Advertising that money can’t buy

Back in 2010 John Pilger warned about Australia as the first ‘murdochracy’. This is how the Daily Telegraph kicked off the campaign:

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According to Lenore Taylor at The Guardian a spokesperson for News Corporation said the paper was exercising its right to editorialise as it chose:

“Every newspaper in the free world exercises its right to editorialise its position before an election, often on the front page. The Daily Telegraph supported Kevin Rudd in the 2007 election. This time it does not,” the spokesman said in written comments provided to Guardian Australia.

As David McNight told the ABC, it’s advertising that money can’t buy:

No you can’t buy that sort of advertising time. And it’s also important to note that newspaper placards sit outside newsagents, and when you have a placard that says Kick This Mob Out, with a photo of Kevin Rudd, it’s more than just the people who pick up that newspaper and read it, it’s a publicity campaign.

Mr Denmore at The Failed Estate spells out the meaning:

What does this mean in the coming election? It means that Rudd’s ALP, the Greens and the cause of progressive politics in this country are up against two foes – Abbott’s populist, hidden agenda conservatism on one hand and, on the other, a Murdoch press willing to lie, misinform, twist and smear to get its way.

If Abbott wins, the Murdochracy will be complete.

Paul Sheehan at SMH tells us that Rupert Murdoch has sent one Col Allan as his special fixer:

Allan is a man widely known inside News Corporation as Col Pot, a play on the name of a Cambodian genocidal dictator.

He is News Corp’s most feared flamethrower in a company of flamethrowers and he has been sent to Australia by Rupert Murdoch himself. The purpose of his mission has become clear in recent days. One person who should rightly be disconcerted by Allan’s sudden secondment to Australia is the head of News Corporation Australia, Kim Williams. Several other executives should also be leery, but they are not Allan’s primary target.

His primary target is Kevin Rudd.

Chief executive of News Corp, Robert Thomson, announced in New York that Allan would be returning to Australia to provide “extra editorial leadership for our papers …”.

Why?

Roy Greenslade tells us Murdoch has at least two commercial reasons to seek Rudd’s removal from office.

Murdoch believes the government’s national broadband network (NBN) poses a threat to the operation of the Foxtel cable TV monopoly that News Corp jointly owns with Telstra. And he is exercised by the potential introduction of a stricter press regulatory regime that could inhibit his papers’ editorial freedom, which means his own freedom to say and do as he likes.

Greenslade also rightly points out that while his editors conduct the daily battles Murdoch conducts the wars. In large part I think he selects editors that don’t need much telling, if at all.

In Brisbane the Courier Mail we have had two days of the front page similarly using the front page shouting its political message at the readers. I presume it’s happening all over the country. TYoday the CM was back to normal – the sexual adventures of the head of the parliamentary ethics committee.

What about our ABC? Mr Denmore says it “has given up any pretence of being anything other than a News Corp echo chamber.”

Finally, here’s some quotes from George Megalogenis’s Griffith Review lecture. I haven’t listened to that particular program but have taken the quotes from the print copy:

Editors still reserve the right to tell a reporter what to write.

I’ve been writing for some time that the worlds of politics, media and business are disconnected from the society they serve because they carry excess white male baggage.

Partisan commentary is a symptom of wider systems’ failure. The old growth models for politics and media are broken, yet our institutions are stll hard-wired to the false certainty of the male brain: that stabitity can be restored by yelling.

His broader point is that women now occupy 52% of the ‘brain’ jobs in the country, though males occupy 65% of the management positions. If I read him rightly he thinks the women are coming through, but warns that nothing will change if they simply adopt the existing model. His is a call for a kinder, more co-operative and responsive way of doing business.


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65 responses to “Advertising that money can’t buy”

  1. paul burns

    I think we just going to have to wait for Rupert Murdoch to die.

  2. joy cooper

    Horrifying, isn’t it? What is more horrifying is that there is precious little we can do about it. That a political, so-called, leader, such as Tony Abbott, is quite comfortable accepting this type of egregious bullying of the electorate by an American mogul says a great deal about his principles or lack of them.

