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Posted by Tim Ireland at 26 January 2005

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch, UK General Election 2005

Today Page 3 stunna Jak (19, from Tunbridge Wells) thinks there’s nothing racist about protecting Britain’s borders. She says: “We’re a small island nation and we’re already overcrowded. Michael Howard’s view on immigration is shared throughout the country. It simply makes sense.”

See? It’s. Just. Common. Sense.

The girl with the boobs has spoken.

An important thing to remember about Murdoch and Blair is that – as cosy as their relationship might seem – Murdoch will not hesitate to give Blair a solid kicking over issues like the EU and immigration… which is why you can expect Blair or Clarke to make a ‘common-sense stand on immigration’ someday soon.

So… when/where did this latest round of immigration ‘debate’ originate?

I’ve said it elsewhere (1, 2) and I’ll say it here; it’s almost as if some bright spark working for the Tories was watching ITV’s Vote For Me and taking notes.

The winner, in case you missed this landmark show that was broadcast for the post-pub audience and over in little more than a week, was one Rodney Hylton-Potts.

Guardian/Observer – Row erupts as TV’s new political idol accused of being racist: A innovative attempt to revitalise the public’s interest in politics, by subjecting would-be MPs to a Pop Idol-style reality TV show, descended into ugly scenes last night after the winner was accused of holding views to the right of the British National Party. Rodney Hylton-Potts, who has served two years in Brixton prison for fraud, should have been spending this weekend celebrating his Friday night victory in ITV’s Vote For Me competition. But instead he is being forced to deny allegations that he told a fellow competitor that in the 1960s ‘you could drive to Henley without seeing a nigger on the streets’. Hylton-Potts, who won the competition on the strength of what he calls his ‘cabbie’s manifesto’ – the mandatory castration of paedophiles, the legalisation of all drugs, the repeal of the human rights act, a massive prison-building scheme and an immigrant deportation programme that would reduce Britain’s population by 20 million – vehemently denies the allegation.

So, thanks ITV, for liberating political democracy from its current cultural ghetto.

Also, thanks for placing me in one of those rare situations when I am forced to agree with Alastair Campbell…

Guardian – ‘Political idol’ loses Campbell’s vote: Campbell claimed the show was exploitative and said it would further undermine the public’s faith in the political system. “It’s crass. They say it is about engaging young people in politics but it will have the effect of further undermining politics,” said Campbell.

Well, isn’t that interesting? Richard Desmond appears to be trying to get on Tony’s good side by not running the images and instead reminding us what this fight is ‘really’ about… and that we could all get blowed up…

BBC – ‘Abuse’ pictures dominate papers: The Express is the only paper that does not feature images of alleged abuse on its front page. Instead the paper leads with a special investigation by two of its reporters trying to show “how easy it is for bombers to get into Britain”. It describes how they smuggled fake bombs across the Channel by boat, then took them to various places including the London Eye and Heathrow airport.

Normally, this is the kind of helpful stunt The Sun would pull.

For the record, I should note that I didn’t see a newspaper rack until late yesterday, but when I did I found that the Express also bigged-up the Omar Bakri Mohammed ‘story’. And today they continue the good work.

(Oh, and I haven’t seen a newspaper this morning, either… so I don’t know what the girl with the tits thinks.)

One would almost think that the Bakri matter was pushed/generated in expectation of the release of these pictures, in order to reach that fuzzy area in the back of people’s brains that still links the war in Iraq with the War on Terror… a link that in some small way is supposed to excuse these pictures.

In fact, while The Sun has run with the pictures today, they tie up the messy ends with the following neat little bow….

The Sun – Army’s shame: The country is asking one question today: How COULD the British Army let such terrible things happen? The truth is that only a few revolting individuals have allowed themselves to sink so low… The fine work of 99 per cent of our magnificent Army has been tarnished by a handful of morons. The Sun feels deep sympathy for the mistreated Iraqis, and we know our readers will too. The soldiers on trial must, if convicted, pay a heavy penalty. That is vital. We cannot afford to let the likes of Omar Bakri, the fanatical Muslim cleric, try to make mileage out of these events.

I’m sorry, but I feel the need to correct that middle sentence… The fine work of 100 per cent of our magnificent Army has been tarnished by a handful of morons that are in charge.

