“Sick and unhinged” comments about the ABC

The Quadrant article in full: The Manchester Bomber’s ABC Pals:

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The Manchester Bombers ABC Pals

Junketeering warmist Lawrence Krauss last night explained on Q&A why refrigerators are more dangerous than Islamic terror, an obscene absurdity compere Tony Jones allowed to go unchallenged. That was last night. This morning, with nary a fridge in sight, the slaughter in Manchester

Did you endure Q&A, stick with Monday’s show until near the very end? It’s always difficult, what with Tony Jones’ tactical interruptions and the inevitable stacking of panel and audience – although last night’s presentation didn’t even bother with the pretense of balance’. Unless you count The Australian’s Niki Savva as a PR operative for Malcolm Turnbull, which you should, every invited voice was a smug simper straight from the green-left heart of ABC luvviedom: the imminent peril of climate change, Australia’s vile racism, nuclear war, the cretinous absurdity of religious belief, Donald Trump as an evil four-year-old, puppetmaster Putin and his White House marionette ….

Even by Q&A’s standards it was a full-court press of approved opinions, which is why Jones needed to interrupt only a handful of times. With no conservative on the panel, the compere could relax, dig the vibe, bask in likeminded company, allow the flow of virtuous clichés to proceed without the disruptions he brings to bear whenever an ideologically unsound guest is poised to make a salient point.

So cosy was Q&As groupthink gathering that, with just a few minutes to go, compere and guests felt emboldened to address Islamic terror without the de rigeur qualifications that customarily follow every latest scraping of body parts off footpaths and buses or,  this very morning, mopping the blood and flesh off the concourse of a Manchester concert venue where at least 19 blameless humans have been shredded. According to preliminary reports many of the victims were teenage girls no older than Aisha, Mohammads beloved child bride.

Jones would have needed to stick his bib in had there been a conservative on hand, someone prepared to hazard the audiences jeers by saying, Look, as a political system dressed as a religion, Islam blows up infidels because, one way or another – breeding or bombs – its adherents are fully confident their system will subsume ours.” Instead, untroubled by the annoyance of a naysaying voice, the panel did what luvvies do best: traded the noxious nostrums that are their craven stock-in-trade, the rationales and “explanations” that demonstrate, at least to their own satisfaction, why they are so much sharper than those who regard dismembered 13-year-olds as cause for concern.

Here’s the Guardian’s Mona Chalabi. If you can stomach the video, she flings her faux pearls before the Islamophobes and swinish hoi polloi  at the show’s 56-minute mark (emphasis added):

…actually, the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, if you want to view it in terms of number of dead bodies, which, as awful as it sounds, is the way to kind of make sense of some threat, actually, really, isn’t that present

… the chance of being killed by a foreign-born terrorist is one in 3.6 million … but all of our perception of threat has been distorted because of the way that risk is presented to us by politicians.

A smug stick insect and tireless self-promoter, fellow guest Lawrence Krauss, the warmist shill who has the gall to present himself as a man of science, couldn’t resist the temptation to demonstrate a nuanced acuity. Below are his actual words, reproduced verbatim. Try not to throw up.

You’re more likely to be killed by a refrigerator, in the United States, falling on you.

If you need to read this loathsome creature’s glib sophistry once more, just to grasp the full breadth of its breathtaking brazenness, brace yourself and do so.

Tumbling refrigerators are a bigger hazard  than Islamic terrorism? God Almighty but that Krauss is a filthy liar.

What, Kelvinators killed more people than died in San Bernadino, where a Muslim couple turned on workmates who had just thrown them a baby shower, gunning them down at their desks?

What, falling Frigidaires claimed more lives than a Muslim gunman methodically executing homosexuals in an Orlando nightclub?

This was a moment when Jones really should have interrupted, asked Krauss if he lies about everything, not just when reality and circumstance intrude on favoured pieties.

But of course Jones was silent. It’s a monstrously absurd and obscene self-evident untruth to claim that refrigerators are more dangerous than terrorists, but it fits with the approved narrative, so not a peep from the man who is paid by the national broadcaster to promote fair, free, frank and factual debate on matters of national importance.

This morning, mere hours after Jones’ guests pocketed their ABC taxi vouchers and repaired to hotel rooms paid for with taxpayer dollars processed through the Sydney Writers Festival, mere children were torn to pieces on the other side of the world.

