July 15, 2003


Here’s a headline nobody could ever have anticipated.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 15, 2003 11:20 AM

(1)`..make progress in democratic change in the Middle East harder...'
According to the BBC, and ABC, Israel is the obstacle.

(2)As all are aware, journos are members of cabinets of every country.Fie, Sharon, terribly undemocratic of you to overthrow democratically appointed journos whose cabinet responsibility for planning the end of Israel and to:

(3) Serve as priests who for the great mortal sin, the existence of Israel, have as their sad but compassionating sacred work of beating their chests and bewailing all the rottenness in the Middle East is entirely Israel's fault.

I'm so upset by Sharon's fit of pique that I shall light up a cigar, crack another bottle of scotch and cheer with great enthusiam when Israeli earthmovers destroy another warren filled with vermin.

Posted by: d at July 15, 2003 at 12:02 PM

“The Israeli Prime Minister's behaviour sent a dangerous message to the Arab world on press freedom.”

Would that be this Arab world?
Iran and here.

Posted by: Simon Roberts at July 15, 2003 at 12:50 PM

Looks like old phat phuck phil is at it again. Poor bugger just doesn't see bias in media as that. I get the impression that he fervently believes that unless media agencies are actively anti-west they aren't doing their job.

Could somebody please shut him up. Please, pretty please with sugar on top.

Posted by: Todd at July 15, 2003 at 01:05 PM

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Posted by: Todd at July 15, 2003 at 01:08 PM

Clever comment about the earthmovers d.

At least you're up front about not knowing the difference between right and wrong.

Posted by: craig at July 15, 2003 at 01:46 PM

"'Governments that claim to be democratic cannot pick and choose media coverage to suit themselves,' IFJ Secretary General Aidan White said."

They are free, however, to ignore whomever they please.

Posted by: Sophorist at July 15, 2003 at 02:06 PM

Craig, you've just ignited a boon-doggle and it is just as plausible; a professorship of earthmoving ethics.

Posted by: d at July 15, 2003 at 04:40 PM

What's a boon-doggle?

Posted by: craig at July 15, 2003 at 04:56 PM

Money and fringe B.'s for producing zippo: i.e. all the wasters swooning around in U.N., or, bureaucrats on a study tour examining how to introduce non-racial stereotyping of prsoners and prison guards so all may be personally affirmed for ther personal worth - a coll $80,000 per head for that sort of wheeze; hence, boondoggle.

Get in quick , Craig, for I'm sure there is a taxpayer boondoggle in it .What, with he add-ons for, tutors, `research', publications, travel, lecture circuit ; bread, jam, cream and get to eat it to, just ask the many boondogglers employed by the various tiers of government.It is this sort of inspiration which makes communistos wealthy at the expense of everyone else ... but, grab it while it lasts.

Posted by: d at July 15, 2003 at 05:28 PM

The difference between right and wrong only requires an open mind and a willingness to absorb information from a variety of sources.

The fringe benefits are large but unfortunately there is no money involved.

Posted by: craig at July 15, 2003 at 06:09 PM

By the way d you have to get over this reds under the bed thingo.

Just because it's not a dog doesn't necessarily make it a cat.

Posted by: craig at July 15, 2003 at 06:12 PM

Here is a modest sort of boondoggle : `Diversity Officer' ; `,your job will be to redress ...by encouraging ethnic-minority groups ...You willbelieve in the benefits of cultural diversity and lead aprogramme that enusres the needs and aspirations', of the inmates.
Salary, c.$80,000 /annum.
The above, Criag,is at the bottom of the league of boondoggling - for people otherwise unemployable... and you say there's no money in it.
Boondogglers are alert to one rule of thumb, there are a lot off people out their who can be skinned and won't bat an eyelid.

Posted by: d at July 15, 2003 at 07:01 PM

Do you suppose the BBC and other journalists made a stink when Kuwait refused to let Israeli reporters into their country on the way to embed with U.S. troop units?

Nah, me neither.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at July 16, 2003 at 08:27 AM