Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog Issue 444

This week.

His conclusion re the debate between the PM and Waleed Aly.

In fact, the Prime Minister’s account of what Andrew Robb said was consistent with Scott Morrison’s version of events and inconsistent with Dr Aly’s assertion which was based on the leak to Lenore Taylor.

The quote from Andrew Robb – as reported in The Sydney Morning Herald on 18 February 2011 – is as follows:

“What Morrison was saying is that there were these perceptions in some parts of the community and that they [attitudes to Muslims] were becoming a problem and, [we] had to find some constructive way to deal with it before it became worse.”

In short, Waleed Aly’s original rant on The Project, to which the Prime Minister objected, was based on an undocumented rumour that Mr Morrison had sought to make political capital of Muslims in Australia.

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26 Responses to Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog Issue 444

  1. Linden

    Following on from that another fine display from the MSM. Many voters will remember at the right time.

  2. min

    The Two “debates” in the past couple of days demonstrate why you cannot argue with anyone fromthe left. No matter how many facts you present ,as did Andrew Bolt and Scomo, if they believe they are morally right, their feelings will outshout you . Nothing will enter their brains they are not listening . Their followers will not change either . Ben Shapiro , I read, offered tips but has anyone tried them to see if they work.
    I tend to ask have you read what was actually said or only the report of someone ,who was not present. , have you read the research , and not just the conclusion, or are you repeating someone else’s opinion? Stifles the debate and you still get nowhere.

  3. 2dogs

    Nothing will enter their brains they are not listening.

    They will not be persuaded by words.

    Give them autonomy, so they will starve by their own hand. Then they will be persuaded.

  4. Percy Popinjay

    Goose Morristeen and the gliberals deserve all they get for being gutless expedient hypocritical socialist cream puffs.

    As far as I’m concerned, Morristeen “lost” from the moment he agreed to appear on Squalid’s hugely unwatched televisual trainwreck. There were numerous other avenues Morristeen could have used to attack that slimy little spiv.

  5. Leo G

    Squalid Ali”?

    Mixed up La La Weedy.

  6. stackja

    Leftist hypocrisy? I am shocked!

  7. Tom

    In short, Waleed Aly’s original rant on The Project, to which the Prime Minister objected, was based on an undocumented rumour that Mr Morrison had sought to make political capital of Muslims in Australia.

    Of all the attributes that should disqualify a wannabe from a career in journalism, being a leftist activist like Lenore Taylor is No.1.

    Like the other 90% of journalists who vote for the retail left (Liars) or the looney left (Filth), Taylor, in my opinion, would have no qualms reporting as fact a story she wishes were true instead of what actually happened. Her moral righteousness about the justice of her cause swamps the professional ethics she is obliged to follow.

    Taylor’s employer, the Guardian, is propped up by a trust that will eventually run out of money. If the paper’s fortunes depended on its credibility and the size of its audience (like all other media not funded by government), it wouldn’t exist and Taylor would be just another leftist activist manning a picket line somewhere — as she would be in a truly righteous world.

  8. Tintarella di Luna

    Well Le Snore Taylor and that whiney voice is but one potent reason among many others, as to why I could no longer bear to watch Scrotumface’s outsiders.

    I once read her columns quite a bit but then she showed her true colours after the knifing of Kevin Rudd when she then had published a 2 page spread in the Australian of all the shit she knew about Rudd before and after his election which she concealed from the Australian public – she is an activist presstitute and she now writes for a rag – great career there LeSnore.

    As for the duplicitous Waleed Aly and his show-off of a wife – well I’ll let the adjectives stand.

  9. stackja

    Also further down

    ABC FAILS TO REPORT CASE IN WHICH THE JURY CONVICTION OF HISTORIC CHILD ABUSE BY A CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS BROTHER WAS OVERTURNED BY THE VICTORIAN COURT OF APPEAL

    In recent weeks, the ABC has given massive coverage to the conviction and sentencing of Cardinal George Pell in the Victorian County Court. Pell maintains his innocence and is appealing to the Victorian Court of Appeal – his case will be heard in early June.

    However, the ABC totally ignored the decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal last Friday to quash the conviction and sentence of former Christian Brother John Francis Tyrrell for [email protected] a young boy and other offences over half a century ago.

    Again, I am shocked!

  10. stackja

    Again further down GH:

    However, you would not know this if you followed the media coverage of the Royal Commission – especially on the ABC and the (then) Fairfax Media newspapers.

