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Friday, October 21, 2005

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- Murdoch's Australian thinks anyone who questions the Howard government's proposed anti-terror laws is "idiotic." Only a propagandist - or groups with a vested political and financial interest - would not question such extreme measures.

- A BBC "analyst" is hurt by allegations in Robert Fisk's new book.

- Guardian journalist Rory Carroll has been freed in Iraq.

- New York Times journalist Judith Miller allegedly witnessed "Bridgeview used car salesman Muhammad Salah being beaten, housed in a 'refrigerator cell' and threatened with rape by Israeli soldiers until he admitted to bankrolling overseas terrorists."

- The Jerusalem Post is soon to launch a Christian edition. The Israeli right and Christian fundamentalists continue their short-term love affair.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

Wait, so now we're all of a sudden supposed to trust Judith Miller?

Friday, October 21, 2005 12:55:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...


Friday, October 21, 2005 12:58:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Here's a great "News Byte" for y'all...

I think Farr makes a sound point.

Friday, October 21, 2005 4:48:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Er, no.
Farr is a typical Murdoch hack with major vested interests. Latham's comments about him in his book are insightful. And accurate.
Farr is part of the cosy media/Canberra club and should be treated as such.

Friday, October 21, 2005 5:01:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

I don't agree with you about Farr - from his contributions on Insiders, he strikes me as being a bit of a fence-sitter, but the major point to your objections of Farr is who the hell cares? He's not commenting about politics. He's making an observation about blogs in this country. Are you trying to suggest that the Canberra elite have some interest in creating an illusion of right-wing blogging's comedic prowess? If he wrote a piece about petunias, would you ignore what he said because he's part of the "cosy media/Canberra club"?

Face it, Ant. Left wing bloggers are a humourless bunch. Still, I suppose it's easier to fallaciously disregard Farr's opinion rather than have to admit the (not particularly) unpleasant truth to yourself.

Friday, October 21, 2005 6:44:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Waterton, Farr reckons;

That's what democracy is for – to save us from the humourless.

What? Whose definition of democracy is being used here?

PS There are plenty of local bloggers with progressive views whose humour is sharp. Look around. Or is it you who is denying the unbearable truth?

Saturday, October 22, 2005 2:39:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Not your definityion, it runs to dangerously close to fascism. In fact, one can't tell the difference.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 2:42:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Seeing as I was he one you last accused of fascism, I would remind you that you never answered my questions, so I will repeat them for your benefit.

1. Have I ever said anything about shutting down freedom of speech? If so produce evidence or retract the accusation.
2. Are you not disturbed by the expression of anti-semitism?
3. Do you in fact support enthnic-cleasing?
4. Is not tolerance a measure of society?

I consider myself prtty easy going BTW. In fact, you are my greatest source of commic relief Ibrahamav.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 2:49:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Ibrahamav, I have no idea what you are talking about. Why am I a fascist?

Saturday, October 22, 2005 9:50:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Hey get in line dirtbikeoption, he called me a facist first.

Damn queue jumpers.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 1:05:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Luckily there are enough "fascism" labels to go around...

Saturday, October 22, 2005 4:20:00 pm  

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