AMERICANS ARE WICKED AND DESERVE NO RIGHTS: Pilita Clark
covers an intriguing case
in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, and in doing so manages to convey an astonishing level of leftist bigotry and delusion.
Her story concerns Phillip Adams, millionaire leftie columnist for The Australian and Radio National broadcaster, who finds himself under investigation by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for alleged racial vilification. "It sounds too strange to be true," writes a bewildered Clark, but true it is: following the publication of this vile column, an understandably offended American citizen has hit Adams with a vilification complaint.
Warren Beeby, the group editorial manager of News Ltd, publisher of The
Australian newspaper, shares Clark’s amazement: "I've never heard of an American being racially vilified before. I think this is one of the great tragedies of our time."
Beeby believes Adams’s column - a witless chronicle of racial crimes committed within the US, which Adams imagined somehow removed America’s right to pursue Osama bin Laden and the Taliban - was "clinically argued". That’s about what you’d expect from someone who thinks the complaint against Phat Phil is a "great tragedy". Beeby doesn’t have a clue.
Neither does Clark. For an insight into the sort of juvenile leftism that dominates the SMH, check out this paragraph:
"Adams is such a vigorous opponent of racism, discrimination and all manner of oppression that the Prime Minister once famously urged the ABC to find a ‘right-wing Phillip Adams’ to balance its political output."
Just beautiful (and in a straight news item, too). A "right-wing Phillip Adams", by Clark’s definition, would be in favour of racism, discrimination, and oppression. This misrepresentation of the Prime Minister’s "urging" is so massive that it amounts to an outright lie.
I briefly was a right-wing Adams; earlier this year, every Friday night for 12 weeks, I joined Imre Salusinszky at Radio National to present the network’s only semi-right-wing commentary. I can’t recall calling for the formation of local Klan groups, or demanding institutionalised oppression, or championing discrimination. We mainly argued against tariffs, eco-extremists, erosion of rights, and the Left’s appalling discrimination towards foreign culture, in the form of barriers to the importation of books and music.
But the Clarks of this world never recognise those arguments. That’s because they can’t conceive of the right as being anything other than evil, and live by this simple belief: Conservatives are bad; racism and oppression are bad; therefore conservatives are racist oppressors.
In Australia, that passes for deep political thought. Bring on the Human Rights steamroller! It’s time for justice!