It's not news to note that the Murdochians, and especially the tabloids, have been on a war footing these past few months, conducting a jihad on domestic Islamics and urging on a crusade against fundamentalists abroad.
The pulps are full of the drums of war ...
Even so, the pond watched, gob-smacked, Media Watch last night, and while you can iView the show here at the moment (this link will expire), the pond feels like going over the story, exhuming it one more time, even though the story is now a week old.
In short and in brief, this man ...
... wrote a story that was given a big splash in the Currish Snail and in other Murdoch papers:
The details of the story were denied by anyone and everyone involved - US and Australian defence forces alike - and the story was changed and modified and reduced - you can look at Media Watch for the agonising unfolding of the story in detail - until finally it came to this. A retraction ...
... which suggested the story had all the legs of a snail.
But here's the thing: how does the mealy mouthed retraction in any way measure up to the front page splash?
How does being exposed on Media Watch - with due credit to that program's ratings - in any way constitute an effective reprimand? Though it has to be said, it constituted a remarkable insight into the standards embraced in modern Murdochian journalism and it helps explain why the Murdochians fear and loathe Media Watch drawing attention to their astonishing failings...
Meanwhile, the Murdochians do their best to degut the Australian Press Council, so there's no point going there. Nor any point in complaining about all the other jihads - like the Terror's relentless crusade against bicycles and Clover Moore ...
Which leaves the pond in its usual position - determined not to give a cent, a dime, and certainly not a dollar to the Murdoch machine in whatever guise it appears ...
Hang on, hang on ...
Why that looks like a bargain, and so cheap too ...
Meanwhile, for sheer unmitigated cheek, who could go past Tony Abbott's attempt at a statesmanlike assertion that the Ashby-Slipper matter was part of a squalid, sordid, miserable period in our national life … and that is now all in the past (here in The Graudian).
Tell that to Julia Gillard fronting a Royal Commission about whom she fucked and what she did for the man decades ago. It's all up for grabs for decades in the future, and at any time on the whim of a future government, a Royal Commission can now be called to conduct a vendetta - which is to say make a professional and legal quest for truth - on any of the sordid matters currently doing the rounds in this government.
And on the evidence there's already plenty to look at.
Yes, it's all there in Peta Credlin emails to Liberal Party donor reveals 'cash for questions' link, forced video at end of link, wherein the Fairfaxians earn their keep, and cover the matter in detail, with perhaps the most extraordinary revelation being Credlin's notion that she had no problem with the email correspondence being released.
Nothing to hide here. Just doing deals with the sponsors and helping them out.
It seems payment for access to power, and payment to influence policy decisions, and payment to determine the sorts of questions the Leader of the Opposition might ask in parliament are all fair uses of cash in the paw, or cash in the Free Enterprise Foundation bank account.
And then at the top of the digital page came this one:
You can read that one under the header Barry O'Farrell wooed developer while it funded his researcher, forced video at end of link, and it reminded the pond how a federal ICAC would be a very handy complement to the work done by the state ICAC, which inter alia provides a handy guide to corruption here:
While it can take many forms, corrupt conduct occurs when:
- a public official improperly uses, or tries to improperly use, the knowledge, power or resources of their position for personal gain or the advantage of others
- a public official dishonestly exercises official functions, improperly exercises official functions in a partial manner, breaches public trust or misuses information or material acquired during the course of his or her official functions
- a member of the public influences, or tries to influence, a public official to use his or her position in a way that is dishonest, biased or breaches public trust.
Indeed. Thank the long absent lord that forking over cash to shaft a public policy dealing with a matter of substantial public concern, involving climate science, is just playing the game of politics ...
And so to reptile watch, wherein the pond looks at the cavorting of the kool aid swilling reptiles at the lizard Oz.
Naturally the bouffant one, supreme knob polisher and hagiographer by appointment to Tony Abbott is appalled that anyone would still want to look at the Ashby-Slipper matter, not when there's the pressing matter of what Julia Gillard did for her squeeze decades before:
Oh yes, be careful what you become in pursuit of what you want, or otherwise you might become a slime pit slithering through the gutters of vile abuse.
Oh wait, that's Tony Abbott, so it's okay ...
And lordy lordy, look at this! Dame Groan cracking a joke:
It's fair to note that the broad expansive smile on Dame Groan's lips indicate the quality of the joke ...
Here she is in knock down slapstick comedy mode, all gaiety and smiles:
Well there's a learned discourse from Kevin Donnelly on the matter of teaching young failed, flailing plebs how to read:
In the pond's day, a good lick of the cane was enough to whip malcontents and dissidents into shape. Why the whisk of the bamboo through the air, or the sweet sound of leather on backside, or the scarring shudder of steel rule on tiny upturned palm was enough to ensure a good reading lesson was had by all.
What's that Mr. Shepherd, why are you salivating and foaming and frothing at the mouth?
The pond was reminded of this inherent truth by an expert guide on educational matters:
"What would you, as you've been involved with this for so long, describe as the best punishment you can come across even if it is one that has gone away?" asked 2UE host Justin Smith. "I'm not alluding to the strap here. I don't think you would ever resort to that. You would never advocate bringing that back surely?"
Dr Donnelly responded by saying, "Well" followed by a pause – an answer that surprised Mr Smith. Dr Donnelly continued: "I grew up in Broadmeadows, a housing commission estate in Melbourne, and we had a Scottish phys-ed teacher.
"Whenever there were any discipline problems he would actually take the boy behind the shed and say, 'We can either talk about this or you can throw the first punch'.
"That teacher would probably lose his job now but it was very effective. He only had to do it once and the kids were pretty well behaved for the rest of the year."
Dr Donnelly went on to say "those days are gone". But questioned further on the merits of corporal punishment, he said: "If the school community is in favour of it then I have got no problem if it's done properly.
"There are one or two schools around Australia that I know where it actually is approved of and they do do it. I'm sure they only do it very rarely."
Dr Donnelly contrasted corporal punishment with "time out" zones which he said do not work because children can relax and avoid class work.
Dr Donnelly has previously attracted controversy for designing an anti-smoking program funded by tobacco company Phillip Morris for Australian and New Zealand schools. He also questioned, in a book published in 2004, whether gay, lesbian and transgender teachers should teach sex education in schools. (here)
Indeed, indeed, a punch up behind the shed, the sweet singing song of the cane, and an end to any notion that students should be allowed to relax and enjoy life, and soon enough they'll all be ready to read the Murdoch tabloids and soak up the kool aid ...
Why it didn't do Tony Abbott any harm, did it?
By golly, the pond should be pitching that idea to the Federal Government.
Is there a ticket seller in the house so the pond might gain entry?
Thanks for the tip, Mr Rowe, and that's as close to that sequel Nightmare on Parliament Drive starring Freddie 'knives for fingers" Abbott, as the pond has ever dared to get. Perhaps that musical next door featuring that nice man might be more to the pond's taste.
More Rowe here, but what has that naughty poodle done? Oh for a Murdoch tabloid rolled up to teach that naughty poodle a lesson ...