Rupert Murdoch, Friend to the Enviro-Left


At the American Spectator site, Ivan Osorio points out that while the forthcoming movie The Day After Tomorrow may bouy lefty arguments about global warming, it helps sink lefty arguments about media consolidation.


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  1. This flick ain’t gonna bouy or sink nothing. It’s all about the $$$$$$.

    Enjoy your day!

  2. Sorry Y’all:

    This film could indeed help to invoke the codified Precautionary Principle in the Treaty of the European Community (from Nice). So, it could actually have an effect on environmental policy here in Europe. And there is legal basis for it. People can actually cite this and be fully legal. On the late news an “Expert” was interviewed on this topic, because of this film. On two German stations I saw somthing quite like that too. Listen to your NPR or some other left oriented news to see if they wonder and worry about this.

    Remember that Pearl Harbor the Movie did affect how people viewed that conflict, or that the movie Troja will “educate” many on that war, movies that claim to depict “factual” events cause consternation amongst some. And those oftentimes are the “Greenpeace” or overlyworried group. Not to paint with too broad a brush, but this clumsy explanation will have to do.

    An American who is at the Exchange program here told me of his parents, who recently saw the movie, Troja, but the Camera broke, and everybody had to leave. As the Parents were leaving, they overheard another family talking, “Who do you think will win this war?”

    O yes, the wonders of Public Education.

  3. You mean that Rupert is “fair and balanced”?

  4. I expect it’ll be vastly overshadowed by the effect of Gibson’s Jesus-porn.

    Secondly, it’s absurd to think a *disaster movie* – part of a consistently awful genre – is going to have as much impact on voters as day-to-day editorial decisions.

    Good lord. Was Nixon impeached because of the “Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno”?

    Sheesh. People don’t vote based on disaster movies, which they expect to exaggerate things and be unrealistic.

    But they do spend lots of money watching them. Which is why Fox is involved.

    Fox’s talking heads and editorialists *love* to rail against indecency and the decline of the culture. Yet Fox has produced some of the most decadent programs, such as “Who wants to Marry a Millionaire”. And Murdoch’s Sun, in Britain, has bare tits every day on page 3; Murdoch’s US columnists and opinionators would probably have a stroke if confronted by that. Think of the Children! Worse than Janet Jackson, 5 days a week!

    But when it comes to editorial matters, Murdoch is pretty consistent. And that’s what moves public opinion.

  5. Secondly, it’s absurd to think a *disaster movie* – part of a consistently awful genre – is going to have as much impact on voters as day-to-day editorial decisions. Good lord. Was Nixon impeached because of the “Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno”?

    No, but “The China Syndrome” did markedly feed the anti-nuclear hysteria that killed America’s shift from coal-burning power plants to nuclear ones. For that matter, movies like “Jurassic Park” probably contributed to anti-GM hysteria, too.

  6. Following up on Gene’s point, Rupert Murdoch financed the The Weekly Standard, and check out what William Kristol has been saying lately:

    “If we have to make common cause with the more hawkish liberals and fight the conservatives, that is fine with me,”

    The Weekly Standard editor added that the neoconservatives may just abandon the Right altogether and convert to neo-liberalism.

  7. This sucks. First King Kong comes out
    and bolsters the left’s arguments against
    introducing giant monkeys into modern civilization, and now this?

  8. Junk science is no less effective at invading public consciousness than actual science.

    Actual science is factual and true, which may give it a bit of an advantage. But real science is really boring.

    Junk science is fun! It’s exciting and scary! It changes constantly! It can’t be defated, because it’s like a virus that mutates whenever pressured.

    News Corp. is a big place. It is not a large monolith where Rupert Murdoch makes all of the decisions and communicates them telepathically to all of his drones.

    I think the liberals have been watching too many movies.

  9. TISM?s original


    Christina Aguilera:
    Some dead-eyed child bride
    Has learned to dance
    Sisqo: One pack of vicious blacks
    Hates another.
    Moby: A geography teacher
    Bought a blues record
    Radiohead: Redefining the very idiom
    That is modern music.
    Psy-trance. Big beat. Prog house.
    Old skool. Hard house.
    Nu-skool breaks:
    London: The 500 most snooty people
    Thinks something?s important.
    Acting in a movie: Walk to the mark. Say the line.
    Do it again.
    Video clips: The revolving moose-head shot
    Cost quarter of a mil.
    Pay TV: Gilligan?s island. Rugby.
    Gilligan?s island again.
    The Internet: More crap at your fingertips
    Than on them.