Life isnt fair and death less so. What if that blast had detonated in an Ultimo TV studio? Unlike those young girls in Manchester, their lives snuffed out before they could begin, none of the panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty.

Mind you, as Krauss felt his body being penetrated by the Prophet’s shrapnel of nuts, bolts and nails, those goitered eyes might in their last glimmering have caught a glimpse of vindication.

A blast of Manchester dimensions must surely knock over the studio’s lunchroom refrigerator.  Allah only knows how many innocent lives that shocking incident might claim.

Roger Franklin is the editor of Quadrant Online

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And the response: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie demands apology from Quadrant. This is the full story from The Oz.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has blasted Quadrant for its “sick and unhinged” comments about the ABC after an opinion piece suggested it would have been better off if the Manchester terrorist attack took place in the public broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters.

Senator Fifield told a budget estimates hearing that as the minister responsible for the ABC he wanted to make it clear the article “constitutes a new low in Australian public debate”.

CHRIS KENNY: Quadrant went too far in wishing violence upon the ABC. But that does not excuse the national broadcaster of its greatest failing.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has demanded an apology and the removal of the article from the Quadrant website saying how it would have been better if the Manchester bombing took place in the Q&A studio.

“The managing director of the ABC has written to the editor of Quadrant, John O’Sullivan and the editor of Quadrant online, Roger Franklin, making clear her views on behalf of the organisation,” Senator Fifield said. “And in the letter to Quadrant she says and I quote “I ask that this letter be posted prominently on the Quadrant website, but I also ask that the article, which continues to contain entirely inappropriate comments about possible bombings at the ABC be removed and apologised for.”

READ MORE ABC in jihad denialism CHRIS KENNY: Quadrant went too far, but ABC’s jihad denialism cannot be excused

“I am certain that I speak on behalf of all my colleagues here at the Committee in condemning what Quadrant has posted online. We can all disagree with what particular media outlets do and say. That is appropriate in a democracy. But the comments by Quadrant are sick and unhinged.”

In an opinion piece posted on the conservative publication’s website last night, online editor Roger Franklin wrote “had there been a shred of justice’’ the Manchester bomber would have blown up Monday’s night’s Q&A panel.

“This morning, mere hours after (host Tony) Jones’ guests pocketed their ABC taxi vouchers and repaired to hotel rooms paid for with taxpayer dollars processed through the Sydney Writers’ Festival, mere children were torn to pieces on the other side of the world,” Franklin wrote.

“Life isn’t fair and death less so. Had there been a shred of justice, that blast would have detonated in an Ultimo TV studio. Unlike those young girls in Manchester, their lives snuffed out before they could begin, none of the panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty.’’

An amended version of the paragraph now appears on the website saying: “Life isn’t fair and death less so. What if that blast had detonated in an Ultimo TV studio? …’’

In a statement this morning, Ms Guthire condemned Quadrant describing the article as “vicious and offensive’’.

“Quadrant promotes itself as ‘the leading general intellectual journal of ideas’. Those words ring hollow in the wake of last night’s vicious and offensive attack on the ABC, its staff and its program guests,’’ said Ms Guthrie.

“To take issue with our programming and our content is one thing. But to express the wish that, if there were any justice, the horrific terrorist bombing in Manchester would have taken place in the ABC’s Ultimo studio and killed those assembled there is a new low in Australian public debate.’’

Ms Guthrie said Franklin’s “subsequent attempt to make amends by changing some of the wording (without acknowledging or apologising for the original article) has done little to undo the damage’’.

“The article continues to state that if a blast occurred in one of our studios, none of the likely casualties ‘would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty’.

“Like many others, I am appalled at your willingness to turn an act of terrorism in the United Kingdom into a means of making a political point against those you disagree with. One of the immediate results of this behaviour is that while our staff both here and in Manchester were working long hours to provide extensive coverage of this unfolding tragedy, we were also forced to reassure worried staff who had read your article and call in our own security experts to assess any possible impact flowing from your inflammatory words.

“I ask that this response be posted prominently on the Quadrant website, and I also ask that the article, which continues to contain entirely inappropriate comments about possible bombings at the ABC, be removed and apologised for.’’

