Fact checking Gerard Henderson

Gerard Henderson has a 300 word rant about a trivial slip of the tongue on the ABC:

Australia has been with us in every fight we’ve been in, starting with World War II. 

According to our intrepid fact checker that is wrong.

Australia was an ally of the United States on the Western Front during the First World War in 1917 and 1918.

Sigh. I suppose it is important to be completely accurate. But then Henderson gets onto a far more interesting error the ABC had made:

By the way, the ABC has still not corrected AM’s howler of 20 November 2017 – when both presenter Sabra Lane and reporter Stephen Smiley said that former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe fought a guerrilla war against occupying British forces in the 1960s.

When I heard that I thought the ABC must be desperate to avoid mentioning the word “Rhodesia”. Good on Henderson for pointing it out. Yet he soils his copybook (emphasis added):

 The guerrilla war was fought against Ian Smith’s illegal regime which was not controlled by the British.

That is pandering to dictators and the kind of thinking that empowered Mugabe in the first place. By the time Mugabe was installed as leader of Zimbabwe Smith was gone from power and Abel Muzorewa was prime minister.

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47 Responses to Fact checking Gerard Henderson

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hendo would be better at fact checking if he was given the ABC’s $1.2 billion per year of tax money.
    I’d vote for it: him turning all ABC assets into a salt strewn wasteland would be my only request.

  2. woolfe

    If the Unilateral Declaration of Independence was not illegal why were sanctions applied against Rhodesia?

  3. Mother Lode

    Don’t pretend to know the details, but if we missed the fracas before WWII, the we would still have been with them in WWI, yet not have been in all since WWI. It would only be all since WWII.

  4. Tekweni

    Sanctions were applied against South Africa and it was not an illegal regime.

  5. Roger

    If the Unilateral Declaration of Independence was not illegal why were sanctions applied against Rhodesia?

    Yes, I’m sure that’s what Gerard was referring to: as a British Crown colony Smith’s unilateral declaration of independence was illegal.

  6. Julian the deplorable

    I think Sinclair must have a personal issue with GH as that post was a tad childish.

  7. Geriatric Mayfly

    Can’ figure out how it was tolerated, but several sources told me In Zim, that Smithy retired to (?) presumably Harare, and his front door was always open to any who cared to wander in off the street for a cuppa (not a coup) and a chat. Seemed mighty magnanimous of the overarching sulphurous creature and his goons then running the place.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Can’ figure out how it was tolerated, but several sources told me In Zim, that Smithy retired to (?) presumably Harare, and his front door was always open to any who cared to wander in off the street for a cuppa (not a coup) and a chat

    Heard the same story – Ian Smith was living in Harare, having retired from his farm after his wife died – his front door was always open – but he spent his last two years in Capetown.

  9. Siltstone

    Julian the deplorable
    #2572420, posted on December 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    I think Sinclair must have a personal issue with GH as that post was a tad childish.

    Yes, childish post from Sinc. He should concentrate on completing his post about how Turnbull is of the very brink of Potential Greatness (TM).

  10. I have a lot of respect for Gerard.

  11. woolfe

    Yes, I’m sure that’s what Gerard was referring to: as a British Crown colony Smith’s unilateral declaration of independence was illegal.

    Doom Lord highlighted illegal which confused me (not hard to do)

  12. Peter Castieau

    I’m sure if given the opportunity Hendo would come into this place and explain or correct the record as the case may be.

    It wasn’t his weekly deliberate mistake was it?

  13. candy

    I don’t think Gerald Henderson is the type of chap who will mind an error/ discrepancy being pointed out to him.

    However I don’t think he is pandering to dictators like Mugabe. He is simply a person who writes a little for The Australian newspaper.

  14. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Odd post.

    Why the snark?

  15. Snoopy

    Sabra Lane and reporter Stephen Smiley said that former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe fought a guerrilla war against occupying British forces in the 1960s.

    Well that is bullshit. The Rhodesian Bush War didn’t start until 1964. Mugabe was jailed in 1963.

  16. Snoopy

    Sigh. I suppose it is important to be completely accurate.

    That explains a lot about the academic ‘discipline’ of economics.

  17. sdfc

    Those damn academic economists.

  18. Rabz

    FFS, like anything is legal or illegal in that blighted continent.

    Everything’s at the mercy of the latest western taxpayer funded tyrant.

    Get over yourself, Perfesser.

  19. Real Deal

    The earlier part of today’s MWD features a big howler from Gerard. He says that Bono’s real name is David Howell Evans. That is The Edge’s real name. Bono’s name is Paul Hewson. As Gerard would say; a deliberate John Laws style mistake.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    Hendo is a curmudgeon and a pedant. There’s a place for those people, but it’s all rather sad.

  21. Empire yes a bit late in responding but there’s a good guy in the cross hairs so distraction…

  22. A week is a long time and people’s memories are very short these days. Only old dementia types such as myself even remember GH’s efforts on Media Watchdog last week, so the question can be asked.

  23. BTW Self named bono is a dickhead who should have stuck to doing pop songs instead of thinking he had a message coz people made him rich. As much as GH can be insufferable, his targets are far worse.

  24. Rabz

    Sigh. I suppose it is important to be completely accurate.

