Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Poor Mr Danby ...

Poor Michael Danby. It must be so hard having such a large federal electorate. Most Federal MP's I know are snowed under with constituent matters, meetings, functions and so much more. Plus a federal election is coming up and the ALP needs desperately to win lots of seats.

But with all the door-knocking or organising volunteers for election day or attending to constituent matters to do, one wonders where Mr Danby finds the time to write about what he perceives to be anti-American and anti-Israel bias in the Melbourne Age.

According to Mr Danby, Fairfax's Middle East correspondent Ed O'Loughlin has made lots of factual errors. Among these is a claim that Israel's apartheid wall is not an apartheid wall. So what is it, Mr Danby? Did the International Court of Justice get it wrong? Or has it been infiltrated with nasty anti-Semites?

Speaking of the wall and The Age, clearly The Age must have been so biased when they ran an opinion piece of Colin Rubenstein which criticised Peter Costello's brother for an op-ed piece calling for Israel to tear down the apartheid wall.

It isn't everyday that an opinion editor allows you space on its page to directly respond to an op-ed. The normal thing to do is write a letter to the editor. How did Rubenstein manage to get this privilege within 24 hours of Costello's piece being published?

And how does Rubenstein overcome the enormous wall of bias in Fairfax to have so many articles in Fairfax newspapers? Just this year, he has had nine articles in various Fairfax newspapers.

That's one article per month. Meanwhile, he has only had two articles published in News Limited papers. Where is the anti-Israel bias, Mr Danby?

© Irfan Yusuf 2007

10 comments:

Ken in Sydney said...

Hi - great work as usual. Any chance you could make your RSS feeds show the full post? As it's now set up, we only get to read the first paragraph of each post if read through a newsreader. We don't want to miss all the good stuff...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So basically you are complaining that Danby got media coverage and Rubenstein has been getting very good media. Poor Irfan Yusuf - always complaining about the jews. Why don't you go to Pakistan where you can complain about the jews all you want and we won't ever have to read your whines and obsessive ravings again. You have an amazing ability to be critical of everyone except yourself and your jealousy and bitterness is quite amazing also. Your dogged determination to promote yourself is either quite surprising or merely just an expression of your monomania. Danby and Rubenstein are both outstanding commentators interested in truth and justice. You are interested only in trying to cut down every tall poppy that has an inclination towards Israel and the reasonable view that Israel has a right to exist and live in peace free from terrorism.

Jack said...

Yeah, Irfan really hates Jews. That explains why he writes about his mum's first Jewish friend in Australia. It also explains why he writes about his Jewish friends in New Jersey when he was growing up. And it explains why he has criticised the Iranian President for Iran's foreign policy toward Israel.

All signs of a fervent anti-Semite.

Anonymous said...

"So basically you are complaining that Danby got media coverage and Rubenstein has been getting very good media ... your jealousy and bitterness is quite amazing also."

i notice the Irfster gets at least 2 runs in crikey per week. What's he got to be jealous about.

"Why don't you go to Pakistan where you can complain about the jews all you want ..."

if you are so obsessed with israel, why don't you go and live there? Or don't they offer disability pensions as generous as australia?

LDU said...

"we won't ever have to read your whines and obsessive ravings again"

Mate, if it really is bothering you so much, why then do you keep on revisting Irf's superb blog?

"You are interested only in trying to cut down every tall poppy that has an inclination towards Israel"

I find that comment very un-Australian, in fact, i see it as an insult to Australianness. One of the values dear to us, is none other than cutting tall poppies.

Anonymous said...

Labor backbencher Michael Danby, the only Jewish MP in Parliament, described the comments as offensive not only to the Jewish community but to former and current Australian military personnel.

"I felt sick to my stomach sitting in federal parliament hearing some of these comparisons," Mr Danby said.

"Dr Phelps has attempted to equate an Australian who served in Iraq with someone who was a Nazi concentration camp guard at Belsen.

"This is deeply offensive not just to the Australian Jewish community but to all of our World War II diggers and airman who fought to defeat Nazism.

"It's also an astonishing attack on our servicemen in Iraq."

It's a sad world when your Young Liberal Nazi mate Peter Phelps has the gall to compare our soldiers to Nazis in an attempt to discredit an Australian Army Officer especially when he Peter Phelps is a public servant spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers money on political advertisements.

And you attack a journalist who unlike you or Peter Phelps is a normal sane respected person just because that journalist is jewish and objects to Peter Phelps.

Peter Phelps comes on this blog when he isn't creating scandals and disasters. It's interesting that he remains your chum. Birds of a feather really do flock together. Once a teenage Nazi Young Liberal always a teenage Nazi Young Liberal.

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Irfan Yusuf said...

"And you attack a journalist who unlike you or Peter Phelps is a normal sane respected person just because that journalist is jewish and objects to Peter Phelps."

Er, did I criticise Danby for his comments on Phelps? Where is your evidence I did this? Or is it just invisible voices between your ears telling you this?

"Peter Phelps comes on this blog when he isn't creating scandals and disasters. It's interesting that he remains your chum. Birds of a feather really do flock together. Once a teenage Nazi Young Liberal always a teenage Nazi Young Liberal."

The far-Right faction was instrumental in pushing people like me out of the Young Libs and the Liberal Party. I'm not sure if Phelps is still part of that faction. I know many of those he was allied to in the early part of this millenium were.

Anonymous said...

"PRIME Minister John Howard has spent nearly $2 billion on government advertising and information campaigns since coming to power 11 years ago.

A Sunday Age investigation has found that just weeks from calling an election, the Government has 18 advertising campaigns on the air, with a $23 million climate change campaign to air after this week's APEC conference.

The Sunday Age investigation has also shown that since the last election in 2004, Mr Howard has spent a record $850 million of taxpayers' money on government advertising. The Government disputes this figure. "It's probably closer to $400 million," said Peter Phelps, chief of staff to Special Minister of State Gary Nairn"

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