Rupert Murdoch smeared by word puzzleby Toby Manhire
"Satanic backmasking" slurs Murdoch - plus other media moguls insulted in their own papers.
CIVET was there. So was DOLPHIN.
There is no such documented animal as a LIVESIHCODRUM, but read in reverse order those letters, which appear in the puzzle designed by “Harry the Dog”, and you might see why it would upset the big boss at News Limited. Rupert something.
It appears to be a novel example of “Satanic backmasking”, reckons Tim Elliott in the rival Sydney Morning Herald.
The most famous example being “Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, some of the lyrics of which, which when played backwards, sound like, ‘Oh here's to my sweet Satan … He will give those with him 666. There was a little tool shed where he made us suffer, sad Satan.’”
A few years ago, another scribe found to his cost that mass circulation newspapers might not be the place to sneak in unspoken sentiments.
Stephen Pollard had been about to begin a new job as editorial writer at the Times newspaper of London (another Murdoch organ) when something unusual was discovered in the final editorial he wrote for the Daily Express, the paper recently acquired by controversial media mogul and pornography publisher Richard Desmond.
There was an acrostic.
Spell out the first letter of each sentence in an otherwise mundane leader on the farming industry, and you would read, “F*** YOU DESMOND” (needless to say, he did not use the asterisks).
It was a mistake. Pollard, who had previously said Desmond and his lieutenants treat readers “like imbeciles who want to live on a diet of pap”, found that the Times job was suddenly no longer on offer.
Murdoch papers come out swinging on press regulation
Ten of the best newspaper corrections
Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook.
New essays on New Zealand-born US artist Len Lye elevate him to the status of Australasia’s most notable 20th-century artist.Read more
For about a third of infertility cases in New Zealand, there is no obvious reason why seemingly fertile couples struggle to conceive.Read more
More than one million images from Rykenberg Photography, taken around Auckland, are now in the Auckland Libraries Collection. But who are the people?Read more
A Golden Bay man spending his first night in his new house says he woke to find his bed, walls and floor covered in hundreds of creepy crawlies.Read more
There's a growing movement to stop the amount of wasteful plastic that goes into our oceans, but what about the tiny bits we can hardly see?Read more
The inconvenience to chlorine refuseniks is tiny compared with the risk of more suffering and tragedy from another Havelock North-style contamination.Read more
Global warming's worst case scenario may not be as bad as previously thought, a new climate change study says.Read more