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Downton AbbOtt…

Interview with Lisa Wilkinson, Today Show (transcript via Tony Abbott.com)

Posted on Friday, 5 October 2012

Subjects: Tony and Margie Abbott.

LISA WILKINSON: 

I’m pleased to say Margie and Tony Abbott join me now. Good morning to both of you.

MARGIE ABBOTT: 

Good morning, Lisa.

TONY ABBOTT:

 Look, morning, Lisa.

LISA WILKINSON: 

Mr Abbott, Downton Abbey? Your rugby mates will be crying in their beer! What is that about?

TONY ABBOTT:

 Well, look, I guess I’ve just changed over the years, haven’t I? But look, I still enjoy watching footballers, but I did really fall in love with Downton Abbey. It was a great programme about managing domestic servants, tidy uniforms and that old virtue, the old virtue of unconditional obedience to authority.

LISA WILKINSON:

 He is a softie isn’t he, Margie?

MARGIE ABBOTT: 

He is, absolutely, Lisa. He is a softie and, dare I say it, I didn’t win the battle. We watched Downton Abbey and Tony is our lord-of-the- manor in waiting, is he not Lisa?

LISA WILKINSON: 

But you wanted to watch the footballers, Tony?

TONY ABBOTT: 

Well, I think the important thing, Lisa, was that we were together on the lounge and you know, viewing what we hope will be the Australia of the future, a future characterised by good ol’ fashioned hard work, respect for one’superiors…at the end of the day, to be quite frank…men at work…men…

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WRITTEN BY CHRIS FLOYD   
FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2012 14:39
On Thursday, Bradley Manning, one of the foremost prisoners of conscience in the world today, testified in open court — the first time his voice has been heard since he was arrested, confined and subjected to psychological torture by the U.S. government.

An event of some newsworthiness, you might think. Manning has admitted leaking documents that detailed American war crimes in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He has been held incommunicado for more than 900 days by the Obama administration. Reports of his treatment at the hands of his captors have sparked outrage, protests and concern around the world. He was now going to speak openly in a pre-trial hearing on a motion to dismiss his case because of that treatment. Surely such a moment of high courtroom drama would draw heavy media coverage, if only for its sensationalistic aspects.

But if you relied on the nation’s pre-eminent journal of news reportage, the New York Times, you could have easily missed notice of the event altogether, much less learned any details of what transpired in the courtroom. The (New YorK) Times sent no reporter to the hearing, but contented itself with a brief bit of wire copy from AP, tucked away on Page 3, to note the occasion...CLICK HERE FOR THIS PIECE IN FULL @ CHRIS FLOYD… 

Chris Floyd is an American writer based in the UK, and a frequent contributor to CounterPunch. His blog, “Empire Burlesque,” can be found at www.chris-floyd.com.

 
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