Media Circus: sabre-rattling sparks Cold War nostalgia edition

Trust the neocons in the US Republican party to start agitating for direct intervention as a matter of urgency when conflict looms between Russia and the Ukraine (even though less bellicose analysts expect the most likely outcome to be the ethnic-Russian citizen majority of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea voting for independence from the Ukraine and in favour of alignment with Russia rather than joining the EU as the Ukraine intends). After all, the military-industrial complex must not be starved.

In other US news, the Arizona bill to allow corporations to use “sincerely held” religious beliefs (of the owners) as an exemption to anti-discrimination laws has been vetoed; meanwhile the predictable consequence of Bill Nye giving undeserved credibility to Ken Ham in a widely publicised creationism debate a few weeks ago has eventuated – Ham’s Noah’s Ark amusement park project that had gone into indefinite hiatus due to multi-tens-of-millions budget shortfall has now roared back into life via new donors following the debate.

Tiny violin/fiddle less than half an inch long "Chen, of Beijing, China, took seven years to craft the tiny instrument from 30 separate parts with strings thinner than a human hair."

Just let me tune up my tiny violin for Baldwin & Morgan

Piers Morgan and Alec Baldwin are both giving up on life in the public eye due to mean people criticising them for saying marginalising/dehumanising things.

Here in Aus, Scott Morrison’s latest attempts at alarmist bafflegab and self-serving backpedalling were ably skewered by Clarke and Dawe.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?


As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).



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  1. I saw some extracts today of the speech Tim Soutphommasane is giving tonight about the proposed changes to Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. It had a very nice phrase along the lines of not tolerating hate when some people have to bear a disproportionate burden of that tolerance. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find a link to the exact same extract…

  2. Really, Q&A panel? Not a single one of you thought to call out the ‘man up’ part of that Stephen Conroy comment?

  3. A beautiful example of the “we are most carefully NOT saying anything, and here are the links of us not saying it so you can be certain we aren’t” genre of journalism from the ABC here in Perth.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-10/troy-buswell-resigns-from-wa-cabinet/5310162
    and the “ohgodsohgodsohgodswe’regonnadiiiiiieee!” followup:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-11/wa-liberals-express-concern-over-buswell/5313090
    Meanwhile, over at the Grauniad…:
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/11/troy-buswell-supported-by-tony-abbott-and-julie-bishop-after-drinking-claims

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