Piers’ finest moment

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178 Responses to Piers’ finest moment

  1. JC

    And just listen to that disgusting Barrie Cassidy spinning for c..t Conroy. We as taxpayers pay this douchebag his salary.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    My view on this is that the Liberals must be uncompromising on this point and announce that anyone who accepts the position of Public Interest Media Advocate will be prosecuted for treason.

  3. Splatacrobat

    Fairfax wouldn’t let Gina get a seat on their board because she wouldn’t sign their group think editorial charter. These same lackwits will be the first to complain if this media regulator ever made a ruling against them.

    I say let the legislation pass and use the stick that they create against them with extreme predujice.

  4. Amfortas

    In what way is Cassidy so thick that he cannot see how it is a monumental attack on free speech? I suppose he would support Michelle O’Byrne in Tasmania threatening anyone with a $65000 fine and a year in jail for publicly expressing an anti-abortion position.

  5. Gab

    The ABC is exempt from Conroy’s clamping down and regulating the media, so what would they care anyway?

  6. Tintarella di Luna

    It’s be interesting to have the thoughts of professional eschatologists on the Gillard government. There will be books to be shure to be shure, in fact George Megaloschnozus is probably knee-deep in tracts looking for a biblical clue as to when the end of days began for Gillard and her ‘government’.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    The ABC is exempt from Conroy’s clamping down and regulating the media, so what would they care anyway?

    The quiet thoughtful Sunbather has been in furious correspondence since Movember last year on ABC bias, after about 10 letters he’s now called on the chinless wonder to direct the ABC to desist in its biased programming. The chinless wonder’s office has said he should send his complaint to ACMA, what a laugh.

    The ABC is above the law by which every other media outlet must abide. How convenient.

  8. JamesK

    My view on this is that the Liberals must be uncompromising on this point and announce that anyone who accepts the position of Public Interest Media Advocate will be prosecuted for treason.

    But only after the death penalty is re-introduced

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    But only after the death penalty is re-introduced

    JamesK I’d be happy with life in prison but as long it’s as wind turbine servicer.

  10. C.L.

    God bless him for trying but however righteous he always sounds like Porky Pig.

  11. Akerman tried the bullying techniques for which he is notorious.
    Except that on Insiders he met his match and it just made him look silly….

  12. Tintarella di Luna

    But only after the death penalty is re-introduced

    lost in translation

    Salt mines or some such

  13. Tintarella di Luna

    Akerman tried the bullying techniques for which he is notorious.
    Except that on Insiders he met his match and it just made him look silly….

    Number I think you were watching RPA when they did a colonoscopy — it was still

    Insiders.

    though.

  14. blogstrop

    Piers is more effective in print (in fact devastatingly so) than in person, but today he did extra well in the forum of the wankers.
    Numbers, on the other hand, is unimpressive in any format. He should feel shame, but his terminally damaged persona appears to have sequestered normal feelings and cognizance in a small, atrophied part of his brain.

  15. Bruce

    Don’t the left remember they were screeching against Howard ‘censoring’ the media only 6 years ago?

    Don’t they realise that just after this legislation is enacted that the Mad Monk from the IPA-Koch Bros alliance of evil CO2 swilling neanderthals will be PM with these laws in his hairy hand ready to wreak vicious terrible revenge on the glorious angelic left thinking ABC journos?

    Certainly no consideration for their futures, these lot. Credulous. No consideration that legislative censorship might affect them in the very near future.

  16. Andrew

    WELL DONE PIERS!!!!! Give it to the Commies!!!

  17. Splatacrobat

    Sarah [email protected]
    Piers Akerman off his tree this morning, his ranting craze seemed more unhinged than usual…and he accuses the Greens of being “kooky”

    I think Piers was being too kind.

  18. JC

    No Sarah… you’re not kooky. You’re downright evil bastards.

  19. grumpy

    Piers Akerman should be the coalition’s choice for PIMA after that performance!

  20. JC

    My view on this is that the Liberals must be uncompromising on this point and announce that anyone who accepts the position of Public Interest Media Advocate will be prosecuted for treason.

    How would that work if they actually did carry it through, sinc?

  21. Splatacrobat

    How would that work if they actually did carry it through, sinc?

    Like this JC only change the title to application form.

  22. Sinclair Davidson

    JC – not following your question. You arrest the person and charge them. Make sure they have a fair trial.

  23. JC

    But the government can’t have someone arrested. That would have come from the police, no?

    I suppose the AG’s dept. could create a charge and then hand it to the prosecutor’s office.

  24. nic

    God bless him for trying but however righteous he always sounds like Porky Pig.

    I agree. An orator he is not. He was entirely justified in what he said today but he’s not the most effective of communicators.

  25. Gavin H

    I would say Piers is now Tony Abbots number one choice for PIMA come Sept 15, Gerard Henderson a close second.

    No doubt under Tony’s reign the PIMA’s authority will extend to the Crikey and the ABC (incuding its website).

    Wouldn’t that be delicious?

  26. twostix

    Don’t they realise that just after this legislation is enacted that the Mad Monk from the IPA-Koch Bros alliance of evil CO2 swilling neanderthals will be PM with these laws in his hairy hand ready to wreak vicious terrible revenge on the glorious angelic left thinking ABC journos?

    Sombody made a snide remark about this at Paul Bongornio on Twitter.

    An avalanche of self-righteous leftists came down on the person screaming about what fascists he and “the right” are.

    It’s surreal, these are the people all horny about how the laws going to stop “news limited propoganda”.

    We’ve crossed the rubicon.

  27. hammygar

    He came across as a raging bully. Totally outscored by the other three. Why Insiders has him on so often really puzzles me. They should scrub him, Chris Kenny, Nikki Savva and especially that wanker Gerard Henderson. Have you ever read the turgid stupidity of the latter’s Media Watch Cat?

