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“Only Media Watch could report on a shameless invention of a famous ABC Leftist like Phillip Adams,” posts Andrew Bolt, “and spin it into an attack on a truth-telling conservative on the ABC board.”

Media Watch has previous form. In an earlier item on Adams, the program laboriously connected his case to that of a conservative columnist. Must be their idea of balance.

Lately Adams has been moved by the fate of dead Labor child-sex offender Bob Collins:

In a recent letter I promised Bob my collection of The New Yorker magazine he loved.

Quite a sacrifice for Phil; he was deeply attached to those magazines.

(For more on Phil’s recent Media Watch appearance, please read Jason Soon and Ken Parish. Scroll down at the Parish link for David Tiley’s excellent description of the Media Watch gang, whom he suspects live “in a particular kind of moralistic, cardiganey, second-hand SAAB kind of bubble.”)

Posted by Tim B. on 09/27/2007 at 10:58 AM
    1. It’s become obvious to me that Media Watch needs a watch dog to monitor its activities.  Conservative blogs have to fill in for that role.

      That’s sad.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 09 27 at 11:45 AM • permalink


    1. It seems that MW’s main concern is the use of the word “egregious” in Bruton’s characterization of Adams’ mistake. Well, let’s see what the dictionary says. Hmmm. “ CONSPICUOUS; especially : conspicuously bad : FLAGRANT <egregious errors>”. Looks about right, to me.

      I don’t read MW’s site (except when linked by Tim), but did they ever call Adams’ on his tendency to confuse his night-terrors with actual events? If Adams says next week that one of the highlights of his life was the occasion on which he was called upon to give Kevin Rudd a foot massage, and it subsequently transpires that this was just another of Adams’ faulty recollections, then would it be acceptable to start using the word “egregious”?

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 11:59 AM • permalink


    1. #2 Sorry: “Brunton”, not “Bruton”. My own egregious error.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 12:00 PM • permalink


    1. “It’s become obvious to me that Media Watch needs a watch dog to monitor its activities”

      The downside is in order to have a Media Watch Watch you have to watch Media Watch, and anyone who watches Media Watch probably isn’t Media Watch Watch material.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 09 27 at 01:12 PM • permalink


    1. Bruce,

      Being the untrusting person I am, I wouldn’t trust the Media Watch Watch person.  I would want to watch him.

      (wronwright refrains from adding in a comment on timing his watch period by using his Timex watch while watching the Media Watch Watch).

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 09 27 at 01:17 PM • permalink


    1. Adams’s article is not just boring and badly written like most of his writing recently. It is, in my opinion, actually, literally, clinically, insane:

      “God’s two cruellest jokes on humanity are an awareness of mortality that leads to madness and the sexuality that makes us crazy … Perhaps cloning will end gender’s profusions of guilts and perversions, from celibacy to cross-dressing.”

      This is exactly the sort of raving one reads in psychiatric case-books.

      Posted by McAnzac on 2007 09 27 at 02:27 PM • permalink


    1. #6: This is exactly the sort of raving one reads in psychiatric case-books.

      Which is what you’d expect, since Phil is Australia’s Kook at Large (or is he just a large kook?).

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 02:42 PM • permalink


    1. Having read so many of the links to writers such as Adams over the time here at Tim’s, I have come to wonder at the popular, and supposedly respected, writers in the land of Oz.  Do they get away with this because they are supported by the state?  The article by Adams linked to today is not merely full of moral equivalence, but is a paean to meandering incoherence.  It is bad writing by any standard I know of (except in modern English classes, of course, which may explain things).

      This doesn’t mean that we don’t have our share of equally bad writers in the U.S.  I simply fail to understand how such people gain the following they do.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 27 at 03:21 PM • permalink


    1. 8: I simply fail to understand how such people gain the following they do.

      I think in Phil’s case, it has something to do with gravity.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 03:29 PM • permalink


    1. A single show to monitor Media Watch, a Media Watch Watch, isn’t enough. There would still be mistakes and biases slipping through the cracks. What is needed is a cluster of outlets and journalists, perhaps an entire media in its own right, dedicated to monitoring Media Watch.
      This would rightly be called the Media Watch Watch Media

      Posted by daddy dave on 2007 09 27 at 03:33 PM • permalink


    1. #8 Salty: Seriously, though, it is some pretty mediocre writing. And when I read this, I thought Phil had momentarily lapsed into autobiography: “Bob didn’t so much tip the scales as crush them. His top weight was 130kg, and I recall chairing a debate in Darwin where he got stuck in his seat . . .It took three of us to pull . . .Finally, corklike, he popped.”

      Adams is the Anti-Steyn.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 03:38 PM • permalink


    1. Phil, your buttcrack called while you were out. It said it was due for the ‘crack’ bit of the ‘back n sack’, and could you book it in at Julio’s salon while you’re out shopping. It also wanted to know if you could bring home a Double Whopper with onion rings whilst your at it?
      Ta much,The Gut.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 27 at 04:09 PM • permalink


    1. This is one of the more bizarre stories I have ever read. Yet more proof that if you are a public leftie figure, you are forgiven for any behaviour. Labor seems determined to shore up the kiddie-fiddler vote.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 27 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. #12: Haw!

