GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG – ISSUE NO. 244
26 SEPTEMBER 2014
The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Since November 1997 “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” has been published as part of The Sydney Institute Quarterly. In 2009 Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog blog commenced publication.
- Stop Press: Jonathan Green’s Certain Uncertainty; The Age’s Photo Issue; Ross Coulthart Doesn’t Talk About Victory In The War
- Nancy’s Five Paws Award: Step Forward “Steve” On Quentin Dempster & Victoria Hannaford On Julian Assange
● JONATHAN GREEN’S CERTAIN THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO CERTAINTY ABOUT TERRORISM
There was a time on the ABC when presenters essentially presented and reporters primarily reported. That was before the arrival of Mark Scott as managing director. These days ABC presenters (eg Jonathan “I’m the ABC’s sneerer-in-chief”) Green and Fran (“I’m an activist”) Kelly present their own programs and then turn up as commentators on other programs. They are supposed to transition from being objective presenters to being partisan commentators as they move from one studio to another. And viewers/listeners are expected to accept that they can do this.
The Drum website currently carries an opinionated column by Jonathan Green titled “Our disconcerting certainty in battling terrorism”. Green, as is his wont, essentially takes the Green/Left position on national security – and, in the process, implicitly criticises both the Coalition and Labor from the left.
Your man Green declares that “our politicians will continue to speak with tremendous certainty and assurance, but the rest of us ought to wonder”. The problem here is that Green’s Drum article exhibits the “tremendous certainty” which he criticises others for having.
Green is certain that Attorney-General George Brandis is wrong in regarding the so-called Islamic State as representing an “existential threat” to Australia. Also, he is certain that any IS directed or inspired acts of terrorism in Australia will not amount to terrorism at all. Such activity if and when it comes will only amount to “criminal acts; no more or less”.
So, according to the presenter of Sunday Extra, terrorism can never be more than criminal activity. The majority view on the majority Green/Left panel on ABC 1 Q&A program last Monday was that terrorism was mere “theatre”.
This seems to be the ABC (pace Jonathan Green)/Fairfax Media (pace Jonathan Holmes/Crikey (pace Bernard Keane) consensus. As Green put it:
A young man was killed on Tuesday after a savage assault on police, an act that by this morning has come to be a living Rorschach blot, a shadow to be shaped by our various certainties.
This is all very post-modern, give or take a Rorschach blot or two. Yet there were some certainties about the tragic incident outside the Endeavour Hills police station last Tuesday night. A young man of Afghani background arrived at a venue with two knives and an IS flag and attempted to murder two policemen (one of whom was taken to the hospital in a critical condition). That’s certain – even though Jonathan Green believes “perhaps we ought not to be so certain”.
● THE AGE, CRIKEY AND THAT PHOTOGRAPH
MWD is quite forgiving about simple errors, typos and the like in print and broadcast media. After all, we all make them. This explains MWD’s occasional ironical reference to the “John-Laws-style- deliberate-mistake” syndrome. As any one other than a pedant would understand, it’s a joke used to identify an error.
Yesterday The Age published a photo of a young man purported to be Abdul Numan Haider who was shot by police after he wounded two officers at Endeavour Hills in Melbourne. It wasn’t. The Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times repeated The Age’s error.
The issue here turns on The Age’s double standards. Age editor Andrew Holden is forever banging on about the need for transparency, full disclosure and the like. Yet Mr Holden will not say precisely how The Age made such a significant error in respect to so big a story. He has only issued an apology, without an attempt at explanation.
Then there is Crikey. It is continually banging on about editorial standards. Yet today the Crikey website still carries – in unpixelated form – an image of the front cover of yesterday’s Age which falsely identified the alleged terrorist.
● ROSS COULTHART RUNS THE OLD-FASHIONED “THEY DIED IN VAIN” LINE
Did anyone see the stunning performance by Ross Coulthart on ABC 1’s The Drum last night? Your man Coulthart turned up at the ABC Ultimo studio to flog his book CEW Bean, War Correspondent on Charles Bean, Australia’s official war historian for the First World War.