    Insiders has improved immensely since they expelled Bolt from their panels.

  28. JC

    We’ve crossed the rubicon.

    I think you’re right. There’s no letting up now, I reckon.

  29. JC

    Fuck off Kero, we’re trying to have a serious discussion without your cheap Composter impersonations.

  30. Gab

    So hammy’s latest is all conservative journalists/commentators should be silenced…hey, that’s exactly what Conroy wants.

    Hammy sez: free press only if it’s a left-wing press. Bless your black Stalin heart.

  31. hammygar

    we’re trying to have a serious discussion

    You have no idea of what a serious discussion is, Cambria. Personal abuse is all you know.

  32. Gab

    And regurgitating Conroy’s and gillard’s words is all you know, hammystrung.

  33. JC

    Kero:

    Nice to see you’ve been doing homework on what you think our names are you piece of worthless shit.

    You would have to be the very last person top be talking about having a serious discussion after admitting that you’ve been thinking about killing yourself over the plight of aboriginals.

    Your composta rants here are platitudes and nothing else, so as I said, fuck off and go post elsewhere, fuckface. There’s no reason for you to be here other than trolling and taking down the site.

    You require medical help through heavy duty medication, not posting comments.

  34. Simon

    I love the way proprietors = Gina and Rupert but the government owning two tv channels and countless blogs, publications and radio stations is apparently exempt from the label. So private popular money making ventures are evil and corrupt but public money pits are sweet and free from the influence of political power. Just makes so much sense. It’s not the crossing the Rubicon… we’re through the looking glass people!

  35. Lazlo

    We’ve crossed the rubicon

    We sure have. No quarter now – none asked and none given.

    Those nancies in the PC legacy media have no idea about freedom. My parents’ generation died for it. I am prepared to go to jail for it.

    But I am with JC: Abbott should keep the legislation in place long enough to use it on Fairfax and the ABC. I can hear the squealing of the amoral, hypocritical shits..

  36. cynical1

    Hamstring is apparently a poor imitation of the dearly departed Mrs Composta.

    A very poor imitation…..

  37. hammygar

    Cambria is just a fellow lefty posing as a right-winger. He sees me as a serious rival.

  38. Splatacrobat

    108 self immolators in Tibet since 2008.
    Not one in Australia since 2007 when Labor got in.

    come on Hammy your letting the side down.

  39. JamesK

    I still think Farr is much the more disgusting of the trio of insane leftists this morning whilst similarly Hamster is almost human contrasted with liar-steve®

  40. Lazlo

    hammy, I am certain you will not understand this, but attacking the individual rather than the argument is extremely lame. It is the last refuge of the scoundrel in the dreadful PC world of today.

    But, hey, what the heck! Why don’t you just fuck off, you leftie tape recorder?

  41. Mk50 of Brisbane

    hammyracist obviously picked a bad day to give up sniffing petrol.

  42. JC

    Kero

    You’re now going to Tim Lambert’s site (ex-UNSW) to pick up dirt from 2005? Lol

    You realize that Lambert was sending hate mail to Jason, the original owner of this site, with some pretty disgusting language.

    Shiny ought to be the last person your rely on fuckface.

    Seriously, get the fuck out of here and stop ruining threads with your cheap Composta imitations.

    I’ve been through the same accusations a thousand times before with other leftwing dickheads and it doesn’t do a thing to me.

    Here let me now post what you said about ending your life over social justice. Remember?

    I am of anglo-saxon descent myself (several generations), and cannot seem to help my perpetual feelings of guilt about my existence here in their land. I would really like to migrate away from Australia. I’m ineligible for immigration to any other country because of my age, so I have thoughts that the only just decision on my part would be self-termination on the grounds of social justice.

    Recall how no one here felt sorry for you. Instead they laughed and sniggered at your worthlessness?

    Stop posting, go seek help and demand heavy duty medication. Failing that, just light the match then.

  43. Louis Hissink

    Ho, ho ho, Hammy has discovered Brookesnews. Ho, ho, ho, ho. I love it.

  44. wreckage

    But I am with JC: Abbott should keep the legislation in place long enough to use it on Fairfax and the ABC. I can hear the squealing of the amoral, hypocritical shits..

    They will not get it. They won’t understand. When legislation they voted for gets used against them it will prove Abbott is evil, not that the legislation is bad. They will demand more and tougher legislation.

  45. JC

    Louis

    Once I get to them, really get to them, leftwinger idiots always end up at those two sites and post the link here thinking it will have an impact in some way.

    It’s always a good sign that I’ve made them totally flip out.

  46. Lazlo

    self-termination on the grounds of social justice.

    Hammy has got it right on this one..

  47. Chris M

    Who is that chunky green woman?

  48. Lazlo

    Is Lambert ex-UNSW now?

  49. wreckage

    Hammy’s a thread-wrecker disguised as bad parody. That’s right. A troll pretending to be a right winger pretending to be a left winger who is also a troll.

  50. elhombre

    Remember Hammy, you cut ALONG the vein .. not across.

  51. JamesK

    Maybe Hamster is fran batlow’s husband?

    About to be kicked out of the house he’s been renting for the past 22 years and searching for house with 5% deposit in his old age?

    And I don’t think Fran has been working as a teacher for a few dewcades.

    She’s a frightening nutter and no matter how leftist the school principal, nobody would be mad enuff to hire her.

    Which just leaves the Hamster’s wages packing shelves nightshift at the local Budget Rite Foodmarket.

  52. Louis Hissink

    JC, yeah, I’ve noticed that – the sites of last resort when all else fails.

  53. Rafe

    Stupid comment CL. Sorry to see you in the gutter with the trolls.

  54. Gab

    Maybe Hammy is Tim Lambert?