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112 Responses to “Sick and unhinged” comments about the ABC

  1. .

    That’s not a war, this is a war.

  2. Roger

    Muslim terrorists call for Westerners to be killed and those who take said threat seriously are admonished by the ABC for their “Islamophobia”.

    A retired, bespectacled journalist publishes a satirical piece of invective (a recognised literary form, or it used to be when our schools still taught English literature) directed at the ABC and the latter responds by upping their security.

    In today’s world there are insiders and outsiders. You can determine your status by which side of the bollards you are on.

  3. I demand an apology from Their ABC for producing nothing but biased, Green-Left, promotion at every turn on my taxpayer dime. Their ABC produces nothing that caters to the news and information that I want, yet I have to pay for their garbage.

    The Quadrant article was spot on, reflects exactly how I feel, and in no way could be interpreted as anything but the coldest and most pointed sarcasm possible. No apologies should be given by Quadrant, for what was in effect a very truthful post.

  4. John64

    This is your moment, Keith and Roger – seize it!

  5. Beliaik

    Shut. It. Down.
    Sack. The. Staff.
    Burn. The. Buildings.
    Salt. The. Earth.
    Do. It. Now.

  6. v_maet

    ABC on Monday night: Terrorism isn’t a problem

    ABC on Wednesday: Better up securituy because someone suggested terrorists should have targetted ABC.

    Their bias is on display and Quadrant is going to see huge increase in subscriptions as a result.

  7. Talleyrand

    It’s called SATIRE, Ms. Guthrie, and Senator Fifield.

    You know like when The Chaser had Chris Kenny in a doctored photo buggering a dog on national television, or when the 730 Report has Leigh Sales as an interviewer of conservative politicians.

  8. John64

    How long before those cheeky Chaser lads (average age 48-1/2) run a jovial skit featuring Roger Franklin and a dog?

  9. duncanm

    Keith had the correct response, as reported in Fairfax.:

    Asked to comment, Quadrant editor and prominent historian Keith Windschuttle, a former ABC board member, told Fairfax Media, “You’re talking bullshit, don’t call back.”

  10. H B Bear

    Has an ALPBC Managing Director and Editor in Chief ever moved so fast?

  11. Notafan

    Does the ABC reaction mean there really are differences between refrigerators and terrorists?

  12. Nick

    Roger Franklin was entirely correct, every word. The ABC are just showing their misandry, cisphobia and racism. After all, what’s good for the goose.

  13. Maggie Thatch

    Follow the script people:
    Scene 1 – Terrorist act: Exit victims
    Scene 2 – Distraction enters: Cast (ABC, SMH, Other similar) take offence at what someone on the other side said.
    Scene 3 – Repeat Scene 1

  14. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Mutualise the ABC. At least we can then enjoy the show.

  15. Bela Bartok

    Don’t back down here Quadrant. Their ABC is hypocritical in the extreme to suddenly hide behind the skirts of decency. Calling for protection when they gleefully deride Conservatives who bring attention to terrorism?
    I hate the ABC. I hate the presenters. I hate the Left.

  16. Nick

    Does the ABC reaction mean there really are differences between refrigerators and terrorists?

    Q: What’s the difference between a refrigerator and a terrorist ?
    A: The ABC have yet to invite a refrigerator onto Q and A.

  17. red breast

    ABC security will prevent all refrigerator deliveries into the building until Quadrant apologize. Opened containers of soy and almond milk will not be kept on the premises and all staff will be permitted an extra 45 minutes to go outside for their organic de-caff drinks.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sack. The. Staff.

    Sell. The. Staff. Into. Slavery.

  19. duncanm

    Someone needs to drop a 4000 tonne fridge on Ultimo.

  20. BrettW

    Seems Guthrie is quite the sensitive petal. She should be charged with wasting police time and an audit made of how much Government money she has spent on this “threat”.

    Pathetic. Her letter compounds her stupidity.

    Since it is not representing half of the population can we at least shut down half of it ? Or no need to sack anybody but reduce all their their salaries by half would be a good start.

  21. Deplorable

    bemused
    #2389344, posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    I demand an apology from Their ABC for producing nothing but biased, Green-Left, promotion at every turn on my taxpayer dime. Their ABC produces nothing that caters to the news and information that I want, yet I have to pay for their garbage.

