Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Don't mention the I word

Only the ABC could post a  "major" report on religion and violence against women, the result of a 12 month "investigation", and fail to include Islam in the mix. One is left with the impression that ABC's "investigative" reporters actually believe the tripe spouted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied when she described Islam as the most feminist religion on Q and A this year? What a joke, that comes as usual at the tax payers expense.

ABC-don't mention the I word

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Quadrant leaking water from Guthrie's confected outrage

Got to give it to ABC's new CEO Michelle Guthrie, she's a much better poker player than Mark Scott or the bed wetting pansies who currently edit Quadrant Magazine and sit on its board. Her confected outrage at a hyperbolic satire by Quadrant's Roger Franklin, written in response to outrageous and erroneous claims about Islamic terrorists by soft headed Q and A panelists, has resulted in removal of the article and a grovelling apology from Editor in Chief Keith Windshuttle along with a sycophantic display by board member Nick Cater on ABC's the Drum.

Roger Franklin's piece (still available on the catallaxy blog) hammered home the ridiculous, ill informed opinions on radical Islam that appear all too regularly on the ABC's Q and A program, and go unchallenged by its muddle minded host Tony Jones. To self serving questions from the Australian Taliban David Hicks, giving a platform to Zaky Mallah who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill ASIO officers, and the outrageous notion that Islam is the most feminist religion, we can now add Q and A's view that refrigerators are more dangerous than Islamist terrorists.

Michelle Guthrie's complete over reaction to Franklin's article was designed to deflect criticism of long standing, incipient politically correct green-left group think, poor editorial judgements and lack of fact checking that characterises ABC's prominent current affairs and news platforms. In pointing out ABC's poor judgement and rank hypocrisy Quadrant's chief editor and its board members have absolutely nothing to apologise for.

Unfortunately the unnecessary apology and censorship have ripped a big hole in Quadrant's reputation as a champion of free speech.

Perhaps the board and chief editor can take time to read what the magazine stands for:

Quadrant is uncompromisingly in favour of freedom of thought and expression. While insisting on civilised discourse, it opposes any political, academic or religious tendency that wants to suppress freedom of speech. It does not support diversity for diversity’s sake nor does it mindlessly endorse tolerance of all viewpoints, especially those that do not return the compliment. Rather, it understands tolerance to mean the willingness to listen to unpopular or unorthodox views that are well argued, while in practice taking tolerance to mean the willingness to live and let live, which is so typical of Australian life.



1. not admitting of compromise or adjustment of differences; making no concessions; inaccessible to flexible bargaining; unyielding: an uncompromising attitude.
2. without reservation or exception; undeviating; absolute, as believing in or adhering to a principle, position, or the like: an uncompromising advocate for free speech.

Friday, May 19, 2017

100 Missing News items

Our list of ABC's missing climate news is now over 100 items long (this despite our extended WEB). To find out what you may have missed check out our Missing News page on the right. Or simply Click the link: MISSING NEWS.

Missing News: Their ABC, diverse views and the FOI Act

We last posted on missing news items on ABC in 2015. ABC's inherent Green-left bias means that any news item falling outside ABC's collective hive mind ends up classified as doubleplusungood, unfit for Australian consumption. Don't let the facts get in the way and spoil our alarmist fun.

In our absence from action a guest post at Catallaxy Files takes up the cudgel....
Their ABC, diverse views and the FOI Act 
When is it OK for our national broadcaster to thumb its nose at its own code of practice?  The obvious answer is never, but we know it happens routinely.  So what can the common worker-drone do about it?  Not much, but we can at least try to use existing legislation to draw attention to the more egregious examples.
One such attempt is described here.  Settle back, this is lengthy.

With the ‘splodey-headed ABC-luvvies  fairly busy being maximally outraged by the US citizenry’s choice for their highest public office, it seemed a good time to try and sink the slipper into them over their second most-passionately held world view – our unfolding ”climate disaster” – and their deranged reporting of it.

Read on via the link above. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Julia Gilliard

Julia Gilliard: A Pot - Kettle - Black case from a few years back...

Gilliard 4 May 2015 Photo caption

 Gilliard 9 Sept 2012 Story

A few others:
Gilliard 20 August 2012 Q and A website
Gilliard 29 October 2012 Q and A website
Gilliard 15 April 2009 PM transcript
Gilliard 29April 2008 Story

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

4 corners: age of consequences

4 Corners is screening "Age of Consequences" tonight. Another eco-catastrophe "documentary" produced by climate activists along the lines of Al Gore's erroneous Inconvenient Truth. One assumes that Climate Hustle will be screened to balance the ledger.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bleakless Insiders

Not sure if many can still stomach it but I watched ABC Insiders this morning. The main reason being to see what they would make of Bill Leak's passing. Bill was a regular contributor to the Talking Pictures Segment and appeared a number of times on the show. Given Bill's long connection to the program and his significance to Australian media and political life I thought it might have been appropriate to devote the "Talking Pictures" segment to him. Perhaps Warren Brown or Peter Hoysted (aka Jack the Insider) could have added some personal recollections about this Australian Legend.

Instead in this warped ABC world, there was nothing in that segment said about one of Australia's leading political cartoonists over the last 20 years. NOTHING. Instead to add insult ABC gave the guest spot to a hopelessly ordinary comedian; Mark Humphries, who helps out on The Feed, a low quality SBS "comedy". Humphries seem to be fond of that light weight Politically Correct form of "satire" that picks on easy targets and is not likely to offend anyone. It's that asinine, blow in the breeze type of "satire" common on government funded channels of late that's quickly forgotten and leaves as lasting impression on the world as a footprint on the beach. Hardly biting, hardly satire, hardly funny (but we all pay for it).

In August last year using tax payers money, the Feed broadcast what it described as "the most sublime takedown of Bill Leak's racist cartoon". This piece starred the aforementioned Humphries and side kick Jan Fran. The superficial analysis and level of ignorance demonstrated in this "satirical" skit is astonishing. It takes a great deal of intelligence, research and knowledge to produce good satire, the sort Bill produced day in - day-out. One of the keys being a kernel of truth. But there is no kernel of truth in the notion that Bill Leak was racist in anyway. The misrepresentation of his opinions and cartoons by these lightweights perhaps a testament to the long term failure of our education system to teach critical thinking. Unbelievably SBS describe this as "simply brilliant".  It's simply crap; crap that we paid for with hard earned tax dollars. The perpetrator of this crap the person chosen by ABC for the Talking Pictures segment a few days after Bill's death. The insult is palpable.

But Insiders didn't stop there. Following the briefest of mentions of the sad news by Barry Cassidy and a very short 30 second clip, Laura Tingle, perhaps having raided Michelle Grattan's wardrobe of spotty dresses and grannies teeth pearl strands, struck a new low with perhaps the worst eulogy ever made.
Perhaps they will make up for it next week?

See also With Friends Like Laura Tingle... at Quadrant.

Bill Leak 1956-2017

I can't believe Bill Leak is gone. If a cartoonist had to go this year why couldn't it have been Leunig?

A couple of my favourite Bleaks: