The Herald Sun

Alan Howe writes for the Herald Sun. Unlike Catherine Deveny, who was fired for her tweets about Bindi Irwin, Howe is not controversial. No major public figures that I’m aware of have ever called for him to be fired.

Today he continues on his merry way, describing the righteousness of World War 2:

We did annihilate many Japanese. Enola Gay’s biggest passenger, Little Boy, killed 140,000 at Hiroshima in a moment; 70,000 died at Nagasaki three days later.

It’s not fashionable to say so, but those bombs were two of the best bits of World War II. (Emphasis added)

October 26 2009, Howe wrote:

By and large, Arabs and Africans are not good at democracy. They don’t do personal freedoms all that well. Many of them are fond of cruel and unusual punishments – you know, public stonings for miscreant young women wanting to marry the man of their choosing, that sort of thing.

On July 19/20 (different links say different things), 2009 Howe wrote that

THE people of Gaza are set to be the first to bomb themselves back to the Stone Age. Serves them right.

This link is not working. Perhaps the Herald Sun folks quietly decided it would be best to remove that article.  You can see evidence of it here (called Stone Age Ambition). It was commented on at Crikey here. And I mentioned it a few times at my blog – also noting that AIJAC in the Jewish News (July 31 2009) endorsed this article.  I wrote

I usually don’t comment on Jamie Hyman’s “Media Week”. It is generally unbelievable. Yet I will quote this week’s second item in full.

On July 20, Herald Sun columnist Alan Howe showed sympathy and udnerstanding for the dilemmas facing Israel in Gaza. Having commented on the Palestinian housing reduced to rubble in Israel’s incursion, Howe continued, “Israelis created that rubble when they reluctantly launched Operation Cast Lead seven months ago to silence the endless bombing campaign against its southern cities, which reside so near the festering malevolence that is Gaza.” He explained the effect of the rockets on the residents of Sderot, the favoured Palestinian target: “No one in Sderot drives around listening to CDs or the radio. They are permanently tuned to the possibility they’ll hear a calm, disembodied woman’s voice announcing “Tseva Adom” – Code Red. Because they have just seconds to get from their vehicle to a shelter, seat belts are never worn. No one has a shower unless there is someone else in the house”. He also gave a further explanation of why the Israeli campaign resulted in rubble: “Hamas fighters, like their Hezbollah colleagues in Southern Lebanon, hid out in, fired from and operated around sensitive populated areas – and even a cemetery of Australian war dead – hoping to goad the Israeli army into an indiscriminate response”

Okay, so Hyams quotes approvingly the view that Gaza is a “festering malevolence”. He thinks this article is sensitive to Israel. It begins:”THE people of Gaza are set to be the first to bomb themselves back to the Stone Age. Serves them right.”This article “showed sympathy and understanding for the dilemmas facing Israel in Gaza”.

Given the mass readership of the Herald Sun, we learn a lot about what Australians find offensive, and what they don’t.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bolt is complaining on his blog that crime isn’t properly being attributed to be people of a different skin colour, which is very important to him. And well known feminist and secularist Fred Nile writes in the National Times for the banning of the burqa.


On an unrelated note, for new readers. I wrote a long senate submission on the Intervention. I think it’s very important, and I hope more people read it. It’s primary focus is on the consultations, which were relied on crucially to support the impending expansion of compulsory income management.


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