What really went down


I was there on Thursday. At the most evil function ever held in Australia.

We know it was evil because the Sydney Morning Herald has told us. Not directly so, but in the subtext and the contorted reporting about the context.

The Sydney Morning Herald report starts like this:

“Let’s be honest, I can’t stand Muslims,” said Larry Pickering, cartoonist and VIP guest at the Q Society fundraising dinner held in Sydney on Thursday night.

“If they are in the same street as me, I start shaking.”

Then the cartoonist, who had donated for auction one of his own works depicting the rape of a woman in a niqab by her son-in-law, softened slightly.

“They are not all bad, they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings.”

Subtext: anyone who supports the Q Society is a racist bigot. Full stop.

Context: turn an off-colour, off-the-cuff comment at the end of the night into a serious statement and run it as the main event of the evening.

For the record, I heard Larry’s comment.

Was it funny? No.

Would I say it? No.

And, for the record, it went down like a lead balloon.

But for those who weren’t there, the Sydney Morning Herald has put what came last, first. It has changed the context of what was said by leaving out other things that were said. And the black and white text simply does no justice to Larry Pickering: he was clearly not advocating violence against homosexuals but was making a very poor joke.

I’ve always said that the Thought Police have no sense of humour. They are the Joke Police too. Eventually, in the PC world, smiling will be banned along with jesting. After all, jokes are un-PC. They poke fun at absurdity. And I’ll get to the absurdity shortly.

But back to Larry. After he made his joke he also said this:

“So it’s not Muslim that we should be against, it should be Islam.”

Now that quote did not make the ‘big’ story. True, the Sydney Morning Herald did quote it along with the entirety of Larry’s speech in another story, but it’s simply not the same thing.

And that statement makes it clear that Larry rejects Islam, doesn’t hate Muslims, and opposes an ideology that justifies throwing homosexuals from buildings.

The Sydney Morning Herald also left out another quote from Pickering in its accusatory piece. This one:

“I mean, I was brought up very religiously, so I, you know, I- not that I’m religious. I mean, I’m not. But, uh, you know, they made me read the Bible every night, and I thought it was a load of shit, to tell you the truth.”

And that’s just hypocritical of the Sydney Morning Herald. This failing newspaper rails against anti-Islamic sentiment. But it’s entirely silent about anti-Christian statements.

That’s probably why it’s failing.

The Sydney Morning Herald also had a crack at Ross Cameron for his speech. In my opinion, it was one of the funniest speeches I’ve heard. Witty, informative and interesting. And the delivery was brilliant.

Unfortunately for Ross, he made the mistake of failing to show due reverence to Emperor Hadrian’s homosexuality and affection for a young boy. Gay History Month is so 2012. It’s gotta be Gay Adulation Month now.

Plus Ross also praised Hadrian for building a wall. You know, the kind of wall Trump wants to build. That didn’t go down so well either with the progressive media. After all, a wall might stop Islamic immigration.

And we can’t have that.

Thankfully, the Sydney Morning Herald has given us all the last laugh today. It has Ross Cameron plastered across its front page.

SMH Front page

And buried deep down on its webpage (but not its print edition) is this little story:

Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai jailed for 18 years for gay nightclub shooting

It goes on to say that Al-Ahmadzai would not stand for the judge and that:

“A motive for the shooting has never been uncovered.”

Really. I wonder what Dumbo is running that investigation. I mean, even the Sydney Morning Herald went on to point this out:

“Al-Ahmadzai has been serving time in Supermax for unrelated offences, including threatening to slit the throat of an ASIO officer and ram-raids on ATMs.

He is alleged to be linked to a group of Islamic extremists operating a large terrorism network in Sydney.”

Luckily, the justice system cannot pinpoint any possible motivation for a gay nightclub shooting by an Islamic extremist who has threatened to kill an ASIO officer. But it will consider other more important details:

“Judge Bennett said his sentence had taken into account the fact that Al-Ahmadzai suffered from an inflammatory bowel disease that made prison particularly onerous for him.”

Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald, we know that making poor taste jokes about the Islamic State’s threat to homosexuals is big front page news. But Islamic extremists actually blowing away homosexuals in Sydney is not a big enough story to even make the paper.

That’s so absurd, I might even call it a joke.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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