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Silence of the shams

Sure, thousands of girls have been raped for decades, but, hey, a comedian died. The Beeb has its priorities, you know.

When the awful news of yet another horrifying tsunami of crimes perpetrated against British children by Muslim grooming gangs was broken by the Mirror, Britain’s other major newspapers scrambled to cover the story. As they should: the news that, for decades, possibly thousands of young girls were raped, abused, beaten, and even killed, by a network of paedophiles is a scandal of monumental enormity.

As Ed West wrote on Twitter, “the scale of this across England is simply staggering…almost too horrific to comprehend. I can’t think of anything in modern British history that comes close”.

Yet, the BBC, the world’s largest broadcasting organisation, barely mentioned the story at all. West’s screenshots showed that the story didn’t even make the front page of the BBC, nor was it even mentioned on its England news page, nor, most bizarrely, on its page for Shropshire, the locality where the abuse occurred. Like decades of police and child “protection” authorities, the BBC simply panicked and went to ground.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

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A young gun who wants fame the easy way

political cartoon

I love political cartoons I really do. I developed my appreciation for the intellect, wit and social commentary behind them when I studied History at school. When I was at Auckland teachers training college I made them a big part of both my social studies and history lessons because I found them to be both memorable and powerful.

Like political bloggers, political cartoonists are often undervalued and their ability to influence the public dismissed. They also (like political bloggers) start their career working for free in the hope that it will lead to paid work. They keep going for the sheer love of the game and some will never find paid employment.

Those who do stick it out and have enough talent may find that their problems are only just beginning once they find employment. As employees, they will have to contend with the political bias of their editor which will result in many a brilliant and cutting cartoon being thrown in the trash (especially if they have conservative views as the New Zealand Media is very left-wing).

It is not an easy career and is not for the faint hearted which is why an article that was funded by Simplicity (an online KiwiSaver plan) that depicted New Zealand cartoonists as male, pale and stale is way out of line.

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

Amazon and Netflix will kill SkyTV and it is all SkyTV’s fault

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I purchased a new TV earlier this year. It’s 55″, 4k and has an Android TV operating system. It cost me $899. I got it home and plugged it into both the internet and my Freeview antennae. Five minutes later I was watching Redbull coverage of the Dakar Rally streaming for free through the app. I will write a digital UX design post on all the things the Redbull TV app has done wonderfully right, but that’s for another day.

Today I’ll tell you why my TV, and its app ecosystem of international giants like Amazon and Netflix, will kill SkyTV. I’ll also tell you why it’s SkyTV’s fault, not market forces, and what they could have done about it, starting last week.

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A guest post submitted to Whaleoil and edited by Whaleoil staff.

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Steve Joyce threatens to sue Hooton and NBR?

Over the weekend came the news that NBR had dropped Matthew Hooton as a columnist.

There was much sophistry from Todd Scott, the owner/editor of NBR, but the bottom line is that Hooton’s columns will no longer be published there.

This despite him being the most popular columnist and hot on the heels of the removal of Sir Bob Jones and now also Rob Hosking from NBR’s line up.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.