On Wed, 4/2/15, Peter Ross <Petros.Listig(a)fdrive.com.au> wrote:
Subject: [luv-talk] An interesting note on NBN
Received: Wednesday, 4 February, 2015, 10:02 PM
The Age today, written by Sally
"Abbott did reduce funding to the ABC, limiting what Murdoch
views as a
privileged competitor. And he did hobble the NBN, reducing
for internet-streaming rivals."
Why do we pretend there is a competition of ideas?
Given Murdoch MEDIA doesn't do a lot of what the ABC does, and even less in a similar
manner, I think they aren't big competitors! If ABC News/CurrentAffairs showed more
"conservative" opinions (& bias?) as his media often advocates, then they
would be competing more for the same customers. If he can't have the ABC privatisation
he'd like, does he REALLY want that?
Murdoch media's recent attacks on federal ALP's supposedly outrageous increase in
government debt, (which the KRudd government seems to have been elected to do when
expansionist policy was unusually widely advocated), is extremely hypocritical to me when
I recall how Murdoch became such a big player globally, by cycles of huge borrowing to buy
more media than he could chew, chewing like buggery as
used to say and before he could swallow it
borowing more. It seemed to be an example of the old saying then when you can't repay
a bank a Million dollars, you're in trouble but when you can't repay them a
Billion dollars the bank is in truble. Phillip Adams likes to quote reputably the biggest
Casino whale ever, Kerry Packer, as saying he is a big gambler, but he never gambled with
his shareholders company. Kerry went on to say that Murdoch has done it a repeatably.
My favourite (mythical?) story about Kerry's gambling is when he and friends were
sitting on an American beach and some other's were messily playing American football
nearby. When someone (Kerry?) asked the footballers to move some distance away one of them
said something like "Do you know who I am? I'm worth <20? 30? 60?> million
dollars!" Kerry pulled out a coin and said "I'll toss you for it!"
(Noooo, I don't think he meant ... ew! Still, I guess I would for a lot less money.
Now I want to wash my mind! ;~ (#%#