Coulthart ran the familiar leftist rant about how World War I generals were all donkeys and so on. Whilst generally praising Bean, he depicted the British and, to a lesser extent Australian, military leaders at the time as incompetent liars.
There was one fact missing from Ross Coulthart’s diatribe. He forgot to mention that, in November 1918, the Allies defeated Imperial Germany on the field of battle. Moreover, the First Australian Imperial Force took part in some of the greatest military victories of all time – led, according to Coulthart, by fools and liars. Really. No one on The Drum saw fit to remind Ross Coulthart as to what happened on 11 November 1918.
● STEP FORWARD “STEVE” – A QUENTIN DEMPSTER CRITIC
MWD favourite Linda Mottram is currently on what journalists call a “well earned break” (i.e. she takes hols). So, Deborah Knight stepped into the “Mornings” presenter’s chair this week.
Last Monday, the occasional ABC employee Deborah Knight interviewed ABC 7.30 NSW presenter Quentin Dempster about the ABC. [How very Aunty – Ed]. This followed Mr Dempster’s comment (as reported in last Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald by Damien Murphy) that Rupert Murdoch has a “testicular hold…on Tony Abbott”. Your man Dempster is just so clever with words. He also suffers from the condition called Murdochphobia which afflicts large parts of the taxpayer funded public broadcaster.
And so it came to pass that Mr Dempster told Ms Knight that what the ABC needed was more money. Lotsa and lotsa more money. What’s more, the ABC needs to keep, er, programs like 7.30 NSW. How about that? And, guess whom Quentin Dempster blamed for the fact that the Coalition is requiring the ABC to make more expenditure cuts? Why, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp – of course. And Quentin Dempster praised his own managing director – the one and only nice Mr Scott. [Quelle surprise, surely? – Ed].
Deborah Knight acknowledged that Quentin Dempster was exhibiting “a lot of passion”. She broke for a news report – following which Mr Dempster returned to bag, wait for it, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. [Again, how frightfully surprising – Ed].
Then it was time for audience reaction. First up was “Florence” who ran a predictable “Aunty’s got to stay” mantra. Soon after “Steve” came on the line – he was quite a genuine surprise. Let’s go the transcript:
Deborah Knight: Steve, good morning.
Caller Steve: Oh, look, wonderful, good morning to you. Look, I think that the previous lady’s lost the thrust of the discussion here. And I might say, I think you’re doing a great job this week. I respect the way you’ve taken on the challenge.
Deborah Knight: Oh, thank you.
Caller Steve: I’m – my birthday’s today. I’ve been listening to the ABC for nearly 50 years and I worked for the ABC in the ‘70s. So I think what today’s all about is a re-focus. You know, Quentin Dempster’s been on your program a while ago. Quentin Dempster’s on nearly $300,000 a year and he produces one program a week. Is that a fair reflection of spending money well? I don’t think so.
I listen to Radio National in the morning, the Breakfast with Fran Kelly. She’s got a listening audience of what? One or two per cent across the nation and she’s got nine producers working on the substance of the story. And I just think that things need to be re-focused in the ABC and they’d be accountable for the dollars that you spend.
Deborah Knight: Alright, Steve, appreciate the call, thanks for making it. 1300 222 702. We’ll take more of your calls. In fact, there’s a whole bank of them. I know you’re passionate about this issue. 1300 222 702. But, first, let’s get a look at the weather.
Yes it was a good time to discuss the weather and all that. Nancy’s (male) co-owner contemplated calling 702 with a challenge – namely to name one part of the commercial media which would pay Quentin Dempster $300,000 a year to produce one program a week. But, being a courteous kind of guy, Nancy’s (male) co-owner did not personally pop the question. He decided to leave the last word to Steve.
Oh, by the way, Steve: Five Paws.
