Denial ads to speculation

Each Saturday the Liberal National Party in Queensland runs a full-page advert in News Corp’s Brisbane daily turdbloid The Courier-Mail.

It’s one of those ads that’s mocked up to look like a real political commentary column.

They have even invented a fictional character called Des Houghton who supposedly writes it each week and fills it with anti-Labor items so wild that he has gained a following best described as cultish, although that may be a typo.

The ad has been run weekly for many years so the LNP must have deep pockets to be able to afford it even though it doesn’t seem to have done the party’s electoral prospects any favours.

This week the ad featured a large item claiming that Queensland LNP Senator Amanda Stoker would be shifting to the lower house of our federal parliament to replace the multiple Facebooker and upskirt snapper Andrew Laming. (main picture)

Given that the good Senator has spent the best part of the past fortnight strongly denying the suggestion we wonder if the ad agency the LNP uses is doing its job. Or is it a very clever longer-term marketing ploy?

Finally, there is one tiny quibble we might point out while we are on the subject. The LNP advert consistently fails to include the usual warning to readers – traditionally the acknowledgement (ADVERTISEMENT) at the top of the page – which we hope will one day be corrected.

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The saturation TV coverage of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh saw live-crosses with London-based reporters organised very swiftly after the news broke.

Members of our MGH team watched with interest as all said reporters spoke grim-faced to their respective cameras outside Buckingham Palace.

They all referenced how Her Majesty the Queen would be feeling as well as members of the royal family. How the fuck would they know is one thought we had here at the MGH.

Trouble was – just another thought we had – isn’t Her Maj miles away at Windsor Castle?

Maybe there is some technical explanation for why London not Windsor was chosen for the live-to-air reports, but we can’t help but feel sorry for all those Brits who saw the news and trekked to Buck House to stare mournfully through the gates without realising nobody was home.

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It’s not often those of us at The Bug agree with Donald Trump, but this week we were compelled to do so.

Numerous news outlets around the globe carried a story saying that the ex-president had kitted out  his office at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida as a sort of pseudo Oval Office.

He even is using a desk that’s a replica of the famous Resolute desk that has been used by numerous US presidents.

The desk, made from the timbers of a former British artic exploration ship HMS Resolute, was given as a gift by Queen Victoria in 1880 to President Rutherford Hayes.

The Australian carried a story about Trump’s desk sourced from the News Corp-owned The Times in London. (pictured)

It showed readers the former president sitting behind the “replica” desk.

Trouble is, any cursory glance at the photos accompanying the story shows the Mar-a-Lago desk is not a replica – not unless the definition of the word has changed in recent times.

The two desks couldn’t be more different, as far as our eyes can tell.

The verdict here at the MGH? Fake news!