Blair! Hoon! Stop pretending to cry at the back there and pay attention! This concerns you.

The same strategists who worked so hard to link the invasion of Iraq with the War on Terror at home did equally fine work contributing to the mentality of our troops. Mix a getsomegetsomegetsome atitude with a false picture of the population you’re invading (Iraqis were responsible for 911, don’t you know), and you’re away.

Combine this with the practice of bagging/hooding that magically turns people into objects, and you have your very own recipe for disaster.

Of course, an incident like this happening so early in the war should have been a warning sign for someone senior along the way. Unless of course such a go-getter attitude was seen as a necessary evil. Or perhaps even a desirable attribute, given that someone would have to get tough sooner or later in order to track down those pesky WMDs. That never existed.

But what makes me angriest about this is that – while no-one is stupid enough to be quite as overt as Rumsfeld about it (though The Sun tries) – the same game to win hearts and minds that led to this is still being played in order to excuse it.

Iraq, Friendly Fire, Civilian Casualties, and a Total Lack Of Torture
Something Funny Happened On The Way To Abu Ghraib

UPDATE – Today’s topless totty has been moved to page 7. There, Ruthie (23, from Kent) is angered by photos of British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners and turns away from the camera to show a suitably respectful hint of nipple. She says: “Stories like this play right into the hands of our enemies. People who abuse prisoners should be punished.”

And by that she means pilloried.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 18 January 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Come for the outrage, stay for the boobies!Today, Page 3 lovely Keeley (18, from Bromley) is staggered that cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed can get away with his sick rants. She says: “I find it amazing that he has been allowed to stay this long. Why the government have put up with him and his vile views is beyond me.”

What I find amazing is that this obviously quite important issue is only being covered by Murdoch’s newspapers today.

What I find amusing is the Page Title at The Sun in today’s news results (see screengrab).

The Sun – Bakri speaks to Sun (and gets a fair hearing, of course)

The Sun – Send him Bakri: He could be prosecuted and jailed for inciting murder, as many of his outraged fellow Muslims demand. But that would mean he’d still be in Britain and costing all of us money. Bakri must be put on a plane and sent back where he belongs. That’s what he claims to want. If Syria and Saudi Arabia won’t have him, we’ll have to dump him somewhere on a lonely island.

Costing all of us money? Surely not all of us… Mr Murdoch doesn’t pay any tax in this country that I’m aware of.

The Times – Radical cleric who has never been prosecuted

Do you remember the other week when Christians were threatening violence and bloodshed over a few swear words? They were also fond of claiming that Christianity was an easy target and no-one would dare target Muslims in the same way. But The Scum didn’t lay the boot into them. They did, however, find time to give Omar Bakri Mohammed a good going over.

Oh, I have an answer from Stephen Green of Christian Voice regarding that circular, but need him to clarify his answer before I publish anything.

UPDATE – Bigdaddymerk has made an interesting 5Mb WMV available. It’s a segment from last week’s What The Papers Say concerning JS:TO. And Media Watch Watch notes here that John Beyer has extended MediaWatch-UK’s ‘taste and decency in the media’ remit to include complaints about taxi fares. Why, it’s almost as if he’ll take any chance he can get to bitch about the BBC… or get his name in the papers.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 14 January 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Lord Rothermere with Adolf Hitler - look the names up in GoogleMy, wasn’t it clever of Mr Murdoch to ensure that we all talked about Prince Harry yesterday and not the fact that we’ve stopped looking for the WMD in Iraq that never existed?

Us naive peaceniks knew they weren’t there before the war. This was one of the issues that caused us to march in our millions. Now Tony Blair tut-tuts us and sighs the words ‘the benefit of hindsight’… like the total c**t he is.

Speaking of total c**ts (and getting back the more ‘important’ issue or Prince Harry)… take a look at these hypocrites.

UPDATE – Post now features photoshopped fluffiness. (Posted to B3ta.)

