Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Tim Lambert is determined to embarrass Tim Blair but it hasn't quite worked out as Lambert intended. Follow along.

Asian-American Kunthea Ker wrote to the Sydney Morning Herald claiming she was racially abused by the crowd at Sydney's New Year's fireworks. The gist of her letter:
The degree to which racism is openly tolerated and practised in Australia is infuriating.
Blair has doubts about Ker's story.

Lambert sides with Ker. To prove Sidneysiders are racists he links to a Texas blogger who has never been to Sydney.

Blair responds by expressing doubt about the relevance of the contribution of someone who has never been to Sydney. Following Blair's link, his readers lodged numerous comments supporting him at the Texas blog.

Still hoping to embarrass Blair, Lambert points out that some of the comments lodged by Blair's readers are, well, rude. In the same post Lambert trips over his own dick by inadvertently doubting Ker's story:
Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald printed five letters from Sydneysiders who found Ker's story credible. I agree with them -- Sydney is a tolerant place, but that doesn't mean that no-one would ever make a racist remark.
Ker's letter isn't about an isolated racist remark, it's about a crowd seemingly "full of people making racist, disparaging comments about Asians - not only within our hearing but to our faces." Lambert, like Blair, finds it hard to believe that Ker was confronted with a crowd of racists in tolerant Sydney.

You see, the racial abuse supposedly suffered by Ker and her family isn't Lambert's main concern: he's desperate to make Blair out a fool and this was the best he could come up with. Unfortunately for Lambert, he's made a fool of himself instead. He should probably stick with computer technicianing.

Update: Texan blogger Michele has wimped out. I'm guessing she ain't a native.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lambert still has these inexplicable brain fades, where he forgets that he can't just trot this garbage out without someone pulling him up for it.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous TallDave said...


Years in academia would be my guess.

I enjoy a lot of Lambert's work (the Skeptic roundups are always fun), but (as with most people) the more pugnacious he's being the less reliable he is.

5:53 AM  
Anonymous SwinishCapitalist said...

In tripping over his own dick Lambert proved himself utterly legless.

7:30 AM  

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