Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Antony Loewenstein: instant expert

Antony Loewenstein, who has yet to reveal the source of funding – thanks mum, dad and Centrelink – for his many overseas trips, has a question for Peter Hartcher, the political and international editor at The Sydney Morning Herald:
How many times does a corporate reporter need to visit Israel to repeat its talking points?
Loewenstein, who wrote his "best selling" My Israel Question after his first ever brief trip to Israel, does not detect the irony dripping from his question – better that Hartcher makes numerous trips to the Middle East than do as Loewenstein did in writing a whole book based on a single brief visit to the region.

More unintended Loewenstein hilarity:
We dismiss Wikileaks at our intellectual peril
An intellect must be possessed for it to be imperiled.


Anonymous The Green Man said...

Loewenstein did visit Israel once but according to the relatives there who graciously hosted him during his visit, he spent most of his time over in the West Bank rather than in Israel proper before slagging off at those relatives in what passes for his book. Consequently, it could be said that he hasn't really visited Israel at all, that his vision and views of the country are flawed and based on fictions passed on to him by the Israel haters he met in the West Bank. That's also why his book was so riddled with errors.

4:31 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

In 2009 I wrote about the Sydney Morning Herald’s international editor Peter Hartcher visiting the Zionist state and being more than happy to speak to a very select collection of people, all offering a very similar message

That tops my list as the most self deluded sentence I have ever read.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little off-topic, but it looks like the dissent-silencing neo-fascist Jew-haters have had a win.

See the black-box apology on the Andrew Bolt Blog index page:

"In late March 2011, The Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd (HWT) published the articles entitled "Or maybe Byrne is now ashamed she could have been so bigoted" and "Greens grounded" on Andrew Bolt's online blog. The articles contained a number of allegations about Clr Fiona Byrne including that she is bigoted and anti-Semitic. HWT accepts that those allegations are untrue, and apologises to Clr Byrne for any hurt or embarrassment the articles may have caused."


10:57 AM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Loewenstein, who wrote his "best selling" My Israel Question after his first ever brief trip to Israel,

Actually, most of the book had already been written. He just went to Israel to ward off the obvious criticism should he have written the entire book having never set foot in the place.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

Dan, ...and that brief trip to Israel was predominantly spent at the home of his cousin, Ronald Green, whom he bludged off and later vilified in his book. Back then, Ronald probably gave his cousin the benefit of the doubt and thought the title of his book indicated that his trip to Israel was one of genuine enquiry.

Ronald probably knows Antony better than anyone as he explains an affliction known as Loewenstein Syndrome.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Good link. Hadn't read that.

12:40 PM  

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