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Daily Telegraph journalist psychoanalyses Kevin Rudd

The Sydney News.Net Saturday 10th August, 2013

(Big News Network) SYDNEY - Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspapers are stepping up their campaign to oust Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his ALP government.


On Saturday the group's most influential newspaper The Daily Telegraph ran a triple-page spread headlined "HERO or PSYCHO?"

"An ego-driven, secretive, control freak narcissist or just a man on a mission," was the sub-heading. Readers could have been left wondering whether in fact the article was about Rudd, or about the newspaper's proprietor Rupert Murdoch. It was of course about the Aussie PM. There was his large photo with him adjusting his spectacles. And of course the byline: Andrew Carswell psychoanalyses Kevin Rudd.

Daily Telegraph readers are then put through three pages of Carswell's analysis of Rudd's personality and behaviour, in an attempt to draw comparisons with traits of a psychopath. Despite the headline he omits entirely any references to Russ as a 'hero.'

As the basis for his "story" Carswell uses a remark made on Twitter one-and-a-half-years ago by Steve Gibbons in which he referred to the Australian prime minister as a psychopath - notwithstanding, as Carswell says, "Gibbons is a man who is routinely and rightly pilloried for making crude, stupid and nasty remarks in the name of cheap publicity."

"So is it true? Is the man running this country really a psychopath?" asks Carswell.

Among his experts on the subject quoted in the article are psychotherapist John Clarke, who says between 1% and 3% of all Australians "could be certifiably deemed psychopathic," anthropologist Stephen Juan who suggests one in ten companies are headed by a corporate psychopath, and criminal mind expert Steve van Aperen who claims one of the misconceptions about psychopathy is that people think a psychopath goes out and kills people.

The Telegraph reporter also refers to a 'psychopathy checklist' put together by Canadian criminal psychologist and FBI adviser Robert D Hare twenty years ago.

Drawing an even wider bow he quotes research by Western Sydney University professor Peter Jonason who claims while Machiavellianism is apolitical in its nature, there is a "left-leaning bias for those individuals high on psychopathy."

Readers are left with a series of assertions and questions all aimed to portray Rudd as a psychopath:

'It seems psychopaths are everywhere, and they are more likely to wear a suit and tie, than carry a bloodied weapon or be pointing a sawn-off shotgun.'

Those deemed psychopathic are very much aware of it, and are attempting to control it.

"The corporate psychopath is the type of psychopath that gets into politics because they are usually exceedingly ego-oriented - it is all about them. So even when they get criticism, it is still all about them" (Anthropologist Stephen Juan).

"There are certainly many undiagnosed psychopaths in business and politics" (criminal mind expert Steve van Aperen).

"...often people get confused between the terms psychopath and psychotic, which makes people less inclined to label someone as the former and thus grouping them with such fiends as Ivan Milat, Charles Manson or Martin Bryant" (Juan).

"The corporate psychopath is the type of psychopath that gets into politics because they are usually exceedingly ego-oriented - it is all about them. So even when they get criticism, it is still all about them" (Juan).

"They love the centre of attention. Good or bad they see themselves being the centre of the universe" (Juan).

"They are the great users, the great manipulators, they often have aides and underlings do work for them, and expect blind loyalty but they don't give loyalty in return. They use everyone for gain" (Juan).

"Everything is about them. If you talk to them in a conversation about your issues, they will immediately turn it around to their issues. It's as if no one exists other than them" (Juan).

"They climb the corporate ladder very effectively, they are often very charming and articulate, often very good looking which they use to their advantage" (Juan).

It is the only thing they exist for. Themselves. They can't be trusted, they will lie to your face and deny they have when they are caught. They never own up to their own actions, they are always blaming others. They are polar opposites in public and private, with the former a place for their charm offensive to be exercised, and the latter a dark place of indifference and loathing (No attribution)..

It's the psychopath's modus operandi; a persona that they can't escape from, a disguise that soon becomes arduous to hide (No attribution).

'Its (psychopathy checklist by Canadian criminal psychologist and FBI adviser Robert D Hare) defined set of traits include impulsiveness, superficial charm, grandiosity, callousness, manipulative, lack of remorse or guilt, propensity to blame others, poor behavioural control, egocentric.'