Further reading:

UPDATE – The Express should also have a large serving of shutthefuckup, especially as their proprieter is prone to outbursts like this one.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 13 January 2005

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Prince Harry joins Nazis shock!Prince Harry has made a total arse of himself, and the timing could be better… but you don’t want to hear my opinion on that – you want to know what the girl with the tits thinks:

Today in The Sun, Katie (19, from Liverpool) – who so memorably was almost moved to tears after the departure of David Blunkett – is alarmed to see Prince Harry sporting a Nazi armband. She says: “British people will be horrified by a Royal wearing such gear. The snap will send shockwaves around britain. He really ought to know better.”

Deeper in, it’s HarryHitlerHitlerHarryHitlerHitler… which is probably why the paper that assured us we were 45 minutes from doom ran out of room and didn’t have space for the following news item:

Washington Post – Search for Banned Arms In Iraq Ended Last Month: The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley.

Guardian – US gives up search for Saddam’s WMD: The US investigators searching for Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction have given up the hunt and left Iraq with an appeal to the Pentagon for the release of several Iraqi scientists still being questioned, it was reported yesterday… (The) assessment found Saddam had destroyed his last weapons of mass destruction more than 10 years ago, and his capacity to build new ones had been dwindling for years by the time of the second Gulf war.

(Image posted to B3ta.)

Oh, Murdoch-related item. Bit of a rush this morning. No time to explain. Via TTR2:

FOXBlocker – Keep The Radical Right Out Your Home By Filtering Out FOX News!

UPDATE – Hahahahahahahahaha! Headline Of The Day from Peter.

UPDATE – More Harry/Nazi photoshopping here:

The B3ta board is bound to be alive with this today. Worth watching if you have the time. Feel free to post any highlights you see under comments.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 12 January 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

(Cheers to ScaryDuck for the heads-up on this one…)

Here’s a Sun journalist visiting the site in late December.


This IP address – – doesn’t bring up any WHOIS info at the moment, but here’s someone from Usenet who tracked this IP address back to News International in Jan 2004. I think you’ll agree that its’ a pretty Sun-centric story (Won’t somebody pleeease think of the children?). Perhaps a Lexis-Nexis user would care to seek out a Sun story based on adoption guidelines in late January or early February 2004. If you wish. No big deal.

The tracking doesn’t reveal which four pages he/she visited, but it’s a pretty sure bet that they included at least one of these pages (perhaps even as an entry-point):
December 29, 2004 :: Murdoch: Fox-watching and Xmas Xtras
December 23, 2004 :: Rupert Murdoch and the ‘War on Christmas’ Campaign
December 22, 2004 :: News Corp declares War on Christmas
December 17, 2004 :: The War on Christmas is global
December 15, 2004 :: The Sun: ‘Tis the season to be sarky
December 14, 2004 :: The Sun: staying on-message
December 13, 2004 :: The Sun: taking Christmas on tour
December 10, 2004 :: The Sun backs Santa Claus backing The Sun
December 9, 2004 :: The Sun: All your Christmas are belong to us

That one’s just to let you know that I’ve been paying attention. Here’s the really fun one…

This is what I suspect to be another Sun journalist viewing this site in early January.


This IP address – – can be traced directly to News International: = [ ]
Domain Name:
News International Newspapers Limited
Trading As: News International Newspaper Limited
Registrant’s Agent:
News International Newspapers Limited [Tag = NEWSINT]
Relevant Dates:
Last updated: 01-Jun-2004
Name servers listed in order:
WHOIS database last updated at 10: 30: 02 12-Jan-2005

The logs seem to have missed when the visit took place, but I’m going to take a wild shot in the dark here and suggest that this visit involved a visit to the front page and the page linked below on Jan 5 or Jan 6:

January 5, 2005 :: The Evolution of Crazy Frog – from Deng Deng to Ringtone

The reason for this guess is this Jan 7 article from The Sun by Sean Hamilton about… the origins of the Crazy Frog ringtone.

To: Sean Hamilton
From: Tim Ireland
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 10:58 AM
Subject: Crazy Frog

Dear Sean,

I’m so glad you found my research useful for your Jan 7 Crazy Frog article:

Perhaps you’d care to chew on this for your next article:

I have it on good authority that a certain tabloid largely ignored the plight of men, women and children suffering in Abu Ghraib and actually gave more coverage to a puppy that was thrown off an overpass (you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of this page; sorry to put you to so much bother):

I think this would make a good story. You might want to mention it to Rebekah Wade. Especially the bit about the children:


Tim Ireland


1. Yes, I’m aware that News International IPs may also indicate visits from other minions of Murdoch, such as those from NOTW and The Times. It’s just that my belief if coincidences has been strained lately.

