Monday, August 3, 2009

In bed with Malcolm and Rupert and the ABC

"Once I built a railroad, made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now its done
Brother can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower to the sun
Brick and rivet and lime
Once I built a tower, now its done
Brother can you spare a dime?"

'Brother Can You Spare A Dime?', E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Jay Gorney [1931]

Thanks 'Australian Story'. We're still non the wiser on the so called "Utegate" affair.

Did we blink and miss the muffled reference to Steve Lewis (the Murdoch hack at the centre of this)? Did you really, seriously, genuinely corner yet another Murdoch hack, "Mal Farr", for his spin on the whole thing? Are you correct in your judgment that Australians are so stupid, bereft of critical faculties, oblivious to the obvious, that nobody would ask: "But what about the central role of the Murdoch media in this whole ugly saga?"

Sadly, you are probably right. We are all so hopelessly stupid that we will take this spin and hold it close. "Did you see Malcolm on 'Australian Story' last night? We really saw his human side, didn't we? Isn't it incredible that the Murdoch media played no active role in this unfortunate affair? How amazing that Turnbull relied on an e-mail he never even saw to risk his reputation! What was he thinking? And what excellent journalism by Steve Lewis to reproduce the same e-mail, even though nobody ever saw it! Wow, too hard for me to understand, but I will still believe everything Murdoch tells me."

On the other hand......

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