  55. JC

    I mean, FFS why would you post a comment saying that you’re thinking about killing for social justice? What sort of the mentally ill, pathetic individual would post that sort of crap and think he would be taken seriously later on. How pitiful.

    And to top it off he spends and inordinate amount of time on the Cat posting platitudinous swill as well as doing cheap imitations of Composta. What a mentally disturbed, pitiful douchebag you are Keroboy.

  56. wreckage

    By the way, Australia fell 12 places in press freedom rankings after Finkelstein. We can expect to fall further.

  57. Louis Hissink

    Gab, no way – Lambert would have hacked into me a long time ago if that was the case.

  58. JC

    Is Lambert ex-UNSW now?

    I think so Lazlo.

  59. Louis Hissink

    He’s still on their staff list.

  60. Rafe

    BoltA a couple of days behind the Cat with a heads up on Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch. Good to have a reminder but.

  61. JC

    Maybe Hammy is Tim Lambert?

    Naaa Lambert isn’t as good a writer as Keroboy. Have you ever read one of Lambert’s posts? I dare you. It’s incoherent trash.

    You really can’t figure out what the idiot is attempting to say because he’s such a bad writer.

  62. Gab

    By the way, Australia fell 12 places in press freedom rankings after Finkelstein.

    Reporters without borders (RWB) had Australia at 41 when that evil Howard was “controlling” the free press and telling them what they could write. Today Australia is at 26 on the RWB ranking. I gather RWB does not work on facts, rather spikes in the msm key phrases such as ‘restrict free press’ and ‘media laws’.

  63. wreckage

    So, Howard goes out and we go up 20 rankings on the promise of greater freedom one day. Then when that doesn’t eventuate, and in fact the reverse does, we only fall 12 or so.

    They have an interesting ranking system, since it seems if you tell people you’re going to give them access to detention centres, but then don’t, you’re 10+ ranks freer. You should be able to top the rankings with some well-placed bullshit, then only end up midfield for a 100% government owned and approved single news outlet thereafter.

  64. JC

    He’s still on their staff list.

    That’s true he is.

    However this thread he posted, wanting people to vote for him linked to a Facebook page where I think it was mentioned he had been made redundant or some such by some silly kid. That’s how I read it. Perhaps I read it incorrectly but I notice the facebook link is no longer around though.

  65. JamesK

    The other matter where the condescension emanated in bucket loads from the inane leftists on insiders was on the matter of rumours of Gillards demise.

    I’d like to see TLS rolled this week if for no other reason than to see Karen Lardarse and Smuggsie Farr open and close their gobs like stunned goldfish

  66. Lazlo

    They were doing redundancies at UNSW last year, so it sounds like this was a win-win..

  67. twostix

    Louis

    Once I get to them, really get to them, leftwinger idiots always end up at those two sites and post the link here thinking it will have an impact in some way.

    It’s always a good sign that I’ve made them totally flip out.

    Is it you JC?

    I read the article and it’s good. I’m not sure what’s supposed to be “bad” about it though it’s probably a little out of date re: Bolt who’s up for a good bit of biffo these days and the IPA are doing much, much better now the rest is spot on.

    Is it just another creepy leftist “we know who you are” attack? Or is it not you?

  68. twostix

    The other matter where the condescension emanated in bucket loads from the inane leftists on insiders was on the matter of rumours of Gillards demise.

    These people are utterly mad.

    Any rational ALP supporter would want Gillard gone in order to save the party at least save one or two seats. They think she’s doing a magnificent job, and that it’s “the media” who are to blame.

    Another strange thing I noticed on Paul Bongorinos twitter feed: He complains about “the media”. A lot, the problem is, so do all of his loser leftist mates…who in total themselves make up about 1/2 of the Australian political media.

    Totally delusional.

  69. JC

    Stix

    I think that piece was written in 2002 or so – about a decade ago in fact.

    Yea, things have really changed, especially the IPA. I have no beef with them now as they seem to working pretty hard getting the message across.. and the people there are top notch.

    Yea another creepy leftist thinks they can scare me… it doesn’t work though. Knowing who I am doesn’t frighten me in the least.

    If Keroboy wants to say something to me in person he has a standing invitation, however he won’t be standing soon after.

  70. Fisky

    Yea, things have really changed, especially the IPA. I have no beef with them now as they seem to working pretty hard getting the message across.. and the people there are top notch.

    Their Young Turks are top notch. That organization has really turned the corner in the last few years.

  71. William Bragg

    Piers’ finest moment

    I’ve never bothered to watch Pier’s before and, if that is true, it seems my choice has been a good one. As for suggesting trial for treason, and usual suspects wanting to know the modalities, you Cats are so much further off your rockers than usual on this one that, yes, you make Sarah Hanson Young look almost sane in comparison.

  72. Lazlo

    WB. So, you think there is a case for further regulation of the media and free expression. Why?

  73. Lazlo

    A simple question WB: what are the questions that TLS thought the media needed to answer?

  74. twostix

    JC you should write some guest posts I enjoyed reading those articles.

    Thanks for the link Hammygar, very helpful you clown.

  75. JC

    Braggs

    Leftist platitudes don’t offer us anything. You need to explain eggsactly why you think charging the “advocate” with treason is silly.

    Go!

  76. What would Cassidy, Midden and Farr have said if Richard Nixon had Conroy’s laws in place during Watergate, and had appointed an “independent” chairman to “guide” the press. No doubt history could have been different.

  77. twostix

    you Cats are so much further off your rockers than usual on this one that

    The leftist narrative is in: “it’s nothing to think about, anybody who is against it is hysterical. Why this famously magnanimous government of love and rainbows adores News Ltd and have never said they need muzzling.”

    If it’s such a small, tiny, nothing regulation why does it need to be rammed through parliament in one week and why immediately before an election?

    *crickets*

  78. Lazlo

    No answer. Thought so. What a pratt..