    The Quadrant article was spot on, reflects exactly how I feel, and in no way could be interpreted as anything but the coldest and most pointed sarcasm possible. No apologies should be given by Quadrant, for what was in effect a very truthful post.

    Could not agree more. I am waiting to see if Keith apologises or withdraws the article before I re-subscribe . If he tells Guthrie and Fifield to fuck off I will part with the cash.

  22. Q: What’s the difference between a refrigerator and a terrorist ?
    A: One is a cold, mechanical, unfeeling object, the other keeps your food and drink safe.

  23. Tintarella di Luna

    Good Lord, how many refrigerators ARE there at the ABC’s Southbank and Ultimo headquarters? Such a worry they’ve upped security.

  24. duncanm

    Deplorable – see above. He told Fairfax to get knotted, lets hope the same response is sent to the ABC.

  25. Tintarella di Luna

    Q: What’s the difference between a refrigerator and a terrorist ?
    A: The ABC have yet to invite a refrigerator onto Q and A.

    Excellent Nick

  26. Deplorable

    Nelson Kidd-Players
    #2389368, posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    Mutualise the ABC. At least we can then enjoy the show

    Did you mean VAPORISE??????

  27. jupes

    Superb article by Roger Franklin. Truly one of the best – if not the best – writers in Australia today.

    Hit the nail right on the head.

    Of course he is now Luvvie enemy number one. Expect incoming from the MSM, politicians, the Feds and the AHRC. I wouldn’t be surprised if even Turnbull himself joins the conga line.

    I can’t help much at this point except to subscribe, which I will do as soon as I can access the Quadrant site.

  28. Shy Ted

    Gillian and Tim salivating at the prospect.

  29. Nelson Kidd-Players

    No, mutualise.

    Instant +$1B/annum benefit to the budget, and simultaneously thrust the ABC staff into an environment where they have to pay their own way.

  30. Tim Neilson

    One of the immediate results of this behaviour is that while our staff both here and in Manchester were working long hours to provide extensive coverage of this unfolding tragedy, we were also forced to reassure worried staff who had read your article and call in our own security experts to assess any possible impact flowing from your inflammatory words.

    If the ABC ever broadcasts the word “Islamophobia” again the universe will be destroyed in a black hole hypocrisy singularity.

  31. Chris

    The ABC staff should apologise for being tax-sucking, prejudiced, racist wastes of oxygen.

  32. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Quadrantaphobia?

  33. jupes

    You’re more likely to be killed by a refrigerator, in the United States, falling on you.

    On reading this, Dotty breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    He never expected that someone would make a more stupid statement than his so soon after his comment that there are only 336 Muslim terrorists in the world.

  34. Roger

    Has an ALPBC Managing Director and Editor in Chief ever moved so fast?

    Has the Minister for Communications and the Arts ever moved so fast?

    It generally takes me a month to get a reply from him.

    A nerve has been hit…good!

  35. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think it is hilarious that a woman who is misappropriating $1.3 billion a year for political purposes in breach of the ABC Charter, is persecuting an editor of a small magazine which gets no government support since the lefty arts Nazis defunded it last year.

    Maybe Ms Guthrie you took notice of One Nation party’s policy to halve the ABC budget? That is what happens when you infuriate people by using their taxes to politically persecute them. I hope I live to see a right wing government in Australia which abolishes your horrible organisation.

  36. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    we were also forced to reassure worried staff who had read your article

    How much stress leave will all the little snowflakes need after this episode?

  37. Malcolm Thomas

    Quadrant should publish Guthrie’s letter prominently its website ON THE PROVISO that the ABC publish the FULL original Quadrant On-line PROMINENTLY its website.

  38. John constantine

    The Ministry of Truth unleashes The Ministry of Love upon all those that disrespect the revolutionary genocide of the running dog Anglosphere.

  39. Baldrick

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals , they’d rather defend the honour of the taxpayer funded, rabid leftard ABC than a privately run, independent, conservative journal.

  40. Dr Fred Lenin

    The alpbc comrades have nothing to worry about the activites of the religion of the insane , illiterates and peasants though they are , will not harm their green communist alpbc allies untill the caliphate has no further use for the auisling traitors. Dont worry luvies you have a year or two yet. as long as you keep toeing the allah line and do what squalid alley tells you .

