Aug 18, 2017

Chris Kenny’s burqa nonsense is opinion dressed in news’ clothing

Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt was big news across Australia — except in The Australian.

David Salter

Journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.

One of the unintended consequences of Pauline Hanson’s burqa stunt is that it has exposed the murky recesses of attitudes to racism at The Australian.

Those of us with a background in daily journalism were startled at the way the newspaper “For The Informed Australian” handled the story. You could almost see the senior editorial staff shifting their weight from foot to foot in embarrassment as they watched the coverage take shape on their computer screens last night.

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12 thoughts on “Chris Kenny’s burqa nonsense is opinion dressed in news’ clothing

  1. Itsarort

    I disagree David. “…The Informed Australian” knows only too well what sort of shite to expect from within its pages. I stopped subscribing 20 years ago and yet I still pick it up sometimes to see if there’s any recent improvements. But alas, it remains way too smooth and slippery to wipe your arse with, thus rendering it a despicable waste of natural resources.

    1. Bill Hilliger

      I’m with you 100%. Never buy anything to do with the NewsCrap organisation and their shitty products. Deny Rupert Murdoch revenue is what a patriotic Australian should do.

  2. zut alors

    The lack of coverage/outrage in ‘The Australian’ demonstrates Murdoch is keeping his part of the bargain ie: pulling his punches (for now) until Hanson & her cohorts vote for the media ownership amendments.

    Once achieved, Hanson will no longer be under his protection.

    1. klewso

      More likely ’til the next normal (non-Turnbullesque) election – when they’ll be taken out with the rest of the half-senate trash?
      Til then his Limited News Party needs their bodies.

      1. klewso

        Her litter I mean….

  3. PG

    Professional ethics? In the Australian?

  4. klewso

    Hackneyed can be nonsense.

    1. klewso

      ….. That Limited News preponderance of opinion as news.

  5. Woopwoop

    Actually, I agree that the burqa is an instrument of female oppression.
    As are high heels, which many female MPs “choose” to wear to parliament…. or do they?
    Just as burqa wearers presumably feel the discomfort, the inability to blow their nose, sneeze, eat or even breathe or speak clearly when wearing one, so do our female MPs feel the pain, the inability to walk comfortably let alone run, of high heels.
    But living up to others’ expectations is a complex mixture of choice and coercion, for everyone.

  6. AR

    Not wrestling with a pig comes to mind, mud & fun, something, something.

  7. gerald butler

    Chris Kenny is a die in a ditch Coalition shill pretending to bloviate in the ” public square.” He visits the ditch often, especially on matters concerning climate change, terrorism and economic management.

  8. Adonai Marom

    Another rant by David Salter.
    Of course the burqa should be banned, only extreme misogynists can’t see that.
    It is nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with oppression.

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