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I Said Meaninglessly – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on I Said Meaninglessly – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Art, Dialogue, Elitism, Poetry, The Media

“The language of poetry is the exact opposite of the language of mass media,” I said, meaninglessly.

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Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Daily Substitutes for Immortality – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Newspapers, Quotes, The Media

In those days may people went to the cafes at the corner of the Boulevard Montparnasse and the Boulevard Raspail to be seen publicly and in a way such places anticipated the columnists as the daily substitutes for immortality.

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Joh the Talkback Radio Pioneer – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Joh the Talkback Radio Pioneer – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Political Communication, Politics

Callaghan put the premier on the phone or in studios to answer questions that came up on talk-back programs – the first time a politician had done this in Australia.

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Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Political Communication, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, Socialism

Callaghan also became the creative source of sharp, catchy phrases for the premier to use against his political opponents. It’s a long list but includes some very effective ones: “death-adder unions – they strike first”; “when you go to the unemployment office tell ‘em Gough sent you”; “help Tom Burns fight air pollution – give […]

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When the Storm Troopers Come – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on When the Storm Troopers Come – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Politics, Queensland, Quotes

Callaghan: “When the storm troopers come Lunn, when they knock on your door I will tell them to smile”. This was Callaghan humour.

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Government v Opposition in the Media – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Government v Opposition in the Media – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Quotes, Spin, The Media

Callaghan: “Governments make news, Oppositions give only views”.

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Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

(Callaghan) answered the phone (to journalists) like an officer to a corporal: “Speak, it’s your ten cents,” Callaghan would say, or, before you spoke, “we deny everything”. “What do you want, a medal”? was another favourite Callaghan opener in conversations with journalists, not matter how important. Reporters who asked about the Queensland Gerrymander received more […]

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Combative Interviewing – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Combative Interviewing – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Political Communication, Politics, The Media

[In an interview in which Joh insisted it was not improper to own shares in companies with which the Government did business despite his own National Party censuring him for the practice] By now Bjelke-Petersen was obviously very angry and, even in the old black and white world of television, his eyes could be seen […]

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Talk Enough Bullshit and Sooner or Later it Ends up in Print- “Stiff”, Shane Maloney

September 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Talk Enough Bullshit and Sooner or Later it Ends up in Print- “Stiff”, Shane Maloney · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Media

Agnelli hung around the Windsor Hotel, drinking with the political roundsmen, slipping them judicious leaks whenever the government wanted to fly a trial balloon on some contentious issue. Talk enough bullshit, he liked to say, and sooner or later it ends up in print.

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The Press Gallery Expenses Sheet – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Press Gallery Expenses Sheet – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Ethics, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Media

A serious weekly chore was filling in the expenses claim—otherwise known as the ‘swindle sheet’; the funds thus acquired would help defray the substantial costs of alcohol consumption. Using whatever cunning we had, we worked the swindle sheet to the maximum, doubling the actual laundry costs, falsifying taxi fares, and it was amazing how many […]

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