Sky Australia delete ‘far right’ interview after boycott threats

This is in Australia, but could be seen as a troubling development in an assault against free speech.

Sky News Australia is under fire for hosting a controversial far-right figure – infamous for wanting to hang a picture of Adolf Hitler in every Australian classroom – on Sunday night.

United Patriots Front leader Blair Cottrell was invited onto the 24-hour news channel as a guest of former Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles for a one-on-one studio interview.

Within hours of the interview, Sky News issued an apology on social media and deleted the video on its online platforms, sparking an accusation from Cottrell the network had ‘caved to Leftist abuse’.

Cottrell has made comments in the past describing First Nations people as primitive.

“If Aboriginal culture was just 24 hours old, white people colonised & created Australian civilisation in 5 minutes,” he wrote online earlier this year.

Cottrell was also found guilty of inciting serious contempt of Muslims in September 2017 after staging a mock beheading in protest at plans to build a mosque in Bendigo.

The man who interviewed Cottrell, Adam Giles, was the first head of government in Australia to have Indigenous Australian ancestry.

Cottrell sounds like a provocative, racist, divisive arse. Certainly his views should be challenged – but how do you challenge speech like this by censoring it, or by bowing to pressure and suppressing it?

Or a promise that those who appear on Sky News Australia will reflect the acceptable views of activists threatening boycotts?

We have avoided this in New Zealand with media giving coverage of the visit of Molyneux and Southern despite a lot of pressure to suppress their speech.

It is likely to come up again next month with Nigel Farage scheduled to visit and speak.

 

28 Comments

  1. PartisanZ

     /  August 6, 2018

    Trump done a belly-flop and now heaps’a people they ridin’ that wave …

    And they all playin’ and pissin’ in the same little pool … pond … ahhhh … swamp?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Patriots_Front

  2. artcroft

     /  August 6, 2018

    I personally don’t like Nigel Farage. There’s probably not many politicians I personally would like. But in the UK he is an important political figure and under an MMP regime would hold the balance of power like Winnie.
    So it will be interesting to see if the Left will allow his views to be heard or whether he is also a danger to the state and must be silenced. I hope those opposed to S and M raise the stakes and attempt to block Farage as well. lol.

  3. Alloytoo

     /  August 6, 2018

    Fascism in action, just as the left like in.

  4. David

     /  August 6, 2018

    Farage is a long standing democratically elected MEP and his position shouldnt cause any excitement here. He is advocating for an immigration system based on ours and Australia, he points to the flaws in multi cultural ism which Merkel has just pointed out doesnt work, he wants to re patriate laws to british courts and the house of commons.
    He has long pushed for closer ties with the commonwealth. If anything he should be welcomed here as a friend to us.
    And no he is not a racist he wants to put the english working class first.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 6, 2018

    It should not come up with Farage. If it does we are in dangerous territory.

  6. Trevors_elbow

     /  August 6, 2018

    The bubble is growing what happens when it bursts?

  7. MaureenW

     /  August 6, 2018

    It’s interesting how the label “far-right” is being stuck on anyone who’s views are not aligned to the present borderless countries/multi-culturalism utopia group think. I read this report from Auckland Council published in the Herald a week or so ago which makes some astonishing observations about the future of Auckland towards 2050.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/105888488/auckland-2050-council-report-paints-dystopian-future-for-the-city

    • PartisanZ

       /  August 6, 2018

      “Possible Futures”, which the article and report clearly states they are, are not “observations about”, let alone blueprints for the future … They are thought-provoking alternate potentialities and we badly need to consider and discuss them …

      There’s an excellent Chapter in Trotter’s ‘No Left Turn’, ‘The Auckland that never was’ about Plischke and Robertson’s ‘planned Auckland’, formulated under Peter Fraser’s Labour government, which National destroyed in order to create a paradise for property speculators … (Sound familiar?) …

      So if “dystopian futures” are blueprints there is only one possible reason why they’re Blue …

      The Right far more than the Left – although in Rogered Douglas’s case thinly disguised as ‘Left’ – introduced, promoted, promulgated and foisted “borderless countries/multiculturalism” upon us because they are integral aspects or keystones of the neoliberal paradigm … (so-called) ‘free market’ globalization and privatization, hand-in-hand with Inverted Totalitarianism … ‘managed democracy’ …

      Auckland Council is pointing out ways in which this clearly hasn’t worked by extrapolating some current trends into the future …

      Here might be the bed you made Righties … Gonna lie in it?

      Or just go on lying … ?

      • MaureenW

         /  August 6, 2018

        Don’t have a problem with much of your comment but spare me the ‘you righties” label. Good and bad ideas are just those – wherever they come from. Labelling people to fit your own paradigms is plain stupid.

        • Corky

           /  August 6, 2018

          You must make an exception for our Pati. He is hardcore. He believes every conceivable economic, philosophical and humanistic ill starts with Riighties.
          Last of the old school communists/socialist/ Marxists/ Lefties…choose your own poison.

        • PartisanZ

           /  August 6, 2018

          Do either of you say things like this to Alan who constantly uses “loony Lefty” and various derivations of it?

          See “Lefty fascists” above on this very same topic …

          IMHO the Right need prodding much more than the Left – if such terms are even relevant nowadays – Conservatives and Reactionaries need prodding much more than Progressives and Liberals …

          I’m not “old school” Corky. If anything I follow a ‘school’ of ethical social organisation which has barely entered the realm of modern politics … yet …

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  August 6, 2018

            Onyer Parti.

            Both Corky and Magic Mushroom Lady are happy to dish it out and quick to complain when it gets served back.

            I even had the arch-frothy-righty Al bitching at me recently for what he claimed was an ad hominem comment directed aty him – oh the hypocrisy…

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 6, 2018

              I would never bitch at a lady, Joe.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  August 6, 2018

            What derivations? Loony Lefty stands alone in my dictionary.

      • sorethumb

         /  August 6, 2018

        PartisanZ
        So you are confident that population doesn’t matter ?
        and
        Ethnicity doesn’t matter?

    • sorethumb

       /  August 6, 2018

      And then you have Spoonley’s BS about “Superdiverse Auckland” – Utopian Dream

  8. sorethumb

     /  August 6, 2018

    Cottrell sounds like a provocative, racist, divisive arse. Certainly his views should be challenged – but how do you challenge speech like this by censoring it, or by bowing to pressure and suppressing it?
    …………
    The media format (like last night on Q & A) is a bun fight. You need critical thinking + time to absorb (as in a flow chart). You also need all points of view such as those coming from the right that are drawing lines of reasoning from evolutionary psychology. As Brett Weinstein says “evolutionary psychology has something to offend everyone).

    • sorethumb

       /  August 6, 2018

      The thing is Hitler blamed the Jews whereas some on the right blame the Jews for the ideologies destroying the West. There seems to be some truth is that in so far as the Jews are (sort of) alt. Europeans. Given their historic treatment they probably have good cause to be wary, but I’m blowed if I know how a “one size fits all” society including Islam is good for the Jews. As JP points out the Jews excel in all areas and are likely to be over represented. Also the counter offensive on what people term culturall Marxism is coming from evolutionary psychology and Jews are also prominent in that.

      • Gezza

         /  August 6, 2018

        They’ve excelled in the field of getting murdered in millions by white Europeans too.

  9. sorethumb

     /  August 6, 2018

    If I had a video blog these are (some of) the people I would interview [Cottrell].

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