● STEP FORWARD VICTORIA HANNAFORD: A JULIAN ASSANGE CRITIC
Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, Victoria Hannaford drew attention to Julian Assange’s disastrous intervention in the New Zealand election campaign in support of Kim Dotcom’s disastrous campaign. Oh, yes, she also suggested that your man Assange is “a bit of a wanker”. But the essential point came close the middle of Ms Hannaford’s piece, where she wrote:
None of this, however, can detract from the fact he [Assange] still has sexual assault allegations in Sweden to face. His claims these allegations are part of some shadowy conspiracy have gradually eroded in credibility, and it’s his refusal to face them that has seen high-profile friends desert him. Accusations of egocentrism from those who have previously worked with him can’t have helped; nor his bizarre TV appearances for a failed Australian Senate bid last year.
● PAUL BARRY’S DOUBLE STANDARD – PETER FORD & ANNE SUMMERS COMPARED
Paul Barry is the last (so far) in the long line of leftists seen fit by ABC management to present the ABC Media Watch program. No conservative has ever got the gig in over two decades – providing further proof that the taxpayer funded public broadcaster is a Conservative Free Zone.
Last Monday, Mr Barry devoted about a third of Media Watch to proving that “gossip guru” Peter Ford’s rumour that Ian Thorpe and Ricky Martin had shacked up was false. Fancy that. [Who is this Peter Ford that he deserves such coverage on Media Watch? – Ed].
After covering the (non-existent) Thorpe/Martin matter, Paul Barry got stuck into Peter Ford for an incorrect claim he made in 2009 that American actor Jaclyn Smith had taken a final bow – so to speak. Yawn. Let’s go to the transcript:
Paul Barry: This is not the first time Ford’s run with a story that turned out to be garbage. In 2009 he told Melbourne 3AW’s Neil Mitchell he had a scoop on actress Jaclyn Smith, one of the original Charlie’s Angels.
Peter Ford : The news just breaking is that Jaclyn Smith is in a critical condition in hospital in I believe it’s in Honduras. It is what is believed to have been a suicide attempt involving a gun. — 3AW, Mornings with Neil Mitchell, 23 September 2009.
Paul Barry: Only minutes later Ford came back on the line to apologise and admit he’d got it wrong. In the brief intervening moments he had discovered that Smith had made a dramatic recovery:
Jaclyn is safe and home with her family. She is not in Honduras. It is a lie. — Twitter, @JaclynSmith, 23 September 2009.
Paul Barry: But on that occasion Ford was quick to admit his mistake. This time he’s not yet doing so.
So, there you have it. Paul Barry reckons that it is a valuable use of taxpayers’ money to report that, five years ago, gossip guru Peter Ford falsely reported that Jaclyn Smith had met the Angel of Death.
But your man Barry totally ignored a more recent – and more interesting – story. This was the tweet which his fellow leftist Anne Summers sent out on 8 September declaring:
Anne Summers @SummersAnne: Vale Mungo Macallum. Journalist and gentleman. His words and wit will outlive him.
1.31 pm, 8 Sep 2014
This was such an earth-shattering announcement that even Nick Leys interrupted his burden of spinning for the ABC to re-tweet the message of Dr Summers (for a doctor she is). Malcolm (“Gerard Henderson is a f-ckwit”) Farr joined in the (deathly) chorus.
Mungo Macallum’s words may – or may not – outlive him. But Mungo certainly outlived Dr Summers’ words – and is very much alive up Byron Bay way with the local Sandalista set. Anne Summers corrected her error – but has refrained from revealing how she got the issue so wrong in the first place.
Peter Ford’s 2009 howler got a run on ABC Media Watch. But not Anne Summers’ 2014 howler. Can you bear it?
● PETER MANNING USES HIS OLD MAN – TO WRITE ABOUT HIMSELF
Nancy’s (male) co-owner is currently reading What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy? : Personal Stories From A Troubled Time (New South, 2014). The collection – which is edited by academics Ann Curthoys and Joyo Damousi – does not contain any contribution from anyone who grew up in a Liberal Party-voting household or from anyone who grew up in a Catholic anti-communist Labor-voting household which went with the Democratic Labor Party after the Labor Split of 1954-1957.
