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Posted by Tim Ireland at 7 September 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Independent – BBC criticised after it rebukes Humphrys for slating Cabinet: Rod Liddle, a former editor of the daily news programme, said: “The BBC after Hutton seems to have lost its spine. It has no intellectual grip on what constitutes impartiality, objectivity and subjectivity. It doesn’t understand that we know that presenters and journalists within the BBC have views and that if they have given a speech about them, it’s a form of transparency. “If what John said demonstrates anything, it demonstrates utter impartiality. He’s the most impartial journalist I’ve ever come across … He’s sceptical of all politicians.” Mr Liddle added: “It should be noted that the newspaper which published this biased and incorrect report of what John Humphrys said is part of a New Labour cabal which has always hated John Humphrys. That very newspaper, The Times, has since said the comments are of no consequence whatsoever.”

It’s enough to make you weep. Had the BBC stood by their man – as they bloody well should have done – this mud would have failed to stick. But here they are smearing it on themselves in a bizarre appeasement ritual. All the uneducated eye will see is the mud – and ‘uneducated’ is the primary keyword here.

I find it both amusing and disturbing that Humprhys opened the ‘offending’ speech with an anecdote involving Blair’s election-eve “I’ve got a big cock and use it 5 times a night” interview (published in the other major ‘news’ paper that is part of that same New Labour cabal; the same ‘news’ paper that feeds us on-message editorials from Downing St via Page 3) – and it didn’t even rate a bloody mention beyond the ‘transcript’ published by the Times!

Think about that… in his ‘offending’ speech Humphrys leads with an anecdote where he stands next to the Prime Minister at a urinal and comments on the size of his penis.

And it doesn’t rate a mention.

Can you imagine the reaction to this kind of thing 10 years ago? Even 5 years ago? Sadly, now we allow such base and infantile propaganda to pass unchallenged because the ‘war’ on terror is so fucking serious – while a good man gets pilloried for suggesting that a bunch of liars may have the occasional problem with telling the truth (about anything from their cock size to presence of WMD in Iraq).

Blair has to work to compromise the BBC out of sheer necessity. Murdoch does it out of sheer lust for power. Together they’re whittling away at the institution’s credibility (when they don’t have a scrap of credibility to share between them). It doesn’t help that this new spine-free set of executives at the BBC is so willing to carve off pounds of flesh and hand them over without question or complaint.

Often, all the BBC has to do is say nothing in order to hurt itself. And all too frequently, nothing is exactly what we hear.

All of the lies about The Power of Nightmares that followed the London bombings – the greatest and boldest of them being that the programme claimed there were no terrorists at all – should have been met by a bold repeat of the programme with tops and tails putting forth the necessary context… that the only thing that has changed is that this wrongheaded and manipulative approach to Muslim extremists has finally had dire consequences on our shores.

Almost everything we are being fed regarding the ‘war’ on terror is a lie and/or a bluff designed to shield the One Big Lie behind it all. And lately, the BBC seems to be afraid of speaking the truth. They look set to go out with a whimper for fear of someone at Downing St yelling “Bang!”… and more genuine explosions will result from an ongoing failure to call this government to account, you mark my words.

UPDATE – You can say Tony’s a liar if you’re from Sky: Take these quotes from a broadcast news political editor, in a session at the Edinburgh Festival: “Tony Blair lied to me… John Reid lied over the NHS… They [politicians] all lie absolutely consistently.” So was the author of these remarks, Sky’s Adam Boulton, treated to hysterical calls for high-level inquiries and covered with heaps of ordure? Er, no. His remarks weren’t reported anywhere, even though they were made in front of an audience of journalists.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 5 September 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Observer – ‘Stitched up’ Humphrys faces BBC probe: Humphrys strongly denied the allegations last night, saying his comments had been part of a ‘good humoured, light-hearted speech’ and ‘meant with great affection’. The form in which they had been reported ‘clearly suggest a stitch-up,’ he said. He took particular exception to a suggestion that he had said government ministers had to lie to get on.

Guardian – Humphrys hits back over ‘liars’ speech: Yesterday, Humphrys hit back at the Times report, saying it was “disgraceful” for the newspaper to suggest that his remarks were intended to imply that all ministers were liars. “It’s not what I believe and never have done,” he told the Guardian. Humphrys claimed the newspaper and its stablemate, the Sunday Times, which carried a similar report yesterday, had “conflated” a series of remarks he had made about politicians.

You’ll want to read the transcript excerpt provided by the Times. It begins with some fallout (pun intended) that followed my favourite election interview.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 11 August 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

SMH – Murdoch vows to dominate internet: Rupert Murdoch has announced his intention to dominate the internet the way he dominates newspapers in Australia, and traditional media around the world. Having recently bought, which he describes as a place “where people put their lives online”, News Corp now has 50 million people visiting its websites. has 24 million of these, which he said was growing at 100,000 people a day, “without any promotion”… He said he was in negotiations to buy an internet search engine, although he said he did not see News Corp in competition with Google.

