Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Journalism Dropout on Press Freedom

The ABC continues to sink deeper, yet again having Antony Loewenstein on air to discuss something or other before reverting to anti-Israel demonisation.
Last night I appeared on ABC TV’s The Drum (video here) on the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq war. We discussed the appalling legacy of the Iraq invasion, the massive loss of life and continued chaos of the country. Accountability, in the political or media elites, is far and few between.
Bring back Saddam!
I argued that the visit by Barack Obama to Israel changes nothing about the reality of ongoing Zionist occupation in the West Bank. Apartheid is here to stay.
Antony's 'reality' is the same one where he believes he is a journalist. Sadly, the ABC continue to feed his delusion. Obama's visit to Israel will result in predictable commentary about Bibi Netanyahu and Israel's failures. The Palestinian Narrative will largely go unreported. Here's them rolling out the welcome mat to the visiting American leader (Via Palestinian Media Watch).
"Our history is replete with lies... [including] the lie about Al-Qaeda and the September 11 events, which asserted that Muslim terrorists committed it, and that it was not an internal American action by the Freemasons." ...
"Churchill and Roosevelt were alcoholics, and in their youth were questioned more than once about brawls they started in bars, while Hitler hated alcohol and was not addicted to it. He used to go to sleep early and wake up early, and was very organized. These facts have been turned upside down as well, and Satan has been dressed with angels' wings." 
"Had Hitler won, Nazism would be an honor that people would be competing to belong to, and not a disgrace punishable by law."
Oh, and Welcome Mr President. Nice people. Let's give them a state!

Finally, Loewenstein, a man who established his entire career (such that it is) on the myth that he was 'silenced' for his simply unpopular views, offers some thoughts on press freedom.
the idea that big media players in Australia, including the Murdoch empire, shouldn’t be regulated in any way is laughable and goes against what the general public wants in survey and survey. Bullying is what media owners do before breakfast. Free speech in a democracy means transparency towards journalists and owners has [sic] to include ways in which citizens can get answers from wayward outlets.
Unfortunately it also means that clueless morons can get airtime on 'our ABC'.



Anonymous AntL said...

Oh Dan, you are so jealous of me aren't you? My international fame as an author and intellectual must relay stir your passions! You are so fixilated on me that you talk about me all the time.

Even though you are very hurtful soemtims, I know that really you love and respect me. Unfortunately for you I have discovered the joys of uncut men so your Ant fetish will reamain unresquirted!

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