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. Paco, you are not a professional writer, but you consistently write rings around Adams, Traceeee, Margo, etc.  Hell, I doubt Adams has the brains to understand Habib!  Of course, the writers here actually give the subject some thought before putting fingers to the keyboard.  Adams is one of those “stream of consciousness” people.  If that claptrap were my own stream of consciousness, I’d put up a dam out of acute embarrassment.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 27 at 04:32 PM • permalink


    1. #15: I’m wondering if Phil’s cogitations don’t fall under the heading of “stream of unconsciousness”.

      #13 M’sM: That is a weird story. I would think that somebody guilty of that kind thing would have been gracious enough to spare both the state and his family the embarrassment.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 27 at 04:49 PM • permalink


    1. Qui media custodias ipset media custodes?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 09 27 at 04:59 PM • permalink


    1. Adams was obviously close friends with Collins.

      So how much did he know about Collins and for how long?

      What is it with the Labor Party and kids?
      Queensland state Labor leader Keith Wright and MLA Bill D’Arcy and NSW Minister Milton Orkopoulos, anyone?

      — Nick

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 09 27 at 05:01 PM • permalink


    1. I’m still waiting for Hettie Johnston and the rest of the usual screeching harpies to climb all over Collins. They normally need no encouragement whatsoever when it comes to even the slightest hint of child abuse. Remember Hollingsworth? What, doesn’t it count when its a lefty?
      Also like the way Phil manages to slag the Republicans and our Liberal Amanda Vanstone while defending a lefty paedophile mate. Real class.

      Posted by Harold on 2007 09 27 at 05:29 PM • permalink


    1. #8 – The world is much smaller than it used to be, salty, but Australia is still a long way from the trouble spots of the world. Isolation continues to breed complacency among a fair percentage of the demographic here.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 09 27 at 05:31 PM • permalink


    1. #8 I think it says a lot for our education system that when I was in high school, Phatty’s articles were held up by our Head of English as examples of writing to which we should aspire.

      Not having heard of him before that, and being forced to endure some of his socialist dribbling in the classroom, I’ve deliberately ignored his nonsensical ramblings ever since.

      Sadly, I went to a private school.

      Posted by arbee on 2007 09 27 at 06:07 PM • permalink


    1. Bob Collins used to be my Minister when I was in Canberra.  I thought he was a decent fellow, even if he made Phat Phil look thin…….
      But then again I wasn’t twelve.  Now that the trial won’t take place we’ll never know for sure.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 09 27 at 06:09 PM • permalink


    1. David Tilley wrote:

      “the one sourish little moue”

      Perfect thumbnail sketch of Monica Attard!

      Posted by Abu Chowdah on 2007 09 27 at 06:18 PM • permalink


    1. 19.

      has been quiet for quite a while.

      She bobbed up in the Piers thread on the Heiner Affair, and barely made a scratch in saying they released a press release calling for further police investigation – woopdedoo.

      she certainly is rather sheepish when it is a labor politician involved, as she likes to play it apolitical and just go after the issues, while garnering support from both sides.

      Still, not much she could say here, as he was never found guilty.

      Posted by peter m on 2007 09 27 at 06:21 PM • permalink


    1. History might one day show that the whole culture of child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities started with the ministerial stamp of approval of Bob Collins. Hard to argue that child molestation is wrong when the big fella from Canberra is a pervert.

      Collins was never convicted but such was the breadth of the allegations it is hard to believe it wasn’t true. There is also the small matter of the child pornography, which is more tangible than the allegations of the victims.

      And what of Phillip Adams? He certainly demonstates the moral bankruptcy of the left by writing such a glowing account of his friend Collins. What Collins did was indefensible. A person of principle would have mourned the passing of a friend such as Collins quietly. Instead, Adams tries to make him another heroic figure of the left fighting injustice and tyranny.

      Sorry Phil. Collins used his position not to protect Aborigines but to fuck them. The thing about his death is that it wasn’t in prison.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 09 27 at 07:00 PM • permalink


    1. Peter M.
      Guilt or otherwise didn’t seem to play a part with Hollingsworth. As far as she was concerned he had to be sacked simply because his response to a priest shagging a teenage parishioner wasn’t appropriate as far as she was concerned.
      The point is I didn’t hear a word from her or her cronies about the proposed state funeral.
      Also Interesting to see that most of the comments at Adams’ column are taking him to task for his hypocrisy. I guess the Janet haters haven’t got out of bed yet.

      Posted by Harold on 2007 09 27 at 07:02 PM • permalink


    1. #2

      If Adams says next week that one of the highlights of his life was the occasion on which he was called upon to give Kevin Rudd a foot massage,

      Adams has been moonlighting as a lap dancer in the US.

      erk. No wonder Kevvie doesn’t remember.

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 27 at 08:00 PM • permalink


    1. #13 from the link, JWH discouraged the family from having the state funeral for suspected kiddy-fidler:

      Northern Territory Senator Trish Crossin said Mr Howard should not have intervened because it had placed immense pressure on the family.