2. Sean Hamilton was nice enough to return my email, and clever enough to blame a nameless fact-checking sub for the visit I detected (with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, of course). Sean is now on record as saying that his first visit to this site was his visit today. So my headline is true; The Sun does read Bloggerheads. See? I’m lurning…


Posted by Tim Ireland at 7 January 2005

Category: Christ..., Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

By jingo, by crikey!

Were you to read the fuggin’ Weegend Oztralyan, yew wood lurn that us poms ain’t got no sense at awl no-ow.

Weekend Australian – BBC blasted over Springer show: Christian protesters set fire to their television licences outside the BBC’s London offices today as outrage spread over the public broadcaster’s plans to air a profanity-laden musical.

They did what, where? Bloody hell. Either John Beyer is getting desperate (Burn their goolies! Buurrrn them!) or the Aussies are being told something we’re not.

But let’s get back to John, who is obviously the centre of this (very real) story: “The level of protest is unprecedented,” said John Beyer, director of viewers’ lobby group Mediawatch. “An awful lot of people who pay their licence fee wonder if this should be put on.” British viewers pay around 120 pounds ($300) a year for their colour television licences.

Please note:
1. Murdoch newspaper
2. “Level of protest unprecedented” says man who lied and cheated to make level of protest ‘unprecedented’
3. Australians are obviously meant to stare in wonder at our ability to broadcast colour television

I look forward to watching Jerry Springer – The Opera tomorrow night.

I also look forward to – early next week – bringing you a breakdown of what appears to be a very cosy relationship between Tara Conlan and John Beyer. It seems that they are quite the team. Him with his dreams of being on the telly every other night and her with her unfulfilled dreams of … being on the telly every other night.

Oh my, we are going to have fun.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 7 January 2005

Category: Christ..., Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

OK, Mr Angry Pants is online….

I’ve been in touch with Roly Keating’s office. Sadly they do not have a record or recording of the exchange that led to the following ‘quote’ in the Dec 3 Mail article: At BBC2’s launch of its winter schedule, the station’s controller Roly Keating said the show would “push back the boundaries of taste and decency”.

They do, however, claim that these words were those of the reporter Tara Conlan, and used as part of a question put to Roly Keating on December the 2nd. They further claim that Mr Keating’s answer merely acknowledged that the strong language/content wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste.

I suspect – repeat suspect – that Tara Conlan took this as such a strong confirmation of her point that she presented her words as his answer in her article.

I further suspect that the origin of the question (or the phrasing of the question) was John Beyer.


Posted by Tim Ireland at 6 January 2005

Category: Christ..., Page 3 - News in Briefs, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Today, Page 3 girl Ruth (22, from Kent) ‘can’t believe’ the Beeb is showing Jerry Springer The Opera. She says: “I’m not surprised they’ve had complaints about the swearing. Why can’t they plug the Saturday night telly gap with good sitcoms or quiz shows instead?”

RWCs have known for a long time that the best defence it to be downright offensive, so it’s no surprise that The Scum are running with this following news that makes it absolutely clear why Murdoch has an interest in attacking the BBC. But this story didn’t originate at The Sun


Posted by Tim Ireland at 4 January 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Guardian – Files show extent of Murdoch lobbying : Freedom of information files released to the Guardian reveal how the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch wields extensive lobbying clout over the Blair government. Mr Murdoch secured private reassurances from ministers during heavy lobbying that he would be able to buy Channel Five if he wanted to, according to partly censored documents released by the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell. In previously undisclosed meetings, representatives of the Murdoch empire were able to lobby ministers six times in a crucial five-month period when an important bill was passing through parliament. Citizens’ groups have said they were unable to get similar face-to-face access to ministers.

Please try to wipe that surprised look off your face.

Murdoch Wants Five. And when he gets it, he’s sure to throw all sorts of money and resources at it to make it a major channel. You can also look forward to Sky News abandoning their moderate tone within a few weeks (or perhaps hours) of this purchase going through.

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