||Issue No. 182||13 June 2003|
The Dead Couple
History: Nest of Traitors
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Unions: National Focus
Safety: The Shocking Truth
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
History: Working Bees
Education: The Big Picture
International: Static Labour
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Poetry: The Minimale
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
The Locker Room
Weapon Of Mass Deception
Rupert Murdoch - the Australian who's apparently an American but, in fact, runs the world - has been enjoying life recently as American Legislators queue up to kiss him where he likes it.
Also known as 'The Sun King', this corporate leader can be considered a tool's tool. He is fresh from prodding the sociopathic Dr Strangeloves from the Bush Administration into the latest war-to-end-all-wars.
While he knows that death sells, he needed an excuse and the guys from marketing came up with a beauty when they managed to get that deranged specimen, Paul Wolfowitz, to come up with the "bureaucratic" enigma, weapons of mass destruction.
Unfortunately the weapons of mass destruction have failed to eventuate and a fair few thousand members of the human race are no longer with us but that is the price to pay if we want to sell papers or boost the ratings on pay TV.
The rather appropriately named News Limited had been having a bit of a roller coaster ride of late; and with Lachlan the younger dropping daddy's inheritance on the One Tel fiasco Rupey, being the old veteran that he is, needed a good war to cheer him up.
Murdoch's relationship with brutal, repressive regimes is singularly enigmatic. It's a pity he couldn't work closely with Saddam as he appeared to have no problem with dealing with the Chinese administration - despite the litany of abuses of anyone who has tried to provide an independent voice, especially for the Chinese worker.
Then again, we can't be too surprised. This is, after all, the man who vigorously helped Margaret Thatcher to turn Lancashire into a third world country.
Mind you, lying about events is a piece of cake if you control as much of the information market as Rupert does. In this country he was recently portrayed in the movie 'Black and White' as being the crusading owner of the Adelaide News defending the rights of Max Stuart, a young aboriginal man falsely accused of rape and murder.
The truth is all the crusading was done by the Adelaide News' Managing Editor at the time Rohann Rivett. Murdoch was the first to hose down the story after pressure from his mates in the Adelaide Establishment.
The US and, as with all things these days, Australia to follow suit, is now going to throw open its media ownership laws to allow the expansion and ultimate dominance of the bizarre jingoistic fiction that passes as news at the Sun Kings empire.
The cross media ownership laws in the US wouldn't appear so bad when racked up against the model that everyone's favourite Thunderbird, Senator Richard Alston, has put together. Alston's proposals would entrench the ownership of Australian media into the hands of this narrow American.
The dumbing down of an entire nation would then commence in earnest as the adventures of Russell Crowe, weapons of mass destruction or discovering Elvis working in a convenience store will be passed off as news.
There is no such thing as paranoia; it's all true.
Of course our Tool Of The Week will insist that all his editors and producers have total editorial liberty. No doubt in much the same way that his papers shrilly insisted that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. As Max Stuart put it at the end of the film Black and White: "Some people think Elvis is still alive, but most of us think he's dead and gone."
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