Whether unfairly or resoundingly just, Kevin Rudd's name has oft been etched beside those traits, by members of his own camp or from across enemy lines (Carswell).

His impulsiveness is well documented, from rushed decision making done without proper consultation with colleagues or stakeholders, to his "policies on the run" such as the changes to the Fringe Benefit Tax system that crack down on salary-sacrificed cars, to the detriment of the struggling car industry (Carswell).

On these rash methods, he is internationally renowned (Carswell).

"He makes snap announcements without consulting other countries or within the Australian government" (Unnamed U.S. Embassy official).

"I mean this guy is a once-in-a-century egomaniac" (Former ALP leader Mark Latham).

Carswell points to a News Corp poll of 30,000 voters last month where voters were given a list of words to describe Rudd. The results were stark says The Daily Telegraph reporter: smug, manipulative and egotistical.

Claude Minisini spent 15 years within the FBI's behavioural science division. In his opinion, Kevin Rudd is your classic organisational psychopath. Ticks every box, allegedly, wrote Carswell in his article on Saturday.

"One of the traits of a psychopath is a lack of remorse. Has Kevin Rudd shown that? In relation to the pink batts saga, has he ever come out and said sorry to individuals for him making that bad decision? The answer is no," Ms Minisini said.

"Is he indifferent, or does he rationalise having hurt or mistreated someone else? I suppose he ticks that box too. I would certainly say that he is impulsive. Has he failed to adequately plan ahead? I suppose he ticks that box too. Is he irritable and aggressive? Yes, he probably ticks that one"

"There would be some people that would say that he is (a psychopath), given in his early administration, many of his aides left because he was difficult to work with" (Yuan).

"You can see these traits in many politicians, not just Kevin Rudd. He has tendencies that are very egotistical, ego centred, but is it only about him? That is the real issue" (Yuan).

Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton, Carswell says, is another believer that psychopaths can actually lead incredibly successful lives.

"When psychologists talk about psychopaths, what we're referring to are people who have a distinct set of personality characteristics, which include things like ruthlessness, fearlessness, mental toughness, charm, persuasiveness and a lack of conscience and empathy," he said.

The article goes on.

Inevitably readers are left with the conclusion Rudd is a psychopath.

The experts however are not emphatic. "While Rudd may exhibit some psychopathic tendencies, it is near impossible for an outsider to officially determine," Juan was quoted a saying

"They would have to get to the bottom of their motivations," he said.

"There would be some people that would say that he is (a psychopath), given in his early administration, many of his aides left because he was difficult to work with."

"You can see these traits in many politicians, not just Kevin Rudd. He has tendencies that are very egotistical, ego centred, but is it only about him? That is the real issue." said Juan.

Carswell' portrayal would fit many. For example he could easily be talking about his bosses, particularly News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch or Col Allan, the New York Post editor who is Mr Murdoch's envoy to the Australian newspapers on a mission apparently to destroy Kevin Rudd, which it must be said he is doing a good job of with articles like these.

Carswell quotes Emory University's Scott Lilienfeld's who says, "Some psychopathic traits, such as interpersonal dominance, persuasiveness and venturesomeness, may be conducive to acquiring positions of political power and to successful leadership." A research paper by Lilienfield put Winston Churchill and Lyndon Johnson as perfect case studies, claiming both possessed very real characteristics of a psychopath, but who "managed to parlay these traits into political success."

What Carswell didn't relay was perhaps a good summing up of his 'essay,' which is what Oxford University research psychologist Kevin Dutton provided in the same Q and A article from Time that Carswell lifted his quote from when asked: "Would you agree that without psychopathic traits, we might lose a lot of leaders and heroes?"

Dutton replied, "There's always been a need for risk-takers in society and a need for ruthlessness, charm, charisma and a need for mental toughness and emotional detachment."

"All of these traits are on a spectrum, just as there exists no official division between someone who plays the piano well and a concert pianist. One individual might be ruthless and fearless, but not have a lack of conscience," he said.

"If you've got loads of these traits all turned up to max, you're going to overload the circuits [and be a dangerous psychopath]."

"But you wouldn't be anywhere near dangerous if some were high and some low," said Dutton. "Depending on context, you're talking different proportions that might be quite functionally adapted to whatever professional field of endeavour you might be working in. [At extremely high levels], you might have problems but if turn those down, you might find people who are better than normal in certain aspects."

