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Labor leader Kevin Smugg (check that expression!) has lunch with Rupert Murdoch, prompting some frenzied treasure fondling from celebrated Cretan onanist Chris Sheil:

Spare a thought for die-hard Liberal Party supporters this morning dear readers, as they wake up to the headline “Murdoch endorses Rudd as PM”. Can you imagine just how much that will upset them? As you drink your coffee, think of poor Janet Albretchtsen, having to work out another column on why a victory for Kevin Rudd will be a victory for John Howard. While you happily go about your Sunday, old Denis Shanahan will be sweating up more meaningless media stories that haven’t yet hit the opinion polls. You may be having care-free catch-ups with friends, but Gerard Henderson will be busy googling up the ways that Kevin Rudd has proved John Pilger wrong, really. As you pick up that novel, know that poor Greg Sheridan will be looking giddily at months of columns about India. Before you settle into an afternoon nap, pause a second over the likelihood that Tim Blair will be confined to amusing himself about Shiek Whatsisname for the rest of his life.

Not only is Chris unaware of how News Ltd. works, but he apparently doesn’t even know who works for News Ltd., lumping the Sydney Morning Herald’s Gerard Henderson in with us slavishly obedient Murdochian hacks. (Incidentally, despite the Indymedia tone of his post, Sheil by now must be pushing 50. He would have been in his 30s when last Australia was ruled by a Labor government; John Howard has stolen Chris’s life!)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/22/2007 at 10:01 AM
    1. Sorry to be pedantic, but I’m sure it’s “Kevni”.

      Posted by Radius on 2007 04 22 at 11:07 AM • permalink


    1. Janet Albretchtsen?

      Denis Shanahan?


      Poor Cretan, as usual he couldn’t manage to bring up all that sick without scoring several own-goals.

      Posted by DaneF on 2007 04 22 at 11:30 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t think Sheil is fondling his treasure, he’s actually typing with it.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 22 at 11:41 AM • permalink


    1. Also…

      Not only is Chris unaware of how News Ltd. works

      As has been said in the past, every single presumption by a lefty about his adversaries’ beliefs and actions can be explained as projection of that which he himself would believe and act like. Sheil’s first instinct if he was in Murdoch’s position would be to clamp down on any and all criticism by his employees, hence that’s obviously what Murdoch is going to do, in his opinion.

      So predictable.

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 22 at 11:48 AM • permalink


    1. True story.  One day when I was working, in 1986, Rupert Murdoch wandered into the room, looked around, and wandered back out.

      The story lacks only a quip, to make it to Reader’s Digest.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 04 22 at 11:48 AM • permalink


    1. As has been said in the past, every single presumption by a lefty about his adversaries’ beliefs and actions can be explained as projection of that which he himself would believe and act like.

      How true, PW.  Which is why I don’t care to see Sheil and his ideological cohorts in charge of a country, any country.

      Kinda like what’s happening in the EU in general, and Britain in particular, now that I think upon it.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 04 22 at 12:15 PM • permalink


    1. #5 Make it up, rh, just like 60 Minutes Wednesday. You could call it false but accurate that Rupert asked if your refrigerators were running; and that later you met Prince Rupert in the can.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 04 22 at 12:31 PM • permalink


    1. Rudd, if elected, will be Prime Minister For Life?

      Interesting grasp of democracy the ol’ cretan has there.

      Posted by Crispytoast on 2007 04 22 at 12:35 PM • permalink


    1. John Howard has stolen Chris’s life!

      More likely he’s just making excuses for having misplaced it.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 22 at 12:53 PM • permalink


    1. I reckon Rupert looks smugger than Kevni.
      I would give quids to know what Rupert is thinking and I bet it’s not complimentary to KRudd.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 22 at 04:11 PM • permalink


    1. Umm, didn’t Murdoch say something nice about Latham at the last election, too?

      #7 I once met came across Gorbachov in the can.  It was at the Qantas lounge in Brisbane.  I went to look after essentials prior to the flight, as you do, but thought it was rather weird all this big slavic looking blokes in dark suits and sunglasses were hanging around the john.  All was explained when Gorby emerged from a cubicle.

      Three thoughts flashed through my head:
      “Would I become famous if I head butted Gorby?“‘;
      “Would I survive said act?”; and
      “I wonder if his little head has a birthmark matching his big head?”

      Sadly, all three questions remain unanswered.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 04 22 at 05:03 PM • permalink


    1. So that’s what an indymedia tone is, droning on and on and on and…

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 04 22 at 05:17 PM • permalink


    1. Let’s see how many anti-Rudd items and columns pass through your kidneys and into the public domain between now and polling day. BTW, what happened to all the gratuitous arselicking of the Packer camp? Oh, that’s right, they stopped paying you.

