July 2018

‘No bias’? ABC caught making stuff up again

Caption: “Oopsie, our bad” just isn’t going to wash any more. Australian taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for this kind of bias

Whaleoil readers will be shocked, I am sure, to learn that Australia?s taxpayer-funded broadcaster has been caught out yet again.

The ABC almost never comes clean when it is sprung. Indeed, it has the chutzpah to boast that is ?Australia?s most trusted news source?, which is curious, considering that very few Australians actually pay any attention to ABC news, which consistently ranks a distant last in ratings. The ABC also vehemently denies that it has any bias, despite surveys which show that ABC journalists overwhelmingly lean harder to the left than most Australians.

But a concatenation of recent high-profile errors and subsequent retractions are bursting the bubble of the ABC?s self-righteousness. Quote:

Malcolm Turnbull has considered lodging another formal complaint against the ABC in a new escalation of tensions ?between the ?organisation and the government, raising further questions about editorial oversight at the public broadcaster.

The Prime Minister was left angry and frustrated on Friday by an online story by senior political editor Andrew Probyn headlined ?Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say?.

The article claimed that unnamed senior figures in the Turnbull government had claimed the US could launch a strike on Iran as early as next month. End of quote.

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The mad, mad mullahs of multi-culturalism

Too right!

A regular column by John Black.


Every age its orthodoxy, for every age its heresy. In Galileo?s day, it was having the temerity to suggest that the piece of rock we live on may not be the centre of the entire universe. In pre-civil war America, it was arguing that the black dude doing your laundry was your moral and legal equal.

Heretics challenge the lazy conceit of the majority, that certain ideas are inviolate, preordained by God or nature. And they pay for their heresy ? in the days of the Inquisition their ideas literally went up in a puff of smoke.

Well, one could get a whiff of smoke and hear the crackle of kindling this week in Aotearoa. A bonfire was being readied for two modern heretics- Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. Their chief heresy is to challenge the religion of multiculturalism. And the mad, mad multicultural mullahs who patrol society looking for any deviations from its doctrines were ready and waiting. A coalition with the ridiculous title, ?Love Aotearoa/hate racism? combining self-appointed leaders of ?Maori, Muslim and migrant groups? talked of fighting the pair of ?racism? and ?hate speech.? Slander is the gasoline of their heretic bonfire. ?Auckland Peace Action? has announced a ?Rally Against Racism: a peaceful protest at a fascist speaking event?. They?re fascist racists? I wonder if their mothers know?

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The Longest Walk On Earth Takes You From China to Liberia (or Vice Versa)

What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea or ocean? Someone has finally produced an answer to that question ? and here’s the map that shows you how to go.

Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai. March inland, and keep walking over the mountains and across the deserts of China’s Far East. Cross Central Asia into Iran, and narrowly avoid the Caspian Sea. Pass through Iraq, Jordan and Israel (watch out you don’t fall into the Mediterranean). Walk across the Sinai Desert, through the Nile Valley, and then onwards to the Sahara and Sahel. Finally arrive about 6 miles (10 km) north of Greenville, on Liberia’s Atlantic coast (1).

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Sunday best

I rarely watch the Sunday programme on TV1, generally opting to avoid any mainstream TV, for obvious reasons. But somehow, we ended up watching Sunday on 29 July, and in particular, they ran a feature on the issue regarding Australians deporting New Zealand criminals. Actually, I am really glad I saw this because it elucidated a number of things for me that I really hadn’t been fully aware of. And we all need to be aware because these people are being brought back to New Zealand, and this is not a good thing.

Firstly, the interview was run by Australian Peter Fitzsimons, who was an international rugby player and an outspoken rugby commentator in his day, and a thoroughly good bloke. I used to love his partisan rugby commentaries, which showed him as a bit of an All Black lover, although he would criticise the New Zealanders to death, if it got him some media credit. Full of heart and personality, he was one of the best sports commentators on TV.

But good bloke or not, Pete, you should have stuck to rugby.

In his preamble, Fitzsimons implied that most of the deportees from Australia were people with traffic fines or similar, who had done nothing of any significance and should be treated fairly. Then, he selected two men who had recently been deported from Australia and interviewed them both.

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The disturbing reemergence of victim blaming

We are told that blaming the victim is morally wrong but victim blaming is everywhere I look. Here are just a few examples from the past couple of weeks

  1. Lauren Southern in Australia was told that she would be arrested for causing a breach of?the peace if she walked down a public road and interviewed people outside a mosque. She was, essentially told that SHE would be held accountable for the violent actions of other people in response to her completely legal, journalistic actions.

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Why has the NZ Media ignored the evidence against Helen Clark?

Digital image credit: Technomage

New Zealand media yesterday were deliberately blind, deaf and dumb to the not one, not two but three pieces of evidence that show?that Helen Clark’s claim that she “had never heard of the man”?and didn’t know who Ray Avery was is false. The media would have made it front page news if the exact same evidence had been provided by a left-wing blog about the now ex-Prime Minister John Key so why are they silent about Helen Clark?

Exhibit (A) An original photo provided to Whaleoil of Helen Clark with Ray Avery

Ray Avery and Helen Clark
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Oral Questions – 31 July 2018

Questions to Ministers

  1. SIMON BRIDGES?to the?Prime Minister:?Does he stand by all his Government?s policies and actions?
  2. KIRITAPU ALLAN?to the?Minister of Finance:?What impact is global economic conditions having on the New Zealand economy, and what changes, if any, are required to respond to these conditions?
  3. AMY ADAMS?to the?Minister of Finance:?Does he have confidence in the Government?s management of the New Zealand economy?

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