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July 19, 2011

Rupert Murdoch Physically Assaulted At Inquiry
Update: He Was Attacked With Either Custard (A Pie or Something) Or Shaving Foam

Had to update the headline; at first I thought he was punched, but he was hit with custard or foam.

An assault, yes, but important to note this wasn't a punch.

I'm getting sick of the left's glitter attacks and the like. And the judges who laugh it off.

...

His wife reflexively attacks the attacker. It's just a slap, but she was blocked by other people, and only could manage a slap from her position. I think if she had a clear shot she might have punched him. You can't teach instincts like that.

At any rate, the Hate Machine has been effectively stoked and now is nicely humming, isn't it?

Jammie Wearing Fool notes the American media loves this scandal, but is meanwhile utterly uninterested in Operation Fast & Furious.

I linked Janet Daley yesterday, but I should quote her some more.

After noting the British law requires "impartiality" in the reportage of televised news -- which means all would-be competitors must parrot the BBC's soft-left bias, which is deemed "impartial" -- Daley gets to the heart of it:

It is worth asking in both the British and American contexts why people who regard themselves as believers in free speech and liberal democracy can be so openly eager to close off – silence, kill, extinguish – different political views from their own. This is the question that is at the heart of the matter and which will remain long after every News International executive who may possibly be incriminated in the current scandal has been purged.

There is scarcely any outfit on the Right – be it political party, or media outlet – which demands the outright abolition of a Left-wing voice, as opposed to simply recommending restraint on its dominance (as I am with the BBC). That is because those of us on the Right are inclined to believe that our antagonists on the Left are simply wrong-headed – sometimes well-intentioned, sometimes malevolent but basically just mistaken. Whereas the Left believes that we are evil incarnate. Their demonic view of people who express even mildly Right-of-centre opinions (that lower taxes or less state control might be desirable, for example) would be risible if it were not so pernicious.

The Left does not want a debate or an open market in ideas. It wants to extirpate its opponents – to remove them from the field. It actually seems to believe that it is justified in snuffing out any possibility of our arguments reaching the impressionable masses – and bizarrely, it defends this stance in the name of fairness.

"Comedian:" The attacker was a comedian calling himself "Jonnie Marbles."

Is he funny?

Take a guess.

It's not quite Rupert Pupkin, but it's pretty close. The audience is mostly silent. The laughs are sparse, and I'd categorize most of them as "uncomfortable."




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