  11. Shy Ted

    Long live Gerard because I can’t think of a single person who could replace him.

  12. Paulo Nigrum Anatis

    Whilst it is understandable Morrison wished to take on his accuser head on ‘ one to one’ as quickly as possible, we’re left to question the wisdom of thus elevating the level of Ali to ‘worthy antagonist’ with Morrison appearing on Ali’s home turf so to speak; giving the veneer of respectability to what amounts to nothing more that unfounded speculation from Ali.

    Ali’s ego-maniacal self image is already at several levels of perception above its true weight, and its conceivable Morrison just gave further air to that image. Not helpful.

    I like Scott Morrison and he’s done some good things in his short tenure, however if one is to be viewed as ‘long term prime ministerial’ he should be playing the game on his own terms and not his adversary’s, and I fear he is showing his Achilles heel here.

    A better way would be to diminish the accuser with a brief response along the ‘lines of ‘unsubstantiated, self-seeking piffle’, refusing to discuss or comment further on the basis it is rumour driven drivel; and thereby consign it to the refuse of media and public short term memory.

    Keeping it alive only maintained the risks to Morrison, which on this occasion he was fortunate to avoid; and fed the completely undeserved sense of his own self -importance to Ali.

    But the underlying question was Morrison’s quality of decision making regarding his involvement in this issue, and that was found wanting on this occasion.

  13. a happy little debunker

    Prime Minister’s account of what Andrew Robb said was consistent with Scott Morrison’s version of events.

    I’d be very, very surprised is Scott Morrison’s account was different to his own, as Prime Minister.

    AND before you get your panties all in a bunch, if you checked Media Watch Dog or the transcript of the interview – you’d find the only PM referenced was Morrison.

  14. LGS

    I wouldn’t give Waleed Aly the time of day, let alone an interview.

  15. stackja

    Paulo Nigrum Anatis
    #2967585, posted on March 23, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I agree ScoMo decision making ain’t good. ScoMo got the job because he was least hated.

  16. egg_

    Well Le Snore Taylor and that whiney voice is but one potent reason among many others, as to why I could no longer bear to watch Scrotumface’s outsiders.

    But, but… The Scrote got a Lifetime Achievement Award, donchaknow?

  17. egg_

    Whilst it is understandable Morrison wished to take on his accuser head on ‘ one to one’ as quickly as possible, we’re left to question the wisdom of thus elevating the level of Ali to ‘worthy antagonist’ with Morrison appearing on Ali’s home turf so to speak

    He should’ve addressed the “minor irritant” during a Press Conference.

  18. bollux

    Aly should know that Scomo and Co. wouldn’t dare speak ill of Islam. That would take some political courage, of which he possesses little.

  19. billie

    Truely, Scott Morrison has had his Ted Baileau moment

    unlike Tony Abbot’s TB moment when he put Natasha Adelaide-Name on some committee and Greg Combet into a boondoggle .. oh wait! (and didn’t smash the Ch7 reporter’s face in)

    who tf advises senior liberals to throw themselves at the left?

  20. Rob MW

    In short, Waleed Aly’s original rant on The Project, to which the Prime Minister objected, was based on an undocumented rumour that Mr Morrison had sought to make political capital of Muslims in Australia.

    The often religious victim and housed left nutter, Mr Aly, premised an interview on a lie whilst clutching a shit load of pearls then handwringing his way to the next fully owned subjective averment tarted up as a question, all to the organismic applause of bent nonviable twits predisposed to intolerance of facts over their moral superiority.

  21. Don’t their ABC and other socialist propaganda outfits realise this sort of activism drives votes the Labor-lite party?

  22. Nato

    The media watch dog blog is one of the biggest things you miss once you go tor

  23. Hasbeen

    I wonder if channel 10, & their advertisers realise how many viewers they have lost due to Waleed Alys presence on the project.

    I know of quite a few around here who decided that any station that could permit his spin, was most unlikely to be giving an honest or factual coverage of the news. 10 has joined the ABC in the “used to watch” channel group.

  24. Chris

    The media watch dog blog is one of the biggest things you miss once you go to

    Izzat so?
    I have been a dedicated reader for about 12 years, but I have recently started to call it unreadable sludge, and pick delicately through for any nuggets that are not verbose crap.

  25. Rafe Champion

    I stopped reading regularly because I don’t need the aggravation. I suppose after several decades Gerard does it on auto-pilot and the formula is not fresh any more. Still it I am happy to keep posting it. Reading is optional.

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