    Any attempts to make mainstream media accountable for what they write or say is rebuffed with screams of “freedoms of the press”. Trouble is they should not be “free” to deliberately lie, misinform or push their own political barrow. Their complete overriding of any requests for such accountability is a disgrace. That the government of Australia is being decided by a non-citizen is shocking to say the least.

  3. Helen

    Allan is a man widely known inside News Corporation as Col Pot, a play on the name of a Cambodian genocidal dictator.

    Surprised that Sheehan would find it necessary to point out who PP was – has it been that long?

  4. zorronsky

    This all shows what has puzzled me for the longest time. In most other countries it would lead to burning barricades and pitchforks. We constantly are told how brave, honest and egalitarian we are yet the truth is that when money talks we genuflect. Bloody pathetic.

  5. Fran Barlow

    I think we just going to have to wait for Rupert Murdoch to die.

    Someone in another place reminded me the other day of Planck’s claim that science advances one funeral at a time.

    Perhaps, much as I’d prefer not to think so, that is true also of public discourse. We might see a headstone: NewsCorpse lies here. ;-)

    At least in the case of Murdoch, his business model is tottering and it seems plausible to think his organisation will wither and die before he does. I would certainly like to think so.

  6. Graham Bell

    IT”S TIME …. to remind Murdoch that he is NOT a “king-maker”, he is only a major shareholder in some world-wide propaganda & entertainment businesses – businesses that are utterly dependant on customers buying whatever it is that they put into the marketplace.
    No customers interested in buying = no business.

    It’s time, too to remind Murdoch that regardless of where he was born and regardless of who his parents were and what they did …. it was he himself who chose to renounce his Australian citizenship for commercial gain; nobody forced him …. so he and his FOREIGN!! pals can clear off and pester some other country that’s having an election. We don’t want them here – and we certainly don’t need them and all their shenanegans.

  7. drsusancalvin

    Warning! Disturbing T.A. image follows.
    Money can’t buy this sort of publicity.

  8. Jungney

    Hah! The semi-literates who write for the Telegraph didn’t notice that their header reads “finally you now have the chance to kick this mob out”. Not we. They couldn’t write that because it might have implied that the ‘we’ referred to Murdoch, or them, as fellow citizens. But they couldn’t leave it at ‘finally a chance to kick this mob out’ which would have avoided the problem. So, by writing ‘you’ they differentiate themselves from ‘us’.

    I’m not so sure that this sort of attack dog journalism won’t backfire.

  9. Graham Bell

    Junney @ 8.
    It has already.

    I’m sure Prime Minister Palmer and Deputy Prime Minister Katter will be quite fair to all four of the surviving LNP members of the Federal Parliament.

    Poor Tony Abbott is probably thinking “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

  10. Casablanca

    Abbott loves Murdoch: a reminder. (Includes Abbott’s paean to Murdoch at the IPA Gala dinner)
    http://theaimn.com/2013/08/05/abbott-loves-murdoch-a-reminder/

    see also: Spoof of Terrorgraph Front page
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491415084279186&set=a.395015707252458.97645.394995837254445&type=1&theater

    The original Daily Terrorgraph front page:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491477254272969&set=p.491477254272969&type=1&theater

  11. paul burns

    Graham @ 9,
    Please expatiate as to how its backfired. I’d be delighted to know.

  12. Doug

    Reminds me of the newspaper magnate in Evelyn Waugh’s quite hilarious novel Scoop.

  13. Terry2

    With freedom of the press comes responsibility for reporting, informing and maintaining balance, something that News Ltd has abandoned as Rupert Murdoch attempts the same tactics he used in the USA, with the clear objective of securing the government he finds meet his interests best.

    As individuals there is little we can do and I share the frustration of other contributors. Personally, I will not be buying any News Ltd publications until after the election, at least. As I live in an area where we have three newspapers (the Australian ,The Cairns Post and the Courier Mail) all of which are News Ltd and all of which have sought to influence voting in favour of the coalition by denigrating the government ; my ten dollars a week may not be much but if others who are similarly concerned about what’s happening do the same, we may get a message through.