(begins to work faster)

New thing launching soon, folks. And not before time. We need reinforcements.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 15 July 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

The Scum says (13 July 2005): These were extremist criminals who happened to be Muslims. They do not represent Britain’s Muslim community. Indeed, the thugs who carry out imbecilic “reprisals” against Muslims do nothing but further Osama Bin Laden’s twisted cause. Mosques have been vandalised and set alight. An Asian man lies dead, apparently from a racist attack. Ordinary, peace-loving Muslims – themselves reeling from yesterday’s news – now fear for their safety, as The Sun’s Anila Baig writes so movingly in today’s Sun newspaper. And ironically that is what Bin Laden wants. He wants our country divided, with Christian turned against Muslim. He loathes the idea of a harmonious, multi-cultural Britain. Every brick the thugs throw, every blow they strike against Muslims, hands Bin Laden a small victory.

Today, Richard Littlejohn appears in the Sun and urges you to hurl bricks. I’d love to provide a link, but The Scum no longer allow Littlejohn’s articles online… it increases the chances of academics (what use the Interwebs) determining that he’s clinically insane.

Richard Littlejohn (15 July 2005):

How would the Second World War have turned out if the modern diversity and human rights agenda had been in force back then and all reporting was subject to today’s BBC guidelines?

London calling, London calling. This is the Six O’Clock News from the BBC read by Lord Haw Haw. More than 20,000 people are believed to have been killed in a series of incidents in the East End of London. Militants loyal to the German Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, have claimed responsibility. Our World Affairs editor said this was an inevitable consequence of British aggression at Dunkirk.

The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, said today that those responsible were a tiny minority of criminals whose views did not represent the mainstream Nazi community, which is overwhelmingly peace-loving and law-abiding.

As the clear-up operation continued, Mr Churchill appealed for calm and said there must be no retaliation. Anyone caught fighting on beaches, landing grounds, fields, streets or hills would be arrested and prosecuted under the emergency hate crimes legislation.

And it goes on like that for another 800 words. He essentially groups every follower of the Muslim faith under one banner and labels them as the enemy. He assures you that targeting such people with bricks and firebombs is one of the finest acts you can undertake in defence of this great nation.

Doesn’t this qualify as incitement?

Littlejohn should be dragged out of Canary Wharf in handcuffs for this. Or perhaps a straightjacket.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 8 July 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

The Scum Says – Barbarism of twisted cause: Mayor Ken Livingstone captured London’s resolve when he warned terrorists they will never destroy our free society, whatever they do… Britain is crawling with suspected terrorists and those who give them succour. The Government must act without delay, round up this enemy in our midst and lock them in internment camps. Our safety must not play second fiddle to their supposed “rights.”

That’s anyone suspected, or anyone suspected of providing succour (interesting choice of words) to these suspects. Proof? Given the past behaviour and policy of this government, I don’t suspect that will be an issue.

More from the land of Murdoch (just in case you missed it).

Meet Kilmeade and Varney

Kilmeade: And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 –believe it or not– was global warming, the second was African aid. And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that terrorism should be Number 1. But it’s important for them all to be together. I think that works to our advantage, in the Western world’s advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened.

Varney: It puts the Number 1 issue right back on the front burner right at the point where all these world leaders are meeting. It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner. It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again.

Kilmeade: Yeah.

More here.

UPDATE – Here’s a mirror of the Kilmeade and Varney video. Cheers, goatchurch.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 21 June 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

MSN Spaces bans “Democracy” and “freedom” for China users

Rupert Murdoch Cosies up to “Communist China”

Rupert Murdoch urges his readers to freely express their views via… MSN Spaces

(Heads-up via Scaryduck.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at 10 June 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch not only controls what his readers/viewers/listeners learn via right-wing bias (which has long been denied but was finally confirmed last month); he controls what readers/viewers/listeners of other news services learn via accusing them of left-wing bias.

Let me give you an example…

What Tony Blair asked for Africa and what Tony Blair got are two very different things. The $674 million in emergency aid for Africa from the US that he and others did their best to put a positive spin on is a far cry from the billions he was seeking… and it had already been earmarked for this purpose by Congress.

Now, the BBC did make us aware of this in the initial report, but on subsequent reports (especially on radio), they let the claims that this was new/significant money slide in the hope that sensible people would remember the important bit. They do this kind of thing because:
1) They fear that it will be used as a stick to beat them with. (Why does the BBC continue with their anti-American propaganda? etc. etc.)
2) It takes about 18 seconds to explain, and time/space is precious in media.
3) They place great trust in your intelligence.

But FOX has a cleverererer way of dealing with it. They develop a catchphrase that sums up an issue (from their point of view) and/or undermines one of their targets and repeat it again and again and again.

If the BBC were as guilty of bias as Murdoch’s minions claim they are, then this would have been dubbed ‘pocket change’ from Day One and you would still be hearing the term describing it today.

Repetition aids retention.
Repetition aids retention.
Repetition aids retention.