(Source: Big News Network)


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5 days ago Billy J said :

I don't think Carswell will be getting the Pulitzer prize for this article


4 days ago John Robertson said :

Dear Alice Voiding the September 7th 2013 Australian General Election. During the relevant period the Electoral Commissioner controls the election and is doing that through Alice. Alice has stated, "The publication of editorials is not considered a breach of electoral laws," but has not said the editorials may be defamatory. John is pressing Alice to obtain top legal advice within 7 days. Tony Abbott is "under acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power," (Murdoch), so "shall be incapable of sitting as a member of the House of Representatives." Abbott should not be a candidate in the September 7th 2013 General Election; he needs to clearly disown Murdoch or withdraw his nomination. In 1993, Murdoch's Cairns Post defamed the Ozone Party, to evade $Billions of tax to rapidly build his Sky and Fox empire. In 1993 the Electoral Commissioner did not obtain legal advice in time, so the matter of voiding the whole election was referred on to the High Court of Australia. In 2013 there is time to prosecute the Murdoch editors and for Tony Abbott to completely disown Murdoch, otherwise Alice should void the September 7th election as it can only be cleansed by prosecuting Murdock and his editors. An even bigger problem is looming, as all voters who believe the September 7th 2013 election is corrupted, may easily Petition to void the result in their electorate. You cannot get away with a second Murdoch-corrupted election. Please ask any questions as I am more experienced than anyone else, and only seek a fair outcome. Kind Regards John Robertson


4 days ago Jonathan Melco said :

The psychopath story appeared in all the News Corp papers on Saturday. In the Herald Sun there was also an article by Ellen Whinnett about all Rudd's past digging up the same old things. It also says "His own colleague, retiring Bendigo MP Steve Gibbons, labelled him a "psychopath with a giant ego" so obviously all the News Corp journos have been given a tip sheet on what stories to write about. I bet the line appears in other stories as well.


4 days ago Jonathan Melco said :

In The Australian the psychopath again bobs up. Talk about an orchestrated campaign. Under the title "The Labor Party does not deserve to be re-elected" the article says in part "Now, we have Kevin Rudd having finally exacted his revenge, campaigning in the most farcical manner. Described by his own party members as having no honour, no Labor values, as a psychopath, as evil, basically the most horrible person to serve as PM."


4 days ago John Smith said :

The percentage of Australia that votes for Rudd at the next election will be a direct reflection of how far we've lost the plot as a Nation.


4 days ago Jacky Grisham, Innaloo W.A. said :

I don't know why more people are not angry about this. I can't imagine Americans putting up with newspapers there characterising their president as a psychopath or dressing him and other members of his administration in Nazi uniforms. This general mocking and slandering our prime minister should be illegal. Mr Murdoch is manipulating this election and its close enough for him to get his way. In fact if he gets away with this we should do away with elections and just have Rupert nominate our PM.


4 days ago John Robertson said :

Defamation of a candidate IS illegal. The Electoral Commissioner should already be organising the jailing and fining of all the Murdoch newspaper editors. Also there is a conspiracy for all to be acting in a similar way. If the Electoral Commissioner does not act we have malfeasance and anarchy. If prosecutions do not start this week the September 7 Election is fatally corrupted and should be voided. If the Sep 7 election goes ahead regardless, every voter who loses by the result, may petition to the High Court of Australia for the result to be voided and for a re-election. Murdoch's Cairns Post defamed the Oz One Party in 1993 relevant period and the Electoral Commissioner was too slow to act.


3 days ago Fed up with greens and communists of Australia said :

Listen to all the poor pathetic communists complaining about this... I see comments criticising freedom of speech! No one is forcing you morons to read the paper... So anyone with a different opinion to you leftists should be silenced? Sounds exactly like Rudd's censorship attempt over the press. Do the real Aussies a favour and piss off to China.


3 days ago John Robertson said :

Rupert Murdoch is a goner. Does Fed UP etc not believe in Australian law? Real Aussies follow Australian law, what are you?


