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Friday, 25th May 2018

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Editor Chris Mitchell has sunk a rusty nail into a decaying Press coffin

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


As sure as “The Bulletin” died a sudden death with Kerry Packer so too will die “The Australian” with the death of Rupert Murdoch. They may be on borrowed time but journalists should never reveal their sources or confidences. They should rightly go to jail rather than do so. So when a former editor of a national daily broadsheet like “The Australian” spills his guts to eager TV hosts he is playing the last post for the Press.

He has smugly told of his close association with Australia’s Prime Ministers and what he said to them and their otherwise embarrassing replies to him... and that is unforgivable because he has disadvantaged every existing and future journalist in being able to foster trusted confidences politicians once had in editors.

I have never worked for or with this Mitchell bloke and I’m glad I never knew him because he defies all I have held to be sacred about newspapers. To expose your sources is to kill them, yourself, and cripple many others who come after you.

Now future leaders may think twice before privately exposing themselves to journalists who may decide to create a headline or sell a book by quoting what was said.

During the years I spent in Canberra I made close friends of Prime Ministers and Party leaders on both sides. They have described opponents and associates alike as useless c***s and worse, but that is forbidden territory for a newspaper bloke. Oh, it would make great copy or promotion for a book but the cost is far too high.

Among a list of other betrayals Mitchell cites what Rupert Murdoch told him over lunch was his devastation "at the closeness between his wife Wendi Deng and former UK prime minister Tony Blair. I couldn't sleep, I thought we had a wonderful, happy marriage. Obviously, we didn't." wrote Mitchell. 

Rupert had trust in Mitchell and would have been devastated to see his private thoughts in print, and authored by one of his senior staff.

There is some explosive stuff said privately in Canberran offices or over dinner and at cocktail parties and to use that in print is to betray confidences that ensure you will never be invited again.

It’s easy to go “Making Headlines”. Male members of Parliament have affairs that would likely kill their families. I have been asked by leaders of Parties to “look after” their female "friends" in their absence. Beautiful females, one was a Miss Australia, each had an affection for the respective politician, not for me, and on his return to Canberra the three of us would have dinner, then I would disappear for the duration of the sitting of Parliament.  

Mitchell claims he has not betrayed confidences... bullshit! That typifies his lack of respect for Press ethics. He is promoting his book called “Making Headlines” but he is now making his own headlines and in the worst possible way.

He exposes what we already suspected Gillard had said of Rudd and what Rudd had said of Gillard. He tells of how they courted him. He has misread what was happening... they were not courting him or confiding in him as a trusted friend or associate, THEY WERE SIMPLY USING HIM. And when an editor can’t tell the difference it’s time for him to go, and it’s good that he has gone.

I sincerely hope he doesn’t sell a single copy of his damned ill-conceived book...scumbag.


The reason why people have no respect for newspapers anymore is the fact that they have dabbled in the field of politics, with editors and journalists getting pally-pallly with politicians to the point that journalistic objectivity has evaporated. The UK phone hacking scandal showed the extent to which Murdoch and his editors were able to frequent 10 Downing Street like it was their next door neighbour. The day journalists regain their independence and objectivity, and editors remain independent, that will be the day newspapers may be trusted with the truth. In America, the media and press are so caught up behind Hillary Clinton, they simply refuse to question her on any of her policies or her history of wrongdoings, scandals, controversies, lies, corruption and crime.

What sort of Chow was Rupert's last missus ?

"Gutter Press" It is a great pity that confidences are breached in any shape or form in all matters within reason. This is where the Press get their bad name and distrust. So many ego's at work, so many untruths told just for the sake of Headlines.

Good riddance to that useless prick Conroy. He reckons his greatest achievement was the NBN. WTF? A first magnitude financial and industrial disaster. We will pay for his useless legacy for generations. How the hell do these delusional morons get into power?

Hahahaha, beautiful!! Republicanism via stealth, about to blow up in their faces.

Oh Happy,happy day. That arch arsehole Steven Conroy, so-called Senator is GOING! I wonder why? I think someone has found something to force his hand here. Even his going was odd; no announcement, just a letter to the President. Even his fellow crooks in the Lower house were not told. It could well have learned that he is to be castigated about the NBN disaster. Oh yes and his home was raided by the AFP. Next? The other pain in the arse, the wee Scottish malignant dwarf; and communist troublemaker. D Cameron.

