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No More Page 3.

No More Page 3. Photo Claire Louise

Page 3?s Topless Women?

British are often stereotyped as being prudish and stoically reserved in all aspects of intimacy. As such, it may surprise some people to learn that for over four decades, one of the most popular newspapers in the entire country had a large picture of a topless woman on the third page for no other reason than that she was an attractive lady showing off her breasts.

The idea of supplementing a newspaper?s editorial content with pictures of women in various states of undress came about after Rupert Murdoch acquired and relaunched?The Sun?in 1969. Prior to Murdoch?s acquisition, the paper was a broadsheet aimed at, according to its original founder, the ?sophisticated and superior middle class?. When the paper failed, Murdoch bought it for ?800,000 (about ?11 million today) and re-branded it as ?a straightforward, honest newspaper?.

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Rupert Murdoch is a glutton for cock tax: he’s just got married again.


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“insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction”

It’s a headline I fear lies in my future as well.

British prosecutors have closed their mammoth phone hacking probe, ending a four-year investigation that rocked the political and media establishment to the core.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Friday (local time) said it would take no further action against News Group Newspapers (NGN), global media baron Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid publisher.

England’s state prosecutors also said there would be no further action against 10 journalists from the rival Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) – among them former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

The phone hacking scandal, which first emerged in 2006 and resurfaced explosively in 2011, engulfed top newspaper executives, police chiefs and politicians.

It swiftly sank the expose-led News of the World weekly tabloid, which was Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper.

The probes into voicemail interception and other alleged media crimes amounted to the biggest police investigation in British history. Read more »

2015 Islamophobia Awards and the nominees are……

Believe it or not there is such a thing as the Islamophobia Awards.

Not only do they nominate individuals for the award, they also have nominated books and films.

They have even helpfully included a quote to go with each of the nominees. Frankly I am struggling to find any lies. All I see are facts and opinions. I don’t see any hate but what I do see in the creation of these awards is Islam attacking Freedom of Speech yet again. Admittedly this is a ‘ moderate ‘ way to try to silence the dissenting voices, but it is an attempt to silence us nevertheless.

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If Whaleoil is so toxic why does it have such high ratings?

Nicky Hager ( according to Stuff )

Nicky Hager ( according to Stuff )

Many in the media have said that aside from Kim Dotcom Whaleoil is the most toxic brand in politics.

Yet Whaleoil is also the most popular brand in political blogging, and trounces pointed headed liberal elite shows like The Nation, Campbell Live, Back Benchers and Q&A.

Are the pundits just jealous?

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Media brainwashing, I don’t doubt it is happening here

The Australian has a great story about media student brainwashing in Australia via university courses.

Don’t think for even a moment that this stuff isn’t already happening here.

FIRST-year media students at some of the nation?s most prestigious universities are being taught the federal government?s media policy process is ?corrupt?.

The 18-year-old students are also being told repeatedly that one of the world?s biggest employers of journalists, News Corp, uses ?naked political pressure? to the detriment of democracy.

The Australian obtained the first-year course material for media and communications at University of Technology Sydney and The University of Sydney to examine what students are being taught about the media industry.

Over a period of five weeks, The Australian attended some lectures on an undercover basis and obtained the audio recordings of other lectures from students.

The University of Sydney course in particular is leading students to form a critical view of News Corp.

Lecturer Dr Penny O?Donnell teaches students that News Corp newspapers? 2013 election coverage was driven by a corporate fear of the NBN ? a claim that has no factual basis and is incorrect.

She also tells students, studying to become journalists, that the federal government?s media policy process is ?corrupted? because it sacrifices public interest objectives in favour of corporate interests.

?We elect governments to act on our behalf so what happens to those public interest objectives?? she asks her class. ?They are typically sacrificed to a process that?s very corrupted because it listens more to large corporations than it does to ordinary people. The latest battleground where you see this playing out is over control of the internet.?

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Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

Recent events make this story relevant and raises this question.

If Media using hacked material is a crime in the UK why is it not a crime in NZ?

The only difference is who committed the crime. In both instances the Media benefit from the crime and sell newspapers off of it.

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Bill Clinton might not be a dodgy rooting ratbag, but Tony Blair might be

Liz Hurley has denied a torrid affair with Bill Clinton, describing such rumours as “ludicrously silly”.

As celebrity gossip goes, it takes some beating: actress and model Elizabeth Hurley has year-long affair with Bill Clinton while he was US President.

Throw in the suggestion that they had a liaison in the White House while Hillary Clinton was next door, and that Mr Clinton ended it when he realised he was falling in love, and you have a story that rivals Marilyn Monroe?s alleged fling with John F Kennedy.

But when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, as Miss Hurley pointed out on Wednesday when she was forced to deny the ?ludicrously silly? report and threatened legal action as it gathered pace online.

The allegations were made by Tom Sizemore, a Hollywood actor who claims to have dated Miss Hurley in the 1990s.

Sizemore was recorded on video boasting to friends that he had arranged Miss Hurley?s first rendezvous with the president in 1998 following a White House screening of Saving Private Ryan.

The actor was one of the stars of the film and claimed Clinton pulled him away from the screening for a private conversation.

In the video, obtained by the gossip website Radar Online, Sizemore says Clinton asked him: ?Did you go with Liz Hurley for four years? Do you still see her??

When Sizemore confirmed that the couple had dated but were no longer an item, Clinton is said to have asked for Miss Hurley?s phone number.

In the recording, Sizemore claims the then-President told him: ?Give it to me. You dumb m***********r, I?m the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America.

?The buck stops here. Give me the damn number.?

Why didn’t he just get the NSA to give it to him?

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Derryn Hinch: “very unpleasant, very right wing, and very popular”

Who on earth was Derryn Hinch talking about?

Firstly he explains a bit about his recent issues regarding name suppression.

Without boring you with all the details of my recent expensive court battle I should point out that in his judgement ? explaining why I should be fined $100,000? for contempt of court? ? Judge Stephen Kaye ruled that I could have deleted an offending blog? from the humanheadline website 12 hours? before I did. ?That the night before, I could have called my lawyer ? as if a one-man editorial band has 24. /7 access to a law firm. ?Hey judge, I?m not Rupert Murdoch.

He also was of the opinion that as a ?news junkie? who reads?The Age?and the?Herald Sun?I should have been aware of a suppression order brought down in Melbourne when I was in Sydney. ?A suppression order implemented five hours?after?my editorial had been published from another city.

Judge Kaye?s verdict also has opened a can of worms that I don?t think has registered yet with MSM.? He ruled that a website story is deemed live on the net if somebody accesses it days or weeks later after a suppression order has kicked in.

That is different to a printed newspaper article. ?I mean, no court would rule that archive copies of the?Herald Sun?should be burned because they contained a since-suppressed name. ?They wouldn?t. Would they?? Read more »

What is journalism for?

The fourth post in my series taken from?Katharine Viner’s speech, she is teh deputy?editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia.

It was an impressive display of perspicacity from a mainstream editor about online news and opinion. Some old-fashioned members of the judiciary would do well to read her thoughts about what is media and what is not…here is a clue, newspapers and TV and radio are just a small part of the world media environment.

But what is journalism for?

I guess it all depends on what you think journalism is for.

If you think it is for speaking truth to power, if you believe that the role of the journalist is as an outsider, then you will be in favour of the open web, open journalism, the free flow of engagement and challenge and debate with the people formerly known as the audience.

But if you think journalism is instead for brokering power, influencing power, keeping power, then you will want to close down the web as much as possible and keep debate to a minimum. More about your own interests, less about the public interest.? Read more »