  41. Minderbinder of Qld

    In a statement this morning, Ms Guthire condemned Quadrant describing the article as “vicious and offensive’’.

    Well Ms Guthrie should know all about these attributes, since her organisation is a dedicated vicious, and offensive, subversive commune, which deserves every refrigerator that falls upon them, preferably from a great height.

  42. Robbo

    If anybody is qualified to talk about something being sick and unhinged then it would be Mitch Fifield. The very fact that this seat warming incompetent is a Minister in the Turnbull Government is certainly sick and unhinged. If he was even a half decent Minister he would be doing something about privatising the ABC rather than defending it and allowing it to preach its hideous untruths on so many subjects.

  43. egg_

    “Sick and unhinged” comments about the ABC…

    … watercooler on a daily basis, no doubt, from Aunty’s inmates who dwell spewing bile in the Leftoid Twitter sewer.

    Ultimo’s Fawlty Towers have called in the Keystone Kops?

    Beyond parody.

    Rabz ’em.

  44. egg_

    The alpbc comrades have nothing to worry about the activites of the religion of the insane , illiterates and peasants though they are , will not harm their green communist alpbc allies untill the caliphate has no further use for the auisling traitors. Dont worry luvies you have a year or two yet. as long as you keep toeing the allah line and do what squalid alley tells you .

    The Left appease the Muzzos because they’re sh1t scared of ’em.

  45. lotocoti

    we were also forced to reassure worried staff who had read your article
    How much stress leave will all the little snowflakes need after this episode?

    The full measure allowed.
    I’ve seen an ABC newsroom empty because someone thought they could smell the exhaust from the groundskeeper’s Victa.
    Another time, head office ‘elf n safety got involved when one of them mis-googled a label they saw on a container being carried by the same long suffering groundskeeper.

  46. egg_

    “Sick and unhinged” comments about the ABC… watercooler on a daily basis

    Guthrie will no doubt be erecting bollards around the watercoolers.

  47. Sirocco

    May I offer some advice to RF? The Chicago Doctrine.

    Reciprocate and escalate.

    There is no other way.

  48. Rayvic

    The ABC should apologise unreservedly to all Australians for deliberately suppressing all information/news/comment that queries the validity of the hypothesis that anthropogenic CO2 emissions cause dangerous global warming. As there is no empirical scientific evidence to substantiate the hypothesis, the biased ABC deliberately and misleadingly chooses to promote politically correct ideology that is contrary to the national interest.

  49. Roger

    Franklin’s piece to be withdrawn by Quadrant.

    Author being counselled.

  50. Squirrel

    There is a difference – outside the world of Stephen King, et.al., refrigerators are not possessed by demonic evil. There is no place for public funding of this silly, undergraduate piffle – let the likes of Q&A run as a subscription service.

  51. Roger, publish Guthrie’s letter and then eviscerate it.
    You know you want to.
    (PS subscription coming immediately).

  52. Fleeced

    So, the tl;dr version is: ABC’s Q&A called out as terrorist apologists, responds with “OMG! Death threats!”

  53. Real Deal

    If Roger had suggested this to a Q&A audience about News limited the applause would have been thunderous. He could then issue one of those “Sorry if anyone was offended” type apologies. He could then have been counselled and given a tax payer funded seat on some transgender advisory committee at Ultimo.

  54. Nerblnob

    Will drive some traffic to the Quadrant website I expect. Maybe they’ll even get some subscriptions or of it.

  55. Nerblnob

    And … ABC staff in Manchester? Why?

  56. Dr Fred Lenin

    The PM is thinking of acting against quadrant a source who is familiar with his thinking said today to one of CNN s reporters

  57. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Dear Ms Guthrie

    You have more pressing issues to address. I concede you haven’t been in the seat for long, so I’m willing to cut you some slack, but don’t waste your time on dissembling.

    When you can demonstrate success in your role as editor-in-chief, that is evidence the KrazyKommunistKollectiv has be brought to heel, compliance with the ABC the charter and value for the $1.3B of other people’s money you spend each year, we can talk.

    Best wishes for the challenge you have accepted.

    Yours faithfully
    Mr Franklin

  58. Awake

    To a very narrow exemptions , I am all for freedom of speech.

