Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Foreign Affairs Minister fails geography

John Martinkus, a veteran freelance journalist, was released unharmed late yesterday, a day after he was taken hostage by four Sunni militants and ex-Iraqi army officers.

Mr Martinkus was filming a report for SBS's Dateline program and was preparing to leave Iraq when he was detained about 5pm AEST on Saturday outside a hotel popular with foreign correspondents.

According to the Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer:

"In this particular case, the journalist went out to investigate a story, I understand, and went to a part of Baghdad that he was advised not to go to, but he went there anyway."
John Martinkus responds to Downer by saying:
"Well, that's ridiculous, because I was in the street outside the only hotel in Baghdad occupied by journalists which is directly across the road from the Australian Embassy. I was nowhere dangerous, I was doing nothing dangerous, I was not putting myself at risk. I was grabbed by insurgents, who are very well organised and know exactly what they're doing."
Downer, he only has the one response theme.
Victim-blaming and victim-discrediting.

He gets everything he needs from a book called :
"101 ways to blame the victim, negate responsibility and wait for Australia's majority to lose interest."


Blogger weezil said...

Nothing new. Wilkie was treated with the very same Libbie textbook method for character assasination.

10:46 am  
Blogger suki said...

So true.
Before that there was Alex/Brian Deegan, after we had Alex/Mike Scrafton, Alex/Kevin Rudd, Alex/ Mr & Mrs Molloy, and so forth and so on...
He's a dangerous idiot.

5:54 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

This is exactly what terrorists want to see.


"And of course these are the sorts of things that give enormous comfort to terrorists, enormous comfort to terrorists. This is exactly what terrorists want to see."

11:21 pm  
Blogger The IVD said...

Downer yet again finds himself tasting his own boot polish. Another thing to note is how vicious the rights attitude are on this subject.

Surely the glibs have got someone less moronic than this joker. "Mr.Things that batter" needs to take a hike.

Nice artwork Suki.

2:06 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Thanks Stationmaster.
I particularly liked the lasso function on Paint Shop Pro that day.
It allowed me to realise a fantasy of seriously messing with Alexander Downer.

The new body rejected the old head and Foreign Affairs has never run smoother...

11:39 pm  

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