Good on ya Rupert

Rupert Murdoch is not one to take any prisoners. He is far more ruthless than the socialists running the Herald. TVNZ and TV3 put together, he has even managed to silence any scuttle-butt, rumours or innuendo concerning his ditching of the Hong Kong Floozie otherwise also known as the Deng-i Flu.

Now he has decided to get Rudd.

The arrival of Col Allan in Australia is making a lot of people uneasy.

Allan is a man widely known inside News Corporation as Col Pot, a play on the name of a Cambodian genocidal dictator.

He is News Corp’s most feared flamethrower in a company of flamethrowers and he has been sent to Australia by Rupert Murdoch himself. The purpose of his mission has become clear in recent days. One person who should rightly be disconcerted by Allan’s sudden secondment to Australia is the head of News Corporation Australia, Kim Williams. Several other executives should also be leery, but they are not Allan’s primary target.

His primary target is Kevin Rudd.

Why Murdoch wants Rudd to lose the coming federal election is not merely political, it is commercial. News Corp hates the government’s National Broadband Network (NBN). The company has formed a view that it poses a threat to the business model of by far its most important asset in Australia, the Foxtel cable TV monopoly it jointly owns with Telstra.

Murdoch has declared war on Rudd by dispatching his most trusted field general, Allan, whose reputation is built on his closeness to Murdoch and his long history of producing pungent front-page splashes and pugnacious campaigns as editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph and, for the past 12 years, The New York Post.

Allan’s mission is to help consign Rudd to the dustbin of history reserved for failed leaders.

The ramp-up of the war effort has been rapid and intense.

Friday, July 26: the chief executive of News Corp, Robert Thomson, announced in New York that Allan would be returning to Australia to provide ”extra editorial leadership for our papers …”.

Monday, July 29: Allan is at work in Australia within 72 hours of the announcement.

Tuesday, July 30: he begins several days of meeting with editors. The message is simple and brutal: you have been going hard on Labor but now, with Rudd’s revival in the opinion polls, you have to go harder.

Wednesday, July 31: he is reported as lunching with Lachlan Murdoch and other executives.

Friday, August 2: The Daily Telegraph depicts Rudd in a hoodie escaping from a bank he has just robbed, with the headline: ”Rudd’s $733m hoist on people’s savings”.

Yesterday, August 3, The Australian runs four negative headlines about the Rudd government on its front page alone, including ”Revealed: How Rudd blew $250bn”. The Daily Telegraph splashes with a front-page banner headline: ”Price of Labor – another huge budget shambles … and now we’re $30bn in the red”. In Melbourne, the Herald-Sun took out page one with ”It’s a ruddy mess”.


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  • conwaycaptain

    Can we have him next to work on Sheep and Russel

  • Muffin

    No better than what they are doing here, just reversed. Aren’t they just meant to report news?

    • Macca

      At least over in Aussie the MSM are telling the truth – unlike our media who just spin stuff and make it up to fit their own agenda. I think the left media in Aussie have been covering up for Labor over there for way to long and now the public are getting to see what they have really been up to! Shame they never did it for our Labour party over here. I think if the media had told the truth about what was really happening during Clarke’s rein of terror, they would have been voted out and never seen again!

  • ken mathis

    good to see you stepping up to defend democracy over corporate profits

  • peterwn

    In that context, pity that Gina Rinehart did not succeed in getting some control over Fairfax. She could have usefully sent one of her henchmen to NZ to sort out Andrea Vance, Tracey Watkins, Vernon Small, etc. On the other hand that solution might be worse than the problem.

    • Dave

      Nah, why start at the bottom of the pile, Fairfax print media is rotten to the core, needs a spill and fill along decent commercial lines.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    Reminds me of the time Aussies were contemplating the switch to digital TV.

    Packer, Murdoch, and cronies were heavily backing some weird high definition standard that no other country in the world was planning to use.

    Surprisingly this weird standard used up so much spectrum there would be no room for new entrants. Funny that.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Say what you want about Rupert, his sons are complete chinless wonders!

  • Ururoa

    LOL, so that is what a “free press” means! Free to promote its own goals and own profit.