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Royal Family Enforces Media Embargo Against Australia To Prevent Nazi Jokes
Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
April 29, 2011

Still think the British Royal Family has no power and fulfils merely a ceremonial purpose? Think again. In order to prevent an Australian comedy show from making jokes about Prince Philip being a Nazi during the Royal Wedding, the Royals ordered broadcasters in Britain to enforce a media embargo that would have completely severed live coverage to Australia’s biggest broadcaster if they refused to cancel the satirical show.

After Prince Charles’ Clarence House found out that Australian broadcaster ABC planned to run a satirical commentary of the Royal Wedding alongside the regular feed, Charles demanded ABC cancel the show, and then ordered broadcast suppliers BBC, Associated Press, Sky and ITN to cut off the feed to Australia, a command which they instantly obeyed.

That’s right – the Royals have the power to enforce media embargoes between Britain and other major countries of the world. If this doesn’t indicate how much influence and power they still retain then nothing does.

The Royal Family threatened to deny Australia’s national broadcaster access to the Royal Wedding after they announced plans to run a satirical show called Chaser, which would have featured comedians providing light-hearted commentary over live pictures of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Clarence House, the almost 200-year-old London royal residence which doubles as an office for the Prince of Wales and his son, Prince William, demanded the ABC cancel plans to use the controversial comedy group, the Chaser, as royal wedding commentators,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

They then contacted broadcast suppliers, including the host BBC, Associated Press Television News (APTN), Sky and ITN, to ensure the ABC would have no access to footage if it ignored the request.

Faced with the prospect of airing static for almost four hours tomorrow night, the ABC had no choice but to capitulate.

The Royals were apparently concerned about the fact that Chaser’s comedians would poke fun at Prince Philip for being a notorious racist and Nazi sympathizer during the big day. “We were only planning to use jokes that Prince Phillip has previously made in public, or at least the ones that don’t violate racial vilification laws,” wrote members of Chaser in a letter to the Queen.

ABC had negotiated access to run two feeds of the wedding, one featuring audio directly from the BBC, and another clean feed of just the video that would have allowed Chaser comedians to provide satirical commentary.

When the Royals found out about ABC’s plan, they stipulated that the footage could not be used ”in any drama, comedy, satirical or similar entertainment program or content”. The the Prince of Wales’s press secretary, Patrick Harrison, then put pressure on broadcasters to refuse ABC access to the stream, reminding them of the “conditions” that accompanied their license to broadcast.

Associated Press television subsequently confirmed that, “the restrictions had been ”agreed between Clarence House, the private office of the Prince of Wales and [host broadcaster] the BBC.” In other words, the Royal Family ordered the BBC to cut off the live feed to ABC if they refused to cancel the show, and the BBC clicked their heels and obediently complied.

”In Australia we’re not used to these sorts of conditions being placed on the media and you can’t help but observe these restrictions are being placed on the media on behalf of a future head of state of Australia,” the ABC’s director of television, Kim Dalton, told the SMH.

The Chaser’s Julian Morrow said that the show was eventually cancelled because of “pressures….brought to bear from relatively high places.”

“We also know that the BBC and Clarence House … has been spooking other broadcasters in the background and making it very clear that they shouldn’t provide alternative footage,” added Morrow.

Even Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd Kevin Rudd stepped in to comment that the BBC should “lighten up” and discover a sense of humor.

Every time we write an article about the Royal Family, a hardcore of deluded naysayers parrot the claim that the Royals have no power whatsoever and are merely ceremonial. I think we can firmly put that one to bed now that this episode illustrates how the Royal Family enjoys complete control over the broadcast policies of Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster, the BBC.

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
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04-30-2011 07:00 AM  10 years ago
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Well heck, I don't understand the royal family and what their actual "practical" purpose is in this day and age.

But, if I were in their shoes (the royal family), I might consider doing the same thing.

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04-30-2011 12:44 PM  10 years ago
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Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.Warning...This hobby is very addictive and may damage your wealth
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04-30-2011 04:00 PM  10 years ago
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Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.
And while she needed more money for her heating bill her inbred son Chuckie said everyone should start taking cold showers to save mother earth. He has also stated that he talks to his plants...and they talk back to him.
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05-01-2011 12:33 AM  10 years ago
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It is good to see the Royal Family exercising their rights in such a just and respectful way. I think this would have not been possible if the tragic events surrounding Diana had not occurred.
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05-01-2011 02:50 AM  10 years ago
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It is good to see the Royal Family exercising their rights in such a just and respectful way.
British humor...don't get it and don't want to.
I think this would have not been possible if the tragic events surrounding Diana had not occurred.
Charles in charge...?I'll show a little respect to Princess Diana and leave it at that.

I am just a lowly serf calling it how I see it and in these modern times it is a bunch of BS JMO.

Glad it makes some feel all warm and fuzzy...I could puke.
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05-03-2011 06:00 AM  10 years ago
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Anyone who thinks your army makes your country the best is out to lunch, money and land and the resources in it make you powerfull. As stated the Royals own a tremendous amount of land and many closely tied commonwealth countries....Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...
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05-03-2011 12:50 PM  10 years ago
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That's right! That's how WWII ended. The Queen raised the rent on the NAZIs and the Japanese and they just went home!Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!
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05-03-2011 02:01 PM  10 years ago
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Well heck, I don't understand the royal family and what their actual "practical" purpose is in this day and age.
They bring in the tourists.
Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.
Except that she doesn't actually 'own' it, in the sense that we might 'own' our own land. What you're referring to is known as 'crown land'. In the UK, responsibilities for crown land, and revenues obtained from it i.e. taxes, were transferred to the UK government in the 1700s, in return for the annual Royal civil list payment which still exists today. In some commonwealth countries even today, public land is still counted as crown land, but all powers over it, including the power of disposal, are owned by their respective governments.

So the Queen's 'ownership' of all this land, is very much like the political powers that she has today. They exist in theory, but not in practice.

The Royal family are only there because the majority of British public want them there. The Queen has said herself, that if the British public decide they no longer want a Royal family, then they would go away quietly.

Personally I'm quite happy for them to stay as long as they continue to pull in the tourists. I feel sorry for them in a way, since they will never get to lead a normal life.

As for the OP, that looks like a result of having friends in high places. Another one of Charles' blunders, which can only serve to turn public opinion against them.

The Queen does a good job for the tourist trade, partly because she has a certain air of mystique about her, which of course makes people naturally curious. She never really says or does anything more in public than her official duties require, so nobody really knows much about what she thinks of anything, other than horses and dogs. Prince Charles on the other hand, lets us know that he's a pompous interfering a$$, on a regular basis.

If Spitting Image was still around, the producers would have a field day. Anyone who doesn't want to get British humour, don't waste your time watching this.

Watch at YouTube

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05-03-2011 03:43 PM  10 years ago
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The Chasers may not have got to do a live commentary on the wedding but they managed to air a stack of skits taking the piss out of Phillip, Charles and a few others.

during the time of the proposed live coverage repeats of old Chaser programs were aired, however in between each show a 'Royal' skit was aired....p!ss funny stuff.
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