What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy? contains some valuable essays – especially those by Martin Krygier on his anti-communist Jewish father Richard Krygier, Sheila Fitzpatrick on her left-libertarian father Brian Fitzpatrick and Mark Aarons on his communist father Laurie Aarons. The chapters by Lyndall Ryan, John Docker, Rodney Cavalier look promising but have yet to be read by Hendo.
Mary Elizabeth Calwell also appears in this volume. Dr Calwell (for a doctor she is) has devoted much of her life singing the praises of her father Arthur Augustus Calwell – one of Labor’s three-time losers. Bert Evatt led Labor to defeats in 1954, 1955 and 1958 while Calwell led Labor to defeats in 1961, 1963 and 1966. Gough Whitlam led Labor defeats in 1969, 1975 and 1977 – but at least he won in 1972 and 1974. [Mary Elizabeth Calwell’s howlers in her essay will be covered in a forthcoming edition of History Corner – Ed].
Nancy’s (male) co-owner was fascinated, just fascinated, on reading Peter Manning’s essay titled “In the middle of a dream”.
In the blurb to this book, Peter Manning is described as “one of Australia’s most prominent and distinguished journalists”. [Prominent? I have never heard of him. Could your man Manning have written this autobiographical guff himself? – Ed]. Peter Manning worked on the ABC Four Corners program before being appointed head of the ABC’s news and current affairs division. He moved to the Seven Network for five years and, wait for it, then joined leftist comrades at the University of Technology, Sydney as an academic in 2000. UTS is located at Ultimo, Sandalista Central in Sydney. Dr Manning (for a doctor he has become) is now something of a sympathiser with Hamas and Hezbollah and anyone who opposes Israel.
As readers of What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy? will soon become aware, Peter Manning’s daddy did nothing much political at all during the Cold War. His father ran a ships’ laundry business and voted for the Liberal Party. Er, that’s about it.
Manning was educated at the Christian Brothers’ Waverley College in Sydney. The anti-communist Democratic Labor Party was not mentioned at home and he doesn’t “recall any DLP influence at Waverley College”. In any event, the DLP was never strong in New South Wales.
Soon after commencing at Sydney University in the early 1960s, Manning decided it was a you-beaut idea to become a vocal anti-communist and established the DLP Club on the campus. He hung out with such anti-communist types as Denis Strangman and was invited to get together at the Melbourne home of Patrick Morgan, where the following exchange between himself and well-known anti-communist Melbourne University academic Frank Knopfelmacher took place. Let Dr Manning take up the story:
“Peeta”, he said with his best honeyed East European drawl, “Have you read Koestler?”
“Have you read Hannah Arendt?”
“Well what are you doing here then?”
“Visiting from Sydney.”
“Oh! You have to get serious about totalitarianism, Peeta. You have to read these books to know what you are talking about.
[I wonder if Franta asked Young Peter if he had read Enid Blyton or W.E. Johns – Ed]. So, Young Peter went back to Sydney and started reading books. Gosh. He supported Australia’s commitment in the Vietnam War and was called up for the national service. He failed the medical. Soon after, Peter Manning started his long march to the left. He soon opposed Australia’s Vietnam commitment and hung out with the pro-communist Association for International Co-operation and Disarmament (AICD) types. He also worked for the left-wing Moratorium newspaper Out Now – since he “wanted to publicly join the bandwagon to stop the war”. Even when a journalist on The Bulletin, Manning addressed an AICD demonstration in Sydney:
I wanted to send a signal that the four years of prominent advocacy for the US position was gone. Even I was “for turning”, as Thatcher might have said. In my short contribution I told 40,000 people that the Vietnamese National Liberation Front should be allowed to take over if they had the popular will behind them. Better red than dead. I said that this level of killing had to stop even at the cost of a communist future for most Vietnamese. And I ended with a rousing should of “out now”. When I finished my speech, Tom Uren, a senior Labor leader, standing behind me, tapped me on the back and said: “Well done, comrade” and shook my hand. It was an extraordinary moment.
