"Pay close attention to that man behind the curtain!"

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Campbell's last spin

The timing couldn't have been any better. Just when the media should have been doing what I was doing -- laboriously poring over every word of Tony Blair's testimony before the Hutton Inquiry -- Alastair "Tony's Ari" Campbell announced his resignation. This sent the media scampering all over themselves to dig up the dirt on the former tabloid reporter for the birdcage liner known as The Mirror.

Let me move right back to what he's trying to get you to avert your eyes from: Tony Blair's testimony. While I am not yet able to post anything that I would deem "complete," I can say this much: in the first 36 pages of Blair's testimony, I have noticed many things which the mainstream media has duly neglected. These include, but are not limited to: self-contradiction (p. 13), evasion of answers (16) , naivete (21), assumptions of how the public would "interpret" news reports (31-2), absurd claims (32), demonstration of irrational expectations of others (32), and alarming over-confidence in himself (1-36).

If you want to have some eerie fun with Alastair Campbell, take a look at the lyrics to Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley," replacing "Crowley" with "Campbell" and "Satan" with "Tony."
Mr. Crowley Campbell, what went on in your head
Mr. Crowley Campbell, did you talk with the dead
Your lifestyle to me seemed so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
You waited on Satan's Tony's call

Mr. Charming, did you think you were pure
Mr. Alarming, in nocturnal rapport
Uncovering things that were sacred
Manifest on this earth
Conceived in the eye of a secret
And they scattered the afterbirth
As Aleister Crowley has been quoted:
"To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter."
Now that's pretty eerie!
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