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What Leftoid Doesn’t Love a Lynching?

Sisters and brothers of the perpetually offended (aka The Crazies) were apparently out in force condemning Johannes Leak’s cartoon (above), which appeared in The Australian last Friday. I missed most of the outrage, not being on social media. Caught it second-hand and via a few letters to the editor. Apparently, among other things, it was unacceptable and distasteful. Cut to the chase, in their paranoid minds, it was racism writ large.

When I first saw it on the Friday morning, I gave it but a passing glance. It is good but fairly obvious and fairly tame. It is a take on Biden’s feebleness and patronising attitude towards people of colour, using some of his own words. Sleepy Joe, Trump calls him, and Biden has form. Recall his description of Obama back in 2007. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Consider closely what he said. The first (the first!) mainstream African-American man who is clean, who is bright, who is articulate. Man, he had to be kidding. Else how could the woke, perpetually offended, crowd possibly let him get away with it. Of course, the woke crowd is discerning. It’s not always what you say (though it is if the LGBTQ lobby doesn’t feel the love) but who says it that counts.

But let’s face it, who, among the sane, actually cares what the woke crowd say? Well, the editor-in-chief of The Australian clearly does. Chris Dore rushed into print in the weekend edition.

He provides a tweet of Biden’s, referring to little black and brown girls being inspired by his VP pick. He goes on to explain how to interpret the cartoon, presumably for those readers who are intellectually challenged. He ends thus: “The Australian deplores racism in all its guises, as does Johannes.” Well, blow me down with a feather, we wouldn’t have guessed.

This is pandering to children, to those whose development has been arrested on or before puberty. Ignore them. Reprint the cartoon, perhaps with absolutely no explanation. And, don’t print ridiculous letters. At least not three of them. All three had Victorian addresses. No accident, I think. No doubt they voted for Daniel Andrews or The Greens and will vote the same way next time. They’re half-wits.

Surely, I am not suggesting censorship? Yes, I am. Well, maybe not. Maybe shunning is a better descriptor. They cancel us; we, being civilised, simply shun their views.

Some years’ ago, I started feeling physically ill when exposed to tripe on the ABC or BBC or on leftie websites or newspapers. I became rather like Alex (Malcolm McDowell) in A Clockwork Orange. You might recall he experienced debilitating nausea on hearing Beethoven, after his aversion-therapy went wrong.

I don’t know whether something dreadful happened to me when I was once watching, say, Q&A. But it might explain my acute distress at the least exposure to any ABC ‘personality’, e.g., Tony Jones or his wife (the breathless) Sarah Ferguson, Louise Milligan, Virginia Trioli, Barrie Cassidy, Paul Barry, et al.

For a while now, I have handled things by simply ridding my life of all (or at least most) exposure to opinions at odds with the truth. To wit, to the empire of lies which constitutes left, green, woke views and commentaries. Admittedly, it’s hard to get away from all of it. Hence, I admit to reading those three aforementioned insufferable letters in The Australian.

I watch Fox News for information on America. But don’t imagine you can just switch it on. So-called news anchors like Chris Wallace (Dems in disguise) must be avoided. I watch Sky News for information on Australia but, here again, I focus on Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones and very occasionally Paul Murray, Chris Kenny and Rowan Dean. I am not sure who else is worth watching but I suspect lefties are lurking somewhere.

I subscribe to The Telegraph to get my UK news. But there is a problem, as there is with The Australian newspaper. They play on both sides of the street. But really there isn’t a lot of choice; that is, if you like reading newspapers rather than just relying on conservative online stuff. But avoid the editorials like the plague, so to speak.

The Telegraph badges its editorials as being what the paper thinks. But, of course, newspapers are inanimate creatures. They don’t think. Only people think.

Some time back The Australian expressed support for a carbon-trading scheme. Is that still the case or have those global warmists who held this destructive view now passed on? The Telegraph recently averred that Kamala Harris is a moderate. Patently ridiculous, which only an idiot or charlatan could possibly come up with. It is a Democrat talking point, having no relationship to the truth. Perforce, nothing of what Democrats say nowadays has much, if any, attachment to the truth. But wouldn’t it be nice if centre-right newspapers had intelligent people writing their editorials who still strived to tell the truth.

Fortunately, there are still numbers of commentators writing for both newspapers who are worth reading. They keep me buying. Though, as an aside, my loyalty to particular writers at The Australian has been stretched by COVID-19. Greg Sheridan has gone completely off the rails into faraway land. And Katrina Grace Kelly wrote the other day that “we know the state [Victoria] is doing its best under tough circumstances.” Really? You just got to wonder what below best would look like.

