3 Apr. 2008

Another Independent Aussie Blog Sucked Down The Murdoch Hole

Mark Bahnisch at Larvatus Prodeo gets his own news.com URL.

I can totally sympathise with Mark's desire to make a bit of money out of blogging, but seriously - the Government Gazette Opposition Orifice?

What a disappointment. Bahnisch has a lot to offer, but he has sold himself short.

I mean, how much do these bastards pay, anyway? Can it really be worth it? Murdoch must chuckle himself to sleep at night thinking about how all his strident critics just roll over and play dead whenever the cheque book comes out.

Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit.

Sure, L.P. will still struggle on as a blog, just like Road To Surfdom does. I hear there are even some changes coming. But I won't be a part of it no more.

It's Teh Credibility, stupid. This is from The Guardian, February 2003:
Most revealing of all was Murdoch's reference to the rationale for going to war, blatantly using the o-word. Politicians in the United States and Britain have strenuously denied the significance of oil, but Murdoch wasn't so reticent. He believes that deposing the Iraqi leader would lead to cheaper oil. "The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy...would be $20 a barrel for oil. That's bigger than any tax cut in any country."

He went even further down this road in an interview the week before with America's Fortune magazine by forecasting a postwar economic boom. "Once it [Iraq] is behind us, the whole world will benefit from cheaper oil which will be a bigger stimulus than anything else."

So there was the maestro's music. What then of his editors' lyrics?
All in tune back then, and still in tune today. Economic rationalism gone mad.