And then they killed and ate him

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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 12:13 pm

John Pilger exposes another vicious neocon campaign:

In 2005 Andrew Jaspan, a Briton newly appointed editor of the Melbourne Age, was subjected to a vicious neocon campaign that accused him of “reducing” the Age to “another Guardian”.

UPDATE. If Pilger thinks the campaign against Jaspan was vicious, what must he make of Jaspan’s campaign against Gerard Henderson?

UPDATE II. Alas, the campaign didn’t exactly silence Jaspan and his fellow Fairfaxistas:

Former Fairfax chief executive Fred Hilmer has confessed that he struggled to cope with an editorial culture that naturally leaned to the Left and where journalists saw themselves as advocates rather than straight reporters.

The admission comes in a book to be published next week which contains a revealing account of his seven years at the helm of the group, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

“Fairfax’s default position was to turn left and be agenda-driven,” Mr Hilmer writes in The Fairfax Experience.

“Journalists often conducted campaigns where they persisted in covering stories long after readers had lost interest.”

Which would be somewhere around the second paragraph.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/25/2007 at 07:16 AM
    1. Welcome back, Andrew Bolt. Hope you have had a refreshing holiday with your family.
      As to Bilger: what a waste of space. He is the Martin Bryant of the media, spraying bullets around with recklessnes and disregard for decent folk.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 01 25 at 07:26 AM • permalink


    1. Congarts, Tim.

      You’ve made the bigs when a total knobknocker like Pilger professes to despise you.


      Posted by MarkL on 2007 01 25 at 07:31 AM • permalink


    1. “Reducing the Age” – Is that even possible?

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 25 at 07:31 AM • permalink


    1. Erm… CONGRATS

      MarkL the sot

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 01 25 at 07:32 AM • permalink


    1. ‘accused him of “reducing” the Age to “another Guardian”.’

      That’s about as insulting as it gets.

      Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 01 25 at 07:48 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, dear.  Terry Lane has been condemned to the tech section, where he once again proves he doesn’t know what he is talking about.  In amongst a tedious article where he demonstrates his ignorance of how to build a computer, is this little pearler:

      Should we buy a Mac? A whole lot of new software for a more expensive and slower computer? It doesn’t seem like a good idea.

      This may have been true 12 years ago, but these days macs use the same hardware as a high end Dell, usually comparably priced and in some cases are cheaper, and they run faster as the OS is more efficient than XP/Vista.


      Posted by entropy on 2007 01 25 at 07:53 AM • permalink


    1. Ugh, spit, killing and eating him? I hate the taste of ugly old men.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 07:55 AM • permalink


    1. I hope none of these people work triage in an emergency room.

      They’d line up those with hurt feelings ahead of tne heart attacks, dismemberments, etc.

      Posted by Rittenhouse on 2007 01 25 at 07:56 AM • permalink


    1. Etc from #7, handsome young men taste so much nicer.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 07:59 AM • permalink


    1. #6
      Different Terry Lane?
      A MacKnucklehead, juz the same.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 25 at 08:01 AM • permalink


    1. #9
      Especially if organ donors?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 25 at 08:04 AM • permalink


    1. check the commo propaganda on your abc right now – The Archive Project

      Posted by KK on 2007 01 25 at 08:04 AM • permalink


    1. #10 noooooo, are you telling me there are two terry lanes working at the Age?

      Posted by entropy on 2007 01 25 at 08:10 AM • permalink


    1. #11, my organs are functioning just fine, thanks. No replacements required, unless you’re offering a kidney for the next-door neighbour who’s looking around for one. Send me your emial…

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 08:15 AM • permalink


    1. O/T

      Nob, Tim Flannery is Australian of the Year.

      And he has promised to use the platform to rabbit on about Climate Change.

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2007 01 25 at 08:17 AM • permalink


    1. emial? email? my bad.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 08:18 AM • permalink


    1. #13
      Apparently so.  Someone pointed out in an earlier ‘Lane’ thread that the Digital Imaging TL is a different one and that the Wikki entry is erroneous: if so, good news for the IT pages?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 25 at 08:57 AM • permalink


    1. #14
      Sorry, wasn’t offering mine; & they aint so young!

