Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: " To prostitute yourself to media interests is not a good way to be"

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  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    hole lot of fun

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Steve Withers,

    adult play-time in leagues conjured up to provide content

    especially when such activity is burdened with high flying aspirations only a small number can even contemplate, and the rest of us are supposed to be unquestioningly inspired by. And its all about money anyway.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    No, I think what was on show wasn't something she learned in the last year, but what took her to the top of the organisations for which she worked. It was both highly impressive and unnerving.

    Absolutely. The Vanity Fair background profile on her is required reading. It seems she barely held any true ideology or values of her own, and was so focused on upward movement as to leave nothing to chance. "Impressive and unnerving" doesn't begin to uncover it.

    Anyway, I think it's safe to say that with Brooks being charged for perverting the course of justice, shit has officially got real, but I can't help but wonder who she's going to take down with her. And what the next play with be for everyone involved.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Russell Brown,

    If the print unions had won, what would have happened? Newspapers *were* commercially viable in 1985 (Britain had at least seven national dailies). They'd have stayed so until the Internet came in.

    At that stage, we might have gone quickly from expensive newspapers to free websites without going through the intermediate stage.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Murdoch is part of perpetuating a form of puntofijismo in the UK.

    Political parties (all the mainstream ones) operate within parameters acceptable to Murdoch. In return, they receive broad support/neutrality rather than the vilification applied to Labour under Callaghan, Foot and Kinnock, who were outside this range.

    They also furnish Murdoch with the practical help he needs - tolerance of monopoly abuse, illegal and corrupt practices.

    Fortunately, this is being broken down along with everything else. [In Ireland, where I'm visiting, there is an upcoming referendum on the EU Fiscal Treaty. In a local version of puntofijismo, all the mainstream parties support the treaty, with only Sinn Fein and a few leftist groups opposed. Despite this, polls are showing nearly a third opposed to the treaty.]

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Horses for courses - baffled be sure - A just course of scapegoat to be served with a side order of pervert and a witch hunt where they find a real witch.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18073701

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/15/rebekah-brooks-charged-perverting-course-justice?fb=native

    After the expensive side show runs it course she will, most likely, at least have a new set of pyjamas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    This makes it downright funny

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

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