Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Exit, Stage Left: A Foul-Mouthed Ranter, Still Raving

So Mike Carlton (threatened by his editor with suspension) has fallen on his slime-handled dagger, the victim not of that noisome Sydney Morning Herald column of his that, accompanied by an antisemitic cartoon, caused so much outrage but of the vile, abusive responses, some of them antisemitic, that he meted out to persons critical of that column.

As reported in a longish piece in today's The Australian, before the news broke that he'd quit the Sydney Morning Herald (as duly reported in The Australian here):
'Fairfax Media is under pressure to sack columnist Mike Carlton, who has been ordered to apologise for using anti-Semitic and abusive language towards readers, calling one a “Jewish bigot” and telling several others to “f..k off”.
As The Sydney Morning Herald’s editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir admitted to a former Fairfax director that he was not finding it easy to keep the newspaper “fair and balanced”, he has spent the past few days responding to readers incensed over Carlton’s columns and the paper’s coverage of the conflict in Israel.
“I deeply regret the insulting, discourteous and unprofessional remarks Mike Carlton made to you,” Goodsir emailed one businessman on Friday. “Your points are valid, and well made — and, while I am not sacking him as you have urged, please rest assured that I have admonished him in the strongest terms. I apologise for his inappropriate conduct, and have stressed to him the need for higher standards in future.”
.... Carlton has not let up on his abuse of readers over Twitter ....
Sydney father Yury ...  received a torrent of abuse.
“You’re the one full of hate and bile, sunshine. The classic example of the Jewish bigot. Now f. k off,” Carlton emailed him. He later wrote: “Go f. k yourself. I gather you are some sort of jumped up hotel waiter. What a pathetic wanker you are. And A-grade liar. Anything from you in future goes straight to trash, unread.” ....
Fairfax has gone into overdrive over the past 10 days in an effort to stop subscribers cancelling the Herald....
Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Robert Goot said Carlton’s responses to some of his readers were racist and showed an intolerance of views that differed from his own.
“One expects more temperate language from a senior writer using the Herald’s Twitter handle and email account,’’ he said....
One businessman emailed Goodsir to call on Carlton to be sacked, saying he had no right to speak to readers the way he did.
“If anyone who worked in my company told a customer to f. k off, it would be their last day. They’d be fired on the spot,’’ he said. “When are you going to ask Mr Carlton to step down from his position?” ....'
According to Carlton, still raving on Twitter, among those apparently commiserating with him on his fall is Wayne Swan, who was federal treasurer in Julia Gillard's Cabinet.

Amid the gutter language Carlton continues to employ to and about his critics, comes his dismissive, derogatory view of one of the bravest women in the world, whose stand against Islamic fascism and misogyny might be expected to appeal him and other creatures of  the Left, concerned as they always claims to be with human rights: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, he's tweeted, "is a media-crawling poseur".

Ah well, here's another ranter  (a non-foul-mouthed one this time, talking about the situation in Gaza) who knows a thing or two about the hypocrisy of the Left:


  1. Joe in Australia6 August 2014 at 20:11

    Mike Carlton's absence will leave a much-needed hole in Australian broadcasting. Sadly, he will be missed by many.

  2. Is that sarcasm ?

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks, Ian. And in the UK the BBC omits so much re assaults on Jews both at home and abroad, especially on the European Continent.

    2. Yes, I saw Edgar's post, Ian.
      I think he's a terrific blogger - quite original in many ways.


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