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I think that those celebrating the unconscionable actions of the Fairfax board will be laughing on the other side of their face if Gina carries through with her threat to dump her 18% when the share price plummets as a result . Especially if the plummeting share price precipitates the total collapse of of the company.

There is a matter of justice involved here. Put simply with a publicly listed company if you hold the shares then you should have the right to a proportionate representation in its instruments of control (the board).
Personally I am neither a great fan of Gina nor the way that Fairfax slants its stories but it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that Fairfax is accelerating down a slippery slope into media oblivion and that more of the same “editorial independence” is just making the slide to oblivion quicker and more certain.

What a lot of the politically interested seem to miss is that news papers (and their digital counterparts have long ago ceased to really be about politics at all they are instead just a source of entertainment and distraction from the more mundane aspects of our lives and as such most readers don’t take the machinations of our pollies any more seriously than the news that lady Ga Ga has a new look this week.

Its all just grist for the mill and who turns the handle on the mill is really of lesser importance than there being any mill at all. Gina may want to bring a bit more balance to the Fairfax press in the way that it covers some issues (like climate change) but she is canny enough to know that the trick to making it profitable is not to alienate its current audience while in the pursuit of new readers

Café Whispers

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  1. Richard Ryan says:

    Easy way to settle this bun fight—send the army into Parliament—-and terminate a few politicians—–along with a few media gossips—such as Akerman, Bolt, and Blair, heads to be hung in the entrance to Parliament, as a warning to others. Much better idea, than hessian bags from man-bag Jones. Shalom, Richard Ryan.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Sadly Richard I think that this is your dream rather than an attempt at humour

  3. Richard Ryan says:

    Iain the Daily Telegraph do not slant its stories—do they? No smirkey Bolt would not do that—–cash for comment Bolt? He would not make a Journalist’s arse-hole.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Richard
    all media sources have their biases, its only minions of the left like your own good self who think that bias is only a quality of conservative writing

  5. Richard Ryan says:

    NO! I am deadly serious—–Iain. Action speaks louder than words—–is not that what the army is for——-just look at China. Our beloved trading partner.

  6. Richard Ryan says:

    Tim Blair will be happy——Mining Cures Cancer.

  7. benbourke says:

    Richard Ryan is clearly a moron. Andrew Bolt & Tim Blair et al are paid for their opinions. That’s why you’ll find their opinions in the “OPINIONS” section you fool. They are not meant to be impartial reporters, unlike the ABC who are actually paid by the public to be unbiased yet report from the tedious and dreary position of left-wing sympathisers as if it would pass for neutrality.

    Luckily Richard Ryan, Andrew Bolt has the most read political blog in Australia and is one of, if not the most, sought after journalist in the country. This means that we have not heard the end of him for a long time to come.

    Enjoy 🙂

  8. Richard Ryan says:

    benbourke! F.O.A.D.

  9. alan says:

    “Luckily Richard Ryan, Andrew Bolt has the most read political blog in Australia and is one of, if not the most, sought after journalist in the country. This means that we have not heard the end of him for a long time to come.”

    If Andrew Bolt is a ‘Journalist’ then I am Jesus Christ, his girlfriend Gina Rinehart is anorexic, and you’re not full of it.

  10. Carpe Jugulum says:

    Konbanwa richard ryan – you found a blog that hasn’t banned you.

    I see you are still basically incoherent and are still wearing your floppy clown shoes whilst sitting in a pool of your own emissions.

    Trust me richard, you should take the advice of the great man Dean Wormer “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son” I think you’ll agree that this is sage advice you could use.

  11. GD says:

    good comment, benbourke, and true too

  12. GD says:

    the way that Fairfax slants its stories but it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that Fairfax is accelerating down a slippery slope into media oblivion and that more of the same “editorial independence” is just making the slide to oblivion quicker and more certain.

    Yet the left are moaning about Gina putting money into Fairfax. All the while the leftist bias of the Age, and to some extent, the SMH, is what has driven down the readership of these papers.

    As newly appointed Fairfax CEO, Greg Hywood, when asked by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, if the content of the paper was responsible for the loss of sales, emphatically replied, “No!”

