Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bollocks!

Everybody knows I’m a Labor man, but I’m no fan of right-wing pinheads like John Della Bosca.

That said, the story that ran in the Daily Telegraph about his six-month affair was bullshit and I doubt very much if a similar story would have appeared in the Melbourne media.

The rough rule of thumb in the media used to be that unless this sort of guff was obviously interfering with their ministerial responsibilities or it was obviously hypocritical (a strong “family values” MP conducting an affair), then what an MP did – as long as it was legal – was his or her business.

I fail to see how the story in the Tellie meets either of these criteria.

True, the woman alleges Mr Della Bosca was neglecting his duties, but this is based largely on hearsay and innuendo. And I can’t recall Mr Della Bosca making a big song and dance about “family values” but I’m prepared to be corrected.

What I do know is that the Tellie has form when it comes to dodgy news stories; witness “I can’t believe it’s not Pauline Hanson – oh wait, it isn’t” and ‘UTEGATE – the email that could bring down a Government Malcolm Turnbull”.

This seems less than a legitimate news story and more like the latest chapter in the Tellie’s “War on Everything Labor”.

23 comments:

squib said...

I think this story would have run in any paper. People love reading this kind of stuff

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

That makes it gossip, Squib, not news.

Tellie was still calling itself a newspaper, last time I looked.

Mr E Discharge said...
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Mr E Discharge said...

I thought it was a valiant attempt to add some entertainment value to an otherwise dull story. Sticking strictly to the facts, the only appropiate headline would have been "JOHN DELLA BOSCA IS A CUNT!". Which is hardly Walkley material.

squib said...

Journos are terrible gossips. Should we censor them, Ramon?

Boogeyman said...

He has to go home after this and face Belinda Neal.

Hasn't the man suffered enough?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Yes Squib.

When I was a working journo, the newsroom was filled with gossip and yarns.

Doen't make them news.

wari lasi said...

I can't recall his name but I saw an interview with the editor of the Telegraph and he made a complete meal of the "public has a right to know" excuse. He came across as an arsehole.

There's some talk the lady was "taken advantage of", and another line that she was a stripper.

And Squib, I now have my badges in person. They're great. Thanks again.

Fad MD said...

He has to go home after this and face Belinda Neal.

Hasn't the man suffered enough?


My thoughts exactly.

By the way, why isn't it 33C in Melbourne? Stupid seasons! I'm freezing my tits off and the kids are confused.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Really Fad?

I'm hot.

I mean, I think it's a warm day - not "I'm HAWTT".

Lewd Bob said...

Weren't there biscuits in the 70s called Della Boscas?

Melba said...

I don't know Bob but didn't Jerry Seinfeld's parents retire to Della Bosca Vista?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

By gum Melba, you're right.

The mystery deepens.

squib said...

Good-oh, Wari

Wasn't Della Bosca the name of that vampire guy?

Melba said...

And George's PIN number was BOSCA!

Fuck, talk about mystery Ramon.

PLOT. THICKENS.

eat my shorts said...

I heard a news report mention the fact he'd had sex on the couch in his office and to be frank, that's way more information than I really needed about this story.

Evil Overlord said...

you are like, so totally, hawt, ramon *she said twirling her hair round her finger playfully*

Evil Overlord said...

okay
fine
i am a little on the merry side
brown brothers pinot grigio salutes you

Dr. Golf said...

Amazing to look back at the Kernot-Evans affair and the way jounos held back from running the story for so long.

No way would that happen now.

Dr. Golf said...

Troy Buswell is living proof that Della's run for Premier isn't necessarily over just yet.

Who knows maybe even Theo can make a comeback.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Thanks Evil, but I am so totally not hawt.

Trust me on this.

Who knows maybe even Theo can make a comeback

His colleagues will have to take the stake out of his heart first.

Mr E Discharge said...

I've always thought "Theophanous" would make a good adjective for something.

ie "the charge was dismissed due to the theophanous nature of the evidence".

catlick said...

"the charge was dismissed due to the theophanous nature of the evidence".

...in that it sounded plausible, possible, probable, likely to be true, but, damn it! unproveable!!