  14. Katz

    For reasons of his own, Murdoch dedicated his mouthpieces to the defeat of Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

    That worked out well, dinnit?

  15. Chris

    NewsCorp certainly aren’t holding back. Today they has been a prominet article on Kevin’s apparently annoying habit of adjusting his fringe (I guess the random personal irrelevant attacks on Gillard weren’t just about her being a woman) and an article titled: “IN YOUR INTEREST: How the rate cut could screw you over”. I can’t imagine such an article appearing during the Howard years!

  16. Ootz

    As individuals there is little we can do …

    Terry2, absolute not! As the song goes. From little things BIG THINGS grow

    I cancelled subscriptions to The AustraLiar and The ComPost decade ago and for the better. Once you’re off the teat, you realise you are standing in the middle of green pastures. All you have to do is graze on the internet. It may take a bit of time to figure out where the clover is and where the belly fillers, but that can be fun and liberating too. As to LimitedNews, the net does a beauty in filtering the adverscum and infotainment out, so you you can still get to their few bits that are close to what you’d call relevant and reliable information. That is why their business model is not sustainable not profitable in the middle to long term, they know it, but are too arteriosclerotic to do anything about it.

  17. alfred venison

    but murdoch knows he doesn’t have make a profit to influence elections, he just needs to feign sufficient interest in journalism to maintain credibility as a newspaper business while he propagates away.
    i haven’t bought the australian for 25 years, read it only when there’s nothing else in the coffee shop. haven’t been to his websites since around 2007.
    but the best thing we ever did here though was to get off the foxtel drip; alleluia, praise the lord, there is a loving god! so much time for books & music & each other. took half a year to get those voices out of my head, but.
    remember, in ditching his rags, its not just what you, to the measure of a skerrick, do to rupert murdoch that matters, its also, and importantly, what you do for yourself.
    this time again murdoch’s champion is up against some of the people who ran obama’s campaign against the last champion murdoch backed. -a.v.

  18. Graham Bell

    Paul Burns @ 9.
    From a far more reliable source than we are served-up by the propaganda ministry industry …. everybody I spoke to + extrapolation.

    Everybody:
    The TV news in Queensland went into a frenzy over a peeping-tom “story”. Apparently a parliamentarian had an affair with a pretty woman. Wow, that must be a world first! And apparently some bozos in news rooms decided that I, and others like me, need to be told all about it. Well, I didn’t! It is an important matter for the parliamentarian, his ex-mistress, his wife and family and his fellow parliamentarians; each will deal with it in their own way in their own good time. I do not want to know about it. It is none of my business. It is not relevant to me. And it is NOT political news – it isn’t even news.

    This is indicative of just how low political reporting(?) has fallen in Australia.

    How much airtime was squandered on this trivia that could have been applied to analysis of real political issues.

    I suggest these news(?) room bozos pack their bongos and catch the next flight to the US where they can indulge their sex-n-politics obsessions to their hearts’ content. If they’re a bit slow leaving …. I’ll collect the feathers and sawdust if someone would kindly get the axle-grease and the molasses. We don’t want their kind in Australia any longer.

  19. John D

    The front pages on the Courier Mail and Telegraph were probably counter productive in that they give a clear message about the paper’s bias. Ditto sending out a US hit man to co-ordinate the editorial attack. It all gives Rudd permission to openly attack Murdoch who “want’s his mate Abbott to win”
    Rudd was linking Murdoch’s attacks to the effect of the NBN on the Foxtel cash cow tonight on the box. I am waiting for someone in the ALP to start asking “do you really want this yank to tell you how to vote?”

  20. Graham Bell

    John D, AV, Ootz, Chris …. and uncle tom cobbly and all:
    Watch out! Looks like there is a serious outbreak of informed democracy happening around here ….

  21. Ootz

    Monsieur venison, somebody ought to do a study on Fauxtel and onset of dementia. Perhaps then we can get legislation akin plain packaging, where Fauxtel have to regularly play graphic demonstrations of what it does to you.

  22. Chris

    I thought Rudd got his response about right, light-hearted, but chucking a few rocks back at Murdoch.