    Talk about putting your head in the sand. I’d expect that from an ex-CEO but to hear a recently appointed CEO say that means they haven’t learnt anything from their falling share price.

    And all the while lefties are moaning and groaning about Gina, who has money, becoming involved in their failing flagship publisher. It belies belief, but reinforces the fact that the Left are incapable of running big business.

  13. Richard Ryan says:

    Some blokes here, are so far up Bolts arse, major surgery will be required to remove your buff-heads from his rectum.

  14. Richard Ryan says:

    Carpe Jugulum—–you old bastard, but then it’s not your fault your mother never got married. No wonder you have to use a screen name——you coward. You are not the only bastard in Australia, most human resources on this continent are bastards. Born out of wedlock.Now Carpe, F.O.A.D. RIP.

  15. Richard Ryan says:

    Carpe get your head out of Bolts rectum, and smell the roses, yeah, I’m watching you—-pooooooooooooooooooh perform there.

  16. Iain Hall says:

    Richard
    drop the scatological abuse or its in the crapper your comments Go!

  17. Richard Ryan says:

    scatological abuse, picked a lot of this up from Bolts blog of bile—–F.O.A.D. was used quite common over there, is that not so Carpe? Like to pay you a visit one day in person, and see what makes you tick. Going through your file now, Carpe—–you have more problems then me, and I don’t like you!—-don’t worry I will get something on you.

  18. Richard Ryan says:

    AS I said before Carpe, Tim Blair will be happy—–Mining Cures Cancer. Nod-nod-wink-wink.

  19. GD says:

    you are still basically incoherent and are still wearing your floppy clown shoes

    🙂

    “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son

    🙂 🙂

  20. Richard Ryan says:

    GD, and you got a face like a constipated greyhound—–is it any wonder you get no gigs. As for your mate Carpe,he has a head on him like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle.

  21. Richard Ryan says:

    Shalom, and good night, now I am over to bolts blog,incognito of course, on another computer of course. Just throw the bit of troll at the cretins, and as Keating would say—-see these yobbos jump on the hook, as they jockey each other for Bolts beloved attention. Scumbags the lot of them——hessian bags too good for these lot.

  22. Carpe Jugulum says:

    Hi richard
    So how is life as a remora? Shall i pull apart your sophormoric ramblings, i think that is a yes.

    “Carpe Jugulum—–you old bastard” – Dear richard i’m younger than you, i understand how the greying hair and the need for you to wear ‘incontinence aids’ must upset you but don’t project your weak bladder onto others ok.

    “F.O.A.D. was used quite common over there” – now don’t lie richard, you know that your uncle daddy will slap you like a redhaired stepchild.

    “Going through your file now” – I have a file?, how cute i have my own personal stalker. I must say i am flattered, but do remember that Lady Jugulum could beat 7 shades of crap out of a beta male such as yourself, let alone what i could do. Although it would be amusing for my adult kids to see someone masquerading as an adult wallowing in a pool of their own filth.

    Do please come back soon richard, you amuse me.

    I will leave you with a quote from a great man that i think will resonate with you – “Dude, put your hands up and move away from the crack pipe” – Charlie Sheen

    I think that is a sentiment we can all agree on.

  23. Carpe Jugulum says:

    “now I am over to bolts blog,incognito of course, on another computer of course. Just throw the bit of troll at the cretins”
    richard you do realise that there are no comments on bolts blog after 5pm and you posted that at 5:45pm.

    Yet again richard wanders in with his floppy clown shoes and fright wig and makes a complete twat of himself. Well done.

  24. GD says:

    GD, and you got a face like a constipated greyhound

    Oh Richard, and I thought we were getting along just fine recently. I’ve been enjoying your one-liners, some of them quite funny, others so far off-topic that they are funny too. And then you descend into personal abuse and scatological references.

    Carpe Jugulum really rattled your cage, didn’t he?

    Never mind, keep taking the pills, and hopefully we’ll see back here soon with more of your usual crazy Howard and America hate comments.

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