  79. twostix

    WB. So, you think there is a case for further regulation of the media and free expression. Why?

    Lazlo the last 180 years of free press needs to be rectified by this supremely competent, non-paranoid, non-vindictive, dont-hate-news-ltd-with-all-their-being, highly valued and loved government.

    They need to do this right now before they are returned to power in September because it’s just that important – 180 years has gone by and not one more week will without this important regulation.

  80. Louis Hissink

    what’s expected to happen in the USA around September this year? Gillard is only doing what she is told to do – her body language when near Obama trips my ‘ullo, ‘ullo radar.

  81. William Bragg

    So, you think there is a case for further regulation of the media and free expression.

    No answer. Thought so.

    I didn’t answer, Lazlo, because the premise of your question was false. That is, it does not follow from my comment on Ackerman’s lack of talent, and Cats lack of sanity, that I support further restrictions on free speech.

    Now, I realise that you Cats, probably because you’re so tribal, find it hard to understand that one can criticise a criticism of a third party without necessary supporting the position of the third party. It is elementary logic, after all.

  82. Gab

    Still no answer from him, Laz. Just more obfuscation because the chickenshit agrees with government media regulation restricting the free press. He just doesn;t have the cajones to say it outright.

  83. JC

    Braggs, you worthless coward. You never answer any questions put you. Ever.

  84. JC

    I notice Keroboy has done a runner. What a bunch of neutered wretches you two are, Braggs and Keroboy.

  85. WhaleHunt Fun

    Treason brings with it the opportunity for Capital Punishment.
    And immolation would be best.
    The most fun would be watching the faces of the rest of the ABC as they watching the first staff member’s sentence carried out, realise what is in store for them.
    It is not an easy passing, and watching them grasp the totality of that would be very satisfying.

  86. WhaleHunt Fun

    The faces of the Bali Nine would have been fun yesterday. A sort of prequel to the ABC endings.

  87. WhaleHunt Fun

    Sweet dreams are made of this

  88. Gab

    Butch Cassidy and the chuckle grubs have a good old giggle about muzzling the press

    MUCH gloating as ‘proprietors’ get their comeuppance because of their ‘attitude’.

    ABC1 Insiders yesterday:

    BARRIE Cassidy: Well the media story certainly did break through. . . . Is there a bit of hysteria in all this?

    Malcolm Farr: I’m still left with the question why they did it?

    Cassidy: (passionately) Well, how about this for an answer. Because they believe in it . . .

    Karen Middleton: And also the question being asked is why is it being done now?

    Cassidy: (more passion) But that’s the process . . . The debate is never about the issue, it’s about the process.

    Piers Akerman: Let’s go to the issue, Barry. Now you and I are old enough . . to remember that in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down . . .

    Farr: (chuckling)

    Cassidy: . . . Where are you going with this?

    Middleton: Sounds like the Stalin link again.

    Akerman: One of the things . . . that the Soviet Union and . . . every despotic government has done is attack the freedom of the press

    Middleton: Piers Akerman, the human headline. Here we go (snickering).

    Cassidy: (Laughs)

    Akerman: I can’t believe I’m sitting here on a program with three journalists and you think that freedom of the press is a laughing matter . . .

    Middleton: Give us a chance, Piers . . .

    Piers: A chance? Well, go on, laugh now and I’ll finish . . .

    Barry: (smirks) Can we go back to Malcolm. Do you think there has been some hysterical reaction to this? (giggles)

    Cassidy: (serious) In what way is this such a monumental attack on freedom of speech?

    Akerman: . . . Because once, as you said when you were talking to the laughing minister over there, you have a government appointed authority, who has oversight . . . then that regulator becomes answerable to the government . . .

    Cassidy: Did the proprietors have this coming? Because of their attitude . . . ?

  89. Louis Hissink

    WB comes here but to do one thing – to Bragg!

  90. wreckage

    To summarise WB: “I don’t feel like defending the free press here and now, but I totally would some other time.”

    A true hero.

  91. William Bragg

    You never answer any questions put you. Ever.

    When a question is relevsnt to an argument I have made, and I wish to explain or defend the argument, I answer the question.

    The problem you have, JC, is that you continually issue “challenges” in the form of questions, the answer to which would be irrelevant to the argument I have made. I know it annoys you, as I can see you frothing, but I normally allow such wide deliveries harmlessly through to the keeper.

  92. Gab

    LOL and still it won’t answer the question. What a coward you are bragg and what a waste of pixels.

  93. JC

    Braggs

    You coward. You ball-less coward.

  94. twostix

    Still no answer from him, Laz. Just more obfuscation because the chickenshit agrees with government media regulation restricting the free press. He just doesn;t have the cajones to say it outright.

    Like every other leftist in Australia is doing at the moment when he’s talking to other leftists he’ll join in the self pleasuring that’s going on around the leftisphere that this legislation is finally going to shut the evil News Ltd up.

    Then when talking to everyone else it’s “no big deal” and lololhystericallollol. The fact that News Ltd and everyone on planet earth who can read what they are all saying to each other on Twitter and in blog comments and can see exactly what they think the purpose of this legislation is for is lost on them. So apparently we’re hysterical for taking them at face value.

    It’s the old “commie / social democrat” two step.

  95. Gab

    he’ll join in the self pleasuring that’s going on around the leftisphere that this legislation is finally going to shut the evil News Ltd up.

    Oh but then they all scream for media “diversity”. meaning only lefty rags of the Fairfax stable should be allowed to publish. Scum like Braggs ought to be shipped off to North Korea to enjoy their brand of media “diversity” .

  96. William Bragg

    still it won’t answer the question

    Given that I have explained why I didn’t answer the question, Gsb, simply repeating the observation that I didn’t answer the question – without at least trying to muster some argument as to why I should – doesn’t really advance matters

    As for your ‘coward’ jibe, feel free to thrash and froth away with such insults and attempted provocations if you must. But know too that you do not dictate my agenda.