But the BBC don’t do this. FOX do. The Sun does it too. Again and again and again. All the while crying hysterically that the BBC is pushing a liberal agenda. They do this kind of thing because:
1) They do not fear Teh Stick. They are Teh Stick.
2) It takes about 1.5 seconds to assert (no explanation required), and time/space is precious in media.
3) They place great trust in your stupidity.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 7 June 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Report – Campaign against anti-social behaviour ‘needs prevention as well as enforcement’: The Government should consider shifting the emphasis of its campaign against anti-social behaviour (ASB) to show it can tackle the underlying causes, as well as taking a hard line with perpetrators. Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reveals that a majority 66 per cent of adults believe preventive action offers the most effective way to tackle rowdy, intimidating behaviour, vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. Only 20 per cent interviewed in a specially-commissioned national survey regarded tough action against young people and others accused of ‘ASB’ as the best way forward, while another 11 per cent called for a combination of prevention and enforcement.

Damn it all, you’d think these people would read a newspaper or two. Had they cast an eye over the Sun or the Daily Mail (both pretty much the same thing these days) they would have realised that we are in danger of being overwhelmed by rampaging yobs, criminal gangs and terrorists.

Wait… hang on… now I think about it… isn’t needlessly stirring up fear to sell newpapers a form of anti-social behaviour? How about referring to the French as ‘Crazy Frogs’ on the front page as The Scum do today? Someone should take out an ASBO against these people (and make sure that they use the right name on the form)….

Media Monkey: It was one of those legal quirks that makes you proud of the England and Wales justice system. The Sun escaped prosecution last week for allegedly naming the victim of a sexual assault after the Crown Prosecution Service bungled the case by naming News International as its publisher. Oh no, said the Sun’s lawyers, we’re not called News International, we’re called News Group Newspapers. Legal manager Tom Crone produced a swath of past litigation to prove his point. Asked whether News International “holds itself out” as publisher of the Sun, Crone told Huntingdon magistrates court: “Not to my knowledge. Quite the opposite. The publisher, as the attorney general has always known, is News Group Newspapers.” Moreover, the Sun lawyer Henri Brandman said there was no such thing in law as News International. “The evidence is absolutely overwhelming that not only has the incorrect defendant been charged but, in fact, there is no legal entity that is the party that’s been charged.” Case, as they say, dismissed. But hang on, what’s this on the website of News Corp, the umbrella company for Rupert Murdoch’s worldwide media empire? “News International publishes four of the UK’s top national newspapers – the Times, the Sunday Times, the Sun and the News of the World.” The address for News International is given as “1 Virginia Street” – Wapping, to you and me. So does all this mean that News International is an illegal entity? We should be told.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 6 June 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

For over 12 months now, I’ve been promising Something Wonderful (and not too political)…

1 year, 25 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes. That’s how long it took for me to finally get around to finishing this once I’d started it. It spent a lot of time on the back-burner, but now it’s ready:

Star Wars: A Musical Tribute*

There’s an important message for George Lucas contained in the show. The more people who see it, the more likely he is to read it.

Let me know what you think.

PS – As with many other Flash shows I’ve made, this one includes a bitchin’ guitar solo. Prepare yourselves.

[*UPDATE (Aug 2008) – Link updated. Video is now only available at YouTube.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at 20 May 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Please excuse me as I rattle out a few links, mostly for my own reference:

The front page of the Sun showing Saddam in his underpants
Related article
British tabloid publishes photos of detained Saddam
U.S. Condemns Tabloid’s Use Of Photos Of Saddam In Underwear
Sun defends using Saddam pictures
Saddam to sue newspaper over leaked jail pictures (also shows image on the front page of that other fine Murdoch-owned newspaper, the New York Post)
Bush supports probe into Saddam pictures

1. Tch. The perfect opportunity to run a Bush Supports Probe into Saddam’s Underpants headline and they let it slip away.
2. I love all that ‘British tabloid’ stuff, but this was the front page of two of Murdoch’s biggest tabloids… to say it’s a British tabloid thing (or even just a tabloid thing) is plain stupid when it’s obvious that this is a Murdoch thing. There’s a few details here and there, but information like that belongs in the headline. Like this:

Rupert Murdoch Publishes Saddam Underwear Pix

UPDATE – Almost missed this. We needs a good hanging, we do…

The Scum: The humiliation of Saddam is complete, and surely no man deserves it more. He awaits his fate at the hands of the people he forced to endure a reign of terror and poverty. The Iraqi court he will face could order his execution. No one will blame them if they do. But they might just consider that keeping Saddam in a rough jail until the day he dies is a harsher sentence.

By sheer coincidence, these photos were published on the very same day as…

BBC – US report reveals Afghan abuses: Fresh details have emerged of abuse of prisoners by US troops in Afghanistan. The deaths of two inmates and alleged abuse of others is detailed by the New York Times citing a 2,000-page document leaked from a US army investigation. The report says some prisoners were chained to ceilings, and that a female interrogator stepped on a man’s neck and kicked another in the genitals. The White House said the abuses were being investigated and those responsible would be held to account.

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