Leftoids are not missing the point; they are deliberately ignoring the point. It is how the left do business.
Some people like to soil themselves, others get their kicks by paying prostitutes for golden showers. Misguided fools who insist Abdel Maggot should “be embraced” and claim she has a right to free speech are of the same mind. Of course she can speak freely, as much as she likes, but not on “our” taxpayer funded ABC. We are just not into having primitive Africans dumping manure on us and taxing us for it.
Shell quietly rids itself of its Yassmin problem
For when she’s not using Anzac Day to crap all over the memory of Australia’s Diggers (what an inspired decision that was), the ABC presenter is in the employ of the Dutch oil and gas company – working as a well engineer on their offshore rigs.
Or rather, she was.
Turns out the Brisbane-based mechanical engineering graduate – and happy beneficiary of taxpayer-funded jollies around our Middle Eastern embassies – was forced to resign from Shell earlier this year when her application to have her leave without pay extended was politely declined.
From Michael Smith:
SBS sacked a bloke for disrespect towards Anzac Day.
This woman cannot remain on the ABC’s taxpayer funded gravy train.
PRESSURE is mounting on Julie Bishop from within government to sack ABC commentator Yassmin Abdel-Magied from a foreign affairs committee over her comments on Anzac Day.
Liberal senator Eric Abetz has written to Ms Bishop asking her to remove Ms Abdel-Magied from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations.
YASSMIN’S DELUSIONAL DEFENDERS
Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s regrettable Anzac Day slur, covered at length in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, provoked curious reactions from defenders of the wayward ABC staffer.
Many sought to frame the issue as being to do with freedom of speech. Lawyer Duncan Fine pushed that particular line in a piece for Fairfax Media.
“It’s the very people who have spent the past few years complaining the loudest about the lack of free speech in Australia and the restrictive, almost-Stalinist nature of Section 18C who seem so traumatised that Abdel-Magied is exercising her democratic right to free speech,” Fine claimed.
Fine is conflating two very distinct circumstances here. Criticism of Abdel-Magied’s Twitter comment is just that: criticism. This is not an infringement upon freedom of speech. Quite the opposite, in fact. Criticism is an integral part of freedom of speech. Abdel-Magied is free to speak her mind. Critics are free to rebuke her.
Abdel-Magied is not being pursued under Section 18C. Unlike those who have endured an 18C inquisition, she has no need to explain her remarks to the Human Rights Commission. Nor has she any need to obtain expensive legal advice.
“It’s now clear that the whole campaign on the conservative side of Australian media and politics against Section 18C and for absolute freedom of speech has been a sham,” Fine continued. Again, he confuses criticism with a legislative instrument that silences criticism.
Then this: “They don’t want freedom of speech, they believe in freedom from speech – from Yassmin Abdel-Magied or anyone else daring to oppose their view on Anzac Day or Australia’s shameful treatment of refugees or anything else.”
It took a while, but now we get the full picture. This isn’t about freedom of speech at all. It’s in the service of a wider agenda.
At least Fine kept it clean, which is more than can be said of Fairfax columnist Clementine Ford.
“Yassmin Abdel-Magied was absolutely f***ing correct in her status about Anzac Day and it’s utterly atrocious what she’s being hit with now,” Ford wrote on Facebook, before revealing what she believes is “the real reason” Abdel-Magied was criticised.
Apparently it’s “because she is a Muslim woman of colour who they want to believe doesn’t have the right to be here.”
Then again, Abdel-Magied’s defenders miss a lot of things. Especially the point.
UPDATE. Another Fairfax column, another point missed:
Yassmin Abdel-Magied taught us all a valuable lesson this week.
Free speech, to some of its advocates, only works if it supports bigotry, racism and sexism.
Some thoughts about this sordid affair:
“Abdel-Magied is not being pursued under Section 18C”
Of course not – 18C is a big stick for the Socialist elite to whack anyone with that challenges their narrative.
Abdel-Magied’s idiotic Facebook post, “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”, went from causing a minor social media storm to an almighty furore in quick time.
But the ABC is standing firmly by their girl and called her decision to delete the post and apologise “appropriate”.
“Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country. When presenting for the ABC she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies,” the ABC statement read.
It’s strange that when newsreader Natasha Exelby made an innocent two-second mistake she was banished from her role until a viewer uproar led to her reinstatement.
It seems the ABC is rather selective in determining who is treated with zero tolerance.
There is no doubt which “mistake” has damaged the broadcaster’s reputation more and it certainly wasn’t Exelby’s delightful reaction to being caught unaware on camera.
Personally, I am not a fan of sacking people for saying or posting things that are dumb, provocative or just plain offensive.
That is a tactic used by the Left to silence dissenting voices; the rest of us should be better than that.
Just imagine if the Left were held to the same standard that they demand from everybody else?
There’d be a spate of media roles opening up.
Rita Panahi is a Herald Sun columnist email@example.com
“Again, he confuses criticism with a legislative instrument that silences criticism.”
He’s a lawyer you say?
“because she is a Muslim woman of colour who they want to believe doesn’t have the right to be here.”
Not only did she overlook that most of those who were critical of Abel-Magied are keen supporters of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she also overlooked that one of Abel-Magied’s most vocal critics was Rita Panahi.
Of course, it follows that Ford, by her own definition, is a racist if she criticises Panahi or Abel-Magied.