The Arafats for creative writing are awarded to those who best convey the spirit of the Rais in their efforts to portray narratives of events in his region. To qualify, the work needs to be suitably sub-standard and demonstrate aspects of the former Palestinian guerrilla, Prime Minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner and mass murderer's paranoia and sick pathology.
It's been a tough gig judging the various candidates - there are many and I left out some that might have been obvious choices but, quite frankly, we've read enough of them in the Blank Pages. So, without further ado, the Arafats and the winners are:-
Second Runner Up:
Almost anything Antony Loewenstein wrote during 2010 would have qualified him because he is a serial offender of the highest order (although it has already been noted that his tasteless, over the top delusional analogy on twitter between the alleged death by tear gas of a West Bank Palestinian woman and Zyklon B demonstrates the sort of pathology required to make the grade in this tough competition and holds him in good stead for the 2011 Arafats). He gets the second runner's up gong for 2010 for this puerile, poorly written atrocity:-
Aussie “journalist” repeats “get Iran” mantra of her Zionist lobby friends
The fascination with Loewenstein is not the mere banality of the tripe he offers but the fact that he attracts such an eclectic bunch of followers including the peripatetic froth-at-the-mouth Jew baiting goofball Marilyn whose only comment is what I think is a question, "What is it that makes all these journos be so stupid about Israel." This elicits the following from an insightful "Mallee" (who is all bull):
Positively knee-slappingly hilarious but not as funny as this pearler from Larry:
"Are Sheridan and Shaun [irony anyone?] ’slipshod’ Carney journalists? If you ask me [which granted you are not] I’d say, not by any standard of reporting I can think of. Anyone can write opinion [I am now] but that does not make me a journalist. Is Paul McGeough a journo? In my opinion yes. Why? Because he reports [often witnesses], he investigates, he speaks to all sides of an issue. Challenge; find a story that Sheridan, Carney, Hartcher [don't start me on that hoax of a journalist] have written on a subject covered by McGeough."
Yes Larry. McGeough possibly might investigate but does he speak to all sides? Does he ever publish those parts of his investigations that are inconvenient to the cause he supports? If so, I'd like to you to point them out in any of the pap he's produced for Fairfax in recent times. But I digress, this is not about McGeough.
Loewenstein somehow allows this comment from "atomou" through to the keeper:-
Lenore is a journalist.
Your ‘work’ is laughable undergrad rubbish. With some unpleasant ideology laced in.
Loved your big ideas video.
Laughed myself onto the floor.
There has been a shitload of drivel written about the phony Free Gaza flotilla that ended in the death of nine Turkish IHH militants in May. The worst were efforts to cover up the truth and mislead the public about the fact some of the dead were in fact on a suicide mission as attested by relatives and friends and our runner up gets the nod for placing these cutthroats up there on a pedestal with Mother Theresa. It's a piece I found on Salem-news.com from an ex-US Marine Tim King who makes no secret of the fact that he's a Free Gaza groupie. His pen pictures of the IHH hoodlums who died on the Mavi Marmara makes them sound like veritable choir boys.
Reminder: send a note to Paul McGeough and ask him whether he recalls whether the lads were singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" on the morning of their martyrdom.
Meet the dead of the Mavi Marmara
And the Winner is:
This piece has all the hallmarks of Arafat about it. Mendacity, spite and racism masquerading as serious journalism and comment yet, leaving readers to wonder whether or not the writer is pulling their collective legs (believe me, he's not - he's actually a certifiable Nazi):
It opens with:
Not since Zionist warmonger Barack Obama’s ‘ascension’ to the US presidency, hasAnd Azaziah's thesis?
there been such a hysteria in the anti-war/anti-Zionist community as there is with Julian Assange and his organization, Wikileaks. Just like Obama, whose smooth talker persona duped millions of awakened individuals, lulling them into a false sense of security with lies and trickery, Wikileaks has pulled the wool over the eyes of average people and distinguished activists and writers alike with its ‘whistleblower’ image.
Wikileaks isn’t just toxic Zionist poison, it is a full-blown US-Zionist intelligence operation.
And in the true tradition of Yasser Arafat, the rant continues with lie upon lie upon lie ...
One day after the World Trade Center was demolished with military-grade thermite explosives, mass murderer of Gaza Benjamin Netanyahu told the Zionist-owned New York Times that the 9/11 attacks were ‘very good’ for US-Israeli relations, and that they would generate immediate sympathy for the Zionist entity.And here's a selection of the writer's paranoid ranting:
Turkey still is what it has been since the Zionist Young Turks obliterated the Ottoman Empire and exterminated 1.5 million innocent Armenians: an utter tool of Zionism.Right, and I wonder what he has to say about the Zionist death vulture?
Julian Assange wrote an editorial for The Australian, the Zionist-owned newspaper where his fellow Wikileaks board member Phillip Adams is a stalwart.