Of course, Margaret Thatcher never said she was “for turning”. In fact she said quite the opposite. Manning just left out the “not”. More important, he told the people of South Vietnam that they should settle for life under a communist dictatorship – i.e. that communism was good enough for them.
So Young Peter commenced barracking for the communist National Liberation Front – which was controlled by communist North Vietnam. Oh yes, and Young Peter dumped the Democratic Labor Party.
From then on, your man Manning experienced a brilliant (leftist) career – including stints with Aunty on Four Corners and producing Four Corners and Lateline. Then, after half a decade in the commercial media, it was back on the taxpayer subsidised teat at the UTS – where Comrade Manning spends lotsa time criticising Israel.
In short, Peter Manning has been a much loved member of the left for eons. But he still whinges about his brief association with the DLP half a century ago. In his “In the middle of a dream” essay, Peter Manning declares that “like the Ancient Mariner” he was “doomed to carry this [DLP] albatross about my neck all my life”. Shucks. Sobs aplenty.
In fact, all Peter Manning did in the Cold War was to change from being a supporter of the anti-communist DLP to barracking for the communist National Liberation Front. And Peter Manning reckons his (boring) story is worth a chapter in a book about other people’s fathers. Can you bear it? [Perhaps he never, ever read Arthur Koestler, Hannah Arendt, George Orwell, Milovan Djilas or, indeed, Frank (Franta) Knopfelmacher – but devoured Ho Chi Minh and the like. Just a thought – Ed].
● ALISON CARABINE GOES BACK GO BASICS
Believe it or not, Radio National Breakfast this morning contained a discussion on tomorrow’s AFL Grand Final. Warwick Hadfield was the umpire as Fran Kelly (Sydney Swans) clashed with Alison Carabine (Hawthorn Hawks) concerning the Big Game.
Nancy’s (male) co-owner has been following AFL for many a decade and was present when Hawthorn won its first Grand Final in 1961. According to Ms Carabine, the Hawthorn colours of Brown and Gold as best described as the “poos and wees”. In all his years, including some time living in Hawthorn, Hendo has never heard such a depiction of the Brown and Gold. Moreover, Ms Carabine’s comments went to air as the good folk of Sydney and Melbourne were having breakfast. Can you bear it?
THE AGE’S SUZANNE CARBONE PLUNGES INTO FASHIONISTA COUNTRY
Is there anything more painful than professions of higher morality (and better dress sense) among the fourth estate?
Take The Age’s Suzanne Carbone, for example. She seemed awfully upset when Gabi Grecko turned up at the Brownlow Medal count in Melbourne last Monday, well, falling out of her dress.
Ms Carbone just could not resist banging on and on and on and on about how badly Ms Grecko was dressed. There were even lotsa pictures. [These would have taken some time to upload – Ed]. Here we go:
So, there you have it. Seven tweets in less than three hours. [Funny that. Gabi Grecko looks so gorgeous to me – I’m assuming last Monday was a hot night in my old home town of Melbourne – Ed].
It seems that The Age’s Suzanne Carbone has nothing better to do than mock the dress sense of a fellow female. Perhaps she could spend her time better by, say, checking The Age’s identification of photographs. Just a thought.
A GUARDIAN-ON-THE-YARRA PERSPECTIVE
What wonderful journalism by Debbie Cuthbertson in The Age on 19 September in a piece titled “Leaner Arts Centre back in the black” – which commenced:
The Arts Centre’s move to program safer shows that pose less financial risk has paid off, helping it make a remarkable $10 million turnaround and post a surplus, 12 months after recording a $7.2 million loss. Cuts of $14.5 million, a new business plan and help from the state government have seen the Victorian Arts Centre Trust post a $2.9 million surplus for 2013-14 following the previous financial year’s disastrous result.
