Oh hang on

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating is displeased about the take over of Fairfax by Nine:

has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to put the Nine-Fairfax merger under “high scrutiny”, and declared Nine has the “ethics of an alley cat”.

Keating also said:

On competition grounds and that of the imperative of local diversity, the Competition Commissioner should put this proposal under high scrutiny,

Gee.  Spartacus was not aware that “the imperative of local diversity” was in the mandate of the ACCC.  But this aside, is Mr Keating putting up any of his money to support “local diversity”, beyond of course his annual $150 subscription?  Or does he expect other people’s money to fund it?

Is this another case of deep pockets, short arms and high demands.

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18 Responses to Oh hang on

  1. Robbo

    It is not only a case of deep pockets, short arms and high demands. When Keating is involved it also must include a huge ego, massive self importance and a short memory.

  2. struth

    Who?
    Oh yeah, that’s right.
    A nobody from the past.

  3. tgs

    Keating said that notwithstanding the disruption caused by international platforms such as Google and Facebook “the answer for Australia is diversity of income streams for Australia’s majors and not a closedown in news and content with major print being taken over by major television”.

    So presumably given Keating’s confidence in how Australian media corporations are capable of earning revenue streams he is willing to put his money where is mouth is?

    No?

    Quelle surprise. Still used to spending other peoples’ money I suppose.

  4. deep pockets, short arms and high demands, and nonsense as usual.

  5. tgs

    “On competition grounds and that of the imperative of local diversity, the Competition Commissioner should put this proposal under high scrutiny,” Keating said.

    Imperative of local diversity, eh?

    Not sure what to even say in response to that…

  6. .

    Keating certainly is not a nobody, but his opinion does not count for much anymore. He would be remembered more fondly if he shut up.

    He was always wrong about his silly cross-media ownership laws, if they did not exist, Fairfax perhaps would be a world leader. Remember the old F2 network? A brilliant idea nixed by Keating’s silly idea of himself as a benevolent philosopher king.

  7. Herodotus

    Catherine Deveny got tingles when thinking about Paul. Made some remark about it being like thinking of a former lover. Chris Matthews and she could compare notes re tingles.

  8. Paul Keating reminds me of Malcolm Fraser, the older the Leftist gets, the more senile they become.

  9. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    The media are supposed to be diverse, but Keating felt free, when in Federal Government, to interfere in some union cause so that Victorian unions were protected against competition between the states! I remember being infuriated at what was being done to the Federation. It was supposed to be about the states competing with each other, diversity of outcomes, and all that.

  10. Shy Ted

    “This is the recession, I mean, takeover we had to have.” – P Keating

  11. C.L.

    Spartacus was not aware that “the imperative of local diversity” was in the mandate of the ACCC.

    Keating always struggled to understand words with more than two syllables.

  12. Mother Lode

    has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to put the Nine-Fairfax merger under “high scrutiny”, and declared Nine has the “ethics of an alley cat”.

    As in “Find something! Anything!”

  13. Mother Lode

    has the “ethics of an alley cat”.

    I could never quite fathom the way Keating’s expressions were feted as genius. I find him generally crude and uninteresting. After a career spanning decades fellating microphones it is not surprising he will have chanced on a couple of goodies, but a brilliant speaker?

    Oh, Fairfacts sung his praises. But that was his sole genius incite: The journo’s egos are the most precious thing to them. So Keating abused them. The only way for them to deal with that was by taking his side so the abuse seemed to be aimed at other journos.

    And, unfortunately, he was not employed to just speak.

    His exchanges in parliament seemed designed to prevent debate by humiliating or provoking anger.

    Even this comment about alley cats, does it really illuminate anything? It is just abuse of someone (or something) he wants stopped.

  14. Mother Lode

    Hur hur…I said Fairfacts.

    Should have been Failfacts.

  15. Des Deskperson

    ‘I could never quite fathom the way Keating’s expressions were feted as genius.’

    Me neither, much of his repartee was plodding, unoriginal and strangely obsolete – ‘loony tunes’, a typical Keating term of abuse, was decades out of date. He always reminded me of a deputy school principle dressing down a year ten boys assembly, c.1970.

    ‘Progressive’ women love him still, something I certainly can’t fathom.

  16. DB

    The ABC killed Fairfax, by providing for free to left-leaning news consumers, what Fairfax wanted to sell to them.

  17. Habib

    Keating is the last prick to be casting aspersions on the morality of stray felines. I believe plaint lawyers look upon him with squeamish distrust.

  18. Up The Workers!

    Perhaps in compliance with Emperor Keating’s imperious demand for more “diversity” from the Fauxfacts media empire, the A.C.C.C. should decree that for the next 50 years, the Fauxfacts rags and the A.L.P.B.C. are compelled to only hold Conservative views; employ only Conservative on-air personalities; show only Conservative programs and shuttle-bus all their future ‘diverse’ “Q. & A.” audiences in from Point Piper, rather than Lakemba.

    This should offset the bigoted monocular Leftardism of Channels 9, 7, 10 and the SBS, and make up for the gross lack of media diversity for the whole of the last half century.

    In order to regularly investigate and certify the impartiality of Fauxfacts and the A.L.P.B.C., the A.C.C.C. should follow the long-standing example set by the A.L.P.B.C., and seek ongoing independent assessments from, say, Pauline Hanson, John Howard, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, John Elliott, and others of that ilk.

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