Ironies and Goebbelism at Whale Oil

Yesterday morning Cameron Slater posted Islam terror comes to Paris: 12 dead in attack on newspaper – it is mostly quoting a news report but Slater comments:

This is global civil war.

We are being put into a position where we have to defend the freedoms we take for granted.

New Zealand can, and must, prevent this by acting proactively.

At this stage, a change in immigration policy should be enough.

It would not be enough, it wouldn’t address the problems at all.

Spanish Bride (Slater’s wife) commented:

Cartoonists and Journalists the world over MUST come out in solidarity. Our Media talk and write about Press Freedom, well now they need to fight for it. They must stop cuddling the religion of ‘ peace ‘ and call it out for what it is. They are waging not only a physical war against us but a propaganda war through Youtube, twitter and facebook. Our Media need to fight back by spreading the message that we are all under attack and we will NOT back down. This is world war three and I type that with a heavy heart. Appeasement does not work. I will continue my posts telling the truth about Islam and I will not be frightened into submission.

And later:

I felt compelled to make this image this morning after reading this article. Harry Potter fans will know what I am getting at.


And then Pete:

[MOD] Just a note, the main stream media vultures are circling Whaleoil and the comments for some juicy “sound” bites. Please keep your comments polite and well reasoned.

All they need is one “and one Whaleoil commenter wrote”…

You have a standard to uphold here. Please help out.

All the media need is “Cameron and Juana wrote…”

There’s further irony. Richard McGrath:

When will we stop pussyfooting around with Muslims? Tear down all mosques in New Zealand and place all Muslims into prison camps. We are now at war with these death cult worshippers and are behaving like Neville Chamberlain when the Churchill approach is needed.

Pete replied:

[MOD] I have left this up so it can be openly debated. The writer, however, is on a commenting holiday for incitement. I’ve taken note of the people who upvoted this over-the-top comment, and they will be on a short commenting leash.

Slater started the inciting and got predictable content.

But it’s chilling to see Pete warn that upvoting at Whale Oil risks getting “on a short commenting leash”.

Whale Oil not only strictly controls comment content (via warnings, deletes and bans) but also monitors upticking and uses that as a threat to be very careful what comments are supported.

Comment control plus comment approval control.

This sort of Goebbelism is about as far from the free speech principles of Charlie Hebdo as you can get.

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  1. Ian McKinnon

     /  9th January 2015

    At least Slater does not bow to dirty murderous Muslims.

    • Neither do I Ian.

      And I don’t bow to your dirty accusations. You’re as bad as the terrorists in attitude, the only difference is that they do physical violence as well.

    • Shouting “Allah Akbar” doesn’t make someone a Muslim. How do you know that the gunmen weren’t Mossad?

      “I was asked what the Mossad would do to stop the process that was now taking place. I said that from sources I had, and based on my knowledge of the Mossad, I would not be at all surprised if there was a plot right at this moment to kill the president of the United States and to throw the blame on some extreme Palestinian group.” ~ Victor Ostrovsky.

  2. Goldie

     /  9th January 2015

    Once Slater used to produce good political gossip, but since ‘Dirty Politics’ his sources have dried up – all that is left are missives on climate change (where he closely follows the lines of the Heartland Institute) or water quality (where he follows the F&G line) and these weird “World War 3 with Islam” or “we are in an existential war with Islam” rants.
    To be sure, Daesh and other Islamic are evil fanatics, and I strongly support military action against these fanatics and better prevention measures in NZ. But their “caliphate” is now collapsing (being counter-attacked by mostly Muslim forces), and the magnitude of recent Islamic terrorist attacks on the West is much lower than the 1970s when Western countries were under attack from terrorist groups such as the IRA, Red Brigade, etc.

    Still – I had to laugh that Pete George is the “Mullah of Dunedin”!

  3. Mike C

     /  9th January 2015

    Slater and Atkins and Belt are nothing but hypocrites. “Do as I say, Not as I do” is the daily mantra that the three of them repeat over and over ad-nauseum in what used to be a free and feisty and fantastic blog.

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