These people believe in controlling the news cycle… but where’d they get the idea from?

Telegraph front pageDr Mumbo loves a good tabloid front page and today’s edition of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph certainly delivers.

The Tele has chosen to compare Australia’s communications minister  Stephen Conroy with no less than the dictators: Stalin, Mao, Castro, Kim, Mugabe and, just for good measure, Ahmadinedjad.

Dr Mumbo is pleased that the Tele was careful not to fall foul of Godwin’s Law (the first side of an argument to compare the other to Hitler or Nazis automatically loses), after all using Hitler would have been too much.

But he does wonder where the idea came from… 

Could it have been this British campaign against the Leveson Inquiry?

Uk free speech ad

As Telegraph itself explains on page 5 of the newspaper the ad: “focused on countries where the press and other media are shackled by governments, where criticism of the state is stifled, censorship imposed, journalists jailed or killed, where truth, democracy and the right to know are among the casualties.”

But is that Australia? Dr Mumbo is not so sure.


  1. Damien
    13 Mar 13
    10:41 am

  2. These people have jumped the shark:
    Ray Hadley, Shane Watson, The Pope
    Justin Beiber, Greg Hunt, The Fonze

    Today News Ltd joins them.

  3. Encyclic!
    13 Mar 13
    11:50 am

  4. If it were actually true, the editor of the DT and the journalists who put this together would already be dead.

  5. EoR
    13 Mar 13
    1:43 pm

  6. Media controlling despots, but no picture of Murdoch? #dailytelegraphfail

  7. Mike
    13 Mar 13
    2:02 pm

  8. It is still a variation of Godwin’s Law, so the Daily Telegraph automatically loses the arguement

  9. AdGrunt
    13 Mar 13
    2:05 pm

  10. And in doing so, demonstrate the need for independent oversight.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  11. Robbo
    13 Mar 13
    2:16 pm

  12. Idiot, Encyclic!. They’re proposed.

  13. Brendan
    13 Mar 13
    2:20 pm

  14. In an interview with ABC’s AM, Stephen Conroy said, “Well I’ve said before that people shouldn’t buy The Daily Telegraph for its political commentary. They should buy it for the sports pages. And I think The Daily Telegraph proves again why that remains a truism.”

  15. Nick
    13 Mar 13
    2:37 pm

  16. They are dead, but news of their demise was surpressed and lookalike stooges replaced them. The story in the DT was a cunning ruse to make us believe they were still alive and fighting the good fight….

  17. RobP
    13 Mar 13
    2:52 pm

  18. To be fair to the Tele, they do show the UK ad on p5 and refer to it as “the ad that inspired today’s front page.” I believe you owe them a correction.

  19. atefooterz
    13 Mar 13
    3:00 pm

  20. Murdoch`s finest… just ask them!

  21. Bloggs
    13 Mar 13
    3:07 pm

  22. Interestingly, Wikipedia suggests that mentioning Godwin’s Law in itself tends to end an argument, hence so few comments here, given the amazingly commentable-on topic! :)

  23. mumble
    13 Mar 13
    3:11 pm

  24. This is neither news nor journalism. It is propaganda – like much of the content of NewsLtd media and some others – and thus needs to be strictly regulated.

    If FMCG and therapeutic goods companies are regulated as to how they spruik their products, then this sort of garbage deserves the same controls.

  25. pugwash
    13 Mar 13
    3:25 pm

  26. When Murdoch and his muppets say ‘ no to regulation’, they mean ‘say no to accountability’ – which is exactly how it is now..

    A tap with a wet lettuce leaf by ACMA and a retraction on page 10 months after the damage is done is not accountability.

    Self-regulation has utterly failed.

  27. dream
    13 Mar 13
    3:28 pm

  28. I wonder why Putin and Assad were dropped for a DT audience?

  29. mumbrella
    13 Mar 13
    3:44 pm

  30. Hi RobP,

    Read the last line of the item…


    Tim – MUmbrella

  31. Bloggs
    13 Mar 13
    3:53 pm

  32. I think Kim Jong-Un will be quite offended, since the Tele has only compared Conroy to the second tier down of worst dictators, he would expect to be in the Godwin’s Law top category and therefore incomparable.

  33. Chico's half-brother
    13 Mar 13
    3:59 pm

  34. Run the same content with six pictures of Rupert and it would be closer to reality.

  35. Bruno Watt
    13 Mar 13
    4:22 pm

  36. @Damien, not sure you get jumping the shark..News Limited did that decades ago.

  37. Josh Withers
    13 Mar 13
    5:52 pm

  38. #StopTheTrolls!

  39. Jean E. O'logy
    14 Mar 13
    9:23 am

  40. How could such a gracious woman have such an odious son?

  41. Min
    14 Mar 13
    10:00 am

  42. Linked over at the Café Whispers blog. I would like to add, very well said pugwash.

  43. jane
    14 Mar 13
    8:37 pm

  44. From all the stuck Merdeochracy piggies squealing, I’d say Conroy’s on the right track, but I’d like to see not only an independent regulator, but also Canadian style truth in news reporting included.

    Now that would be fum to watch! Rupert would be incandescent with rage, as would the shock jocks.

    Watching Anal’s revolting *porcine mug and cascade of chins above that too tight collar turn puce would be sufficient reward.

    * I apologise to any piggies harmed in the writing of this comment. :)

  45. Media Smoguls
    18 Mar 13
    8:32 pm

  46. Tis happening in Pomgolia too people. Over there they are not impressed at all with the Murdoch empires abuse of their citizens.

    I wonder if any phone tapping did occur in the US and in Australia too? I wonder if it will all come out one day?

  47. More Hacking in UK
    19 Mar 13
    7:49 am