Great post by the BoltA.
Labor backbencher Steve Gibbons on Kevin Rudd:
Kevin Rudd on Alan Jones:
Wayne Swan on Alan Jones and Tony Abbott:
Treasurer Wayne Swan said “bully boys and whingers” such as Jones and his “poster boy” Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were trashing Australia and filling the national debate with “bile, aggression and needless personal abuse”.
Wayne Swan filling the national debate with “bile, aggression and needless personal abuse”:
- Describing the influence of the wealthy few as a “poison” that had “infected our politics and is seeping into our economy”, the Treasurer ... said politicians had a choice between “standing up for workers and kneeling down at the feet of the Gina Rineharts and the Clive Palmers”....
- He said the Labor Party had given Mr Rudd every opportunity, but he wasted them with his ”dysfunctional decision making and his deeply demeaning attitude towards other people… Colleagues are sick of Kevin Rudd.” ...
- Wayne Swan has delivered a speech labelling some elements of the United States Republican party as ”cranks and crazies”…
FORMER Democrat Andrew Bartlett, Sky News, yesterday:
(ALAN Jones) is a serial offender in regards to this sort of thing. Although this one is probably up there with the worst.
Kerry-Anne Walsh, The Sydney Morning Herald, December 7, 2003:
DEMOCRATS leader Senator Andrew Bartlett stood aside in disgrace last night after an astonishing . . . attack on Senator Jeannie Ferris, which involved an alleged drunken physical assault and abusive name-calling during a late-night Senate sitting.
Bob Ellis, September 12:
(JULIA Gillard) fled an important conference, and a meeting with Vladimir Putin, because her father had died at 83, and went home weeping to Adelaide. Leaving a battlefield because of a dear one’s death is not what she lets our soldiers do. They must stay and fight on till battle’s end. Yet she thinks she is different somehow. She is allowed her tears and her time off, playing hookey from her national obligations, her duty.
From Ellis’s bio on ABC1’s Q&A:
BOB Ellis . . . has written speeches for the likes of Kim Beazley, Bob Carr, Mike Rann, Cheryl Kernot and Bob Brown.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr, Network Ten’s Meet the Press, Sunday:
I’VE heard some indecent things in politics but never something as thoroughly indecent as this. Tony Abbott ought to do the decent thing and say today loud and clear that he apologises to Julia Gillard for unacceptable remarks.
Jonathan Green, ABC Radio National host, tweets last Wednesday:
BREAKING: Alan Jones to die contemptible and alone.
Rebecca Mifsud, wife of minister Chris Bowen, retweets on August 31:
ALAN Jones age 71. Avergae (sic) lifespan for an Australian male age 79. Patience my pretties #Auspol bahahaha.
Catherine Deveny tweets, Sunday:
I WONDER how Alan Jones wife feels about this.
Deveny tweets yesterday:
DEAR @Freedom--Au, every time you spend money you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want. And by #boycotting2GB so do we. And @Freedom--Au, if you still advertise on 2GB you still promote hate and misogyny…
Deveny’s farewell tweet on her former editor, Paul Ramadge, June 26:
I WISH him arse cancer.
Deveny tweets about fellow ABC1 Q&A panellist Peter Dutton, March 15, 2010:
HAD nightmare they sat me next to a chinless, ex QLD cop with a face of a rapist who refused to go to the stolen generation apology #qanda…
Deveny on people who live in the Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn, The Age, April 19, 2008:
THE reality is that it is impossible to watch these brainless retards belt the crap out of each other without enjoying it just a little.
Jones’s remarks and Labor’s response had this in common: they all used a deeply personal tragedy for base political purposes. It was tawdry…
If the aftertaste left by Jones’s remarks was fury, the feeling after Labor’s orchestrated response (with the implicit or explicit approval of the Prime Minister’s office) was nausea.
First, the ALP has been consistently silent about the language of hate and abuse from various left-wing commentators.
Journalist Mungo MacCallum declared John Howard to be unflushable faecal material, only in blunter terms. No criticism from the ALP here.
ABC First Tuesday Book Club panellist Marieke Hardy went much further, however, and wrote [in fact, published] of Brendan Nelson, “glass the c . . .’s wife and their children because they don’t deserve to procreate and have any children themselves”.
This was accompanied by a demand for the genital mutilation of Tony Abbott and a piece published on ABC’s The Drum calling for Christopher Pyne to be raped by a dog. I am not sure the ALP or others who support them have spent much time denouncing these extraordinary comments.
After appearing on the ABC’s Q&A, left-wing writer Catherine Deveny tweeted of a Coalition frontbencher and family man who appeared on the same panel, “he has the face of a rapist”. About as offensive as it gets. But silence from the ALP.
At the second level, there are the comments from ALP frontbenchers themselves.
On March 11 last year, the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Secretary, Mark Dreyfus, wrote an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald comparing Abbott to a Nazi war criminal.
The SMH not only published the piece without criticism, it took the comparison of Goebbels and celebrated it in the newspaper’s headline.
To date I have yet to see one criticism from within the ALP of a scripted comparison with a Nazi war criminal by the Prime Minister’s own Cabinet Secretary.
AM, to its credit, confronted (albeit gently) Immigration Minister Chris Bowen with Labor’s hypocrisy - first by asking him whether his wife regretted retweeting the above message.
Unfortunately Bowen simply blustered. He said this was done a month ago. (Which makes it OK?) He said it was a retweet and not necessarily an endorsement. (Oh really? Pull the other leg.) And he said mentioning was just an attempt to distract from Jones’ comments.
Well, no, it isn’t. I first raised that retweet a week before Jones’ comments - and not as a distraction from them - and noted that had this tweet been about, say, David Marr, and retweeted by Tony Abbott’s wife, the outrage from the Leftist media would have been extreme. Instead, there was a total silence. Followed now by this vicious pack attack on Jones.
Raising again the Mifsud retweet is not to distract from the Jones comment, which I don’t defend, but to vividly illustrate of the double standards of Labor and its media allies.