Thursday, May 12, 2011

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Ho hum, what's this? Murdoch's Likudnik rag, The Australian, is now whinging about an outbreak of so-called left-wing bias over at the ABC's opinion website, The Drum:

"This means, for example, that of all the writers who are given a regular platform on the ABC website, I could find only 4 articles that were in some way supportive of Israel and none in favour of the war in Afghanistan. By comparison, there are dozens of anti-Israel and anti-Afghan war pieces on the taxpayer-funded website, most of them accusatory and damning. For example, there are at least 9 anti-Israel articles by Antony Loewenstein alone, 12 anti-Afghanistan war rants by Kellie tranter, and many more from Labor Party speechwriter Bob Ellis scattered among his 110 contributions." (Aunty makes no secret of prejudice: The ABC should focus on the news rather than The Drum's blatant left-wing puffery, Gavin Atkins, 11/5/11)

Oh dear!

OK, so let's check out The Australian's April crop of wholesome, organic, totally bias-free opinion pieces on such matters, shall we?

Greg Sheridan: How I lost faith in multiculturalism
In summary, multiculturalism sux because of Muslims. We need to be more choosy who we let into Australia, know what I mean?
Christopher Hitchens: Iraq cleared the way for Arab revolts
In summary, viva mission creep!
Simon Sebag Montefiore: It's what comes after revolution that matters
In summary, a little air power should do the trick.
Michael Gerson: After rubbishing the Bush doctrine, Obama is being forced to follow suit
In summary, after Bush comes Bushama.
David Burchell: Carping critics betray ideal
In summary, Go get Gaddafi!
Colin Rubenstein: Israel will pay price for Gaza report fiction
In summary, Goldstone, you're a very, very naughty boy!
Zvi Barel: Israel should bite the bullet on Palestine
In summary, Israel should accept a Palestinian state or face a political tsunami in September.
Ted Lapkin: Minister unleashes his inner Germaine Greer
In summary, don't put our daughters on the front line, Mr Smith!
Daniel Pipes: Ankara aims for sheer authority
In summary, Ankara is the new Tehran
Brett Stephens: Syria should be called to account
In summary, go get Assad!
David Ignatius: Security spending all upside down
In summary, we should be spending less on Afghanistan and more on Egypt.
Fouad Ajami: Syria paved way for tyrants of the Arab world
In summary, go get Assad!
Rowan Dean: How an advertising campaign can solve the Middle East crisis
Dean says it so much better than I: "[B]ased on humanity's universal and insatiable desire for personal freedom, opportunity for your offspring, liberty and equality, virtually every man, woman and child in the Middle East will want to move to Israel. Impractical, I know. But it may make them a little less keen to blow up the place."

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