Job criteria at Courier Mail: “must be a dog whistling racist willing to pose as a journalist”

This morning’s Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail (Murdoch’s flaccid Sydney and Brisbane organs) featured the following beat-up from one of Rupert’s resident right wing ratbags, Tim Blair.


The quote in the title comes from an irate commenter and neatly summarises the depths to which the gutter press will go to when they are trying to get an outcome for its owner. Strictly speaking, Islam is a religion not an ethnicity but Islamophobia has the same roots as does anti-Semitism and the language and iconography are the same. So is the underlying racism which fuels the bigotry.

Spot the Difference

Why most people would normally be interested in a piece about an obscure Sydney suburb that states the bleeding obvious as in “Muslims live in this suburb” is hard to fathom until you factor in the following:

  1. This churnalism acts as clickbait for the bogots with lots of juxtaposed lurid pics and pokey buzzwords to get them into a frothing frenzy about the “Muslim threat to ‘Strayan culture’ “.
  2. Lakemba has a large Muslim population (51.8% according to the last census) so it makes for a focus of fear and loathing for Islamophobes, preferred suckers for News Corpse nonsense.
  3. The state seat of Lakemba (safe Labor) will lose its sitting member, Robert Furolo, who is retiring at the next state election. Labor is holding a pre-selection for his replacement and two of the candidates are Muslim.

We look forward to the following headlines from Tim Blair

Catholics take over historic building!                         

Jewish businesses set up in Bondi!

 Hillsong invades New York!               

SDA products take over supermarket!

But it won’t happen will it…

Meanwhile here’s some sample tweets reacting to the bilge.
Read some more from Antoinette here if you can get past the paywall.

And some useful contacts for making a complaint

1. Press Council Making a Complaint and Online Complaint Form

2. Media Watch contact details

Head hunter abuses Wendy Harmer on Twitter


  • By Kristin Shorten
  • March 26, 2013 12:27PM
  • Aussie exec calls author ugly on Twitter
  • Joe Waddington says he is ashamed of his tweets
  • The recruiter says his tweets border on trolling

AN AUSTRALIAN executive head hunter has been forced to delete abusive tweets after telling Wendy

Author Wendy Harmer

Harmer she is “F***ing ugly” on Twitter.

Joe Waddington, managing partner of Chamberlain Executive, used the social networking site on Friday to tell the writer, radio show host and comedienne that “there’s a thing called plastic surgery”.

@wendy_harmer F***cking ugly too” he tweeted on March 22.

“I don’t accept that argument, there’s a thing called plastic surgery,” he then replied to another tweet.

Waddington, whose Twitter account links to his company website, later deleted the tweets.

The Brisbane-based recruitment manager said he tweeted the comments while having a few drinks after a barbecue with mates and must have had “a rush of blood to the head”.”It was a disgusting thing to say. It was just awful. Now I’m deeply ashamed about that,” he said.

“To be perfectly honest with you, I was a bit drunk.

“I really think I should (apologise). I’ve just been too embarrassed quite frankly.

“If given the opportunity I would give my unreserved apology for a comment that was crass and unforgivable.”

Harmer said she had been “astonished more than anything”.

“It’s remarkable. How can you expect to be well regarded professionally and carry on like that?” she said.

“Most of the trolls that are on Twitter don’t identify themselves and you find out they are 15-year-old boys, not company executives.

“The other weird thing about it is that anyone who knows me would know that I’ve had extensive plastic surgery and advocate on behalf of Interplast for kids in developing countries who require plastic surgery but he’s not even smart enough to work that out.”

Picture: Twitter

Harmer said she and others had sent complaints to Waddington’s website but were yet to receive a response.

However Waddington, who works in the financial services sector, said he and his partner ran the company – and the website – themselves.

“Joe is personally involved in ensuring the successful delivery of executive recruitment assignments and strategic consulting for a variety of clients, whilst also offering an ongoing career management service to individuals,” the site says.

Waddington, who uses social media to insult public figures, told that his behaviour bordered on trolling.

“Yeah it probably does (border on trolling) quite frankly,” he said.

“Am I concerned about it? I suppose in a small way but it happens to me.”