The fundamental problem Larry is the incestuous relationship generated in Australia between the political realm and the media effectively prevents the so-called 'fourth estate' from adequately holding our political leaders to account. It would be a great step forward if the Parliamentary Press Gallery was abolished as their main function seems to be creating limelight for non-performing politicians.

Coots? Carts? Clits? Clots? Cants? Copts? Cults? Chits? Chats? Chops? Chips? Chaps? Chups? Celts? Cusps? Cysts? There are others, I am just trying to work out what those politicians called others. That is all. Can someone please help me? Thanks. But, getting back to the scumbag of an ex-editor, he was on The Drum today and he came out with the oldie but goodie, how there were more nuns years ago wearing the uniform than there are ragheads wearing the face covering black tarp. And he is correct, but so what? The nuns knew what they were getting into, knew they would have to wear the habit, which, if my recollection is correct, and I do believe it is, the wimple and apostolnik did not have a face covering. And it was voluntarily. Unlike raghead women who are forced to wear the tarp.

What I suspected and posted did happen the ALA cost one Nation at least one Senator and maybe a lower house seat by (1) Putting out that One Nation and Pauline were a spent force (2) by taking away potential election campaign workers Pauline and One Nation could not man as many booths as they would have. . . . My suggestion to people who now want to support Pauline and One Nation is to contact the One Nation head office and become a member and put your name down to volunteer on election day. If you know of any person like Malcolm Roberts who is knowledgeable in a politically sensitive field, raise with them the possibility of standing for election as a One Nation candidate. Who knows they may win a seat.

hmmm - anyone else having trouble getting to the new post. On Pauline and her speech and the need to reform islam.

For those that want to boycott Israel, here's some more technology you should not consider...Ex-Israeli Spy Chief Joins Volkswagen in Cyber Security Venture...JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Volkswagen is forming a company with the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency to develop cyber security systems for Internet-connected cars and self-driving vehicles, the partners said in a statement on Wednesday.

The new company, CyMotive Technologies, will be 40 percent owned by the German automaker and 60 percent by Yuval Diskin and two former colleagues who also had senior posts in the Shin Bet.

The statement did not say how much Volkswagen would invest in the venture, which has an office in a suburb of Tel Aviv and will also open one in Wolfsburg, Germany.Building on its expertise in technology, Israel has emerged as a leader in the race to keep cars secure and prevent the nightmare scenario of a hacker commandeering your vehicle.

International groups including Harman International Industries and IBM have already bought local companies or invested in research centers.

“To enable us to tackle the enormous challenges of the next decade, we need to expand our know-how in cyber security in order to systematically advance vehicle cyber security for our customers,” said Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Electrical and Electronic Development at Volkswagen.

Diskin has been consulting on cyber security in the private sector since retiring from the Shin Bet in 2011 and will serve as CyMotive’s chairman.

New post.

Clarke & Dawe did a 'Brandis' on their 2 min skit tonight before the 7pm news. So George the government actually did something? I have no time for Brandis at all.

Toronto: Muslim stabs non-Muslim to death after argument about Islam...“Hate crime murder in Toronto: man stabbed to death after arguing about Islam,” by Ilana Shneider, CIJ News, September 13, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Alb Effe, 28, was stabbed to death near York University on September 13, 2016 by 31 year old Alijan Arif Khan after getting into an argument over religion.

Effe – a musician and architectural technology student – was found without vital signs and rushed to Humber River Hospital where he died a couple of hours later. His death marks Toronto’s 50th homicide this year.

Witnesses told CP24 that the stabbing occurred following an argument over religion.

According to Fatah Sandhu who lives in the area and witnessed the altercation, “Some guy has been trying to say that Muslims are bad. The other guy is trying to say you guys are bad,…And last night for some reason, it just got out of hand.”

“And I heard them still out there at like 11 something and I heard one guy say, ‘Oh no, it’s because you’re Arabic,’ and the other guy was like, ‘No, it was not, it was your people,’” Griffith told CTV News Toronto.

Another neighbour said the argument heated up over the English versus Hebrew pronunciations of the name “Benjamin.”