    I read the Quadrant article and the part that made the leftists batshit crazy, I believe, was a hyperbole — a form of what they call a literary device.

    Sorry to say, but I read only a few select Aus journalists and more of American writers because I find many of the Aus writers are just talking the usual talking points with not much new insights, and because we are getting used to speech being stifled the writing style is also a bit boring.

  59. Quadrant must not apologise, must not withdraw the article. It was correct in every way. It did not in any way threaten violence to the snowflakes at the ABC, nor did it encourage violence to be visited on the snowflakes at the ABC.

    Get a bloody grip, Guthrie, and stop exaggerating and lying about this and stop milking this for “sympathy” and an excuse to beef up your own security while the rest of us plebs out here have to take our chances. Such an attitude eventually leads to unpleasantness.

  60. Roger

    If Roger had suggested this to a Q&A audience about News limited the applause would have been thunderous.

    “Margaret Thatcher is dead? And me with no champagne.”

  61. John J

    Thanks Roger

    and …

    Nick & Refrigerators

    Nelson Kidd-Players & Quadrantaphobia?

    Baldrick & SFL

    Have been a quiet subscriber of Quadrant for a few years, just wish they would automate the payment process.

    JJ

  62. calli

    Thank you for publishing Roger’s article in full.

    How long before Sinclair is threatened by the ABC to remove it?

  63. egg_

    Let me get this right – publicly-funded extremist Leftwing organisation silences Private online publication?

  64. john constantine

    Think how many bollards the abc budget could build, if the lives of children mattered to the left more than the revolution to wipe out the Anglosphere.

  65. Phil

    LOL. I don’t even like reading politicial commentary much any more, too depressing but I am going to subscribe tonight just to support Windshuttle’s reaction to Fairfax. God itnwould be funny if thye had a few hundred extra subscribers. Actually I will get one for my parents too, lovely people but utterly deluded Labor voters.

  66. mizaris

    Michelle Guthrie – sooky sooky lala

  67. Andrew M.

    >> “had there been a shred of justice, that blast would have detonated in an Ultimo TV studio”.

    No. How would that be justice? No matter how personalised and fascinating the carnage, they would learn nothing from it. They would have simply held a candlelight vigil, asked what they could do to avoid upsetting more terrorists, and then demanded more taxpayer funding of AFP, ASD, ONA, NDIS, DSS, and the ABC.

  68. maman

    Heh, heh. Reckon areff is channeling Trump. ABC’s Guthrie has just set the bar at the standard by which she wants her organisation judged. Oooh, such delicousness! There is going to be soooooo, so much ‘Winnning’ to be had.
    Thanks, areff.

  69. john

    I liked Keith Windschuttle’s response – summed up the ABC’s carryon perfectly.

  70. .

    jupes
    #2389395, posted on May 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm
    You’re more likely to be killed by a refrigerator, in the United States, falling on you.

    On reading this, Dotty breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    He never expected that someone would make a more stupid statement than his so soon after his comment that there are only 336 Muslim terrorists in the world.

    You’re a moron jupes. You bang on like you’ve won a gold medal or something because of a throwaway line made off an uneducated guess.

    Specify how many Islamic terrorists have actually attacked the West since 1960 or 1979 until 2001, 2013 or now, or admit you don’t have the capacity to discuss anything with adults.

    The ludicrous claims of Daniel Pipes such as “160 million potential terrorists” are brain dead hysteria.

  71. Craig Mc

    Go fuck yourself Michelle, you lying sack of shit, and fuck your horse Fifield too.

  72. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Don’t back down Quadrant. It is entirely reasonable to turn the tables on the ABC in a form of satire of their ridiculous and unsustainable position about the frequency and impact, especially the impact, of Islamic terrorism. Islamic terrorism is a deliberate choice to murder. That is always wrong. No-one made that point at the ABC and the ridiculous ‘argument’ was left to hang in the unexploded air.

    Thank goodness for Quadrant, a journal of Australian record with an intellectual standard second to none, yet totally unable to get Australia Council funding, a situation which is totally supported by our ‘Conservative’ Prime Minister. Yet a dozen small and useless ‘magazines’ of leftist political persuasion are funded.

