Daily Telegraph

Outrage from other media because one paper writes a harsh editorial against Kevin Rudd

The news media are sanctimonious pricks at the best of times. They like to claim that they are “holding the politicians to account” and other spurious claims.

They are clearly quite happy mounting their own campaigns on behalf of and for politicians, parties and causes that they think are important to them.

But all hell breaks loose when someone breaks ranks and says something outside of the approved group think.

And with the election campaign just ONE day old we already know how Rupert Murdoch is going to vote. Not of course that he IS an Australian citizen.

However, when you control two-thirds of Australia’s newspapers you can make your choice with a lot more power than the ordinary voter.

And this morning, on page one, day one , Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph jumped in with both feet.

Normally, papers wait till polling day to tell the nation what they think.

And when they do so it’s in more measured tones.

But Rupert’s tabloids round the world have always punched hard. And for the last few months he’s been tweeting and twitching for the fight to begin.  Read more »

Boris on Leveson – “if you want to keep clean the gutters of public life, you need a gutter press”

Boris Johnson speaks out on the Leveson reforms…and he is opposed, believing that only a gutter press can keep clean the gutters of public life:

When the moneymen are deciding where to do a deal, there is something more fundamental that brings them here – a feature of our culture and society that has been true for hundreds of years.

They know that London is about as uncorrupt as any jurisdiction on earth. They know that the deal will be honoured. They know that the law will be clear, and that their security to title is good. They know that they will not be tipped out of their hotel beds before breakfast and detained by the emanations of the state. They know that they will not be imprisoned without trial. They know that to do a deal in London, you don’t have to cut some minister in on the action, or employ their half-witted relative.

You cannot hope to win a contract in London by sending some public official a Rolex or a midnight poule de luxe; and that is because that official would be too amazed to accept, too honourable to accept, and above all too terrified to accept. British business, and British politics – and the nexus between business and politics – have been kept cleaner than in virtually all other countries because for centuries we have had a free press.You cannot hope to win a contract in London by sending some public official a Rolex or a midnight poule de luxe; and that is because that official would be too amazed to accept, too honourable to accept, and above all too terrified to accept. British business, and British politics – and the nexus between business and politics – have been kept cleaner than in virtually all other countries because for centuries we have had a free press.  Read more »

The Paul Henry of the 70s

It is amazing what upsets people. Check out this famous clip that got Bill Grundy banned for two weeks. Ironically it was the Grundy incident that catapulted the Sex Pistols into stardom along with Siouxie Sioux.

Although the programme was broadcast only in the London region, the ensuing furore occupied the tabloid newspapers for days. The Daily Mirror famously ran the headline “The Filth and the Fury!”; other papers such as the Daily Express (“Fury at Filthy TV Chat”) and the Daily Telegraph (“4-Letter Words Rock TV”) followed suit. Thames Television suspended Grundy, and though he was later reinstated, the interview effectively ended his career.

The episode made the band household names throughout the country and brought punk into mainstream awareness.

The parallels are amazing. Utter outrage at telling or showing things as they are. Paul Henry is likewise pilloried. Even the headlines from the time.

The Filth and the Fury

This is the front page of the 2 December 1976 edition of the Daily Mirror newspaper, featuring the Sex Pistols and the famous headline "The Filth and the Fury!"