June 04, 2003


Mentioned in this week’s Continuing Crisis column for The Bulletin are the Friends of the ABC, Senator Richard Alston, vampires, Maureen Dowd, the Lufkin Daily News, Marc Masferrer, Henry Kissinger, Robert Manne, Phillip Adams, Caz Guiney, Kofi Annan, Sir William Deane, David Hicks, Exxon Mobil, Greenpeace, crazed Hansonites, Philip Ruddock, and the Howard government.

Letters continue to roll in. This, from Gary Carroll, deserved to be Letter of the Week:

Surely you are not paying him for this rot.

As a wealthy hobby journalist, I do not require The Bulletin’s money. I only accept it to finance my shooting charity. Give the children guns!

Posted by Tim Blair at June 4, 2003 05:04 AM

Would that by wry rot?

Posted by: charles austin at June 4, 2003 at 05:17 AM

"Henry Kissinger opposed a war in Iraq."

Simon Creen fell for that one to.

Posted by: Gary at June 4, 2003 at 08:15 AM

oh, you don't require the richest man in Australia's money but you stick your hand out for blogreaders donations? curious.

Posted by: Gianna at June 4, 2003 at 10:42 AM

Gianna, humour.. humour!

Posted by: Gareth at June 4, 2003 at 10:53 AM

Tim's an egalitarian -- he'll take scratch from anyone.

Posted by: Andrew at June 4, 2003 at 11:37 AM

Your evil plan is working, Tim.

It's upsetting all the right people!

Posted by: Aaron at June 4, 2003 at 12:17 PM

William Deane complaining about the gap between rich and poor. Doesn't he get $180,000 a year pension paid for by the taxpayer? It looks like he's contributing to that gap.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at June 4, 2003 at 12:39 PM

Tim, I must take umbrage with your referance to William Deane and cabbage patch dolls. My little sister had a cabbage patch doll and I would much prefer to listen to it anyday compared to Deane. At least I might hear something worthwhile from the doll.

Posted by: Todd at June 4, 2003 at 12:55 PM

Your reference to the small town Texas editor who thundered: ''Until she explains to our satisfaction her own ethical transgression ... you will not find the work of Times columnist Maureen Dowd on this page." reminds me of the bush bugle (I think it was on the north coast of NSW) which editorialised at the outbreak of WWI: "We warned the Kaiser"!

Posted by: slatts at June 4, 2003 at 01:49 PM

How does it feel to be part of a transitory media marketing trend.

Posted by: James Luxton at June 4, 2003 at 05:10 PM

[Obscene stuff removed. -- the administrator.]

Just kidding. Great debate, guys. If anyone wants to chat privately, let me know.

Posted by: fake James Luxton at June 4, 2003 at 07:34 PM

Great. At the same time Australians are fearing that Australia will be swamped with degenerate American culture (kind of reminiscent of Nazi claims about "Jewish culture"), http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/PCbest5.asp Jeff Danziger has a cartoon of Rupert Murdoch as a kangaroo with Michael Powell in his pouch.

Posted by: Andjam at June 4, 2003 at 10:01 PM

I especially like the last paragraph. Why the hell should Australian TV be sacred.

If it becomes more affordable to put on quality American programming than gobshite like "Backyard Blitz" then I'm all for FTA.

Besides, have those stupid wankers ever considered that an FTA extending to entertainment means lots of work on movies financed by American greenbacks?

So essentially they're asking the government to make it harder for them to get work? Bloody actors!

Posted by: Korgmeister at June 5, 2003 at 12:03 AM

thanks for pointing that out Gareth

Posted by: Gianna at June 5, 2003 at 10:37 AM

Oh I think Tim's a fair & reasonable bloke. He disgusts practically everyone at some stage.

Posted by: Niall at June 5, 2003 at 03:35 PM

Niall, not really.
It's cheering to read Tim's blog and column and the post.
And even warming and moving to appreciate, the world is not so safe for communards, ratbags and dribdlers as that brigade believe, for Blog land shows in great number the contray.
Yay, Tim.

Posted by: d at June 6, 2003 at 01:27 PM

and I wonder why I continue to dispair at people who take delight at the negativity of others

Posted by: Niall at June 6, 2003 at 08:29 PM

No problem, Niall. I read Mr Blair's writings because he is amusing, informative, and often snarky. I read your writings out of misplaced idle curiousity.
And I do not think I am alone.


Posted by: J.M. Heinrichs at June 7, 2003 at 03:50 PM

Niall has no mates he loves to ride his bike, at speed, alone. hahahahahaha.

Posted by: Pete at June 10, 2003 at 01:17 AM