Half 2015 has gone!

Good heavens! First, here is slightly wintry West Wollongong yesterday around 3.30 pm.



Second, a note on #QandA, Zaky Mallah, and the recent attacks on the ABC. See just how feral the Murdoch tabloids and the Australian have been by looking at the excellent summary of all the week’s hysterics in MediaWatch. On #QandA last night it was rather a treat to see a particularly portentous Paul Kelly – the journalist, not the singer – trying to wriggle out of the fact that his newspaper gave glowing praise to Zaky Mallah in a 2012 feature: “Counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly, also a panellist, said it appeared Mr Mallah was ‘good enough for your paper, but he’s not good enough for Q&A’.” Anne Aly was especially sane last night. See her Brothers, believers and brave mujahideen: how to counter the lure of Islamic State propaganda. I hope our government is taking notice.

I am also chuffed that as an outsider (and something of a genius) Lawrence Krauss, Theoretical Physicist & Cosmologist, thought exactly as I did: that Mr Ciobo’s answer to Zaky Mallah’s question last week had been downright silly. That, in my opinion, is where that now famous #QandA went off the rails.

Postscript: See Chris Graham, What Have We Learned From Zaky Mallah? That News Corp Is Hypocritical And Q&A Thinks We’re All Stupid and its comment thread.

As of midnight last night, there had been 473 print or online stories, comments and letters published on Zaky Mallah since 2005, when he first came to public prominence after being falsely accused of planning a terrorist act.

Of those stories, 339 were written in the past week, after his appearance on Q&A. That still leaves 134 stories written before he became ‘media persona non grata’. Clearly, news organisations have found something quite compelling about Mallah for some time. A decade, in fact.

Would anyone like to guess which major media organisation published the least stories on Mallah before his Q&A appearance? The ABC, with 12 stories.

Fairfax came in next, with 24, followed closely by AAP, with 30.

I think you can see where this is heading… the news outlet that gave the most prominence to the views of Zaky Mallah prior to his appearance on Q&A was none other than News Corporation, with a total of 40 stories.

Indeed, during one period – May 2011 to January 2013 – a total of 12 news stories were published on Mallah, and every single one of them was by a News Corporation outlet.

And can you guess which News Corp masthead published the most stories about Mallah?

The Australian, with 17 – almost half the News Corp total.

This blog: June 2015

Time for stats.

June seems set to be similar to April, except that the number of visitors is down. On the other hand, the page reads are up.

Most read in June 2015:

  1. Home page / Archives 669 views 1-30 June 2015
  2. Outnumbered, Merlin, and other recently seen TV 31
  3. All my posts 21
  4. Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 19
  5. Anzac Girls last night on ABC 18
  6. The Secret River revisited 18
Top Posts for 180 days ending 2015-06-30 – seeing the year is now halfway through.
  1. Home page / Archives 4,688
  2. Outnumbered, Merlin, and other recently seen TV 263
  3. Anzac Girls last night on ABC 181
  4. All my posts 80
  5. About 67
  6. Tom Thumb Lagoon 64
  7. Australia Day 2015 – and Tony Abbott’s serious mental problem 59
  8. Neil’s personal decades: 11 – 1875 – to Araluen and Braidwood 59
  9. Family history–some news on the Whitfield front 57
  10. Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 52
  11. Daily Telegraph in 2015 just keeps on cashing in on fear 45
  12. Some reflections on the late teen suicide bomber 43
  13. Friday Australian poem #NS1— John Le Gay Brereton (1871 – 1933) 42
  14. The silence of the trams 41
  15. Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames” 40