    Yea I don’t think there’s much to be gained by complaining about bias. And with media like newspapers or online reporting where they aren’t using a limited resource (unlike TV or radio) I don’t think there’s much point in attempting to regulate against bias.

  23. Doug too

    What Rudd and Albanese have to do is to ask Australians every day if they want the NBN for free and find unlimited content on the web or to pay for limited Foxtel content.

  24. alfred venison

    Mr Ootz, they should at least be compelled to reveal their audience numbers so we can tell if its a propaganda tool or ostensibly a cable t.v. operation. and they should stop insisting on people completing surveys when they quit. it took us hours and escalation to two supervisors to quit without doing their survey. a pox on them! -a.v.

  25. Jungney

    Jonathon Holmes (SMH) reckons Murdoch’s response isn’t about the money and Foxtel at all. Short, it’s a tantrum from an old man whose in it for the power and, post Wendi, wants to assert that he still has the juice. Might be right.

    Personally, I think Murdoch is clear evidence for the theory that interplanetary aliens have been here for some time now.

  26. joy cooper

    For once Jonathan Holmes is partially wrong. The vindictiveness Murdoch is displaying towards the ALP has nothing to do with him dumping wife No 3 Deng. He, & his media minions, were into the power tripping, deliberate misinformation, mendacity & pro-LNP propaganda long before that happened. Maybe Jonathan didn’t notice it like we did.

    Murdoch’s having the option to run the Australian Network taken away from him may have been what got up his nose, we shall never know. He is just an autocratic megalomaniac who feels entitled to act, however he chooses, without any consequences.

  27. Jungney

    Fair enough Joy. I wasn’t entirely convinced by Holmes’ argument but, like you, take his views seriously.

  28. joy cooper

    Yes, Jungney, Holmes is usually more astute. Maybe he has been slightly influenced by the apparent merging of ABC with Murdoch media which seems to have been occurring lately. If I hear someone at ABC quoting a Newspoll “finding” again I think I shall scream very loudly. ;)

  29. Graham Bell

    First casualty of the 2013 election campaign:
    Mainstream infotainment and propaganda machine.
    If you are a shareholder in it – you would be wise to re-evaluate your investments – and bolt before it is too late.

  30. faustusnotes

    I think Murdoch sees what is happening with press regulation in the UK, and the potential criminal charges against his cohorts there, and is desperate to retain some power in Australia. His business empire may be doing fine but his political influence is looking shaky. If he loses the ability to blackmail UK politicians, can’t change political parties in the USA, and can’t influence politics here … he isn’t quite the king-maker he thinks he is, is he? And the perception of Murdoch as king-maker is crucial to the success of his empire.

    He must be looking at the next presidential election in the USA and wondering at the talent available on the Republican side. No amount of media support is going to get those chumps over the line…

  31. Mr Denmore

    The voter revulsion at the Work Choices experiment partly reflected a sense, I think, that we are being pushed toward a US-style dog-eat-dog economy.

    Murdoch’s agenda here is very much about that, as evidenced by his recitation of the libertarian agenda at the IPA dinner in Melbourne earlier this year (the dinner at which Abbott was photographed inadvertently genuflecting to him).

    The ALP, if it were smart and for once could disconnect itself from the frozen-in-the-90s neo-liberal flunkies in Sussex St, would point out the clash between Murdoch’s spoken agenda to the big end of town (deregulation, privatisation, workplace ‘reform’ and austerity) and his “I’m-for-the-battlers” anti-elites schtick in the Tele-Hun.

    For all the calculated spin in the News Corp tabloids and the echoes in the handmaiden ABC, Australians are not so stupid to vote against their own interests. Are they?

    Why do I keep thinking of Joe Bageant.

  32. jules

    Cos he rocks?

  33. Jungney

    Yep. Bageant nailed it alright and so does Mr D with his description of the real agenda of Abbott/Murdoch as pushing Australia towards a ‘US-style dog-eat-dog economy’. Excellent.

  34. Helen

    He rocked, Jules. Sadly, he’s dead, much too soon.

  35. Helen

    (But I guess it’s true that he continues to rock in print.)

