Sunday, May 06, 2007


How many of you cringed when you read that extraordinarily fluffy piece produced by the Sydney Morning Herald's Ben Cubby on Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly, the mufti we all love to hate? This unashamed PR exercise went so badly for the Fairfax group newspaper that even its sister publication, the Melbourne Age wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Now, Brendan Shanahan of the rival Telegraph newspaper saw through Cubby and has eaten him and his newspaper alive for its blatant promotion of this charlatan in Fools give racism a real Sheik.

Shanahan exposes the warm and fuzzy slant taken on Hilaly and hits the nail right on the head by pointing out that the mufti was painted by Cubby as a warm and cosy Aussie loving soul "until the subject of the Holocaust came up and the Hilaly of old came shining through.

'I, like many researchers in the world,' he was quoted as saying, 'shy off the number of innocent victims that had been estimated at six million.'

Researchers? Oh, right: he's talking about neo-Nazis.

It is staggering that The Sydney Morning Herald would allow nonsense like this to be printed, qualified only with the observation that Hilaly 'still treads a fine line that many may continue to see as racist'.

'Racist' is saying that Jews are cheap and have big noses. Hilaly isn't walking a fine line; he's goose-stepping down the pavement."

Shanahan makes the point that "when Hilaly's views are presented, unchallenged, as simply a matter of opinion it paves a dangerous road in which historical fact counts for nothing."

It may be staggering to some that the SMH allows this sort of nonsense but I'm not staggered at all that it allowed a reporter to involved it in this foolish attempt to whitewash such a vile and abhorrent character as Hilaly at a time when even his fellow Muslims have had enough. More and more Fairfax reporters are walking that dangerous road with each day.


Anonymous said...

Who are the fools?

Hillali or Fairfax?

Justin Cohen said...

The smh continued its PR campaign for Islam yesterday with this piece of excrement from a former ABC journalist and now lecturer in journalism, Peter Manning who surely must have inspired Ed O'Loughlin to trawl the depths of his profession - "Islam and its Catholic connection"

The Joos of course, are Manning's scapegoats:-

"And in Sydney there's a religion which has a set of religious laws for its faithful, running parallel to state law, and encourages its young to do civil and military service in a Middle Eastern country. It's called Judaism."

Is there anything in the Jewish religion which encourages young Jews to do military service in a Middle Eastern country?

Manning knows the answer is no.

So how does such an ignoramus qualify to teach students of journalism?

Justin Cohen said...

On the other hand the Australian doesn't make nice about everything in Australia that's Muslim or Palestinian. See,20867,21683489-2702,00.html

Interesting gentleman this Sheik Mohammed Swaiti. Personally, I can't wait for Mr. Cubby to bring a photographer into this bloke's kitchen to take a few snaps of him cooking up a mean shawarma or walking his dog down the streets of his home town.

Perhaps Fairfax might nominate him for Father of the Year when Terry Hicks' reign ends.

Maven said...

Justin Cohen asks "Is there anything in the Jewish religion which encourages young Jews to do military service in a Middle Eastern country?"

Nothing I'm aware of in the religion but judging by the blog written by one of the Independent Australian Jewish Voices lightweights (actually they're all lightweights), you’d think he’s encouraging young IAJV’s to do military service for Palestine or Lebanon.