2 days ago John Robertson said :

-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Avoiding Voiding Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:18:43 +0100 From: John Robertson To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Dear Electoral Commissioner and Commissioner of Taxation When Murdoch's Cairns Post defamed the OzOne Party on February 20 1993 I walked around the corner and asked Cairns Post Electoral Officer Knuth to immediately prosecute the Cairns Post Editor to cause media publicity to balance the damage done by the defamation. Knuth referred the matter onto Canberra and nothing happened despite the March 13 1993 Election looming up quickly and much urgency expressed by me. In hindsight, and now knowing the Murdoch empire bribed police and government officers, evaded tax, and spied on people - plus Rupert Murdoch personally conspired with Margaret Thatcher in 1981 - it is clear that the 1993 Electoral Commissioner was bribed /corrupted by Murdoch. In 2013 are you also being bribed / corrupted by Murdoch? I am writing an E-Book and posting on the internet so you are welcome to respond for publication and explain why you are not corrupt. I estimate that Murdoch has evaded a billion dollars of tax per year for the twenty years ($20b) following the 1993 non-prosecution for defamation, Section 350(1) of the Act. Please answer this week. . Kind Regards John Robertson


5 hours ago John Robertson said :

It is time to get angry. -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Avoiding Voiding Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 03:11:26 +0100 From: John Robertson To: [email protected], [email protected] Dear Electoral Commissioner, You should have prosecuted all of Murdoch's editors by now. Commonwealth Electoral Act Section 329 Misleading or deceptive publications etc. (1) A person shall not, during the relevant period in relation to an election under this Act, print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or authorize to be printed, published or distributed, any matter or thing that is likely to mislead or deceive an elector in relation to the casting of a vote. (4) A person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence punishable on conviction: (a) if the offender is a natural personâby a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 6 months, or both; or. (b) if the offender is a body corporateâby a fine not exceeding $5,000. (5) In a prosecution of a person for an offence against subsection (4) by virtue of a contravention of subsection (1), it is a defence if the person proves that he or she did not know, and could not reasonably be expected to have known, that the matter or thing was likely to mislead an elector in relation to the casting of a vote. Note: A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the defence in subsection (5) (see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code). (5A) Section 15.2 of the Criminal Code (extended geographical jurisdictionâcategory B) applies to an offence against subsection (4). (6) In this section, publish includes publish by radio, television, internet or telephone. -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Avoiding Voiding and collecting $20 billion tax Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:01:37 +0100 From: John Robertson To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Dear Electoral Commissioner and Commissioner of Taxation Electoral law You can avoid the voiding of the September 7th Australian Election by immediately holding a press conference to declare that you will: (1) prosecute the 1993 Cairns Post Editor for defaming the two OzOne candidates, Don Logan and James Cavil in the relevant period. (You are not out of time because Rupert Murdoch's criminality was not known until very recently, when reporters recorded Murdoch's own bribing words.) (2) prosecute each of the many 2013 Murdoch Newspaper Editors for defaming candidate Kevin Rudd, as can be seen in their own newspapers and on the internet. Taxation Law You have the power to 'shoot from the hip' and assess the Murdoch empire $20 billion and sit back and let the taxpayer prove you are wrong. As soon as you make the assessment you have the power to start collecting the tax. You know you can do it and I know you can do it. Kind Regards John Robertson -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Avoiding Voiding Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:18:43 +0100 From: John Robertson To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Dear Electoral Commissioner and Commissioner of Taxation When Murdoch's Cairns Post defamed the OzOne Party on February 20 1993 I walked around the corner and asked Cairns Electoral Officer Knuth to immediately prosecute the Cairns Post Editor to cause media publicity to balance the damage done by the defamation. Knuth referred the matter onto Canberra and nothing happened despite the March 13 1993 Election looming up quickly and much urgency expressed by me. In hindsight, and now knowing the Murdoch empire bribed police and government officers, evaded tax, and spied on people - plus Rupert Murdoch personally conspired with Margaret Thatcher in 1981 - it is clear that the 1993 Electoral Commissioner was bribed /corrupted by Murdoch. In 2013 are you also being bribed / corrupted by Murdoch? I am writing an E-Book and posting on the internet so you are welcome to respond for publication and explain why you are not corrupt. I estimate that Murdoch has evaded a billion dollars per year for the twenty years ($20b) following the 1993 non-prosecution for defamation, Section 350(1) of the Act. Please answer this week. . Kind Regards John Robertson


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