  97. Gab

    Ball-less, JC? AKA:

    self-neutered eunuch-men

  98. Gab

    Simply repeating why you won’t answer the question posed, braag only underscores your cowardice. But then I expect no less from the likes of you.

  99. papachango

    Recall how no one here felt sorry for you.

    because that comment about ‘self-termination on the grounds of social justice’ is so clearly a pisstake it would have been hard not to laugh

  100. twostix

    Should it concern us that two of the ABC’s most entreched ALP apologists are so at ease with the idea of the government muzzling the media?

    Today:

    Barry Cassidy: Did the proprietors have this coming? Because of their attitude . . . ?

    Last week:

    LEIGH SALES: You can be provocative and interesting; you just can’t be blatantly unfair… Aren’t you doing all of us in the media a disservice by running something like this because it gives critics an opportunity to say, “Well, there you go, that’s why the media needs more oversight”.

    Oh, and here’s a hint Sales, you’re not part of the “us” in the media in any normal sense of the term. You’re a government employee and part of the government media arm, untouchable by any law or legislation being passed to “regulate” the people in the real media.

  101. JamesK

    To be fair to Bad Dentition Bragg he doesn’t think much of Sen Hanswine-Dung and his slurs don’t mean he supports the repugnat Fatsos Farr, Midbrain and Loathsome Leathery.

  102. John Comnenus

    I loved ow all the insiders laughed at Peirs and then effectively agreed with him. The Left know full week that this is a two fold issue for them, firstly it will help the Left in the next election if the media is muzzled, and secondly they can all stand up for freedom of speech when Abbott is PM. It’s a win-win for them. Just think howthe Left went berserk on the LNP over locking up asylum seekers. They had little to say when Keating introduced the policy. But oh the outrage when Howard was implementing the ALP’s policy.

    As I said previously, the LNP should let it be known that they will find it not in the public interest for the ABC to be so dominant and privatize it as a consequence. Alternatively they can let it be known that the public interest test for the ABC and SBS is to have at least 40% of journalist, editorial and presentation staff be identified conservatives or libertarians. Either of these moves would see the bill defeated.

  103. William Bragg

    [unacceptable comment. Sinc]

  104. John Comnenus

    [Please don’t encourage him. Sinc]

  105. Gab

    [Please don’t encourage him. Sinc]

  106. JamesK

    [unacceptable comment. Sinc]

    That’s a sackable offense Billy boy.

    It takes a lot for Sinc to ban but I think you may well have crossed the line.

    I’d suggest backpedaling quick-smart if you want to stay connected wiv da cat

  107. twostix

    Bragg refuses to answer.

    Duly noted.

  108. William Bragg

    William “coward” Bragg.

    So, like so many Cats, you’re happy to try to dish it out, Gab, but not so happy to take it. That is, you insist that I answer a question based on a false premise, asserting that not doing so renders me a ‘coward’, yet you fail to pass your own test when a falsely premised question is asked of you. LOL

  109. Gab

    Ans still Bragg goes on and on and on…and yet he does not answer the question.

  110. William Bragg

    [unacceptable comment. Sinc]

  111. Gab

    No. You were asked a question in the first place and you have done nothing but avoid answering the question. Even using the childish tactic of “I’ll answer if you answer”.

    Such a coward.

  112. Gab

    [unacceptable comment. Sinc]

    [Please don’t encourage him. Sinc]

  113. William Bragg

    Thought so.
    You failed your own test of cowardice.
    LOL

  114. Gab

    You have spent the last 30 minutes avoiding a reasonable question. You state you come here to debate and yet all you have done is abuse and avoid answering a question. You cocky little snot of a coward. You leftards are all the same, when challenged you go to water. Weak as piss.

  115. William Bragg

    You cocky little snot of a coward.

    I’ll agree to ‘cocky’, but then, you Cats make it so easy.

  116. twostix

    12:00am:Bragg getting beaten by a lady
    12:20 am: Bragg getting beaten by a lady.
    1:20am: Bragg getting beaten by a lady.

  117. Gab

    Yes, good to see you admit to being arrogant. No substance, no insight, no argument, no original thought.

  118. William Bragg

    1:21am: Lady calls twostix and say “help, post something quick, I’m getting beaten’

  119. Gab

    He’s just lucky I’m between conference calls, Stix. Otherwise I’d really let him have it. But then the poor leftie can’t answer questions – or won’t becuase he’s just too scared – so it’s like talking with a retard.

  120. twostix

    1:21am: Lady calls twostix and say “help, post something quick, I’m getting beaten’

    Answer the question.

  121. William Bragg

    [unacceptable comment. Sinc]

  122. Gab

    Still cowering away from the question, I see. You know, you could have answered it very easily but I guess cowards don’t do things direct and up-front. Cowards like you, braggs. You little boy.

  123. Gab

    expect Gab to explain his preference for fucking male goats

    You are asked a question, pertinent to the thread, but instead of answering it your mind wanders off onto the subject of f**king goats. What type of pervert are you?

  124. Gab

    Oh damn, That’s another question Bragg will be afraid to answer.

  125. William Bragg

    Yep, that’s right, you’ve asked another question based on a false premise, and as for the same sensible reasons as my response to Lazlo, I’m going going to answer it.

    Anyone with more than half a brain would understand that. You, apparently, don’t make that grade. And when half-wits call me a coward, I care even less than when otherwise less unintelligent Cats resort to empty insults.

  126. Gab

    Still cowering away from the question, I see. You know, you could have answered it very easily but I guess cowards don’t do things direct and up-front. Cowards like you, braggs. You little boy .

  127. Blogstrop

    Trolls once again turn a thirty comment thread into a hundred and thirty without a jot of additional worth in the process.
    Just ban them, Sinc, they’re such a waste of space and leave their snotty wipings all over the screen.