Tom Harley, president of the trust – which oversees Arts Centre Melbourne, including the Theatres Building, Hamer Hall and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl – said the surplus, revealed in the annual report tabled in Parliament on Thursday, was the result of “fiscal discipline” and “hard decisions” by the board and staff. Mr Harley said programming “should be done as a profit, not make a loss”.
It was not until the seventh para of Ms Cuthbertson’s eleven para piece that the full details were provided, viz:
“Without help from the state government – including $1 million in 2013-14, a $10 million boost in 2014-15 to help wipe out the deficit and further funding in coming years to address ageing infrastructure – the Arts Centre would have been in serious difficulty”, Mr Harley said.
“ROOSTER SWANIE” LEADS “LAIR LATHAM”
During his days in Parliament and after, failed Labor leader Mark Latham just loved referring to Labor front-bencher Wayne Swan as a “rooster”.
Well it seems that “Rooster” Swan is leading the Lair of Liverpool in book sales – according to details in the “Media” section of last Monday’s Australian.
Mark Latham’s piss-poor The Political Bubble: Why Australians Don’t Trust Politics was published on 1 August 2014. According to the Australian, Latham’s tome has sold 2004 copies.
Wayne Swan’s The Good Fight was published on 1 September 2014. According to The Australian, it has already sold 3533 copies.
Which indicates that the Rooster is well out in front of the Lair. We’ll keep you posted.
Until next time – keep morale high.
“What troubles me most is that he [Gerard Henderson] shows such low journalistic standards, yet he is politically quite influential. He is often on Insiders. It’s hard to see why: he comes across as a crank.”
– Kate Durham as told to Crikey, 16 September 2014
“The unhinged but well spoken Gerard Henderson….”
– Bob Ellis, Table Talk blog, 10 August 2014
“Gerard Henderson and Nancy are awful human beings.”
– Alexander White, Twitter, 25 July 2014
“This is my regularly scheduled “Oh Gerard” tweet for every time he appears on #insiders”
– Josh Taylor, senior journalist for ZDNet, Twitter, 20 July 2014
“…that fu-kwitted Gerard “Gollum” Henderson….”
– Mike (“I’ll pour the gin”) Carlton, via Twitter, 12 July 2014
“[Gerard Henderson is a] silly prick”
– Mike (“I’ll pour the gin”) Carlton – tweeted Saturday 27 June 2014 at 4.15 pm, i.e. after lunch
“If Gerard Henderson had run Beria’s public relations Stalin’s death would have been hidden for a year and Nikita [Khrushchev] and co would have been shot”
– Laurie Ferguson via Twitter – 22 June 2014 [By-line: Mr Ferguson is a member of the House of Representatives who speaks in riddles.]
“[Gerard Henderson] is the Eeyore of Australian public life”
– Mike Seccombe in The [Boring] Saturday Paper – 21 June 2014
“Without in any way wanting to breach anyone’s human rights or free speech – why do people write emails to Gerard Henderson?”
– Katharine Murphy, Twitter, Friday 6 June 2014
“[Gerard Henderson is] an unhinged prick”
– Mike Carlton, Twitter, Thursday 12 June 2014
“There’s no sense that Gerard Henderson has any literary credentials at all.”
– Anonymous comment quoted, highlighted and presumably endorsed by Jason (“I’m a left-leaning luvvie”) Steger, The Age, 31 May 2014
On boyfriend’s insistence, watching the notorious Gerard Henderson/@Kate_McClymont Lateline segment. GH: What an odd, angry gnome of a man.
– Benjamin Law, via Twitter, Thursday 17 Apr 2014, 11:21 pm
Can’t believe I just spent my Thursday evening with a video recap of Gerard Henderson. I’m a f-cking moron.
– Benjamin Law, via Twitter, Thursday 17 Apr 2014, 11:23 pm
“[Gerard Henderson is an] unhinged crank”
– Mike Carlton, via Twitter, Saturday 29 March 2014, 4.34 pm
Complete stranger comes up to me: that Gerard Henderson’s a xxxxxx.