According to Effe’s LinkedIn profile, he played music for 12 years, competed in martial arts in his younger years and won three bronze medals for Canada. He also wanted to “create peaceful and elegant environments promoting self growth and virtue.”

Khan, who is believed to be a student at York University and who apparently knew Effe personally, is facing second-degree murder.

According to the Liberal Party, “there has been a significant increase in recorded Islamophobic acts committed in 2015 that have included harassment, violent attacks, murders, arson, graffiti, property damage and death threats against Muslims.”…

CIJnews could not find any evidence to support the Liberals’ claim that Canadian Muslims were murdered in 2015 in hate crimes. The Peterborough Mosque fire was investigated by Police as a potential hate crime with no clear evidence or suspects to determine the motive of the arson.

Obama Thanks Obama for Growing Economy...President Barack Obama boasted that the economy was surging during his two terms as president and jokingly thanked himself for all of the good things that were happening in America

“More Americans are working, more have health insurance, incomes are rising, poverty is falling, and gas is $2.00 a gallon,” Obama boasted.

Reacting to a supporter who shouted in the crowd, Obama smiled and said, “Thanks Obama!”

The "new Turd"... praising TA, back flipping on Super...what next? Wouldn't trust him ever

Obama to Veto Bill Allowing 9/11 Families to Sue Saudi Arabia...WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama intends to veto bipartisan legislation that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, according to the White House.

“So the President feels quite strongly about this. And our concern is not limited to the impact it could have on a relationship with one country, but rather it could have an impact on our relationship with every country around the world in a way that has negative consequences for the United States, for our national security, and for our men and women in uniform,” noted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday.

“That is still the plan. The President does intend to veto this legislation,” responded Earnest when asked if Obama still planned to veto the bill.

Another part of MH370 found, this time off the coast of Tanzania.

Anyone else get the idea that Australia is wasting bazillions looking in the wrong area?

Surpise!!...Jesus’s Wife Claims Revealed as ‘Whopping Fraud’...The Harvard Professor who confidently proclaimed to the world she possessed evidence that suggested Jesus may have had a wife has now been outed as a second-rate academic who allowed herself to be duped by a con man.

Dr. Karen L. King, professor at Harvard Divinity School, earned her 15 minutes of fame by staking her reputation as a historian of early Christianity on the authenticity of an ancient papyrus stating: “Jesus said to them, My wife… she is able to be my disciple.”

At a splashy roll-out a stone’s throw from the Vatican in 2012, King presented a paper to more than 300 scholars from 27 countries, where she announced the discovery of an ancient scrap of papyrus in which Jesus refers to his “wife,” whom King said is probably Mary Magdalene.“All of the evidence points to it being ancient,” King later said. “As historians, the question then becomes, what does it mean?”

The Harvard Theological Review published an entire journal edition on the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” and the Smithsonian Channel produced a major documentary on the topic. National Geographic confidently announced, “No Forgery Evidence Seen in ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ Papyrus” in its issue from April 11, 2014.

The problem was, the document is a fake. Dr. King had actually received the papyrus from a pornographer named Walter Fritz, who invented a story of how he had come into possession of the fragment. Described by people who knew him as “an eel,” Fritz told King that he had obtained the text from a colleague who had acquired it in Potsdam in 1963.

King was so excited with the possibilities of the find, however, that she never bothered to check up on Fritz’s credentials or the numerous inconsistencies in his story.

In two separate summer issues, the Atlantic Magazine—which in 2014 had called the findings of Dr. Karen King a “bombshell”—revealed the provenance of the papyrus, undermining the fawning attention that the scientific community showered on the discovery.

The journalist who uncovered the “whopping fraud” was Ariel Sabar, who pursued the origins of the fragment, leading him to the home of Walter Fritz on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast. Despite Dr. King’s unwillingness to reveal the name of the person who had furnished her with the papyrus, after painstaking sleuthing, Sabar found him anyway.

In 2003, Fritz had created a series of pornographic sites showcasing his wife having sex with other men, whom he also claimed had gifts of clairvoyance, prophecy and spiritual channeling. At times, Fritz’s wife would reportedly babble during sex in a language that Fritz assumed was Aramaic, the language of Jesus.