March 19, 2004


The ABC’s Tony Jones proudly boasts:

We were the first to quiz the Prime Minister, in June last year, on why, after an endless string of suicide bombings in Israel, Hamas had not been declared a terrorist organisation by his Government.

Tony should quiz his bosses. According to ABC guidelines, Hamas must not be described as a terrorist organisation -- even after an endless string of suicide bombings in Israel.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 19, 2004 01:15 PM

You missed this little racist bombshell: "blinkered, Philistine pig-ignorance"

Surely he knows the modern day translation of "Philistine," is Palestine.

Posted by: referee at March 19, 2004 at 01:34 PM

And pig-ignorant, what is that? Pigs are among the cleverest animals.

Posted by: ilibcc at March 19, 2004 at 02:06 PM

Ummmmm, bacon.

Posted by: Fat Cracker at March 19, 2004 at 02:17 PM

He's far too university educated to use the term Palestine.

Posted by: anon at March 19, 2004 at 03:08 PM

Surprise, surprise, Jones once again reveals that Lateline are a bunch of hypocrites.

On 11/06/03 they "quizzed" Howard about proscribing Hamas as a terrorist organisation.

But just two days later, they aired an entire story on the "militant Palestinian movement" Hamas.

Not once in the story did they refer to Hamas as "terrorists".

Posted by: Alex Robson at March 19, 2004 at 03:44 PM

Jones and Sheridan need to sort this out in the ring.

Posted by: gaz at March 19, 2004 at 04:24 PM

Go Tony. Grow a set and break those stupid rules.

Posted by: Jono at March 19, 2004 at 04:28 PM

Yes, well, of course, this is just the sort blinkered philistine pig ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome, spotty behinds squeezing blackheads, not caring a tinker's cuss about the struggling artist. You excrement! You lousy hypocritical whining toadies with your lousy colour TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleeding masonic handshakes! You wouldn't let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards! Well I wouldn't become a freemason now if you went down on your lousy, stinking, purulent knees and begged me!

Oh! *ahem* sorry, got carried away, I was... I was a bit on edge just now. I actually have nothing to add, I just thought it was my cue.

Posted by: Spiny Norman at March 19, 2004 at 06:22 PM

Remember World War Two artists who went to the front and portrayed the true horror of young men of nineteen giving their lives for democracy and civilisation?

Today's equivalent, newspaper cartoonists, sit back in their comfortable city digs on the other side of the world - or, more likely, in their rural retreat, emailing their photo-shopped drawings to the city-bound editor.

How would an artistically-inclind American soldier in Iraq like to have Leunig's job?

Posted by: ilibcc at March 19, 2004 at 09:07 PM