July, 2011

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The company that actually does censor the news, projecting again

, Jul 18, 2011

News Ltd is not keen on the idea of having its dominant position in the media landscape questioned. So, unsurprisingly, its various polemicists got very angry last week when Bob Brown called for a media inquiry, pretending he was seeking communist-style authoritarian oppression. What Bob Brown actually called for: “While there have not been any […]

The whispering process or: how a story is seriously twisted on its way to News Ltd readers

, Dec 13, 2010

Watch how, in the hands of the shameless, “Desperate Housewives and [the] Late Show With David Letterman are doing more to persuade Saudi youth to reject violent jihad than hundreds of millions of dollars of US government propaganda” becomes “Fox News – fair, balanced and turning Saudis off jihad like no CNN could” in just […]
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Wingnut Bingo

, Mar 31, 2010

In the comments of an earlier post was this request from Ross Sharp. I’d like to think that we at Pure Poison are nothing, if not receptive to the needs of our readers, as such I’d like to present for you, Pure Poison’s Wingnut Bingo.

Opinion writing without stating an opinion

, Mar 25, 2010

It’s been revealing watching the way prominent conservative Australian News Ltd opinion writers have been responding this week to the passing of the US health care legislation. On the one hand, they want to sink the boot into progressives on the issue – in the case of those with a significant audience of rightwing Americans […]
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Just saying.

, Feb 24, 2010

The Punch: Why we’re BANNING reader comments in SILLY capitals Our website The Punch is banning reader comments which contain words typed in all capitals. Why? Because they’re REALLY ANNOYING. They not only LOOK HORRIBLE but they’re often a substitute for REASONED ARGUMENT. This is because they are generally employed by people who, rather than […]

To me it looks like corporate Australia is cynically abusing the word “green” – to you, maybe the opposite

, Feb 23, 2010

Ever noticed how a particular piece of information can “prove” two completely contradictory things to different people, depending on what they already believe on the subject? For example, whenever I see large commercial entities using “green” concerns to justify ripping off customers – for example, charging customers for paper bills – it’s evidence to me […]

Now we can mention it

, Feb 09, 2010

In the Daily Telegraph’s tim Blair’s original, brief little reference to Sarah Palin’s expensive speech to “tea party” conservatives the other day, he noticeably refused to acknowledge the controversy – of which he must have been aware – regarding her writing her talking points (yes, her talking points, all three of them) on her hand. […]

I see what you did there

, Feb 09, 2010

Tim Blair, mocking a climate scientist’s apparent consideration of suicide, describing the much more tragic plight of those like himself: Imagine how they would have coped if they’d been condemned as the equivalent of Holocaust deniers or deranged flat-earthers or bribe-receiving frauds. It’s a wonder that any of us realists are still alive or have […]
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It’s all good fun until someone points out the eyes.

, Feb 07, 2010

Defender of political correctness, Tim Blair, has joined Andrew Bolt in denouncing The Age’s use of of an unflattering photo of Viscount Christopher Monckton on their website.

There’s a time and a place

, Feb 06, 2010

Quick question: say you’re a newspaper polemicist, and you’re known for making a big deal out of a violent offender’s religion if it happens to be A Particular One You Have Concerns About, and you’re commenting on a recent violent incident of a very similar sort but involving someone not of That Religion, and in […]

Don’t conservatives claim to be good at economics?

, Jan 15, 2010

Tim Blair has form for cynically misrepresenting the economic case for installing a solar power system. One trick: when calculating the benefit, count only profit. Ignore the savings you make from not having to buy electricity you use. He’s at it again today. “All the Wilsons had to do, in order to earn that $17.20, […]

Blair fails Philosophy of Science 101

, Jan 04, 2010

Guest post by Michael Slezak Tim Blair’s most recent attack on reason came in the form of a post that argues that we shouldn’t appeal to scientific consensus when devising policy. Behind Blair’s rhetoric is a very common argument that, while faulty, is surprisingly powerful. Debunking it is worthwhile, especially when this faulty logic is […]

Conroy releases dog of an internet policy – where are the ALP’s usual media critics on the right?

, Dec 16, 2009

Bow that Stephen Conroy and Kevin Rudd have confirmed that they’ll be proceeding with an absolute dog of an internet censorship policy, an expensive waste of money that, far from stopping child pornography, will likely make things easier for paedophiles, and cynically waited until the Christmas period to release the unimpressive results of their very […]
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Please remember your own jokes.

, Dec 16, 2009

News Limited blogger Tim Blair has a running joke he calls ‘The Gore Effect’ where the arrival of climate change proponent Al Gore supposedly leads to a decrease in temperature. Al’s in Copenhagen this week. Copenhagen, in Denmark. Where it’s winter. Where it’s always pretty bloody cold at this time of year. Tim’s observation?

Tim, the workers’ friend.

, Dec 15, 2009

Often times people can find themselves stuck in an ideological silo, where they are unwilling to concede that anyone not in complete agreement with them has worthwhile opinions or ideas. Luckily, the blogger that News Limited says we can’t ignore, Tim Blair, isn’t so rigid, indeed this week he’s shown himself to be a closeted […]
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, Dec 14, 2009

Certain newspapers had great fun at the end of last week because whoever organised Bob Hawke’s birthday party stupidly decided to include a dancer in a bikini with a John Howard face mask. Although it wasn’t a Labor Party function, obviously the former Prime Minister’s birthday was attended by many past and current colleagues – […]


, Nov 27, 2009

According to one of the rightwingers cheering on the Liberals as they tear themselves apart, the issue of climate change is now resolved: VERDICT IN Who knew that all it would take is a Daily Telegraph web poll? I’m off to set fire to a pile of tyres.
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Saved by the emails

, Nov 24, 2009

Well, I think we know how the “The Climate Is Perfectly Safe” crowd are going to deal with their El Nino dilemma – they’re going to completely ignore it and shout about emails a lot instead. It turns out that some stolen emails written by a couple of climate scientists ten years ago “prove” that […]

What’s all that about?

, Nov 17, 2009

I have a big favour to ask of you all. Most days of the week Toby, Jeremy and I try to highlight the half-baked arguments, flimsy reasoning and dodgy data that sometimes end up being relied upon by the commentariat, but today I need a bit of assistance. Can any of you please tell me […]
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Derangement Syndromes everywhere

, Nov 12, 2009

Long-term conservative US blog “Little Green Footballs” (still linked to by, for example, tim Blair) is distancing itself from recent antics by those suffering “Obama Derangement Syndrome”: Q: At that point in time you were fairly well aligned with much of the conservative blogosphere which unified behind the war on terror. Lately that seems to […]