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Veteran foe of democracy John Pilger—whose entire body is on compassionate tilt these days—faces a gruelling interrogation from Antony Loewenstein. It would have been interesting to learn if Pilger still supports Madrid-style bomb attacks:

The current threat of attacks in countries whose governments have close alliances with Washington is the latest stage in a long struggle against the empires of the west, their rapacious crusades and domination. The motivation of those who plant bombs in railway carriages derives directly from this truth.

Antony never got around to asking. Must have been pushed for time.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/19/2004 at 10:47 PM
    1. Wow, Anthony…way to ask the tough questions! (rolls eyes)

      Posted by Richard_of_Oz on 12/19 at 11:52 PM • permalink


    1. Jesus, look at that picture!  Compared to Pilger, even Michael Moore seems like a decent human being.  At least Moore looks like he enjoys his food.


      Posted by TFK on 12/19 at 11:54 PM • permalink


    1. Sheesh Anthony, were you giving Pilger a hand job under the table? Dont forget the KY next time…disgusting!!!

      Posted by debbie on 12/19 at 11:55 PM • permalink


    1. “It’s meant to show, as Martha Gellhorn said, that journalism is reporting from the bottom up, not from the top down.”

      Interesting that Pilger admires Martha Gellhorn, along with Burchett and others. She wrote some great stories out of Germany circa 1944, however she really made her name reporting the horrors of the Great Depression in the US. She was a great booster of Roosevelt and unfortuntely she never investigated effectively enough to find that the misery she described was actually caused by the New Deal which prolonged the depression in the US years after other countries had emerged from it.

      Posted by Rafe on 12/20 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. woo-hoo! we’re involved in an ‘epic crime’!

      hmmm…his long-lost twin? he even has the tilt down…

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 12/20 at 12:29 AM • permalink


    1. *sigh* he’s so dreamy and intensely morose. These womens’ work is never done.

      Posted by bovious on 12/20 at 12:33 AM • permalink


    1. What was the main reason for your new book, _Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism And Its Triumphs_?

      Tell Me No Lies: needs a better predicate.  It seems to fit any damn thing at all, in fact.  Journalism’s triumphs is pretty weak.  It needs a climax.

      Tell Me No Lies: The Opening of the SS Sturm-Abteilung Archive
      Tell Me No Lies: Wit and Self-Irony in Susan Sontag
      Tell Me No Lies: The Failure of U.S. Policy towards Everything
      Tell Me No Lies: Communication as Fetish
      Tell Me No Lies: The Theft of All French Ideas from German Philosophy
      Tell Me No Lies: The Kikuyu Cliteridectomy Controversy
      Tell Me No Lies: A Lebenswelt Approach to the Homeless

      (these predicates stolen from the end of Kothar wa-Khasis “Choosing Your Names’’ _Raritan_ XI:3 (Winter 1992))

      Posted by rhhardin on 12/20 at 03:01 AM • permalink


    1. He looks like he was the keyboardist for a ‘70s progressive rock band.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 12/20 at 04:40 AM • permalink


    1. Happy tilty!

      Sad tilty.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 12/20 at 04:43 AM • permalink


    1. What a crazy interview!
      Lowenstein ddin’t ask questions – he merely made statements and expected that Pilger would expand on them, which he did.

      Posted by davidb on 12/20 at 05:40 AM • permalink


    1. A story that doesn’t appear in the papers is that Iraqi oil, in fact, has almost stopped. The resistance are doing such a good job of blowing up the main oil lines, particularly the one that runs down to the Turkish Mediterranean and the refining in the south, that it’s a trickle.

      Well thats clearly untrue, blast on pipelines have been well well reported and documented so Pilgers entire ‘interview’ is one big lie.

      Posted by rog on 12/20 at 06:23 AM • permalink


    1. What’s your general feeling about the media you consume here?

      I try not to get depressed any more. I just don’t bother with it much.

      Most of this interview/circle-jerk, was your garden-variety, anti-western, anti-capatalist screech-fest.

      That said, I couldn’t agree more with his feelings and perspective where the main stream media are concerned.

      Posted by Thomas on 12/20 at 08:25 AM • permalink


    1. That look of Deep Concern–where has one seen it before? Hmm…

      Posted by liz on 12/20 at 09:10 AM • permalink


    1. He looks just like Sam the American Eagle from the muppet show with glasses. And his commentary is so reminiscent:

      “Ecology: an opinion by Sam Eagle: Greetings, Here’s a list of the animals these so-called conservationists would have you protect:
      the mountain lion, Huh!;
      the alligator, Huh!;
      the timber wolf, Huh!;
      the American Bald Eagle…the American Bald Eagle!?  Excuse me, this list is now operative.”

      Posted by Pauly on 12/20 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. What a crazy interview! Lowenstein ddin’t ask questions – he merely made statements and expected that Pilger would expand on them, which he did.

      Admittedly, that is the easiest way to conduct an interview when interviewer and interviewee are so obviously getting their lines from the same script.

      Antony must have been happy to get a paycheck for doing basically nothing.

      Posted by PW on 12/20 at 04:43 PM • permalink


    1. Pilger looks like death warmed up in that photo.

      Hope it’s an omen.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 12/20 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. In Adelaide, at an occasion during the mid seventies, I stood in a neat row with SLR at my side whilst Brig Phillip Greville, my commander, dedicated a modest timber cross to the men of the Royal Australian Regiment (of which I was a member) who had served Australia in war.

      Part way through his speech he paused, and yelled �traitor� at a crumpled man in company of an ABC film crew at the edge of the assembled crowd.

      Greville shouted �traitor� several times more and then overcome with emotion was helped away from the dais.

      I was shocked � I knew Greville was a soldier of some standing, an ex prisoner of war of the Chinese in Korea and his outburst was uncharacteristic to say the least.

      Some days later I happened to catch him in a quiet moment back in Keswick barracks and emboldened by my concern for a man I respected, I asked him what had prompted his career-ending outburst.

      He and others who suffered in North Korean PW camps told me of the torture they had suffered as prisoners of war at the hands of the Chinese and North Koreans and how Wilfred Burchett had aided the enemy in their efforts to interrogate Australian soldiers and how information supplied by Burchett to the enemy was used to humiliate and psychologically pressure Australian PWs.

      One man � Private Maddern, a member of 3RAR was singled out by the enemy and tortured to death in front of Greville and his peers.

      His courage was recognised by the award of a George Cross because of his selfless sacrifice of his life to protect his `mates�.

      Burchett had his citizenship revoked after the Korean War and did not return to Australia from the Soviet Union until `commie� Jim Cairns engineered a re-issue of his Australian passport.

      Shortly after his return to grace, Burchett with ABC film crew in tow, made their presence felt at the dedication of a memorial to men, he, Burchett, had helped our enemy torture.

      From that day �til now I have despised the ABC culture, the ALP and people like Pilger who support scum like Burchett.

      I will never forget.

      Posted by OldDigger on 12/21 at 12:10 AM • permalink


  1. ‘OldDigger ‘ I salute you and your mates who laid down their lives….Would this be the same ABC who recently invited a Uni professor of “pop culture” onto their show specifically to discuss Beheading. Their choice of topic!This at a time when a man was begging for his life (later ended ) in a cage on same national public broadcaster. We were told that beheading was not barbaric at all, much nicer than hanging drawing and quartering or being burnt to death. Thanks our ABC

    Posted by crash on 12/21 at 01:34 AM • permalink