  128. cynical1

    “I’ll agree to ‘cocky’, but then, you Cats make it so easy”

    Nah.

    Being anonymous makes it easy.

    Your false premise question is sick.

    You’re the sort of grub, who gets deservedly sat
    on his arse and then runs to the law screaming.

  129. Alfonso

    Rubbish, Piers speaks with childish exaggeration……Ann Coulter on contract is what we need.

  130. m0nty

    This is not about freedom of the press at all, it’s about control of the press by media owners. It is about Murdoch crying blue murder about Conroy allowing Nine to merge with Southern Cross by relaxing the 75% reach rule, while also imposing new restrictions on Murdoch further extending his massive control of the Australian media market by buying Ten. Murdoch doesn’t want a new cross-media competitor, plain and simple, and he’s been positioning to “rescue” Ten for a long time.

    Follow the money on this one, it’s about Murdoch’s (understandable) self interest. All the bleating about Voltairean principle is irrelevant, the agenda here is purely commercial. NTTAWWT, Murdoch and people he pays are free to talk their own book. But we’re free to be skeptical about the motives of those talking his book.

  131. Token

    This is not about freedom of the press at all, it’s about control of the press by media owners.

    You are a moron M0nty living in the 1950’s.

    With blogs, access on-line to global news sources such redundant thinking no longer applies.

    Then again, you are the type of tool who believes Labors Treasury projections and falls for their dog whistling against foreigners and to incite class warfare

    (i.e. you have the EQ of a 7 year old).

  132. Rabz

    This is not about freedom of the press at all…

    Well, you’re nothing if not predictable, mUttley.

  133. m0nty

    With blogs, access on-line to global news sources such redundant thinking no longer applies.

    So you’d be happy with Murdoch taking over Ten, Fairfax, Austereo and buying out Stokes as well? There has to be a line somewhere, Token. The only countries with more concentrated media ownership than Australia are communist dictatorships. We’re just this side of North Korea on that metric.

  134. Token

    Follow the money on this one, it’s about Murdoch’s (understandable) self interest.

    LOL.You really are a tin-foil hat conspiracy theorist.

    So what did M0nty read from Il Duce Red Underpant’s press release today?

    It’s all Da Murdoch’s fault, he is the anti-Christ I tells ya…

  135. Token

    So you’d be happy with Murdoch taking over Ten, Fairfax, Austereo and buying out Stokes as well?

    Do you have any facts to substantiated your childish fears?

  136. Token

    We’re just this side of North Korea on that metric.

    LOL, so you admit the endless growth of the ABC is a real threat to our democracy. Good on you!

  137. Token

    Now we’ve indulged M0nty in his attempt to distract this thread with his Da Murdoch conspiracy theories, I’ll like to Paul Sheehan’s thoughtful analysis on how this attempt to distract has turned into another blunder:

    Now to the present, to the man who has set himself up as a moral arbiter, and wants to impose a super-regulator over the Australian media, with little or no debate in cabinet or the Parliament, and without ever presenting a shred of evidence the regulation is needed. The handling of this matter by Conroy, with the endorsement of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has devolved into yet another pointless debacle on Gillard’s watch. There is no longer even a pretence that the government is trying to balance the interests of union and employers, or the interests of unions and the 87 per cent of private sector workers who are not union members. There is not even a pretense of answering questions in Parliament.

    Her government has concocted a false controversy over temporary work visas as a distraction from the election-turning reality that the immigration program has become an unspeakable policy sink-hole, a multi-billion-dollar budget blowout, with more and more illegal boats arriving while more and more legal foreign workers are encountering growing delays in their visa applications. Good people are being turned away in their thousands while people who have lied their way into the country, by cynically destroying their documents, are being fed and housed by the taxpayers.

    Yes, this distraction had to be raised after the PM’s dog whistling over 457 visas…

  138. Derp

    Yeah and Pope Alexander VI only had the purity of Christendom in mind when he restricted the wicked, new printing press. Those proprietors attitude also brought it on themselves.

    Thank the stars for Conroy and Co, selflessly ramming through expedited and vague legislation to protect me from da Murdock’s hate troops.

  139. Leigh Lowe

    So you’d be happy with Murdoch taking over Ten, Fairfax, Austereo and buying out Stokes as well?

    Um …. mUnty. There are already heaps of anti-competitive laws and regulations in place, both media specific and general anti-competition measures.
    Which brings us back to the underlying agenda of Komrade Konroy.
    His only two stated instances of “press excesses” relate to criticism of Government policy in News publications.
    Apparently failing to “top ‘n tail” his press releases without further comment or analysis (see Grattan, Michelle) is now a crime.

  140. Token

    More context on why the ALP needs to appeal to the inner totalitarian in every lefty journalise can be seen in Paul Sheehan’s article from last Thursday as the Gillard Captain’s Pick of 2012 unwinds:

    As all this had been unfolding, a circus had taken place over in the Senate, where Eric Abetz, opposition leader in the Senate, had begun question time by hurling this bomb: ”I refer to the statement by former NSW premier Morris Iemma: ‘It took Eddie Obeid 20 years to build the power and influence that he had and, for 17 of those, Bob [Carr] was leader’ . . . Don’t Mr Iemma’s statements cast serious doubts on the minister’s claims . . . that he saw Eddie Obeid as a ‘marginal figure, never to be taken seriously’ [and] reflect on the minister’s reputation and our reputation overseas?”

    Senator Carr replied: ”This is a disgraceful attempt to embarrass a factional figure in the Liberal Party, who was nothing less than chair of an Obeid family company. Senator [Arthur] Sinodinos had Obeids on his payroll. He was chair of a company.”