    Big Fucking Woopee

    Georgio Armani: Makes dresses.
    Makes more dresses.
    The Queen Mother: Fucked the right guy.
    Lots of money. Drunkard.
    Vegans: Deeply committed people.
    Better than you and me.
    Stock market: Lots of guys with rat-cunning,
    Ripping each other off.
    BMW: You hop in this car,
    Then you drive it

    New Wavered
    (early April 2004)

    Clare Robertson:
    One of only two women to work on the Tattersalls ?Javelin? cabling project in 1995
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    CCTV?s: Provided the footage
    That showed the women doing their work
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Keno cable: It?s successful termination proved to be impossible for all but one of the women cablers.
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Steven Schumer: Redefining the very idiom
    That is modern husbandry.
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Austel: Telstra?s brainchild
    Conceived for the regulation of the burgeoning cabling industry
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Collingwood: The place where, by Clare?s impetus alone, Clare undertook an eight week coaching course to prepare her for the Austel licensing examination in 1996
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Singing in a band: Announce an impromptu concert to be held coincidently on the same day that Clare sits the Austel licensing examination. Run towards the general direction of Clare. Procede to strip off your costume and throw it onto Clare.
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Evidence: Wipe out any that proves you performed a concert that night.
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Video clips:The lounges couldn?t compete
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Diploma of telecommunications: A farce of a course. A relative waste of time for anyone interested in learning how to run cable.
    Daddy what?s the truth?

    Daddy what?s the fucking truth?

    Paul Cridge: Makes aspersions.
    Makes more aspersions.
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    Tyre: The outer part of a wheel which when deflated makes it nearly impossible to drive your car.
    Police: Deeply committed people.
    Authorized to witness a statutory declaration of a lost wallet and Austel license and then to take you to hospital with culminated exasperation at two years worth of unsuccessful applications for a replacement license.
    The Hippocratic Oath: Ask Paul
    Daddy what?s the truth?
    The truth: It?s horror will prevail
    Daddy what?s the truth?

    TISM?s Original

    The Men?s Room

    The fucking kids are whingeing
    They can?t get a job
    The photocopy repair man
    Is a smarmy smartarse knob;
    I?ve been running this office
    For so long I can?t recall-
    I?ve gone and pissed thirty years
    Up against the wall

    ?Good morning Mr Jenkins?
    The office girls all say
    ?Gentlemen,? I?ll tell the board,
    ?What?s the agenda for today??
    I play the part so desperately
    Because the truth so appals:
    I?ve gone and pissed thirty years
    Up against the wall

    The fingers that knot my tie
    Are fat with some success;
    But they tremble ?still so slightly
    So far only I notice;
    In the far off wilderness
    A lone hyena calls;
    I?ve gone and pissed thirty years
    Up against the wall

    Off I go to the men?s room
    For the seventh time today:
    My bladder no longer hears me,
    No matter what I say.
    I count the tiles in front of me
    And wait for the trickle to fall
    I?ve gone and pissed thirty years
    Up against the wall

    New Wavered (10-6-04)

    The Venue

    I?ve done enough of this degree
    I?d better get a job
    Who?d?ve guessed fate would see me
    Messed up with the mob
    I learned how to run this cable
    At Telecom I recall
    I?ve gone and pissed off the guy who hired me
    He was Paul

    Good morning Mr Jinks
    As I arrive for investigation
    Take my prints-and yes
    I appeared in court for cultivation
    I tell the truth so desperately
    ?Cause more cabling work calls
    I?ve gone and pissed off the guy who hired me
    He was Paul

    The fingers that fix the saddles
    Do it with success
    But John Gillies? reproving
    Causes me some stress
    ?You should be more careful
    Of what you? say-he calls
    I?ve gone and pissed off the guy who hired me
    He was Paul

    Off I go to the women?s room
    As I ponder the issue at stake
    I?d absent mindedly told the carpenter
    That we were working through Drake
    We weren?t KLM employees
    As was told to Tattersalls
    I?ve gone and pissed off the guy who hired me
    He was Paul
    TISM?s original

    I Might Be A Cunt, But I?m Not A Fucking Cunt

    I might be a rock star, but I?ll never be a critic;
    I might like porno?s, but Baywatch is fucking sick.
    I might?ve screwed your sister, but I?ll never screw your mum;
    I might?ve gone to Uni, but at least I know I?m dumb.

