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Why WA media sucks reason #8,530,269

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Ok super quick rant but this just cannot go without mention.

We all know Teh West is the torchbearer for shit, sensationalist journalism, but TWAT “Chief Of Staff” Liam Phillips seems to have decided to step up to make a challenge to that title. Maybe it’s all the post-Tour de France, pre-Olympic competitive spirit coming out.

Young Phillips has posted a gem of a “opinion” piece highlighting the ignorance and just unbelievabe stupidness that makes this charming state well-known for being red-neck hicks who just love spouting their visceral knee-jerk affrontedness at the drop of a hat. (Lots of adjectives = Sunili is pissed off.)

On the coronial inquest into the suicide of Simon Rochford, the prisoner who topped himself after it was revealed he was the suspect in a 1994 murder (for which Andrew Mallard was wrongfully convicted and jailed), Phillips essentially wonders why we should cry for Rochford, when, frankly, he was just a roach:

… the most surprising aspect of the inquest’s coverage is the victimised way in which Rochford has often been presented.

Sure he committed suicide – a sad act. But let’s not forget, this man was no altar boy. He was a convicted killer serving a life jail term for the brutal murder of his girlfriend Brigitta Dickens in July 1994.

He became involved in the Pamela Lawrence case because he was suspected of bludgeoning her to death – a reasonable assumption, you would think, given his track record.

Uuuuuhhhh. Gee, well, um, I only did a law degree and now work at the Court and stuff, but I have a strange feeling that you’re not really supposed to make “reasonable assumptions” based on prior convictions, unless it’s in a very narrow set of circumstances. Or something. Heck, correct me if I’m wrong, eh?

See also:

For me, it’s all a bit of a moot point anyway. The ultimate aim of this exercise is to establish who killed Pamela Lawrence.

And committing suicide the day you have been named as a suspect is not the typical action of an innocent man.

Not only is that just totally effing offensive to anyone who knows the slightest thing about the principles of criminal justice (establishing who killed her kinda needs a trial and stuff, which we can’t have since the guy’s dead, but hey, I could be wrong again) … I have a feeling it takes the vitriole of “law and order” ranting in this state down to new lows.

Or maybe I’m just lucky to not have read anything worse in recent memory.

But what’s worse besides, that’s just the kinda moron attitude that gets the wrong person locked up for 12 years, isn’t it?


I bloody hope my idol Patti Chong has a go at this knob on Thursday.

PS: Today’s iGoogle quote of the day is amusingly appropriate:

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
AJ Liebling

I cannot believe these douchebags get away with publishing and justifying it as “opinion”.  How the hell do people get these gigs? Why are they not made to write “I will not tell lies” on the back of their hands with magical mean-quills? Fucktards. Sorry. This really irks me.

Written by Sunili

28 July 2008 at 8:27 pm

Posted in law, media, put downs/rants

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  1. I had some similar ideas recently and had a blog about it at:

    I really don’t know what the answer is on this one, because the assumption of Rochford’s guilt in the Lawrence matter does seem to have helped Andrew Mallard.

    BTW, I’ve created a mirror blog at wordpress to give their system a go. I’m still figuring out the operating system, but it seems quite nifty.


    29 July 2008 at 5:23 pm

  2. I’ve recently been interested in a similar topic. I had a blog on the topic here:


    29 July 2008 at 7:26 pm

  3. I was under the impression the stuff about Rochford came out after Mallard’s conviction was quashed in the High Court, but I could be wrong. I should spend more time on Wikipedia 😛

    The thing that bugs me most is not the fact that the link is possible, or probable, but more the fact that that schmuck goes out and says that kinda crap in the public domain.

    If that sort of thing was ok we might as well just get rid of judges and juries and trials. And it’s not that I have a vested interest in keeping the system, I’d be happy to see it go if there was a better way, but at the moment, there are ways these matters are supposed to be dealt with.

    Also, and I was thinking this last night but was too rushed to put words to it, a friend at work noted that his suicide could be for a bunch of reasons… like he’d already been in jail for ages, was nearing parole, and bang, the police have come out with this other thing… you just can’t say “yep, he did it” cause of that.

    Urgh. That’s all.

    Yes WP is much better than Blogger… just more features. I need to go pro and get a better theme and layout though, I’ve changed it a bunch of times in the last couple of weeks but all the free ones are lame (of course).


    29 July 2008 at 9:42 pm

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