    His answer, a blatant obfuscation, set in train 23 minutes of procedural combat during which Carr did not even try to address the question, which would have required him to address the stark reality that, for about 15 years, he coddled Obeid. The moral implications of Labor’s embrace of Obeid is only belatedly being understood and it is especially resonating in ”western Sydney”, the place that now obsesses the Prime Minister, because it is the place where her fate will be decided.

  141. JamesK

    This is not about freedom of the press at all, it’s about control of the press by media owners. It is about Murdoch crying blue murder about Conroy allowing Nine to merge with Southern Cross by relaxing the 75% reach rule, while also imposing new restrictions on Murdoch further extending his massive control of the Australian media market by buying Ten

    That’s right m0nty it’s about da ‘vast right wing conspiracy’.

    LOL

    You fat pathetic b-sterd.

  142. Tom

    Fair dinkum, Monty. Your adolescent demonisation of Murdoch’s motives is comical. You’re totally captured by the left’s cartoonish hatred of the man. The only thing he cares about in Australia is that the sum of all the News parts pay their way. The idea that he’s preoccupied with which political party his Australian editors support is mad and could only come from the left’s blind simpletons. The current cross-media ownership regulations will succeed only in preventing new investment, destroying the Ten Network and further concentrating ownership. Every one of these mad left jihads end up achieving the opposite of what they set out to achieve.

    So who will the new demon be to replace him when he dies?

  143. Token

    Your adolescent demonisation of Murdoch’s motives is comical. You’re totally captured by the left’s cartoonish hatred of the man.

    It has long been noted that Murdoch’s devotion to news and newspapers has held down the share price of Newscorp. Newscorp is splitting the TV from the news in response to that concern.

    Yes, Murdoch’s devotion to a dying industry has lost him money, but tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists like M0nty need to pretend that reality does not exist.

  144. m0nty

    Um …. mUnty. There are already heaps of anti-competitive laws and regulations in place, both media specific and general anti-competition measures.

    Irrelevant, Leigh, since the ACCC and other competition regulators don’t get involved in media takeovers. Unless you’re saying the FIRB should get involved to oust Murdoch as a foreign national? Daring of you.

  145. Louis Hissink

    The only countries with more concentrated media ownership than Australia are communist dictatorships. We’re just this side of North Korea on that metric

    M0nty – communist countries don’t have media ownership.

  146. m0nty

    Fair dinkum, Monty. Your adolescent demonisation of Murdoch’s motives is comical.

    You misunderstand me, Tom. I am not demonising anyone. I fully sympathise with Murdoch’s desire to maximise revenue for his businesses. I admire it, actually, since he funds a lot of excellent journalism here and around the world through canny cross-subsidisation. He represents one of vanishing few options for commercial journalism to be saved from the current malaise. He is a champion of journalists like me, and for that I cheer him on.

    The point I am making is that this press freedom line is a smokescreen for Murdoch’s commercial agenda. I am not saying this pejoratively, his agenda has good intentions behind it. But to post thread after thread on the Cat talking about press freedom and demonising Conroy as Kim Jong Un South is completely missing the point. Be a bit realistic about what this debate is really all about, or look like a fool.

  147. m0nty

    M0nty – communist countries don’t have media ownership.

    Their press is owned by the local party/dictator, and run the line of those who control them.

  148. Sinclair Davidson

    As Jamesk points out William Braggs’ comment is simply unacceptable.

  149. Louis Hissink

    m0nty,

    There is no such thing as private property in a communist state, so no one owns anything except the state itself. Stop channelling the history panels on your breakfast cereal packet please.

  150. Louis Hissink

    Obviously there has to be a limit to bragging….

  151. Bruce

    Yes, Murdoch’s devotion to a dying industry has lost him money

    This is the dying industry which Warren Buffett has been heavily investing in lately.

    I’d not be writing it off quite yet. Nor Murdoch snr until he finally lays his pen down for good.

    I’m still amazed that people like m0nty and Hammy are so keen to hand such massive censorship powers to Tony Abbott on a plate. I really am.

  152. JamesK

    Paul Sheehan himself rehashes his famous 2004 column indictment of Comrade Conroy much referenced by CL :

    Media call just a piddling distraction

    What follows is a quote from a column I wrote about Stephen Conroy, which enraged him, as intended. It was written long before he was leader of the government in the Senate, and a cabinet minister, and directing tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.

    The column was published in the Herald on December 6, 2004, more than eight years ago, but its core is as relevant today as it was at then. It began: ”You can learn a lot about people in toilets. I first encountered Senator Stephen Conroy in a toilet in the NSW Parliament. It was the morning of Tuesday, May 20, 1997..

    LOL

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  154. Giffy

    If Piers Akerman isn’t an effective talk-show communicator, then he’s not alone in that. And many, many people might prefer that spirited defence, to the smooth, unctuous, glib horsesh.t that gets dished up on a regular basis.

  155. m0nty

    m0nty,

    There is no such thing as private property in a communist state, so no one owns anything except the state itself. Stop channelling the history panels on your breakfast cereal packet please.

    You’re talking sophistry, Louis. Are you saying the CCCP didn’t control Pravda? Are you saying North Korea doesn’t control its media? There are ways to own a media channel other than through the laws of private property.

  156. Keith

    I still scratch my head as to why journalists need their own little chat show on a Sunday morning. It seems that so-called professional journalists with regular jobs on national mastheads, who are writing for a living can’t seem to fully express themselves and require their own air time to say what they want to say. They really believe it’s all about them, and that’s why they seriously believe they won’t be touched by the media laws. They’re too important and so friendly to the government, how could they possibly run foul of the media laws.
    Don Aitkin was sued by the fair-skinned Aboriginal for his comments in a newspaper. Aitkins reacted along the lines of “how can this happen to me, I’m an academic”.
    This is an accurate predictor of reaction from journalists under the proposed Conroy regime – how could this happen to me, I’ve always been so loyal.
    While it would be very satisfying to see Leathery, Sales, Riley and a host others being kicked in the head by reality, it would be all too late for our freedom.

