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Max Mosley caught with pants down

March 30, 2008

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“We have gone from a nazi governing Formula 1, to having the son of a nazi being in charge, so maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised…” I felt compelled to write something of this nature about Max Mosley earlier this year, when the 2008 Formula 1 season had yet to kick off.

 Mr. Mosley is the President of the FIA, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile. The FIA has its headqaurters at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, and governs all of international motorsport. During the 2007 season Mr. Mosley led a particularly determined investegation into the leaking of technical secrets of the Ferrari F1 team to the McLaren Mercedes team. Some saw it as a little bit more than the governor of a major international sport doing his job. There was a hint of a personal vendetta about the whole proceedings, towards the longtime boss of McLaren, Ron Dennis. When former F1 driver, and respected Formula 1 commentator Martin Brundle spoke out about situations that rieked of prefferential treatment of the Ferrari team, and gave credence to personal motivations behind some of the decisions of the FIA President, Mr. Mosley made moves to silence critics. Mr. Brundle faced legal threats, and people in F1 were stopped from speaking out in fear of ‘bringing the sport in to disrepute’, which is an offence in the F1 rulebook which carries heavy punishment, including being banned from the sport.  It’s a long story.

Mr. Mosley is also the son of Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists in the World War Two. He actually chose Adolf Hitler as a special guest at his wedding, to give you an idea of the company he preffered. Adolf obliged by the way. Anyway, as children can’t choose their parents, and their social background, it seemed unfair to bring this up.

Over the weekend however, Mr. FIA President Max Mosley has ended up all over the pages of the British press with his S&M exploits with five prostitutes, last Friday in London. Mr. Mosley apparently engaged in sexual role play that centered around nazi prison camps, alternating between playing the victim, receiving lashings, as well as dishing out orders in German to a prositute dressed in a striped prison suit, and handing out the whipping to his ‘victim’. He concluded the session on an English note, by having a cup of tea. After finishing his tea, Mr. Mosley got dressed and strolled away.

Each to their own, everybody shluld be allowed their passtimes. I wonder if Mr. Mosley thinks he’s brought his sport into disrepute, and will fire himself.

Dutch TV interviewers need Paxman’s balls

February 3, 2008

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Some of you might want to sit down before reading the following sentence, which conotains two shocking revelations. Ready? Here we go. Natalee Holoway is dead, and Pauw & Witteman are totally rubbish interviewers. I know, it’s shocking. Deep breath in, slow breath out.

Of course, a verse and song confession by the main suspect in the Natalee Holloway disappearence wrapped up in a two hour documentary has millions of TV viewers in The Netherlands and the US stock up on extra beer and crisps. Who doesn’t like a true murder mystery solved on television by a man who can best be introduced to those who don’t know him as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and…Jeremy Paxman. Well, maybe not the great Paxman, but you get my drift – De Vries is a pretty crafty investigator who solves cases the police has long given up on, and a bit of a bulldog when it comes to questioning people on television.

Talking of Paxman and interview bulldogs, it’s the second revelation by De Vries about the quality of the interviewing by Pauw & Witteman that gets my attention, despite the shocking, but hardly unexpected news that Natalee Holloway is not alive, almost three years after her disapearence. De Vries’ likened the manner in which two of the most prominent media figures interviewed Van der Sloot to two schoolboys interviewing their football heroe for the school paper. I would say that I have seen even weaker interviews by the two gentlemen heading this program, so it doesn’t interest me because it’s news in any way. Far from it, it interests me because De Vries speaks out about something that I often find myself moaning about. 

There a too many Dutch TV interviewers who couldn’t extract the way to church from a vicar. Pauw & Witteman is a textbook example of Dutch interviewers making conversation, rather than getting the truth out of their interviewees. For those who understand Dutch, the weekly Q&A with the prime minister is a rich source for examples of how not to interview. Take the one a few days ago, where one of Hollands’ most respected political reporters Ferry Mingelen chats to PM Balkenende about the uneas in some quarters of the government about the airing of 70’s porn classic Deep Troath by public broadcasters. Oh, and of course questions had to be raised about a subject of even greater magnitude: Queen Beatrix, whose quickly forgotten speeches on safe subject matter such as unity and tolerance seem to touch more and more on political sensitivities of the day. Anyway, all PM Blakenende had to do to avoid answering questions, was just to keep mumbling away til time ran out. Needless to say, the interviewer did not interrupt the PM’s meaningless words when it mattered.

So, Jeroen Pauw, Paul Witteman, Ferry Mingelen et al, if you guys just want to chat to people, why not open a pub? Want to interview people properly? Watch BBC News Night now and again, you guys might learn something. Well, they might not actually. Could it be that Jeremy just has bigger balls? Judging by his plea to Marks & Spencer for more support from his undies, one might conclude so.