  36. jules

    Jungney – thats been the LNP agenda since Howard first got elected, and the ALp hasn’t exactly rejected it.

    In the US there appears to be a particular national mythology that Beagant’s redneck culture buys into. Its been co opted by the corporatocracy (or whatever term he uses.) God, guns and guts – the things that made America great.

    Can you see the same thing happening here?

    People didn’t vote against their self interest when Rudd was elected in 2007. Thats why so much of what the coalition says appears to be framing things as in peoples self interest. Its no longer in our interests to have low interest rates, but it is to have strong borders and less taxes on electricity or “our savings”. It is a lot harder to have an intelligent debate about what is and isn’t ultimately in our interests when the public debate is so limited.

    We don’t have the same mythology – it may be a bit harder to co op ours to go against our interests. in fact the elements of Australia’s national mythology that conflict with the US dog eat dog economy are being excised from the mythology. we’re no longer the land of the long weekend for example.

    Also – Libertarianism isn’t what Murdoch or even Ron Paul says it is tho. that side side of politics is just co opting the word that most people associate with civil rights and limitations on state power to introduce more stringent forms of wage slavery. If its not advocating drug legalisation and marriage equality its not actually libertarianism because those are two arbitrary forms of state power that are there for no reason. Other than to use authoritarian forms of power to limit peoples choices based on some religious wankers belief that God will punish us all if he notices someone having a good time. Which is technically the opposite of actual libertarianism.

  37. jules

    Helen I had a beer and smoked a joint in his honour the day Joe Bageant died. He rocks from beyond the grave.

    I’d also like to thank Mr Denmore cos I’ve spent most of the last 2 hours rereading his website.

    This pre Obama ’08 article may be worth reading.

    Why rednecks may rule the world

    I don’t think we have that sort of culture that can be manipulated the way Bageant describes in the US, but there is a similar process at work. These days business rules Australia – its their interests and their worldview that dominates the national discussion and the whole thing as framed as if their interest is our interest, when it isn’t.

  38. Jungney

    Yes Jules. We don’t have exactly the same sort of ‘deer hunting for jesus culture’ that has been so deeply co-opted in the US. Corporate and reactionary forces in Australia try but bump into other elements of Australian culture that run against the grain of ‘dog eat dog’ such as the long history of unionism and the way that collective solidarity is reinforced through volunteerism in the SLSA, bush fire brigades, ‘blaze aid’ and, of course, the ‘mateship’ traditions of Australian military history. There are many others.

    So they’re up against it in many ways. This doesn’t mean they won’t try and, in the process, degrade the traditions. I have in mind the way that Howard re-militarized ANZAC day and changed it from a day of remembrance to one that, in my view, glorifies war.

    We’ll keep on challenging them, for sure. Message to the ALP: arts funding, give us arts funding you idiots, and we’ll do the cultural work in ways you cannot even imagine!

  39. Katz

    Nope. Murdoch is toast in Britain. In the US, the big investors are trying to dynamite him off the board of News.

    Australia represents his roots. He has returned home to assert his authority. Trouble is, Murdoch is Lear who knows that Goneril and Regan have it in for him.

  40. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Thank you, Brian, for this hilarious satirical piece. It’s extremely funny, although I note some have taken it seriously.

    For these dear souls, lets mention some facts. Last election ‘the Murdoch press’ supported Gillard, yes? So why the complaining if they change their minds? Murdoch’s company owns just 32% of the newspapers in Australia, yet these account for 59-61% of newspaper sales, showing that people prefer his company’s product to the Fairfax product, nothing more, nothing less. News Ltd papers are marginally profitable, Fairfax’s are a commercial disaster and the company will soon be out of business, illustrating that pandering to one political demographic is a poor commercial decision.

    The conspiracy theory about the NBN is risible – for it will never be built (you did notice the 20% price hike for the surviving connies yesterday?). Even if it was buily, it’s a carrier service and will cheerfully sell bandwidth to any customer. Including News Ltd. A carrier service cannot really be a commercial threat to a content provider unless they wish to go out of business by driving their customers away and unless it’s a budget outlay NBN Co has to turn a profit.

