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hutch0
Date: 2008-03-31 21:35
Subject: beat it!
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Well. Just when you're thinking there's nothing interesting in the papers, this breaks.
Some background: Max Mosley is head of the FIA, the body which governs motorsport. Haven't heard of it? Well, Max is actually in one of the most powerful positions in world sport. Among other motorsports the FIA governs is Formula One, a multibillion-pound global brand.
So this weekend Max was pictured in an hotel room with five working girls taking part in what has been described as `a sadomasochistic orgy,' during which, according to the paper which broke the story, the participants dressed up as Nazis and concentration camp inmates.
Max's father, Sir Oswald Mosley, was, just by coincidence, the leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s.
Additionally, Max is not the most popular man in world sport. Nor has he made any great attempt to be. He recently described Sir Jackie Stewart - who is well-loved in motor racing - as `a certified half-wit.'
Now then. I'm not the greatest fan of these newspaper `stings.' Max was set up by the News Of The World, a paper which makes a living out of pictures of more-or-less undressed models and celebrities, soap opera gossip, salacious stories about Premiership footballers, and stings like this one. If I were in charge of the world, the paper would cease to exist. For those of you with strong stomachs here's the article. Kind of makes me want to write an apology to Tucker Carlson. No. Sorry, that was a lie.
What rings Max's bells in private is none of my business, and how he does it is none of my business too, although I do have to wonder how much of the `nazi orgy' was his idea and how much of it was the suggestion of his companions - it just seems too neat that Mosley's son would be caught in circumstances like that, doesn't it?
So why am I mentioning this sordid little pantomime? Well, after getting on my high horse about the aforementioned Tucker Carlson's remarks about British journalism a couple of weeks ago, I've been looking, for the sake of balance, for something to illustrate that British journalism is not perfect.
And the huge irony is that, because of the highly litigious nature of some of the stories it runs - and Max is said to be firing up his lawyers as we speak - the NoW takes enormous care to make sure those stories stand up. So in that respect, it's a shining paragon of journalistic practice.
Funny old world, no?
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Kat: WOW!
User: artykat
Date: 2008-03-31 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:WOW!
OMG!!
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hutch0: pygmy marmoset
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-31 21:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:pygmy marmoset
Yes, K. The world is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-03-31 22:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morgan brighteyes

I'm surprised you were able to stop reading the NotW long enough to leave a comment . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-31 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I actually saw it in the Times this morning, the NoW not being my preferred weekend reading, but I thought I ought to read the baseline article for the sake of fairness. I think it's entirely weirded-out K.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-03-31 22:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

It was K I was addressing.

I know full well that you yourself are one of those who buy fish and chips only to get the NotW.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-31 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, sorry, I thought you were talking to me...
And I'm sad to say that it's a very long time since I encountered a chippie that uses newspaper. Health & Safety, you see. Unhygenic.
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-03-31 23:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

"Unhygienic."

And when you look at the NotW you can understand the reason for the law . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-31 23:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh yes. All those generations of people who've eaten their fish and chips and then made their excuses and left...
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Kat: WOW!
User: artykat
Date: 2008-03-31 23:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:WOW!
Ahhh, but what you may not know is that I worked in a state prison for nearly 6 years, and part of my job was to read the Statement of Facts. That's the document that lays out the facts of the crime in all its brilliant color.

I'm not such an innocent (sadly!)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-01 21:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah. So Max's little dalliance would have been fairly mild.
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-02 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In some ways, I suppose so. By the way, this "news" has hit the American airways now-- there was even a few piccies shown on the TV! That was rather shocking!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-04 20:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm surprised any of the video - which I understand, incidentally, is five hours long (!) - got shown over there. Mind you, the News Of The World is a Murdoch paper, like the Times, and he owns Fox News so I guess it was inevitable.
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Kat: original search engine
User: artykat
Date: 2008-03-31 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:original search engine
Now, why do you assume I was reading NoW? I was commenting on Hutch's post! Such a mind you have...
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RealThog: bluebird
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-01 00:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bluebird

"Now, why do you assume I was reading NoW?"

By the RSI you've developed in your mouse-clicking hand?
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-01 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
RSI???
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-01 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

RSI = repetitive strain injury
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Kat: Monarch butterfly
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-01 00:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Monarch butterfly
ahhh. Got it. I mean, I understand. You are such a bad boy.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-01 01:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morgan brighteyes

"You are such a bad boy."

Moi?
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-04-01 01:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
Well, maybe it is time to break out the old version of The Producers and sing..."Springtime for Hilter..."LOL!
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-02 23:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL!
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