Australian journalist forced to resign following criticism of Israel

Former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton says he resigned from the paper because he was “sick of being stuffed around” over his angry response to critics of one of his articles.

Carlton’s column, which was published more than a week ago, was critical of Israel‘s actions in the conflict with Gaza.

He resigned last night after being told by Fairfax’s director of news and business media, Sean Aylmer, that he would be suspended because of inappropriate comments he made to critics of the column.

Carlton told 702 ABC Sydney the comments were “probably foolish” and said he was prepared to apologise after discussing the issue with editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir.

“I thought I’d come to an arrangement whereby I would apologise to offended readers and I would continue to write for the paper,” he said.

“And then I got a call later at night from someone higher up the Fairfax food chain just stating quite blandly ‘we are going to suspend you for four to six weeks to consider’, [and] at that point I interrupted and said ‘don’t go to any trouble, I’ve resigned’ and hung up.”

Mike Carlton journalist

Carlton said he believed the paper “buckled” to pressure from News Corporation newspapers and pro-Israel campaigners.

“There’s the organised what I call Likud lobby which stands up for Israel right or wrong come hell or high water and is crushing in its campaigns to get people they don’t agree with,” he said.

“The other one of course was the News Limited thing. They hate me at News Limited for all the usual reasons and they wanted a scalp and I think the sad thing about this is the Herald just gave them mine on a plate.”

But Carlton conceded he was “probably foolish” to respond to the criticisms in the manner he had.

“What hasn’t come out in all of this is the torrent of filth I was exposed to myself,” Carlton said.

“I got a fortnight of abuse, of threats of violence. ‘You filthy piece of Jew-hating Nazi slime’, ‘people like you started World War II’, ‘Catholic Jew-baiter’ and so on.

“And once or twice I snapped and hit back.”

Mr Aylmer said the issue was not with the column itself but the way Carlton responded to readers in emails and on social media.

“[The column] attracted a lot of criticism. Many readers wrote to Mike – what got him into trouble was the way he responded to those readers,” he said.

“It was totally inappropriate, using inappropriate language.”

Mr Goodsir echoed those comments, saying: “This is an issue, not about the substance of Mike Carlton’s columns, or the editorial independence of The Sydney Morning Herald, but in terms of the dealing of Mike Carlton over what I see as an HR issue, in his inappropriate dealings with some of the readers.”

One of the tweets sent by Carlton read: “After a fortnight of being called Nazi, Jew-hating slime, I told a few people to f*** off. We do that in this country occasionally.”

Mike Carlton tweet

Mr Aylmer said Mr Goodsir rang Carlton yesterday and urged him to apologise.

“As the afternoon rolled on, and more of these emails emerged, we spoke to him last night,” he said.

“In effect, we said we would suspend him and he resigned on the spot.”

Zeddy Lawrence, the editor of Jewish News, is pleased Carlton has resigned.

“I am pleased as I think many readers of the SMH and The Age are, that somebody who is abusive, and uses vile language when readers try to engage with him in dialogue, has left his position,” she said.

“I certainly think that his initial column was offensive and inappropriate, and bereft of certain facts. I thought it was unbalanced.

“Columnists, of course, are entitled to their opinions, and we’re not saying that people shouldn’t be allowed to express their opinions.

“But I think opinions have to be based on fact and should, and columns have to reflect a certain balance, they shouldn’t be inflammatory.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-06/smh-columnist-mike-carlton-resigns-following-gaza-column-furore/5651470

13 comments

  1. If Jewish people didn’t like being brutalized and murdered by Nazis, why the hell would they think it’s okay to behave that way towards others? (Oops! Zionism is not Judaism, and the driving force behind the Israeli agenda is the same Zionist Rothschild banking family which was the driving force behind the rise of Hitler -my deepest apologies to all Jews for referring to Zionist Israel as “Jewish”)

    So, according to ADF and AIPAC, should today’s new dictionary definition of anti-semitism be “the act of protesting against crimes against humanity”?

  2. I hope you Aussie get rid of these Zionist bankers that have now infected both us KIWIS and you Aussie’s. Our british empire was funded by these dark elite why else do you think they treated the Aboriginals and Maori with such disgust. They are the most racist breed out of us all…and then the sheep follow like good little sheeple..

    • Stand tall Hyden and drag your kiwi brothers with you …wake them up…shake them up….this is our world it does not belong to these creatures who pass themselves off as human….the world needs a ring bearer

  3. etåµ d®ß†im ava߆abhya na߆åtmåno’lpa buddhaya˙
    prabhavanty-ugra-karmå√a˙ kßayåya jagato’hitå˙
    Translation:

    With this view, such people with depraved and small intellect flourish and engage in malicious activities for the destruction of the world.
    Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 16 – Verse 9

    • I’m talking about the Zionist NWO scum that is. Well done for speaking up. better to leave than work for a manipulative company like this.

  4. To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    ― Voltaire

  5. Thank you Mike from a number of Australians who are still thinking clearly. Refreshing to see a true journalist at work … very rare these days.

  6. but Jews can call write post bad comments about Carlton and no problems but using the f word–no no.
    Ever read the Tellamad scripture Gentiles are cattle to be used ect?
    Here are some more quotes by Israelis regarding Palestine.

    1. “There is a huge gap between us (Jews) and our enemies, not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away, there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy.” Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2001

    2. “The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more”…. Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time – August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

    3. ” [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.” Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the Beasts”. New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

    4. “The Palestinians” would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls.” ” Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

    5. “When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.

    6. “How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.” Golda Maier, March 8, 1969.

    7. “There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed.” Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

    8. “The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war.” Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha’aretz, 19 March 1972.

    9. David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister): “If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?” Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.

    10. Ben Gurion also warned in 1948 : “We must do everything to insure they ( the Palestinians) never do return.” Assuring his fellow Zionists that Palestinians will never come back to their homes. “The old will die and the young will forget.”

  7. in today’s f*cked up zioturd run world you cannot say a damned thing about these khazarian frauds..not one word!!!!!

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