      “What we have is someone who served the territory for 21 years…”

      Yes. What is it that makes this negate the rather strong evidence that he was a person who preyed on children?

      Sorry. If there’s doubt about it there should be no state funeral.

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 27 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. #28
      Oh, and he did commit suicide three days before the trial was to commence, didn’t he?

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 27 at 08:17 PM • permalink


    1. Phil Adams would befriend any low life, as long as they were Howard haters.  As John Singleton said “Adams has just bludged his way through life”.

      Posted by Howzat on 2007 09 27 at 08:18 PM • permalink


    1. Bob Collins should be dug up, revived and then have the shit kicked out him by every kid in the country. There’s no punishment to heinous for his type and I’ve got a few beauties I’d like to try out involving a potato peeler, bag of salt and bottle of vinegar.

      Is there no proclivity, vice or belief so vile that a leftist won’t excuse it if you have the “correct” politics?

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 09 27 at 08:35 PM • permalink


    1. I agree with you kae.  While he was not around for the conviction, it seems quite a foregone conclusion given the accusers (both nationality and number), the lack of public denial from him, and then his escape from the trial process.

      Rock spiders are the lowest of the low.

      Why do they do it?

      He was married and presumably could have as much sex as his FAT body needed.  Why prey on the young and devastate them?

      “Crucifiction is too good for them” – Life of Brian – a joke, but sometimes …

      Posted by peter m on 2007 09 27 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. It’s all about the power. It’s easy to feel omnipotent when you can manipulate the lives of those who can’t fight back.

      Take a gander at your average leftist. Closet control freak.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 27 at 10:07 PM • permalink


    1. This article is about the 4th Ive read or heard on his abysmal radio show where hes either
      A: Seen off a paedophile grooming a young boy at the fathers request. And claims the pedophile became a judge/QC or something of that nature.
      B: Heard rumours but never actually bothered to check because the blokes politics are right.I call bullshit on the first one, Addams held himself up to have done the noble thing by threatening to expose the kiddy fiddler. This is crap all he did was ensure his mates kid was ok, and to buggery with the next victim of this lawyer.
      As for the second, its beneath contempt, can you imagine Addy boy holding back if it was a Lib?

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 28 at 12:57 AM • permalink


    1. IIRC the Phat wad dictates his Oz newspaper column (youtube footage somewhere?) to a dictaphone e.g. enroute in his weekly commute between his upper Hunter Valley farm and the ABC Sydney studios (500 km round trip?); presumably, an Oz lackey types up the crud verbatim, hence its rambling nature: arrogance, anyone?

      Phatty prolly thinks that he’s on such a high pedastal that he can’t be tainted by revealing a long term relationship with someone of such a dubious character: wrong.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 28 at 01:04 AM • permalink


    1. IIRC perpetrators are often victims in their childhood (meme?); also privilege of power allows for such behaviour to go unchecked; akin to: why have home cooking every night if you’re in a position to eat live monkey brains, even if the majority view it as a cruel, immoral sacrifice of another being, to satiate ones appetite/lust?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 28 at 01:10 AM • permalink


    1. Raping a 12 year old boy in Collins’ electoral office? Is that o.k.?
      Btw the Oz says the death of Bob Collins is now to be investigated by the Coroner as suspicious not natural death, in view of the fact that he was to go to trial the next day.
      That near fatal car accident in N.T could certainly have been a pointer in that direction.

      Posted by crash on 2007 09 28 at 01:22 AM • permalink


    1. #7 Kookie Monster.

      Posted by crash on 2007 09 28 at 01:36 AM • permalink


    1. Raping (unqualified) Is that o.k.?
      What’s your point?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 28 at 01:46 AM • permalink


    1. #31, no there isn’t.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 09 28 at 02:26 AM • permalink



    1. #41: From a note at the bottom of Indymedia’s long citation of Madsen: “I hope Wayne Madsen does not object to it being reposted here as it is the the sort of news that will not be covered by the mainstream press.” True. The mainstream media, as bad as it is, isn’t completely suicidal.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 28 at 08:14 AM • permalink


    1. I see the racist camry driving nudist road rager popped his head up over at Ken’s.

      Posted by murph on 2007 09 28 at 11:33 AM • permalink


    1. I’d keep an eye on Mr Madsen’s commentary. He is in the know on the Bush electronic Vote Fraud of 2004. Plus he’s a former sailor, who worked for a year at NSA.


      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 09 28 at 01:44 PM • permalink


    1. #44. J.M. Heinrichs

      [Madsen] is in the know on the Bush electronic Vote Fraud of 2004.  Plus he’s a former sailor, who worked for a year at NSA.

      Either he is lying, or we need to change the hiring criteria at the NSA.  Of course, having worked for the government provides no automatic certificate of authenticity for intelligence.  That he was there only a year says more than that he worked there.

      As a swab, I bet he never made it out of the laundry.

      (Paco, I put that “automatic” in to make room for you.  ;~) )

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 28 at 05:53 PM • permalink


    1. #45: Much obliged, Salty.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 29 at 12:30 PM • permalink


  1. 44, 45 – Not that NSA – Madsen was with the Neuronally Shortchanged Association.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 09 29 at 05:34 PM • permalink