  157. Kev of Canberra

    Piers’ passionate rebuttal of his spinally-challenged ‘colleagues’ was one for the ages. Your ABC, 2013.

  158. tbh

    The public interest test, the “person fit to be a media owner” and single arbiter sitting atop the regulatory regime are reasons enough to oppose this terrible policy proposal. The media concentration argument is merely a smoke screen.

  159. Viva

    A distorted concept of “fairness” as opposed to freedom and acknowledgement of legitimate difference is what the Left seems to value most. For them regulation and their version of “reform” is like a giant steam iron which will smooth out any offending wrinkles of “difference”: speech which offends against the principle of “tolerance” of anything and everything; employment contracts that offends against the principle that everybody should expect identical conditions and outcomes in relation to their work; marriage which offends against the principle that there is no qualitative difference between a husband, wife and kids and two long term intimate flatmates.

    An understanding and acceptance of the fact that life is not always “fair” is one of the hardest things an adult must comes to terms with. But who was ever able to explain that to the adolescents of the Left?

  160. Token

    You’re talking sophistry, Louis. Are you saying the CCCP didn’t control Pravda? Are you saying North Korea doesn’t control its media?

    We get it, it is like the ALP owns the ABC.

  161. C.L.

    There has never been a more poisonous person in The Lodge.

    The whole country hates her and wants her thrown out.

    She’ll show them.

  162. Dave Sivyer

    Would “our” ABC pass the reach limits under Conroy’s Bill?
    If so, time to break it up. Think of the tax dollars saved.

  163. Pedro

    mUnty. even if you are correct about Murdoch’s motives, how is that relevant to the debate

  164. Ridiculous

    Did someone really call for the death penalty? Stay classy right wing nutjobs, stay classy.

  165. blogstrop

    Canning the ABC would cover about a tenth the annual interest bill on the expanded national debt. That’s a worthwhile contribution, and it would be (silent) atonement for the damage they’ve helped to inflict.

  166. blogstrop

    Murdoch newspapers employ a wider variety of voices than Fairfax and the ABC – together or separately.

    What we have here is a return to the daily doses of abject stupidity that is Monty. That he still has this juvenile attitude is a sad spectacle. His appearances here have to be viewed as him being in the stocks and pelted with rotten tomatoes, otherwise I’d say Sinc is mad to allow it.

  167. wreckage

    Did someone really call for the death penalty? Stay classy right wing nutjobs, stay classy.

    That’s the real issue here, right? Someone on a blog somewhere said something over-the-top. WAY more important than exactly what-the-hell the Government is cooking up in its rushed, ill-timed, inept and unexamined hash of media regulation.

  168. Skuter

    This is what we are reduced to – begging the government to respect our freedoms

    I have considered myself to be so lucky to live in a democratic country like Australia. Please let my children enjoy the same freedoms, among which freedom of the press is one of the most vital. They should not be forced to read the ruling party’s line of propaganda as I was earlier in my life.

  169. Token

    Murdoch newspapers employ a wider variety of voices than Fairfax and the ABC – together or separately.

    I would be happy if Da Murdoch sacrificed the Courier Mail in the name of media diversity. It would improve political dialog in QLD and across Australia.

  170. JC

    There are ways to own a media channel other than through the laws of private property.

    . Fatboy ,

    There ways to own a dunkins donut franchise, but I bet you wouldn’t be downing govt donuts. Fuck off, in free society the press is owned privately . No equivocating

  171. JC

    Did someone really call for the death penalty? Stay classy right wing nutjobs, stay classy.

    .

    Well treason is a serious offence. Dunno about the death penalty but life without parole sounds fine.

  172. murph

    Anyone who admires Billy Bragg is a massive cock

  173. m0nty

    mUnty. even if you are correct about Murdoch’s motives, how is that relevant to the debate

    Pedro, you may not mind being made to look a fool, but I prefer to know what’s going on. The debate is bogus, you lot are being stoked up to suit a commercial agenda.

  174. Token

    Mouthpiece of the autocrats:

    The debate is bogus, you lot are being stoked up to suit a commercial agenda.

    What occured in the UK where the left have enough seats in parliament to push through their reactionary legislation:

    What a scene. It is the early hours of Monday morning and at the Commons Ed Miliband has deigned to allow the Prime Minister’s Jeeves, Oliver Letwin, to set-up a “mini No 10” operation in the leader of the opposition’s waiting room. Team Miliband pays for Letwin’s pizza when it arrives. Fuelled by Kit-Kats, in the next room the Labour leader’s staff are finalising terms with a former MP representing Hacked Off. Those representing Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, are confident of getting the deal that he and Leader of the Opposition have been pushing for against Clegg’s nominal boss, the Prime Minister.

    This is not a spoof. This is how the future of a free press was stitched up by political leaders last night. It illustrates perfectly how far we have come – from the height of the hacking scandal and the atmosphere of panic in which Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry was (foolishly) established by the Prime Minister – that this now seems normal.

    Unlike M0nty, the rest of us do not blindly believe in the good faith of the autocrats on the Left.

  175. Leigh Lowe

    Unless you’re saying the FIRB should get involved to oust Murdoch as a foreign national? Daring of you.

    Oh dear mUnty.
    You really are an ignorant muppet.
    News Ltd is an ASX listed company which counts among it’s many shareholders members of the Murdoch family.
    FIRB does not review the status quo, only new investments and, if companies were disqualified from operating in Australia because they had a US citizen on the register, there would be precious few left.
    Of course, that is the objective of the Greens-Left isn’t it?
    Choke of all dirty filthy private commercial activity until we are left in a socialist utopia.
    fUckwit.

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