    As is often said on the Cat, Australia, a great land, a land of pioneers and entrepreneurs, is turning into a leftist toilet. Go bag your complaints, ABC, you deserve all you got, and more. More shame on Chris Kenny for his ‘going too far’ comment. The left always goes to far, and the Quadrant piece is by no means ‘too far’. Good luck to Sinclair Davidson for his ‘fact check’ on this nonsense about refrigerators.

    The the ABC warm beer.

  73. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    error – give the ABC warm beer. Let them know hardship/ sarc off

    On second thoughts, shut them down and kick them out. We are all sick to death of them.

  74. dan

    Specify how many Islamic terrorists have actually attacked the West since 1960 or 1979 until 2001, 2013 or now, or admit you don’t have the capacity to discuss anything with adults.

    The ludicrous claims of Daniel Pipes such as “160 million potential terrorists” are brain dead hysteria.

    I only have one question for you dot, have you ever walked through a Muslim neighbourhood in Europe in a yarmulka? I have, once and people threw rocks at us for our trouble. And these were just a bunch of “normal” teenagers in a wealthy European capital who thought there wasn’t anything unusual about trying to stone 20-year-old girls on a Friday evening in the middle of town.

  75. .

    You’re a chick? Okay. No.

    No one wants to specify. So they pull hundreds of millions out of their arse.

  76. Vic in Prossy

    Murray’s a girl.

  77. Rob MW

    Fifield backing his departmental tax eating ABC on this is way out of order, if not completely insane. Getting the institutionised political fuckwit to admit that trivializing the death’s of 22 citizens through the gross failings of consequential political policies needs to be severely swatted and not fucking politically excused.

    Which way is Fifield’s moral compass pointing ?????????????????????????????????????????

  78. custard

    PML and Sharri bags Quadrant, Devine jumps on.

    Go and fuck yourselves.

    I stand by areff.

  79. Sinclair Davidson

    I switched off PML during his intro when he started bagging Roger.

    Probably won’t watch him again.

  80. calli

    Paul Murray can’t read. A fact worth knowing.

    Or he’s deliberately misrepresenting the article.

  81. Terry

    PML (and his panel) just got it very wrong.

    Quadrant got the call perfectly correct and the reaction by the ABC confirms it.

    OTHER people dying does not concern the ABC at all, but the idea of the same thing happening to THEM sends them into apoplectic fits of outrage.

    Good

  82. Nathan

    I’ve emailed the full article to PML and suggested his ‘excerpt’ is erroneous and perpetuates ‘fake news’.

  83. Ainsley

    Pussies. Speech is free*. His may be an ugly assertion born of anger and frustration but it goes nowhere near an offence of say threat to kill. Quadrant is independent and can say what it likes within the law.

    *Well, unfortunately it is not but in a related matter, free speech should be enshrined in the common law which finds our rights in the Westminster system. But we have so debased our common law, overturned fundamental rights and to our shame, have no constitutional papers worth a cracker to rest on. And certainly no 1A.

  84. Jannie

    The ABC hypocrisy is venal and deserving of contempt. Don’t apologise to them, fight them. Fight them, they are our existential enemy.

  85. Infidel Tiger

    I switched off PML during his intro when he started bagging Roger.

    Probably won’t watch him again.

    Murray is a luvvie fraud. A dim bulb with a megaphone.

  86. john constantine

    We now have total proof that on a day when they could have raged against the violent maiming of young girls in industrial quantities, their abc chose to rage against areff.

    Their dedication to the toppling of the hated Anglosphere frontiersmen and wild colonial boys culture is so suicidal that their abc will walk over the maimed corpses of girl-children to aim a kick at a tory.

    Fuck their abc.

  87. Infidel Tiger

    All we need is Tim Blair to rip Roger Franklin and I’ll never have to read an Australian journalists work again.

  88. Megan

    Laughing so hard that anyone, anywhere could interpret what Roger wrote as a threat. Only if you are a brainwashed, dead set pathetic, severely intellectually challenged member of the MSM, with no ability at to identify danger. Grow up, you pitiful mental midgets. You wouldn’t recognise a real threat if it reared up and attacked you at the dinner table. Especially if it is a refrigerator.

    Roger and Keith, love your work. Don’t give in to the weak and increasingly more desperate bullies. If they had the sense to ignore what Roger wrote it would have reached a far smaller audience. I hope there are plenty who liked what you wrote and will subscribe as a consequence.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    We now have total proof that on a day when they could have raged against the violent maiming of young girls in industrial quantities, their abc chose to rage against areff.

