A police raid is a pretty traumatic thing, no matter who you are. Thankfully I don’t speak from experience.
Some have described it as being the mental equivalent of root canal surgery, a colonoscopy, or an enema. Either way, it is not a pleasant experience, and not something that you would like to make a public spectacle of. You cannot get changed, you can’t even take a piss without supervision, you can do absolutely nothing.
I will apologise now for any bad grammar, spelling, or bad language I may use in this post, but what the fuck is going on with the media in this country?
Today’s raid on Craig Thomson’s property was about one person, Craig. Not his wife Zoe, she is what I would refer to as an innocent bystander. She would be under incredible stress, and would be hoping for some privacy.
Not a chance Zoe dear. Not while the Australian press pack is around. Fairfax had a photo which I will not be posting on my site (because I have some fucking respect) of Zoe taken through one of the windows during the raid. How is this even relevant, or legal? Surely the photograph could be used as evidence of trespass at the very least.
This is not the first time Zoe has had to deal with this either. It does not seem that long ago when a heavily pregnant Zoe had one of channel 7’s crew hiding under the bathroom window as she had a shower, classy stuff.
This is not Princess Diana topless on a yacht, nor is it Fergie sucking some accountants toes by the pool. This is just the wife of an MP, in her own house, being put under enormous pressure. The press should do all of us a favour and show a little fucking decency.
I have already spoken about Ean Higgin’s and his antics that seem to indicate he is a finger puppet of Kathy Jackson, I just hope Kathy washes her hands thoroughly before eating.
Aside from WixxyLeaks, Independent Australia, Vex News, and now Crikey who seem to be joining us on the front line at last with some great articles the last couple of weeks, no other news outlet appears to be using evidence.
Some like Ean Higgins, just write whatever Kathy tells him to, whether it is a little crappy, or utter crap. Others use things such as someone’s word of a conversation that they think they overheard at a crowded drunken HSU function, and refer to that as evidence.
How many stories are churned out on page one, only to have disclaimers, retractions, corrections, and disputed facts printed at the bottom corner of page 26, six days later?
Most of the press point to the FWA investigation as their bible, and the centrepiece of all that is factual. This is the investigation that they took the piss out of solidly in the years up to it’s arrival, saying how inept and useless FWA was to take so long. Fast forward to now and we have the KPMG report that tears FWA a new one, totally discrediting its investigation and the entire process.
So with the FWA investigation in the crapper, we have the Temby report, alas that is based on the FWA investigation that is now drowning in the crapper, so best we flush and chuck Temby’s report in after it.
Using other peoples dodgy work as evidence is not how I have chosen to work, I have primarily relied on documentation, and first hand witnesses, not hearsay and certified bunk.
The press in this country who seem content to loiter outside bathroom windows, and write whatever shit they are told to by someone who is under police investigation, were always quick to point the finger at the UK press and say how different it is over there.
Tapped phones and dodgy photos were the way press rolled in the UK. But god forbid we have an enquiry in Australia, our press have their own watchdog here to make sure that type of shenanigans doesn’t occur. That watchdog is run by those who are supposed to be being monitored, and every journo that has ever walked past News Ltd has been on Q&A or The Drum to say that it doesn’t happen here.
Well, today we have seen another example of photography that is a breach of privacy, and in my opinion represents immoral practices by the media. I hope that Thomson’s family press charges.
I can also tell readers, that since this whole saga began my phone has been tapped, and my emails hacked numerous times, and yes I have reported it to police. Bear in mind I’m not even directly involved.
I am not saying that it is the press doing this to me, but I am just saying that it does happen.
As for the raid today, we will see if anything comes of it. It is the 3rd highly publicised raid we have had in NSW on this case in just over 12 months, and what has directly come from any of them so far.
Jack ShitFollow @madwixxy
Since this post has gone up, Fairfax have removed the image from their site, below is their statement:
“Thank you for your email. smh.com.au is a breaking news site that aims to bring readers current and reliable news from Australia and throughout the world around the clock. We try to select pictures appropriate to each story. Upon consideration we have removed the image of Craig Thomson’s wife Zoe.”
They should have never put it up….