Damian Thompson: wtf f?

There is a completely insane story up on his blog at the moment about a supposed riot in which “Muslims” shut down one of the public hospitals in Sydney rather than allow an autopsy to be performed on a young man who had died in a car crash.

He lifted it off “Dhimmi watch” which is, exactly as he described it to me on the phone, “One of America’s leading anti-Islamic websites”. As he also said, %(loony)”It is based on an anonymous report”% and he made no attempt to check it out. Indeed, he asked if any of his readers could %(loony)”stand it up”,% since they are obviously better placed to do so than a leader writer on a national newspaper who has been a professional journalist for 25 years.

A few minutes with the _Sydney Morning Herald_ site showed no record at all of anything like the reported events. But a few minutes on Google showed the same story _verbatim_ on a blogger site. This is presumably the source for the “Dhimmi Watch” story. Who else does it have links to? Let’s see … Three British blogs, all of them run by members of the BNP … two Serbian nationalist blogs, both of them campaigning against the extradition of a suspected war criminal from Australia to Croatia … the Brussels Journal, The Gates of Vienna … obviously “the sort of people”:http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/ from whom you would trust an otherwise completely unsourced story.

I would report the whole story to the author of a recent book subtitled %(loony)”How we surrendered to conspiracy theories, quack medicine, bogus science and fake history”% if I had not suddenly blanked on its, or his, name.

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3 Responses to Damian Thompson: wtf f?

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  2. The Internet will make you bonkers.

  3. Matt says:

    Read the longer account of this in your column in the Church Times today and I had to come here and offer my sincere congratulations for being (I can only assume) the first person to get the phrase “balls-achingly platitudinous” into the CT. Made my lunchtime.

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