceeded to syringe the tubing, suck out the backed-up heavily bloody urine, (it was more than a litre) and flush the (punctured, remember?) bladder several times with saline solution. It hurt like Hell, sometimes when they squirted stuff up me it felt like an internal electric shock! Am I boring you? Sorry, but there's more. By this time, feeling like I'd gone a dozen rounds on the losing end with Joe Frazier, they put me in a bed in a proper room, J**** still waiting with me, until Dr Q took time out from theatre to visit me. He really just said hello, told me to drink lots of water, assured me all was [i]comme il faut[/i], that the blood wasn't so unusual, and the surgery would go ahead as planned on Tuesday. And [i]said I could go home[/i],which really surprised me and J****. Well by now my unblocked catheter was working again, nice pale yellow urine too and plenty of it. I felt lot better too, and sat up late writing a post. About four AM Friday I went to bed. But Dam, when I woke up around 9, I had a bagful of very dark and bloody pee. A bit freaky I must say. So I rang the hospital: Nope the urologist said, just drink lots of water. Well then I rang a certain Ad astra, an eminent previous-and still-well-informed medical practioner of LONG standing. I wondered aloud if it was normal for a catheter to be in place for so long (not really he said, no). The question of possible urinary tract/bladder infection came up, and I expressed a degree of surprise that I had not been prescribed antibiotics for the long wait with the catheter in place - though I make clear that I am a stickler for judicious antibiotic use; against viruses antibiotics is as much use as a machinegun for repelling mozzies. Well Ad said, Dr Q has had long experience of this sort of thing, he wouldn't be into operating on you on Tuesday if he wasn't content. Well erm I said, but he [i]hasn't[/i] had long experience of my particular problem, namely that he had torn a hole in my bladder, an event he said he'd never done before. I pointed out to Ad that 3 or 4 days with a catheter was one thing, more than a fortnight quite another. I worried aloud that I might have a bladder infection by now. [I had just thrown out a bag of half-a-dozen slices of Helga's Pumpkin-seed bread, it keeps well for 4 or 5 days but by 2-3 weeks it was so mouldy even the spoggies wouldn't eat it.] Ad got the analogy of course, and that was about the end of the conversation. Dam I had hardly put the phone down from Ad when the Hospital rang, [i]Sorry Mr B, you have a bladder infection, you must start a flucoxacillin course at once, and come in on Monday when we will give you intravenous antibiotic [/i] . . which I've never had before, even in heart bypass surgery, it sounds ominous. So now I'm scared stiff that the infection may reach, or already be in my kidneys . . . And that is VERY scary. I don't understand why with my own very sketchy understanding of medicine that I could predict accurately what was likely to happen in the presence of a long-inserted catheter in the absence of antibiotic cover, where a highly-reputed urologist did not, but there it is. Plainly it's easier to prevent such infections than to arrest them once they've taken hold, anyway I would bet that the surgery won't go ahead on Tuesady as planned, I'll have my heart in my mouth if they do, OR if they don't! I do hope Dog likes my kidneys!

Marilyn

4/08/2012Today Lenore Taylor is prattling about the non-existent stalemate in refugee law and the Australian has some strange story about families helping their family members escape Afghanistan because they have no other way to do it, saying it is not illegal and then calling it smuggling.

TalkTurkey

4/08/2012Do I really expect anybody to want to read all that stuff? I really don't know. But anyway, for me, writing is the most therapeutic thing in the world. And trying to improve the World's outlook, by the Power of Me. Well that's the theory. Much of my verse including two BIG books (unpublished) of rhyming verse is really sincerely just that, trying to educate kids to educate adults to care for our native species in particular. Much despair there. Subjects, I skip around like a joey kangaroo really trying out.(If you haven't seen that well it's amazing, just crazy) But as for Ad astra no-one can hold a candle to his writing, let alone his answers to everyone, kind and tolerant and wise, he really is a model for any decent human to respect. He is wise enough to know the difference between flattery and geuinely sincere compliments, and compliments come free, and it is hardly possible to write anything about Ad that isn't complimentary. So blush away Ad astra, but whether they/we say it fulsomely or sparingly, everybody not just TT thinks exactly the same, so there. I dare to hope that this site will be important in small but important ways. It already is anyway, but it is more than a letterbox, it is a site with a mission, and an experiment in communication all the time. The points of view, the way malicious posters are handled. There really is no template here, The Political Sword is dynamic and open-ended and ever-changing, and it is a unique ongoing record of Australian political history, unbroken for at least all the nearly 2 years I have contributed to it. I think we've got the manners right actually, well pretty much. I treat disrespect with disrespect, I never pretended otherwise, if you don't like that then suck eggs, I hope everybody takes the same stand really. Here we're free to say what we want - except for the most uncalled-for personally insulting posts, and then that's Ad's decision alone. ToM can feel pretty lucky imo he still gets posted here, I wouldn't pull him (I'd just taunt him cos I'm smarter :)) but many other writers here would. So where it develops in the next few months is of great moment I reckon. It will be needed as never before in the last quarter of this government's term. It's August. I have always said Abborrtt remember the Ides of September - six weeks. I predict that just about then the bumbling will come to a head, and the rumbling will start, and Abbortt will begin to be nailed at last. Dead ash come December. [i]OR[/i] a lame-duck Opposition, unsure of its allegiances, policy-bereft, with Abbortt increasingly the object of derision.

