Another John Howard Porky?

Several days ago, our Prime Minister and chief Cane Toad, John Howard was involved in a mid-air emergency over Iraq when smoke filled the plane. My first reaction when I saw the footage  of the toad running from the plane was “Wasn’t it nice how there was a camera man on the ground ready to film his dramatic exit. Hmmm – or had the cameraman been on the flight and allowed to exit first – double hmmmm!”  Being far from civilisation I was unable to voice my opinion at the time although I noted quietly to myself that the toad (almost a homonym for turd) is well down in the opinion polls and needed a hand back up.

Crikey’s ( Crickey.com.au ) aviation cinematography expert writes (I received it in an email from a friend) :
I watched ABC TV’s lead news story last night re John Howard’s in-flight “emergency” in Southern Iraq (I’m quite sure the video is somewhere on youtube, if someone wants to find it and link it here, I would be grateful as I have severe problems with my internet connection at the moment) and have reached the conclusion that the story may have been something of a contrived beat-up.

As the narrative tells it, the plane filled with smoke and was diverted to an emergency landing. We are then treated to footage of the Prime Minister running from the plane accompanied by bodyguards, amidst apparent alarm and looks of deep concern etc.

But it’s all humbug, as careful examination of the footage shows:

* One cameraman got out of the aircraft before the PM, in sufficient time to capture him exiting the aircraft. Another cameraman was inside the aircraft, near the rear ramp, and panned with the PM’s party as they ran from the aircraft. However, cut to the second camera as the PM exits the plane, and the first cameraman inside the plane is nowhere to be seen. Very strange – or were there several takes of this?
* Camera on ground pans with PM and bodyguard as they run past, and we then see numerous passengers calmly walking away from the aircraft with their baggage –so they must have exited the aircraft well ahead of the PM and escort. Which, given the apparent emergency, is unlikely.
* If you look at the aircraft’s engines in the background, the propellers have almost come to a halt when the PM and bodyguard emerge running down the ramp. As anyone familiar with C-130 aircraft will know, it takes well over a minute from the time that the pilot cuts the engines until the propellers actually stop. So the aircraft was stopped on the ground for some time, and had initiated normal engine shutdown, well before the PM was bundled off.
* Add to that the fact that only the PM and escort are running – everybody else in shot appears calm and relaxed – and the odour of rodent becomes overwhelming.

6 responses to “Another John Howard Porky?

  1. Yes! Oh, you clever, observant people you! That is exactly how it looks, and I must admit I had a quiet chuckle over the PM’s style when bolting fearlessy for his life! He looked like a lame chook with all it’s feathers removed! What a shame it has not been brought to the attention of Channels 7, 9, 10 and the Aunty … the lowest common denominator Rules again! I wonder if Kerry O’Brien would take another shufti at it if we asked nicely!!!

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  2. Didn’t find the original, but here’s a parody with elements of the original.

    Sounds like a job for Media Watch. They’ve got nothing to lose. The ABC’s already on a shoestring budget.

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  3. What’s with these clowns and their Bush imitations?

    I suppose the original plan was to have Howard land the plane and save the day, but they didn’t think he could carry off the flight suit?

    Our own beloved PM, the Far-Right and Far-from-honourable Stephen (“But you can call me ‘Steve’, Mr. Bush”) Harper is similarly known for travelling only with the most fawning of press sychophants. He’s cut access to the media (with the exception of the Nazional Post [mis-spelt that, but I’m leaving it in anyway]) and is busy turning the Canadian Broadcast Corp. (CBC) into the Castrated Budget Corporation. Mainly because he doesn’t like accurate, fair, reporting.

    What’ll he do, d’you think? Ski into Lytton with vital supplies?

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  4. I only have one comment here – since no one has conclusively shown that the scenario above was not concocted, we must assume there is at least a little truth in it. Howards porkies keep growing.

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  6. Well, I know you don’t like cane toads. But if you are going to call him a toad, make sure you always use the full name. It is not fair to all the other inoffensive and useful toads of the world to be compared to that jackass.

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