Picture: Twitter

Mr Waddington said that while he regretted his tweets about Harmer, he is unapologetic about calling Prime Minister Julia Gillard “fat guts” and a “lying heifer” with a “big fat yapper”.

On March 16 he tweeted “BREAKING: Australian scientists have developed the world’s first ‘mass contraceptive device’…pictures of @JuliaGillard in every bedroom.”

“Don’t forget I’m not the only one (who tweets about Gillard),” he told

“If you go through tweets I think you’ll find there a lot more comments made about Ms Gillard than mine. “I think mine border on the mild.”

He has also labelled Labor Minister Greg Combet a “buffoon”, said Kevin Rudd had the “gonads of a pre-pubescent” and uses expletives to describe Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Picture: Twitter

He recently tweeted that Senator Stephen Conroy should be “sent straight to a psychiatric ward and sectioned”.

“I absolutely am anti-Labor,” he said.

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion I believe. I’m not going to hide behind a nom de plume.

“That’s really how I feel about this atrocious Labor government and quite frankly I’ll stand by (the tweets).”

The HR specialist said he was not worried about how his public comments reflected on his business.

Picture: Twitter

“If organisations take offense (sic) to what I write and my politics that’s their right and there are thousands of other recruitment companies they can use,” he said.

“Some executives are in positions and running organisations that will impact on a political basis so then of course they have to be very diplomatic and that’s understandable.

“I think it just depends on circumstances.”

He also rejected that he would look unfavourably at job candidates who Tweeted expletives, insults or abuse.

“I don’t look at candidate’s tweets and that sort of thing,” he said.

“A candidate will stand on their employment record and that’s the criteria I look at.

“If they have embarrassing photos on Facebook that’s their personal business. Obviously it would depend to a certain degree on the role they’re applying for but that should not impact on their employability.”


Mr Waddington tweeted an apology.

“@wendy_harmer Dear Ms Harmer, I would like to offer my unreserved apology for the unforgivable comments I made on Saturday,” said the first tweet.

“@wendy_harmer  I am thoroughly ashamed for the crass comments I made. It would perfectly understandable if you ignored any apology.”

Harmer responded at 4.30pm.

“Thanks @exec_hunter. Let’s that be the end of it, between us at least… now how about them Broncos?”

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As The Age saw it


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Misogyny and equilibrium in the market for ideas

Andrew Laming MP finds Facebook – what can we say?

(NOTE: This post has been reposted due to a WordPress glitch which made the previous post disappear)

Politicians have recently taken enthusiastically to social media. It seems every politician from the PM down has a Facebook page and Twitter account.

However sometimes things can go a little wrong. Take Andrew Laming, MP for the Queensland Federal seat of Bowman for instance.

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Andrew Laming 2


What can we say?

Max Tomlinson, Sexist Dickbrain

Too frequently, women aspiring to public office suffer from PMS: Patriarchy. Misogyny. Sexism.

                                                                                                                                 – Dr Caroline Ford

It is all too common to find immature knuckle-dragging misogynist creeps strutting their stuff on Facebook and Twitter, pushing their unwanted fear and hatred of women. We shouldn’t have to be dealing with them in the 21st Century but so far evolution has failed to keep up with the modern world.

It is more unusual to find them harassing journalists and commentators from the offices of Parliamentarians, particularly when these staffers are old enough to know better.

That didn’t stop one of Queensland Senator Ian McDonald’s staffers from attacking Dr Caroline Ford, who mildly criticised the lack of women in Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s ministry in an op ed

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Crikey managed to obtain the full text of the e mail which we have  reproduced below

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Note the hectoring tone we so often hear from 14 year old dateless wankers on Facebook. You’d think someone who had actually been the editor of a newspaper would know better.

Then Tomlinson goes on to boast how he has managed to keep his own “little woman” in the kitchen having babies for many years.

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And here is the Courier-Mail article which so upset Tomlinson’s delicate sensibilities.

A puzzled Ford herself was quoted thus in the Courier-Mail

Dr Ford said she had been married for 43 years and had three children and in her first lecture she talked about the work women did “both paid and unpaid” and was a supporter of stay-at-home mothers.

So not exactly the stereotypical feminist of Tomlinson’s wild imaginings.

Tomlinson has a Facebook page. Let him know what you think.

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