    Murdoch SHOULD be ‘exercised’ by government attacks on freedom of the media and efforts to restrict freedom of speech, as should the denizens here and every Australian citizen irrespective of political affiliation.

    I note that the sources quoted are all Fairfax media, the government-funded news services destroying Fairfax media, or (to be frank) flakes. Yes, a lot of papers noted that a $30Bn blow-out in the budget 11 weeks after it was handed down indicated an incompetent government. That’s because it does indicate an incompetent government! No conspiracy there, that’s called ‘reporting’.

  41. Mr Denmore

    Katz,

    I love the Lear analogy. With James as Cordelia perhaps.

  42. Ootz

    Good one Katz and Mr Denmore. Would you able to remind me please, who were the real victims in that tragedy in today’s terms?

  43. Ootz

    I do remember in Kurasawa’s RAN , there was an awful lot of slicing and dicing before and after the deed was done.

  44. Mr Denmore

    Cordelia got the rough end of the stick from what I recall Actually, she might possibly be played by Rebekah Brooks, though that would imply incest.

  45. Katz

    Lear couldn’t let go of power. He lived to see his family destroyed.

    Cordelia refused to lie to Lear. But we all know that no one loves Rupert enough to tell him an unwelcome truth.

  46. GregM

    But we all know that no one loves Rupert enough to tell him an unwelcome truth.

    His mother would have. But she’s dead now.

  47. Chris

    A carrier service cannot really be a commercial threat to a content provider unless they wish to go out of business by driving their customers away and unless it’s a budget outlay NBN Co has to turn a profit.

    The NBN won’t be a direct competitor to Foxtel, but they will allow the entry of many other competitors. New competitors won’t need to outlay the huge expense to lay their own cable in order to reach customers, they’ll just have their customers use their own NBN based internet connection.

    So people who currently have poor internet access will be able to access the services of companies like Netflix, Quickflix, Hulu and watch their content in HD, rather than have to resort to Foxtel. It also allows content creators to sell direct rather than have to go through intermediaries like Foxtel who insist on packaging channels and programs together. For example try getting just the sci-fi channel from Foxtel – you can’t – they force you to buy a whole lot of other stuff as well.

  48. paul burns

    I’m not even going to start on not being able to get only Game of Thrones. Foxtel’s greed is one reason why they don’t get customers.

  49. drsusancalvin

    Proof that Murdoch Faux News causes scientific rigour (sic) mortis

  50. philip travers

    I do not bother much about Australian owners of newspapers.They are usually blow-ins,like most of the Liberal and Labor Policies.I thought however a classic news story today gives a new moral flavour to the refugee reality.I saw the story of five security officers or PNG Police kill a local at” Manus Island”,and then both Labor and Libs brought into the story a bit later.Some intelligence about Refugees wanting their money back.[Wether one can ask for that safely,is something I cannot tell with my intelligence].And then the 50,000 figure on refugees was posited.The matter to remember about Murdoch is he was on the powerful Council of Foreign Affairs,which dumped on organic food trade recently.And Murdoch has been closely associated with Monsanto,and GMO foods.Personally I cannot see justice at all for Australians whilst the Murdoch Empire exists.Although I think copies of all his cartoonists over the years should supply prisoners in Australia with ample doodle inspiration for the time they spend in them.Learning from Newspapers by biro,coloured pencil and lead.Plenty of faces that recommend beards etc.What about a Scholarship for a prisoner of long duration Cartoonist! Rupe!! And supply the butchers’ paper and accessories!

  51. Chris

    Some intelligence about Refugees wanting their money back.[Wether one can ask for that safely,is something I cannot tell with my intelligence].

    Apparently the payment systems are getting quite sophisticated. Payments are made to a 3rd party escrow agent and the funds are only released when the asylum seekers confirm they have reached Christmas Island. So the people smugglers (for want of a better word) don’t get paid unless the trip is successful.

  52. paul burns

    I won’t link to the latest Daily Telegraph front page of Rudd & Co dressed as characters from Hogan’s Heroes.. After all, as usual the ABC has done Murdoch’s work for him and rebroadcast it umpteen times this morning.
    But I do wonder if there’s a lot of people born after Hogan’s Heroes was broadcast wondering around scratching their heads in puzzlement. Because I gather one thing they all learn in school, or on TV, is how bad the real Nazis were.