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 25 at 09:00 AM • permalink


    1. Good lord! Is that Pilger’s photograph? He looks like a minor French diplomat, or a communist lawyer. And are those sideburns or twin espaliers of old-man ear hair? Hey, I can say it; I’ve got to trim the down on my own every so often.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 09:22 AM • permalink


    1. paco, i did say pilger needed a barber’s attention, but I was mistaken. He needs a sailor’s cut. When we cut hair at sea we do it with a straight razor. While the blade’s chopping away and the swell’s slopping away you keep your mouth closed and your neck very still. I’d love to have him out there for a trim in a big sea. With me and my opinions.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 09:39 AM • permalink


    1. #20 MareeS: Oh, that would be priceless, indeed! If you ever do have the opportunity, give him one of those U.S. Marine “high and tight” cuts. And when you shave him, drawing the razor slowly along the line of his jugular, say something particularly right-wing, and ask him, “Don’t you agree?”

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 09:49 AM • permalink


    1. #15 did tim flannel fly to the awards ceremony, or did he do the inconvenient but right thing & walk there?

      Posted by KK on 2007 01 25 at 09:53 AM • permalink


    1. #21, paco, it would be my pleasure. I wish I’d done it when I met him on a news job in Sydney in 1973 while he was beginning to be a pathetic oxygen burglar, before he morphed into a dickhead. That would have saved us wasted column inches in the liberal press.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 09:59 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, and what do ya reckon about the Big Day Out? Thousands of flags, no violence, a lovely day. Isn’t Australia a rotten country? Happy Australia Day people, all of you. Keep the good intentions going.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 10:11 AM • permalink


    1. A cyber toast to our Australian cousins!

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 10:13 AM • permalink


    1. Mmmm, a Happy Australia Day to us all!

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 01 25 at 10:17 AM • permalink


    1. #25, #26, Make mine a Pussers Rum, actual not digital, and it’s your shout.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. Is the book to be titled The Silly Moaning Hilmer: Professor Bunyip was correct all along?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 25 at 10:55 AM • permalink


    1. What an odd looking old man is John Pilger, still wearing that 70’s style haircut that looked ridiculous even on young men.  I bet his closet is still full of wide, psychedelic ties and polyester leisure suits.

      Btw, Happy Australia Day to our cousins in the Pacific!

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 25 at 11:18 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah, Andy, but I think Fairfax eventually got the poor old bunyip.

      My favourite critters, Bunyips –  they’ll stand by you when the crunch comes.
      I never heard tell of a commie bunyip


      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2007 01 25 at 11:24 AM • permalink


    1. #29, RebeccaH, Pilger’s head is full of psychedelic polyester stuff. Read what he writes. Listen to what he says. I should have shot him when I had the chance.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 01 25 at 11:28 AM • permalink


    1. You’re a cruel and xenophobic nation, Australia. I’m embarrassed to be associated with you.

      BTW, the word “vicious” in vicious neocon campaign is superfluous. Neocon campaigns by their very nature are vicious.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 01 25 at 01:16 PM • permalink


    1. Whoa!  Is that our Kyda?

      “I could go on, but those who still believe a thing Pilger claims obviously wants to so badly that the truth does not matter.”

      Don’t have to worry about that fog of reality thing that way.  Much more convenient.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 01 25 at 01:46 PM • permalink


    1. “Journalists often conducted campaigns where they persisted in covering stories long after readers had lost interest.”

      As evidenced by the Free David Hicks campaign being run by the Sunday Age.

      Posted by Young and Free on 2007 01 25 at 04:45 PM • permalink


    1. I thought Whitlam opposed Vietnamese immigration because he reckoned any refugees from communism wouldn’t vote Labor, which is an interesting insight into how he saw his own party. His reference to “Balts” was in this context, that Vietnamese refugees would be “yellow Balts”. So much for brave Whitlam’s commitment to ethnic diversity.

      But that’s Pilger for you. His crude revision of history makes his every word suspect.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 01 25 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. “reducing” the Age to “another Guardian”.

      I’ve read the Age and read the Guardian. What one must remember is that lefty intellectuals are Plato’s philosopher kings. They know what’s best for you and humanity. They know what is civilized and culturally valid. And they read about it in their newspapers.

      And believe you me, the folks at the Grauniad look down their noses at those antipodeans. So, any comparison between Age and Grauniad must be seen from the perspective of the comparator.

      I have met no snobbier class of people than the sort of bourgois lefty Grauniad reader, not even bloody aristocracy.

      So, you lefty Aussies, hold your head high, for you believe in idiocy but not snobbery.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 01 25 at 08:21 PM • permalink


    1. #23 Oxygen burgler!!??

      Can I use that phrase or have you got copyright?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 01 25 at 08:26 PM • permalink


    1. Another wine for me and Australia.

      I’ll be back.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 01 25 at 08:28 PM • permalink


    1. What part of “you’re fired” is so hard to say?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 25 at 11:44 PM • permalink


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