News brieflets

Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

* Reader Gerard H. reports a “brief moment of sanity on Radio National�?:

Stephen Crittenden, interviewing UK Minister for Northern Ireland John Spellar, asked him what he thought the main issue in the forthcoming UK election would be. Before Spellar could reply, Crittenden helpfully suggested “Iraq?”

Spellar dismissed this: only the chattering classes are concerned about Iraq, he said. Quick as a flash, our unbiased ABC presenter shot back (in his worst ABC smartypants voice): “Chattering classes win elections.”

Spellar replied: “No they don’t.”

* Mark Steyn is back online.

* Regarding the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Robert Fisk asks: “Would the Syrians dream of doing anything so crude and vicious as this?�? Beats me; maybe Fisk should ask the citizens of Hamah. If he can find any. (Via Alan R.M. Jones)

* Ted Lapkin on Mamdouh Habib: “There is an old legal aphorism that advises: ‘If the law is against you, argue the facts; and if the facts are against you, argue the law.’ With the public emergence of material linking Mamdouh Habib with al-Qa’ida since the early 1990s, it is no surprise that his more sophisticated supporters have adopted the latter course.�?

* It’s war at CBS:

Far from resolving the problem of the network’s credibility, the independent report commissioned by CBS appears instead to be leading to a confrontation, with defenders of both the ousted CBS staffers involved in the debacle and top CBS management asserting two different truths from the same document.

Mr. Howard and two other ousted CBS staffers—his top deputy, Mary Murphy, and CBS News senior vice president Betsy West—haven’t resigned. And sources close to Mr. Howard said that before any resignation comes, the 23-year CBS News veteran is demanding that the network retract Mr. Moonves’ remarks, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name.

* Major art news: “A pair of paintings from the famed series depicting dogs playing poker fetched nearly $600,000 at auction Tuesday.�?

Posted by Tim B. on 02/16/2005 at 08:59 AM
    1. Well done Ted Lapkin.  Now can somebody poke Centrelink with a pointed stick & make them claw back that disability pension Habib was trousering, presumably to support his travels?

      Posted by KK on 02/16 at 09:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. The full aphorism goes as follows:

      When the law is on your side, pound on the law.  When the facts are on your side, pound on the facts.  When neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound on the table.

      Posted by cgage on 02/16 at 11:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Mark Steyn is back online

      I found this site through Mark Steyn’s site. I remember it as though it were yesterday- it was the happiest day of my life, for that was the day I met Rolf Harris.

      Tim was banging on about some Norwegian trawler.

      Posted by Harry Hutton on 02/16 at 04:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Regarding the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Robert Fisk asks: “Would the Syrians dream of doing anything so crude and vicious as this?�? Beats me; maybe Fisk should ask the citizens of Hamah. If he can find any. (Via Alan R.M. Jones)

      Robert Fisk knows the truth – the Jews did it.

      Posted by steve68 on 02/16 at 05:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Stephen Crittenden, interviewing UK Minister for Northern Ireland John Spellar, asked him what he thought the main issue in the forthcoming UK election would be. Before Spellar could reply, Crittenden helpfully suggested “Iraq?”
      Spellar dismissed this: only the chattering classes are concerned about Iraq, he said. Quick as a flash, our unbiased ABC presenter shot back (in his worst ABC smartypants voice): “Chattering classes win elections.”

      Spellar replied: “No they don’t.”

      This is truly brilliant and explains why the Labour Party are in control over here but the ALP look like they came last in the under 12’s fat kids 20 metre dash.

      Thi is what Kingston, Adams, Ramsey and the rest of Australia’s left wing media don’t get. You do not win elections by chattering on and whining all the time. Ultimately, these journos (if I can call them that…. they’re more like drop outs from the NSW College of English Teachers) will never truly understand that.

      Posted by Karl Fidel Adams-Kingston on 02/16 at 08:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gerard H, eh? Hendo into the blogs now?

      Posted by slatts on 02/16 at 10:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Karl your comments are like the murmur of the waves, faint and far off, like the echo of traffic up a by-street in London. The blind worms grow fat upon your substance and that’s about it.

      Posted by Salim_Ahmed on 02/16 at 11:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Crittenden is awful. The morning spot on Radio National is now more “communard”, as Uncle would say, than ever. Complete with the Age’s Michelle Grattan. Compared to Critts, she’s a right wing redneck!
      His interview with Beazley this morning diplayed the conceit of the interviewer and his Pisa-esque leanings.
      Beasley was asked to recant over his Tampa stance, with Crittenden almost demanding an on-air apology to those rusted on Labor supporters who think Beasley was wrong.
      With supporters/agenda pushers like Crittenden, the ALP will continue to have an image problem with middle Australian voters.

      Posted by blogstrop on 02/17 at 06:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. like the echo of traffic up a by-street in London. The blind worms grow fat upon your substance and that’s about it.
      This guy has issues.

      Posted by blogstrop on 02/17 at 06:14 PM • permalink

 

  1. You see Karl, when you quote your hero T E Lawrence every uneducated fool in your camp thinks it’s loony!

    Posted by Salim_Ahmed on 02/17 at 09:56 PM • permalink