July 09, 2004


"I ask people whenever I can if they have heard of the oil-for-food scandal," writes Guy from Ohio. "I have yet to find one. Seriously, I've probably asked dozens and not a hint of recognition ... That's one of the problems of reading blogs a lot, you really start to assume that people have heard about major events, at least in passing."

They’ve heard all about Enron, though -- even in Australia, right down to the detail that Kenneth Lay was a Bush friend referred to by the President as "Kenny Boy". Imagine what such obsessive reporting might turn up in the oil-for-food case.

Margo Kingston was all over Enron way back in early 2002 (in the same way a truck-smooshed kitty is all over a freeway). Career-wise, however, the trembling, self-obsessed saviour of democracy is now all over at the SMH, at least in any major capacity. Amanda Meade in The Australian reports (no link available) that Margo has accepted the SMH’s redundancy offer -- although the glory that is Webdiary remains:

Margo Kingston also took the package, but will continue her online column for the f2 Network for several years.

Or until senility. Whichever comes first.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 9, 2004 04:45 AM

So. Her current state is not indicative of early onset Alzheimer's? Coulda fooled me.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at July 9, 2004 at 05:32 AM

Poor Chris Murphy...

Posted by: PW at July 9, 2004 at 05:57 AM

RE: Enron
The government prosecutors are under heavy performance pressure. Their career advancement depends on their success. And, everyone is watching, 24/7, 365.

Martha Stewart experienced this earlier, and now the show goes on with Ken Lay.

Hey, it worked for Rudy Juliani when he persecuted Michael Milken!

Bad law, strongly enforced, destroys the respect of the people for all law, and for the people that make and enforce the law.

I would trust Ken Lay before I would trust any of that bunch.

Okay, rant over. Damn I feel better!

Frank in Okc

Posted by: Franklin at July 9, 2004 at 06:34 AM

Or until senility. Whichever comes first.
Oops, too late.

Posted by: R C Dean at July 9, 2004 at 07:17 AM

OOH poor diddums. Margoyle is gone.
Maybe she can use the redundancy money for a head transplant, something a little less masculine maybe..

Posted by: scott at July 9, 2004 at 10:23 AM

The US enforce oil agreements in contracts that were legally sealed and they are criticised world over. More over, those same detractors are the first to complain about higher petrol prices.

The UN make milliions out of the Oil for Food scandal at the expense of the Iraqi people and it hardly rates a mentiion with the left.

I guess i shouldn't be surprised..

I got a puncture in my tyre the other day, maybe it's G.Dubbya's fault!!! Why not the left have blamed him for just about everything else..

Posted by: scott at July 9, 2004 at 10:48 AM

Re: Franklin;
"Their career advancement depends on their success. And, everyone is watching, 24/7, 365."

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 weeks...?

Posted by: Monco at July 9, 2004 at 11:42 AM

I've also noted that people who get their news from the net are aware of the 'oil-for-all-but-food' scandal while those who depend on the regular media aren't as aware. When I meet someone who is not aware of the scandal, I use this as an opportunity to get them interested in using the net for news.

Many people are still unaware how badly most of our western media are at reporting news that doesn't fit their agenda. It's hard to convince people who are unaware of the media's agenda that there is an agenda and that the news they are given is filtered to fit the agenda. People must see for themselves.

Once someone reads the information available on the net and compares it with what they've been 'fed' by our media, there is usually a big reaction. The reaction is not one of love towards the main news outlets. People I've directed towards the Iraqi bloggers have the most extreme reactions. They are amazed at the HUGE disconnect between what the Iraqis are reporting and what our news media have been telling us.

(I am NOT implying that *EVERYTHING* one reads on the net is the gospel truth. There are rumors, lies, trash and agenda driven news on the net as well.)

Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 9, 2004 at 12:14 PM

It gets worse - the 7pm ABC news last night had a piece on the charges and Juanita Phillips ended the piece by saying words to the effect:

'Some commentators had not expected charges to be laid because of Mr Lay's connections with the Bush family'.

This is a bald allegation of official corruption. It would certainly be a high crime or misdemeanour that would justify impeachment proceedings against Bush - it really is not the job of Australia's government/public media organisation to peddle such baseless rumours, gussied up as a 'some [anonymous] commentators say'. Since when has Michael Moore been a source for the ABC's news?

Posted by: Toby at July 9, 2004 at 01:01 PM

May the Witch Queen pass into history unmourned.
Oops what if some of our elite historians get a hold of her,they will make her Saint Margot.

Posted by: gubbaboy at July 9, 2004 at 03:43 PM

For what it is worth.

FOXNEWS Special Report w/Brit Hume has had several reports on the UNSCAM.

Posted by: Keith at July 9, 2004 at 04:00 PM

Actually, most of Giuliani's high profile prosecutions as US attorney for the Southern District of New York were failures. But of course his career continues.
His successes were mostly the semi-bogus financial scandal sort (though three brokers he had led from their offices in cuffs for cocaine charges had their charges dropped.) So even his most famous fusion case (financial + street crime) was a bust.
But by far his biggest problem was the mob. John Gotti's lawyer Bruce Cutler slapped him around for ten years.

Posted by: chuck at July 9, 2004 at 04:13 PM

Monco.. Hmmm, which is worse, my math or my spelling? Well it was a rant, whatchuspect?

chuck.. Thanks for the info. I didn't know that he was that bad, but I'm not surprised. What do you think of a requirement for a certain degree of success in the private sector before one can serve in the public sector. Of course, I want to be the one to set the rules.


Posted by: Franklin at July 10, 2004 at 01:43 AM

Franklin, I wouldn't trust ken lay further than I could see him - one of the reasons I had no Enron stock. Lay was actually a golfing partner of both Bush 1 and Clinton. Bush 2 doesn't seem to have any special relationship with him. Things started going dicy under Clinton but Enron cashed in their chips with the Tres Sec. They tried the same trick in 02 and got slapped and that's when the brown stuff started hitting the fan. I don't know whether or how much Enron/et.al. contributed to the Reps, it didn't do them any good.

Posted by: rabidfox at July 10, 2004 at 05:37 AM