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David Penberthy

When Penberthy defends a brutal assault

A quick look at David Penberthy’s by-the-numbers tabloid beatup today on the sentencing of a prison guard to jail time for punching a prisoner in his custody twenty times after that prisoner spat at him through the bars. Here’s the footage (click to watch): Here’s how Penberthy spins it: Court tells prison guards to go […]

Penberthy: "A significant escalation in the ugliness"

David “Five Star” Penberthy, editor of News Ltd’s The Punch and former editor of the Daily Telegraph, finally notices some of the deranged paranoid hysteria out there amongst sections of the public: The question is whether the level and nature of the abuse is the same as it has always been, or whether there is […]

Penbo: surely corporate Australia will support the call I seem to be making for tougher criminal penalties to apply to misuse of corporate credit cards by executives?

David Penberthy demands: Tell it to the court, Craig Can somebody please explain why the cops haven’t charged Craig Thomson with theft, fraud, or whatever the appropriate offence is arising from his wholly inappropriate use of his member-funded credit card at the Health Services Union? Maybe the union didn’t have strict rules about the use […]

Bob Brown retires; Christine Milne new leader of the Greens

Predictions from the obvious quarters of the imminent demise of the Greens (again) in 3… 2… 1… UPDATE: Senator Brown’s twitter account linked to Pure Poison yesterday. Today he’s no longer leader of the Greens. Coincidence? Or the first example of a devastating political effect? UPDATE #2: There’s a shock. The Herald Sun headline? Maybe […]

"Fellow Earthians" - that's the bit we'll quote!

Noticed anything revealing in the News “the Greens should be destroyed” Ltd “Punch” smears on Bob Brown’s Hobart Speech? Here’s David Penberthy’s “Calling occupants of interplanetary Bob”, last week: The speech – which Brown opened with the phrase “Fellow Earthians” – was a deep ecologist ramble across a range of themes, including the possible existence […]

Bob Brown Wants Your Smarties!11!!1!1!

An embarrassing effort in the Herald Sun the other day, with David Penberthy turning a bill by Bob Brown to “ban fast-food advertising and competitions from children’s television and websites” into somehow stopping parents from being able to buy confectionery at all: It would remove the power of discretion from adults, many of whom, this […]

Penbo to News critics: "You're welcome to start your own paper. It's a free country" editor David Penberthy offers a solution to progressives worried about newspaper balance in Australia: The people who gave evidence to this committee are welcome to start their own paper. It is, as they say, a free country. If they can’t inherit their own newspaper like Rupert did, then whose fault is that? If they […]

Who's responsible for Alan Joyce?

Are News Ltd columnists having second thoughts about Alan Joyce? You might think so reading Andrew Bolt and David Penberthy this week. Yesterday Bolt suddenly started making a big deal about the sexuality of the Qantas CEO in his Herald Sun column, “Joyce doesn’t fit the hiss-boo script“: This tough, cool union-buster is also gay, […]

But they're not the "elites"

They might control 70% of the country’s print media; they might work with and defend the rights of the most privileged people in the country; they might have an enormous megaphone from which to trumpet their views; they might mock voters for “getting it wrong” when they don’t elect their preferred party… but News Ltd […]

Oh Penbo

While we’re on the subject of hacks using the London riots as a handy rhetorical tool, we’ve got the handily rhetorical David Penberthy’s effort from the weekend The Punch where he attempted to tell the poor in the first world to shut up and cop it so long as they’ve got it better than the […]