Thursday, April 27, 2006

Burying the news

Paranoia Corner: The circumstances of the death and whereabouts of Australia's first military victim of the Iraq War just get more bizarre. Apparently, Private Jake Kovko's body is in transit home once more, while the body of the fellow mistakenly flown to Australia in his place is going back to Bosnia.

And apparently, he didn't kill himself accidentally while cleaning his weapon, the clear impression befuddled Defence Minister Brendan Nelson gave in his Saturday press conference.

All this begs the highly – H-I-G-H-L-Y – cynical question from one Press Gallery operative: What if a certain body was lost on purpose to push out any headlines lingering from yesterday on Medibank/health reform/national ID card?

Now that would REALLY be burying the news.

3 Comments:

Blogger Niall said...

I think the Kovko saga will resonate more with the general public than any 'bureaucratic' issue. For one thing, it's human interest and uncomplicated in its questions (i.e. human decency v.s snafu/official conspiracy, rather than law and order v.s civil libertiesa). Secondly, anyone with a diet of Hollywood movies and cop shows can only draw one conclusion: Kovko was murdered and his body went astray because the evidence was covered up. Almost certainly false, but I guarantee many Australians think this is plausible, just as they thought someone stealing a camel head was related to Schapelle Corby case.

3:39 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 points. Jake was not the first australian milatary casualty in January last year Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, a RAAF-trained C-130 navigator died when his aircraft was shot down north of Baghdad.

Secondly i'm beggin you - as one of his friends - and all your media friends to stop turning this into a circus, it's hurting his family and friends. Please.

5:43 am  
Blogger Hugo said...

thanks for the correction. He was, of course, the first soldier in Australian uniform to die in Iraq.
And Niall, i reckon you're onto something there. :-)
As for Jake's family, we can only extend our sympathy over the event, and how it's been played out - politically, and in the media. I guess that's the flipside of an open, democratic society. The media must report fearlessly. But, please, with a little heart.

3:16 am  

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