Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pot Calls Kettle Black

Greg (Jerusalem Prize) Sheridan, foreign editor of The Australian, Australian ms media's most ardent (if not the world's) Israeluvvie, has the claws out for former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser (1975-1983) on the grounds, wait for it, that "[m]etaphorically, he has crossed the Berlin Wall, except he went from West to East":

Charges Sheridan: "Malcolm Fraser's memoirs, co-authored with Margaret Simons, are the most error-riddled, factually unbelievable, tendentious, consistently nasty and overall disgraceful political memoirs I have ever read." (Fraser's unreliable memoirs rewrite history books, 26/5/11)

Gee golly gosh! Is this pot calling the kettle black or what?

What can I say? I've done 97 posts this far on Sheridan's error-ridden, factually unbelievable, tendentious, consistently nasty and overall disgraceful columns. I sometimes feel, like Macbeth in blood, that 'I am in Sheridan stepped in so far that should I wade no more/ Returning were as tedious as go o'er'.

So, I'll just touch on this one quote from the man's latest emission: "But it is not really this sloppiness and inaccuracy that is the main problem. It is the tendentious misrepesentation of the past."

As if this joker ever had a problem with misrepresenting the past. But forget about tendentiously misrepresenting the past for the moment. What about denying that one of the pivotal events of modern times, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Israeli forces in 1948, ever happened?

"It's all rubbish... just rubbish," was Sheridan's dismissive response on a 2009 Q&A episode when Guy Rundle referred to Israeli historian Benny Morris' "use [of] the Israel Defense Forces archives to document dozens of massacres of Palestinian people in 1948; men, women and children lined up against a wall and machined gun by, among other people, Menachem Begin, who became a prime minister of Israel..." (See my 9/5/09 post Sheridan: Nakba Denier)

Nakba denial. 2009. Enough said.

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