  53. Katz

    Rupert knows a lot about faked up N@zi memorabilia.

    Back in the day Rupert paid a fortune for some amateurishly faked diaries purportedly penned by Ad0lf H1tler.

    Judging from the Tele’s Hogan’s Heroes jape, evidently Rupert is in love with amateurish fakes.

  54. paul burns

    Yes, Katz. He did indeed. Trevor-Roper, who admittedly by then was not at his best, thought they were real. Still, at a time when David Irving, the real one, is giving lectures on Himmler in the UK, its probably not a good time for Rupert to be spreading this muck around.
    Don’t think people will take much notice of it though.

  55. faustusnotes

    Turnbull has had an almost Keating-esque moment in describing Rudd:

    Once the darling of the News Ltd tabloids, guest of [Murdoch lieutenant] Col Allan at Scores no less. Now his years of sycophancy and duchessing editors with juicy leaks about his colleagues count for nothing. No wonder he’s bitter.

  56. paul burns

    Well, Rudd should’ve have expected it. Which brings me to the question, how bright is he really?
    Or maybe I should ask after the election. :)

  57. Chris

    I won’t link to the latest Daily Telegraph front page of Rudd & Co dressed as characters from Hogan’s Heroes.. After all, as usual the ABC has done Murdoch’s work for him and rebroadcast it umpteen times this morning.

    For those who actually watched Hogan’s Heroes it might not work – Colonel Klink and Sergeant Shultz were pretty harmless :-)

  58. faustusnotes

    Way to show the demographic they’re targeting …

  59. adrian

    I’m reminded of the words of Leonard Cohen:

    You, who must leave everything that you cannot control
    It begins with your family, but soon it comes round to your soul.

    I’ve seen how you’re hanging I think I can see how you’re pinned
    When you’re not feeling holy your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

  60. BilB

    I think that there is no longer any doubt that the likes of Bolt are simply ventriloquistic dummies mouthing the thoughts of their Murdoch master. Newscorp has nothing whatever to do with “news”, it is purely about maximising profit through advertising to an audience mesmerized with tits, turbulence, clamour for glamour and an over obsession with “sport”. The only thing that has kept his empire growing has been the bullying of politicians, immoral/illegal information gathering tactics, sensationalism and population growth. It is absolutely delightful that the electronic media has shortcircuited his empire in time for him to feel the pain of failure before he dies.

    This Australia push is a desperate attempt to maintain his strangle hold on sports casting, the only commercial sector that holds strong appeal with the young as well as the broader community.

    I watched Turnbull earlier lampooning Rudd for saying that the webb experience of movie watching was substandard, then a little later in the ABC news a commenter on skype delivering a completely disjointed delivery due to overtaxed bandwidth. Rudd is right of course and the NBN is the complete fix for that, and Murdoch is desperate for that to not succeed.

    Come on you programming geniuses, come up with a sports coverage access medium that bypasses Foxtel. I challenge you!!

    A highschool friend of my father having made a very successful business in Conneticut in stainless steel fabrication and having passed on his business to his sons, amused himself in his 80′s by developing a software product called “LiveSportsVideo.com”. This was a kind of YouTube for local sports of all kinds. He was a bit ahead of his time, pretty cool for an 80 something year old, and sadly I can’t find the site any more, but the idea was spot on and the NBN provides the perfect platform for such a product to enable Club sports to achieve a following.

  61. Graham Bell

    Katz @ 55 + PB:
    That was yet another very poorly researched blunder by Murdoch’s mob. Many older Australians of German descent remember only too well what happened to them, back in the years when there was unrestricted broadcasting here of that blatantly racist American TV show. So do you think they and their families are going to support or oppose Rudd after such a unbelievably stupid stunt as that? It might have worked in the UK or the US – but Australia is a bit different.

    That’s what happens when outside enforcers – with no local knowledge – try to run brilliant election strategies here.

    Poor Abbott. With friends like these, who needs enemies?