      Posted by Miranda Divide on 2007 04 22 at 06:49 PM • permalink


    1. Flap, flap, flap, crap, flap, flap…

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 22 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. If they really believed their own “murdoch rhetoric” that gets spilled forth… then Kevin Rudd is a sell out to big business and has abandoned both the ALP’s “protect the worker” motto, and also the Left of politics.

      But hey… anything is better then Howard right?

      Posted by Admonkeystrator on 2007 04 22 at 07:16 PM • permalink


    1. Chris Sheil certainly doesn’t know Rupert Murdoch.

      Murdoch did not endorse Rudd at all. When asked if Rudd would make a good PM, Murdoch replied “Yes”.

      This is not an endorsement. It is simply being polite.

      Murdoch knows Howard is best for Australia but he must appear to sit on the fence.

      After his single word answer, Murdoch quickly added that it’s the Australian electors who will decide, not him or his company.

      How the Rudd huggers gain comfort from this is beyond me.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 04 22 at 08:27 PM • permalink


    1. Lol, Hmmmm, what can Sheil possibly say now? Comments about the Murdoch press and bias? No, strike that one. How about foreigners interfering in Austrlalian politics? Ooops, better strike that one as well.

      Just as well it was Rudd getting the pat on the head, imagine if it had been Howard?

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 22 at 08:30 PM • permalink


    1. pimf, Australian.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 22 at 08:31 PM • permalink


    1. This whole story is a bigger beatup the when Fisky met some friendly ‘Fghans- some flack stuck a mic in Murdochs mush and asked “Would Kevin Rudd make a good Prime minister”, while Kevni hovvered nearby, an expresion of anticipation mixed with abject terror on his normaly smarmy puss; Rupert politely answered “Yes”, and looked slightly miffed that such an idiotic question was asked. The same pillock lated asked “do you think Australians are growing tired of the Howard government?”, to which he replied “That’s up to the electors in November.”

      Somehow the increasingly desperate and strident meeja (in particular Ch 7 who hitched their wagon to the Attack Squirrel some time ago) took this to be a ringing endorsement of Kevni, and a bagging of the evil Howard regime- I suppose the concept of polite obfuscation is utterly alien to these blithering idiots.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 04 22 at 08:48 PM • permalink


    1. If you saw the live footage of Murdoch and Rudd coming out of the News Corp building then you would first have been struck by the obvious lack of positive body language between the two.

      A journo then asks a lame-ass question about Rudd being a good PM and Murdoch responding with “Oh, I’m sure”, which was delivered in such a way as to convey exactly the opposite opinion.

      The SMH article leaves out the completely pathetic, stuttering statement that Rudd makes about the election.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2007 04 22 at 08:48 PM • permalink


    1. Murdoch’s response ‘oh I’m sure’ was sarcastic, but sarcasm being the second lowest form of wit the remark went right over the heads of leftards.

      (the lowest form of wit is the fuckwit- Chris Shill being a prime example)

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 04 22 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. #20 – Yes, looking at that photo, anyone ignorant of Kevvy’s identity would simply assume that Rupert Murdoch had got a new valet. Following behind obediently and holding his boss’ coat.

      Posted by squawkbox on 2007 04 22 at 09:37 PM • permalink


    1. Kev’s sure got a just banged the neigbours cat look on his kissr in that piccy, wheras rupe looks like he’s just trod in an extraodinarily voluminous and malorourous barkers egg.

      I don’t think poor lil Kevvie knows just how many people, particularly those with some power and influence, think he’s a complete cunt.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 04 22 at 09:43 PM • permalink


    1. Kevni seems on the verge of wetting himself with excitement being photographed going to dinner with Murdoch. Murdoch might very well like Rudd or maybe Murdoch felt he needed more time to teach Rudd to roll over and beg.

      More likely, it is because Rudd tells people what they want to hear and Murdoch would have liked that. Whether he fell for Rudd’s flexible spine is another matter. The problem Rudd now has is sticking to what he told Murdoch without upsetting his own party, unions, Fairfax or the ABC. Kevni does tend to dig holes for himself.

      Whether Murdoch’s “endorsement” becomes support will depend on that.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 04 22 at 09:52 PM • permalink


    1. With Krudd walking less than a metre away what else was Rupert going to say? How can that be construed as support for Krudd? On the other hand, when asked if John Howard should have stepped aside for Costello last year, the reply was an definate no. That statement is more of an endorsement for Howard than the comment made about Krudd.

      Posted by Justin on 2007 04 22 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. Kevvy, couldn’t be bothered to hold meetings with any USA politicians!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 22 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. p.s. I wonder if he got some duty-free shopping?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 23 at 12:05 AM • permalink


    1. Kevvie looks like he has a mouthful of cum.

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2007 04 23 at 05:29 AM • permalink


    1. KR: He likes me! He really likes me! Sensational!
      RM: He’s like me! He’s really like me! Sensationalist!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 04 23 at 06:58 AM • permalink


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