    Not if you are:

    A bolshevik
    A climate scientist
    A baby boomer
    An ignorant illiterate innumerate ahistorical brainwashed millenial f*ckwit (BIRM)
    A democrat politician
    An African tyrant
    A concern troll from some provincial backwater
    A collectivist
    A layba pardee politician
    A braindead leftist meeja imbecile (BIRM)
    A gropey braindead leftist meeja imbecile (BIRM)
    Greenfilth
    “Hi-Alan” Jones
    An imbecile that maladminsters a formerly much loved sporting code
    A local council imbecile (BIRM)
    A braindead Ozzie bureaucrat (BIRM)
    A creepy braindead EU bureaucrat (BIRM)
    A genocidal misogynist racist gay hating inbred goat pleasuring terrorist moozley imbecile (BIRM)
    A washed up meeja slag prone to pleasuring itself with a hairbrush
    A morbidly obese Ozzie meeja magnate
    A morbidly obese Ozzie mining magnate
    A florid rural New Sheeplund imbecile (BIRM)
    A foreign circus midget from Persia on the take
    A rodent pleasuring Chinaman
    A Vogon Poet (BIRM)
    A creepy deformed grotesque victoriastanian would be pensioner murderer and gay peddo (BIRM)
    An angry washed up tacher from New Sheeplund
    A white (insert oppressed “indigenous” minority here)
    A marxist pontiff
    A Hollyweird Wanker (BIRM)
    A Hollyweird Wanker enabling slag (BIRM)
    An unelected horse faced New Sheeplund slag
    A morbidly obese victoriastanian donut hoovering keystone cop from Mosquebourne
    A weird creepy tax hoovering ponce from South Ozdraylia (BIRM)
    A dead wombat by side of road
    A fat waffling born to rule windbag without a single redeeming feature
    Every other stupid.frigging.gliberal.
    A total fucking dickhead

    Anyone missing?

  25. Snoopy

    Oh, I get it. This is Hendo’s sin.

    The guerrilla war was fought against Ian Smith’s illegal regime which was not controlled by the British. Surely, a case for the RMIT Fact Check Unit – if only it checked the “facts” of ABC journalists.

    Emphasis added.

  26. BrettW

    Perhaps we could have a thread on Uni’s coming up with the research that says ruckman and batsman should not be used anymore as might offend.

  27. Baldrick

    The guerrilla war was fought against Ian Smith’s illegal regime which was not controlled by the British. Surely, a case for the RMIT Fact Check Unit – if only it checked the “facts” of ABC journalists.

    Ah, so that’s why Doomlord is having a go at Hendo. Can you bare it?

  28. nemkat

    Could the fact that the crazed Mugabe is R.C. and the mild mannered Smith wasn’t, be one reason for Henderson’s nostalgia for the former?

  29. GD

    Gerard Henderson has a 300 word rant about a trivial slip of the tongue on the ABC: Australia has been with us in every fight we’ve been in, starting with World War II.

    I wouldn’t call overlooking World War I trivial.

  30. Vicki

    Mon Dieu! Sinclair has just started an interminable verbal war with GH! Gerard doesn’t take this sort of correction lightly. Expect a lengthy rejoinder in the next issue of his newsletter.

  31. OneWorldGovernment

    Fact is that Zimbabwe is a heap of crap just like most of the African continent.

    You want slaves, go to Africa.

    And the bastards attacked England.

    Does no one remember why the American Marines where created?

    Piss off!

  32. OneWorldGovernment

    where = were

  33. stackja

    “USA” was a British colony and declared UDI. But there was no UN then.

  34. Fattony

    Snoopy and Baldrick; my thoughts exactly. We shouldn’t criticise the proff’s friends.

  35. Jannie

    Rhodesia in 1965 was not occupied by British forces, and the British did not fight the war, even though the police were still called the BSAP. There were very many British born individuals who rebelled against the Queen and fought for Rhodesia. The Rhodesians fought a diplomatic and financial battle against the British government, and fought on the ground against the insurgency which was supported by most of the world. The hardest fighting was against the Ndebele ZAPU, but Mugabe won the politics.

  36. Jannie

    Rhodesia was formally annexed by the British in 1923, and established as a self governing colony with a legislature, though Britain retained most control of foreign affairs. Under international law it was British territory. The British wanted the Rhodesian parliament to introduce universal franchise, but the sitting members refused and declared themselves independent of Britain. UDI, by definition, made Rhodesia illegal under international law.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The British wanted the Rhodesian parliament to introduce universal franchise, but the sitting members refused and declared themselves independent of Britain.

    An independence reinforced by the case of the “three Africans.” They were arrested, tried, found guilty and sentenced to death, for murder. The Queen issued a pardon, but the Rhodesian Government rejected the pardon, and all three were hanged. I remember the uproar.

  38. Sinclair Davidson

    There is no such thing as international law.

  39. Rev. Archibald

    An angry washed up tacher from New Sheeplund

    ..
    Et tu Rabz?
    Disappointed.

  40. Jannie

    There is no such thing as international law.

    Of course you are correct sir, my error. But still, there are huge concentrations of people, money, resources and police who work in the field, and are unaware that there is no such thing.

  41. Hey rev how come no matter what the topic it’s always about you

  42. It may be that the ‘international law’ canard is a distraction from the question at hand.

  43. Rabz

    Sorry, Arkers, I’d had a few sherberts and just dropped it in there to see if you’d notice.

  44. Charlie

    Two irrelevant talking heads who leech off taxpayers get into a catfight….

  45. Marcus

    The earlier part of today’s MWD features a big howler from Gerard. He says that Bono’s real name is David Howell Evans. That is The Edge’s real name. Bono’s name is Paul Hewson. As Gerard would say; a deliberate John Laws style mistake.

    Bono’s a Hewson?

    Things are starting to make a little more sense.

  46. Rev. Archibald

    Hey rev how come no matter what the topic it’s always about you

    ..
    Yeah, I agree.
    Do try to stick to the topic at hand, Rabz.
    Now, about me.
    Did I tell you about my in-growing toe nail yet?

  47. Rabz

    Did I tell you about my in-growing toe nail yet?

    You may have to relate that legendary tale to someone on this blog who gives a rodent’s, squire.

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