    Well said.

  90. Snoopy

    All we need is Tim Blair to rip Roger Franklin and I’ll never have to read an Australian journalists work again.

    Praise the Lord for srr and his links.

  91. twostix

    Australia’s “elite” media class is literally about 30 people.

    Paul Murray and that poor dog fellow whose son was brought out to humiliate him in public aren’t going to burn their bridges with their entire social circle.

    They
    know they’re kept around as the tame opposition, what’s unfortunate is so few conservatives seem to and keep being disappointing by them capitulating. It’s like ground hog day.

  92. twostix

    In the aftermath of yet another muslim atrocity the ABC, and indeed the entire media quickly reach for the first story to “fix” the narrative: Look over there! Right Wing Bigots are Just As Bad.

    Franklin was it, I hope he’s basking in a Trumpian glow.

  93. True Aussie

    one way or another – breeding or bombs – its adherents are fully confident their system will subsume ours.

    But that’s true of all immigrant groups who oubreed us, whether they are muslim or chinese or indian.

  94. Infidel Tiger

    Yes, our leftist betters have declared an obviously satirical piece to be sola scriptura and yet declare all the threats and actions of Muslims to be misinterpreted or out of context.

  95. twostix

    The ABC know they’re vulnerable because of the show so they went on the offense early, they weren’t going to let themselves be rounded up this time.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    And our limp dick conservative freedom warriors caved in faster than they can reply to the next luvvie cocktail soirée.

  97. twostix

    It was odd seeing a columnist’s article from the conservative equivalent of the green left weekly (readership wise) appearing low down on the front page of the Daily Mail.

    The fix was in across the board.

    Imagine having that sort of will to power though, the media class don’t want a tiny little tame conservative media, they want no conservative media and they work together to get it.

    That’s why they win.

  98. Nerblnob

    their abc will walk over the maimed corpses of girl-children to aim a kick at a tory

    Perfect.

  99. Down in the polls

    Refridgerphobia!!!

  100. iain russell

    #I’llwalkwithyouRog.

  101. iain russell

    Upon reflection perhaps Our Roger is a ‘minor irritant’ or a ‘lone wolf’. Only .0005% of conservatives advocate blowing up the ABC, so don’t blame them all. We must stamp out the waaacism of Conservophobia.

  102. Tel

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigerator_death

    Such deaths were not uncommon for children in the United States before the passage of the Refrigerator Safety Act in 1956. Children would occasionally play in abandoned refrigerators and become trapped. The first reactions to the deaths were to ask people not to abandon refrigerators and to detach the doors of unused refrigerators. At least one state, Oklahoma, enacted legislation making the abandonment of a refrigerator with a latch in a location where a child might find it a felony.

    It was tough back there… but government saved us.

  103. johno

    It’s worth noting that Turnbull’s Communications Minister backed the Left and not the Right.
    But we have come to expect that from the Turnbull Coalition.

  104. cohenite

    7.18AM: Quadrant article still up; as amended slightly.

  105. Sparkx

    Which way is Fifield’s moral compass pointing ?????????????????????????????????????????

    Probably where Googles Guthrie hides hers.

  106. Roger

    It’s worth noting that Turnbull’s Communications Minister backed the Left and not the Right.

    He also revealed that we have an Arts minister who doesn’t recognise the the literary genres of satire or invective.

    If you’d like to educate Mitch on literary genres here’s his Canberra phone number: (02) 6277 7480.

  107. C. Paul Barreira

    On Fifield. Did the minister read the article or merely Michelle Guthrie’s press release?

  108. mh

    Farage: Accepting Terrorism as Normal is “Appeasement” and “Surrender”

    Brexit architect Nigel Farage suggested those who advocate accepting acts of terrorism as a normal part of daily life in Western countries are guilty of appeasement and surrendering to Islamic terrorists.

  109. Habib

    The ABC has made itself a legitimate target by being a broadcast facility for the enemy. Scramble 3Sqn, JDAM fused for contact, HE MK84.

  110. john constantine

    1.3 billion dollars every year and rising, is that really what it takes to taxfund their:

    “Department of Collaboration”

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