    I might hide my small penis, but not by owning a gun;
    I might not be a homosexual, but I?ve slept with a guy who?s one.
    I might agree with Jesus, but I got no religious belief;
    At least I clean the drops up when I piss on the toilet seat.

    I might be a cunt, but I?m not a fucking cunt

    I might barrack for Port Power, but never for the crows;
    I might watch A Current Affair, but Frontline also.
    I might like Tarantino, but sometimes you gotta wonder;
    I mightn?t tell the truth all the time-hey what?s your mother?s number?

    New Wavered (16-6-04)

    I might?ve been a female, but for Paul that wasn?t a worry
    I might?ve been surprised, but he seemed in such a hurry
    I might?ve been the reason that John bought Laurel on board
    I might?ve been a ?nothing?, but I wasn?t an E grade fraud

    I might?ve seen he?d stripped the ten pair, but then I conciliated
    I might?ve seen the wires, but the pairs had become separated
    I might?ve been frustrated, but his condescension did grate
    I might?ve been a ?nothing?, but he didn?t have to deprecate

    I might be a pest, but I?ve got my self respect

    I might?ve leaked the truth, but I obviously knew how to work
    I might?ve forgotten the carpenter?s response, but I?ll never forget his smirk
    I might?ve been preoccupied, but his laughter was plain to see
    I might?ve been a ?nothing?, but why was he laughing at me?

    I might be a pest, but I?ve got my self respect

    I might?ve been a ?nothing?, but Mick got taken off the job
    I might?ve thought he looked alright, but David said they said he looked like a slob
    I might?ve found solace with David, but Mick looked tidier than Ken
    I might?ve discovered some insight, but I didn?t realise back then

    TISM?s Original

    Great Expectorations

    Forget Generation X
    Here?s Generation Me
    Spit the dummy

    If you?re looking for the breaks
    But you ain?t got what it takes
    Just come down with the shakes and
    Spit the dummy

    Spit the dummy
    Chuck a wobbly
    Have a paddy
    Spit the dummy

    The only way to get the perks
    And climb above the other jerks
    Turn on the waterworks
    Spit the dummy

    The world is a great big melting pot
    There?s those who do, and those who do their block
    Why shoulder the weight of society
    When a tantrum or two will get you what you need

    Babies have got it right
    Wake up crying in the night
    Every time you get a fright
    Spit the dummy

    Jesus stuck up for the meek
    Said ?turn the other cheek?
    But that?ll get you up shit creek
    Just spit the dummy

    New Wavered (3-8-04)

    Forget credulity
    Here?s a postcard that was sent to me
    It?s not funny

    If you?re looking to confound
    You might need to shift your ground
    Just come up with something quite profound and
    It?s not funny

    It?s not funny
    Ask your mummy
    Ask your daddy
    It?s not funny

    The only logical explanation
    Of this anonymous voyeuristic implication
    Is that it?s intent is nothing less than intimidation
    It?s not funny

    The world is full of arguments
    The postmark might just augment my defence
    Although the prank was not illicit
    The postcard?s inference is very explicit

    No amount of male moneyed talking
    Can deny it may contribute to a theory of stalking
    Shove it brother-just keep walking
    It?s not funny

    Jesus struck up much confusion
    Masses exploit in collusion
    Is the postcard?s existence just a delusion?
    No, It?s not funny

    TISM?s original

    The Mystery Of The Artist Explained

    I?ve been working 76 hours per week;
    I hate every moment-
    But I do it because
    Somehow I like the pain.

    I?m fucked in the head.

    When I was five years old
    I fell in love with my sister;
    I still have a strange attraction
    To women with faces like her.

    Deep down I?m guilty still
    About my treatment of my peers-
    I used to think they were the fiddle,
    And I was Nero and Rome was burning.

    New Wavered (4-8-04)

    The Mystery Of Greg Explained

    I,ve been with new Waver since before 1996
    I hate every denouement
    But I did it because
    Somehow I liked the denial

    I call myself Greg.
    When she was three years old
    She fell foul of her mother
    I was part of a strange protraction
    Of her punishment

    Deep down I?m waiting still
    For deceit to be diminished
    ?Cause while it lingers on
    Mary Springham?s revenge isn?t finished

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