patriciawa

4/08/2012Hi TT, not sure how SA time works but I,ve been lying awake here for hours and if I'd known what you were going through out there i'd have sent some loving thoughts across and tried to metaphorically hold your hand. I am astounded at your stoic determination to keep thinking and have your brilliant brain beat that body of yours. In the middle of all that pain you can still get us thinking too. You are so right about the awful Abbort who gets worse by the day. Last night's news showed him almost skeletal and with very obviously dyed and increasingly sparse hair, his huge ears flapping around and his mad eyes staring out at us as he tried to stir up the xenophobes of country Queensland about Chinese investment there. Surely his appearance alone should have us rid of him!

Michael

4/08/2012Bad Abbott says the Jesuit Father. One of the supposed planks of the 'fair dinkumness' of Tony Abbott is his 'muscular Christianity'. A serving priest in Abbott's Church, who also works at Shouldabeen's old school, had a few words to say about the Leader of the Opposition, reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today. "Dissing wisdom of the Abbott The rector of Sydney's most high profile Catholic boys' school has gone into print criticising Old Boy Tony Abbott over his attitude to refugees. In a piece in the latest St Ignatius (Riverview) newsletter, Father Ross Jones, SJ slammed Abbott for saying he would tow illegal boats back into Indonesian waters. ''He would then steal the bulk of their fuel, to ensure they stayed there. How demeaning a mission for this nation's navy. The navy is called the senior service. Some service. When challenged on talkback radio recently that this was un-Christian, Mr Abbott simply retorted that he didn't think it was a very Christian thing for asylum seekers to come in by the back door and not the front door.'' Commenting on the recent parliamentary debate on refugee policy, Father Jones said that the arguments were ''mean-spirited … lamentable … and lacking in moral fibre.'' Riverview is run by the Jesuits, who are unafraid of a good stoush. After the 2010 election campaign, principal Shane Hogan wrote that neither Abbott nor Julia Gillard had showed Ignatian leadership, adding that the art of debate was ''not to condemn your opponent but to point out why your arguments were more credible''. Several parents rang up threatening to cancel their cheques. This time around, Father Ross Jones should simply send out copies of a new book called Tony Speaks! The Wisdom of the Abbott, published this week by Black Inc. In it, we are reminded of a few choice quotes from the former seminarian. But the final word goes to one of Abbott's three daughters, who in 2009 called him a ''gay, lame, churchy loser''. Asked why she had done this, Abbott replied: ''Yeah, well, look, she knows me well …'' " The 'free run' Shouldabeen's long luxuriated in daily shreds.

