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Expediency, by Necessity, Out of Politics – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Expediency, by Necessity, Out of Politics – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Hypocrisy, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

Bjelke-Petersen hired an outside public relations expert to help him get rid of the arch-wowser image and in December 1968 a picture of him patting a horse at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse appeared in the Sunday Mail. The racehorse, Kionda, unfortunately lost the first race on a protest. (This moved his future public relations man, Allen […]

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Media Management – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Media Management – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Journalism, Political Communication, Spin, The Media

The alternative, universally practised, is media management. Media management is a bit like Landcare or biodynamic farming. One works with the natural order rather than in conflict with it. One becomes part of it. Hungry journalists need feeding. The bigger ones need bigger serves and more. Friendly ones need occasional rewards, unfriendly ones inducements to […]

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New Labor: New Danger – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on New Labor: New Danger – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Politics, Spin, UK Labour, United Kingdom

The Conservatives reacted immediately with the most famous advertisement of the campaign. It appeared on the same Sunday in the News of the World, the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times, and portrayed Tony Blair with red, demonic eyes, alongside the caption: ‘One of Labour’s leaders, Clare Short, says dark forces behind Tony Blair manipulate […]

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Bias Towards Conflict – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos

September 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Bias Towards Conflict – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos · Journalism, Politics, Spin, The Media

The media bias I detected most often in the White House was neither liberal nor conservative but a tendency to play up conflict and controversy.

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Positioning – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos

September 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Positioning – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos · Electoralism, Journalism, Means and Ends, Policy, Politics, Spin, The Media

Judging how the world will judge what you do — how a position will “play” — is an essential political skill. If you can’t predict what will work, you can’t survive in office. If you don’t keep your job, you can’t achieve what you think is right. The danger is when you stop caring about […]

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Heightened Interrogation – “Fatherland” – Robert Harris

August 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Heightened Interrogation – “Fatherland” – Robert Harris · Fiction, Security Policy, Spin, Trash, WW2

Down in the cellar the Gestapo were licensed to practice was the Ministry of Justice called ‘heightened interrogation’. The rules had been drawn up by civilised men in warm offices and they stipulated the presence of a doctor. It’s always amused me that this was written a decade before the War on Terror

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“Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” – Al Franken
Yes, this is really the quote behind the “Al Gore invented the Internet” claim. Sigh.

November 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” – Al Franken
Yes, this is really the quote behind the “Al Gore invented the Internet” claim. Sigh.
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Gore told Wolf Blitzer in a 1999 interview, “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

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