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Not the best of all possible worlds

11 Sep

Well, that’s a given of course. But there were some good examples of sleaze of one kind or another on ABC here in Sydney last night.

pokies

That is well worth your following up. The banner will take you there. You don’t have to be a wowser to smell CORRUPTION coming from the gaming and hotels industries, even if whatever they are doing is “legal”. That government is in hock to them because of the revenue streams they create, that their lobbyists are so powerful, that the destruction they cause is only too obvious, that pubs are superficially better at a possibly terrible cost… All that has to give pause for thought. Four Corners should be congratulated for raising these issues.

Then came Media Watch: Good Morning Iraq on General Petraeus, Iraq, Dennis Shanahan, Miranda Devine and Brendan Nelson. Never have so few spun so furiously with so many conflicting statistics to pull the wool over the eyes of so many.

…Miranda Devine’s own instant expert status was achieved in less than 48 hours in Iraq. Her elevation to visiting war correspondent has been met with “scoffing” derision within Fairfax.  Still, from Brendan Nelson’s perspective, the selection of friendly reporters to cover his final trip to Iraq before the election worked a treat.

That’s the show for this week. Thanks for being with us and I’ll see you next week.

In the USA Len of esoterically.net/weblog has a short post dated 8 September: Big surprise. He quotes:

Crocker and Petraeus planned to meet on Sunday to go over their remarks and responses to expected tough questioning from lawmakers – including skeptical Republicans. But they will not consult Bush or their immediate bosses before their appearances Monday and Tuesday, in order to preserve the “independence and the integrity of their testimony,” said one official.

Petraeus and Crocker did have lengthy discussions with the president, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when Bush visited Iraq on Labor Day.

He suggests, um, that there just might be a contradiction between paragraphs 1 and 2. He could be right…



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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in Aussie interest, Brendan Nelson, Current affairs, Films, DVDs, TV, News and Current Affairs

 

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