Psyclaw

4/08/2012 [b]Michael [/b] As you probably know the Jesuits have long been quite radical within the RC church as far as speaking their minds. The Pells and Ratzingers would have no time for them at all. Apparently the Jesuits are historically a totally independent and self sufficient mob within the church, and more, as I'll explain in the next paras. Some may have heard of Christopher Geraghty. He retired a couple of years back as a NSW Supreme Court Judge. previously he had been a RC priest for about 15 years. He has written at least 3 books disclosing (putting well deserved shit on ) the workings of the church. His second book is The Church Factory, the inner view of seminaries as told from the perspective of a wise mature head who experienced the inside. I won't be able to tell the whole story but the relevant point here is that to ask questions, seek to discuss, or debate any aspect of what they were taught (ie to demonstrate a brain, some initiative, and a sense of what's right) resulted in actually being booted out. True! No-one except the compliant could remain. Now it doesn't take too much brain work to understand how the 60-90 age group RC clerics have stuffed up the priestly sexual assault matters as disclosed on Four Corners does it. Literally they are by definition dopes. Their endurance of and graduation from the seminaries as described by Geraghty, and their remaining in their roles for the next 40 to 50 years (unlike Geraghty) defines them as being drones, compliant, and prepared to forgo (allegedly) not only sex, but also the exercise of their brain. In this regard, Jesuits are different because those qualities that are devalued in seminaries is valued by them. [b]TT Comrade[/b] I am saddened to hear of your vicissitudes, but glad that you can still bash the keyboard so well. I am talking to you because of your well known "respect" for the churches and Dog Albitey. Judge Geraghty's books include Cassocks in the Wilderness, The Priest Factory, and another released a few months ago. They are cheaply available through fishpond.com.au I am telling [b]you[/b] this because I know you would absolutely enjoy the books and be well in sync with the author's perspective. And you'd get a few extra tidbits and insight into how bad things really are in the inner sanctums. I stress ...... they are [i]NOT[/i] religious books, in fact to the contrary. While on the subject, a book called Poe John XXIII by Thomas Cahill is also a must read for the likes of you TT Comrade. Again it is anything but a religious book. It tells with great insight and riveting interest about the inner sanctums and politics and factional brawls within the Vatican, and how they were faced and coped with by the only decent human pope there ever was. There are extraordinary insights into John XXII, his pauper-ish upbringing, his accidental election when faction voting went wrong in the Sistene chapel, and most interestingly his role in WW2 whereby he [b]personally[/b] saved the lives of many thousands of jewish people. ( he personally arranged the supply and distribution of false papers, using forged birth certificates signed, fraudulently signed off by the church) Of course Ratzinger is the most conservative pope since, and with his close mate Pell (yes, really) is assiduously undoing every contribution John XXIII made. If only to understand what sort of prick Ratzinger ie the current Pope Benedict is, it is essential to read this book. Ratzinger is the total opposite of John XXIII. I have yet to convince my lapsed RC brother (who is a lurker and a long term occasional commenter at TPS) to read these books but I am still working on this essential aspect of his education and edification.

TalkTurkey

4/08/2012Well Patricia you've done me proud anyway, Thank You, to hear of Abbortt's increasingly threadbare appearance is a tonic (no pun intended). Btw there is nothing stoic about me, on the contrary when I'm alone I am quite likely (and often to my own surprise) to SCREAM at the walls, like [i][b]NO-O-O-O-O![/b][/i]. It doesn't help much. When J**** is home I just whinge and whimper and moan. A lot. Michael, you too help me feel better, news of Fr Jones' condemnation of Abbortt's stance on AS is Gold. Nasking and DMW, everybody would like to hear from you, I know that at least one of you has medical probs of his own, well, I am empathetic, be sure!

jaycee

4/08/2012Here is a copy of the email I sent to Mr. Farley of AAco. meats.. concerning his comment about Julia Gillard and an old cow. Sir. Given your status as an old fart and a bag full of hot air, you better be careful you are not shipped off to the Bureau of Meterology to be used as a hot air balloon!....But then again, you'd only have to open your mouth (sphincter) and the air would be lost...so there...I guess you would be less than useless in ANY capacity! Kindest regards....Joe.

Steve

4/08/2012I agree with your assessment of the MSM and the way Australia has been "sold out" to a few vested interests. What I don't understand is why the Labor government insists that the media are not a problem. Why do senior ministers like Craig Emerson keep on saying there is nothing wrong over at the ABC for instance. Data collected and published by Independent Australia clearly shows media bias towards the coalition ?

42 long

4/08/2012Better the assessment comes from other than ALP who are condemned for 'whingeing" . I can understand Emmerson not falling for it. They are definately trying to do a job on Shorten. You would think . Bringing out the BIG guns ERIC A over a soft microwaved pie. Well in Melbourne a SOFT pie is a big deal mate. This is one of the great food places of the world.

jaycee

4/08/2012Yes, Steve...I've wondered on that about the ABC. I think we all have noticed the seemingly deliberate stupidifying of the ABC. replete with those dicky-dinky balloon promos! I feel I can see that Howard suckole ; Scott's fingerprints all over it! Christ knows I have written to several ministers over the ABC. and it's taking the piss out of the govt'. But I don't think I am giving any secrets away when I state that they better do something about the national broadcaster before the next election or they won't have a leg to stand on let alone a communicated platform! I remember those "Town Hall" debates at the last election where they set Julia Gillard up...and there off the side of the stage was none other than Uhlmann and Grattan alo