On the other side, Adam Creighton, who often annoyingly takes aim at the old and ‘privileged’, has been a marvellous conveyer of common sense and realism on the Wuhan virus. Gerard Henderson writes sensibly about everything, so far as I can tell, and he had a good piece about the virus at the weekend. Mind you, if you really want to read the definitive account on the virus, you have to go to Steve Waterson. He wrote a magnificent article on April 3 and followed this at the weekend with another must-read piece for conservatives. Must-read too, I feel, for Greg Sheridan and other pandemic-panicky pressmen (and women).

There it is. I hope that if we ignore them (the woke crazies on the left), they will eventually go away. But, in any event, don’t pander. It feeds their paranoia.

10 comments
  • Paul Maguire

    Well said Peter. I feel your pain, as I am too frustrated and almost in despair. I share your displeasure with the increasingly panicked Greg Sheridan and Katrina Kelly, and do my best to avoid the nonsense parading as journalism in the modern mainstream media.
    The worst element of this experience is the manner in which the federal government and the Victorian opposition has abandoned us Victorians. We were once citizens of Australia and now it seems we are lepers from the colony of Victoria.
    The optimism for the future is the glimmer of hope born of the positivity of our young children that have faced this outrageous breach of the trust owed to them from our generation of so-called leaders. Let’s hope keep up the fight for truth. Your words are of great comfort.

  • Stephen Due

    I sympathise with Alex to the extent that I too experience debilitating nausea when hearing (specifically, in my case) Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This is a work so puerile in its sentiment that one can hardly believe it was produced by the composer of the mighty Missa Solemnis. Fortunately the remaining eight symphonies have no such effect – at this stage.

  • Stephen Due

    Peter, My pattern of media consumption closely matches yours. Clearly there is very little to choose from by way of major conservative news sites! I think American news has become increasingly important to many conservative Australians, because we sense that with America today the Free World stands or falls. America is a beacon of Liberty to a world in chains, and a powerhouse of global Christianity. I subscribe to the White House daily emails to keep track of Trump’s activities. I also visit Stream.org daily for a Christian perspective on American news. A great battle between powerful forces of good and evil is being fought out in America today. It would be a tragedy to be stuck on the ABC and miss the whole show.

  • Simon

    What a complete DWEEB Kevin Rudd is. We knew he was an idiot when he was the PM (Boat people, Pink Batts anyone?), but since being booted into touch he’s bordering on the edge of insanity.

    Perhaps the last straw was Turnbull giving him the cold shoulder over some job at the UN he absurdly thought he was fit for – about the only thing Turnbull got right.

    But he clearly sticks pins into an effigy of Rupert Murdoch at night and lives and breathes for the day the evil Murdoch empire is no more. What he doesn’t realize is that he hasn’t got any friends anywhere else in the media either (with perhaps the one exception of Nikki Savva).

    They all ridicule him, just as his own front bench ridiculed him. You are a loser Kevni – quit while you’re behind for heavens sake!!

  • sabena

    Simon,
    I am struck by comparing Rudd’s behaviour with the late Bert Evatt.They exhibited similar personal characteristics.Evatt’s sanity was in doubt for some time before being disabled by a stroke.what will happen to Rudd?

  • Lewis P Buckingham

    ‘Recall his description of Obama back in 2007. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”’
    Back through the mists of time I met my first Afro American on the way to an international conference.
    He was a professor of veterinary science at a US University.
    It was 1983.
    Perhaps Jo is missing something.

  • rod.stuart

    My wife asked me “Why does Bolt stupe to haveing that horrid Kitching woman on his show”? and “Why does Sky News give air time to that idiot Nick Rice (or something)”?
    I replied that it so that we can recognise how totally stupid and idiotic the Left of politics can be.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    If one wants to court the “people of color” vote in USA it’s OK to call a feisty Indian-Jamaican female lawyer, “black” or African American:

    “Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a breast-cancer scientist who had emigrated from Tamil Nadu, India in 1960 to pursue a doctorate in endocrinology at UC Berkeley. Her father, Donald J. Harris, is a Stanford University emeritus professor of economics, who emigrated from British Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in economics at UC Berkeley.”

  • bearops

    Martin the wonderful proprietor of Martin’s Bar in Oxford St. Darlinghurst In the 80’s would turn on the lights and play Beethoven’s Ninth to drive patrons out into the streets with startling success at closing time.

  • bearops

    Martin the wonderful proprietor of Martin’s Bar in Oxford St. Darlinghurst In the 80’s would turn on the lights and play Beethoven’s Ninth to drive patrons out into the streets with startling success at closing time.

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