– Jonathan Green via Twitter, 8 February 2014
“[Gerard Henderson is] a sclerotic warhorse, unhelpful to debate, unwilling to think…a wonderful study in delusion…ideologically-constipated.”
– Erik Jensen, editor of Morry Schwartz’s The Saturday Paper [forthcoming], 23 November 2013
“The last time Gerard Henderson smiled was in 1978, when he saw a university student being mauled by a pitbull.”
– Ben Pobjie, via Twitter, 13 October 2013 [Editor’s Note: Mr “Why Can’t I Score an
Invite on Q&A?” Pobjie is wrong. In fact, the year was 1977 and the dog was a blue-heeler – like Nancy]
“I think Henderson is seriously ill. There’s enough there for an entire convention of psychiatrists.”
– Mike (“I’ll pour the gin”) Carlton (after Pre-Dinner Drinks tweet to Jeff Sparrow), 8 October 2013
“Wrong, you got caught out, off to Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog for you!”
– Tim Wilson tweet to Jonathan Green and Virginia Trioli, 8 October 2013.
“Nancy as ever will be the judge”
– Jonathan Green to Tim Wilson and Virginia Trioli (conceding to the arbitral authority of Nancy), 8 October 2013
[Gerard Henderson’s analysis of the ABC] is absolutely simplistic.”
– ABC managing director Mark Scott talking to ABC presenter Jonathan Green on ABC Radio National Drive, 2 May 2013.
“Oh my God; you’re as bad as Gerard Henderson.”
– Dr Peter Van Onselen (for a doctor he is), The Contrarians, Sky News, 20 September 2013.
“The nation mourns Gerard Henderson. He’s in perfect health.”
– Phillip Adams, via Twitter, 2 July 2013 (favourited by Virginia Trioli)
“Old Australian saying. ‘He wouldn’t know a tram was up him unless the bell rang’. Wholly appropriate to Gerard Henderson”
– Phillip Adams, via Twitter, 7 May 2013
“I said publicly once that I thought that Gerard’s views on the ABC came not from his brain but from his spinal cord”
– Tim Bowden as told to Phillip (“I was a teenage Stalinist”) Adams, Late Night Live, 11 June 2013 – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.
“Gerard Henderson is a crank”
– David Marr at the 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival (as reported by Mike Carlton)
“The great Australian media nutter Gerard [Henderson is an] ungrateful bastard”.
– Mark Latham, Q&A, 10 June 2013.
“[Gerard Henderson] is a moral dwarf …Gerard, pull your head in”
– Professor Sinclair Davidson, 24 April 2013.
“[Henderson] You are mad. In the 18th century you would have been caged, with the mob invited to poke you with sticks.”
– Mike Carlton, 5.23 pm (Gin & Tonic Time) 25 March 2013
“I like to think of Gerard [Henderson] as the Inspector Clouseau of forensic journalism”
– David Marr, ABC News 24 The Drum, 21 March 2013.
“[Media Watch Dog is] not a moan, more of a miserable dribble”
– Peter Munro, 21 March 2013
“You are a fool, Henderson, a malicious and mendacious piece of shit… Now F_ck off”
– Mike Carlton, 11 March 2013 (Hangover Time).
“[Gerard Henderson is] an internet pest”
– Dr (for a doctor he is) Jeff Sparrow, 26 February 2013.
Jonathan Green: “Nancy, will be taking notes, I suspect”
Michael Rowland: “Nancy…yes. We’ll get a nice write-up on Friday. Good morning as well, Gerard. Thanks for watching, by the way.”
– ABC 1 News Breakfast, 18 October 2012
“Gerard [Henderson] is a complete f-ckwit”
– Malcolm Farr, via Twitter, 29 June 2012 (circa pre-dinner drinks)
“What a haughty flapping half-arsed buffoon he [Henderson] is”
– Bob Ellis on his Table Talk blog, 8 May 2012 (before breakfast)
“We’d better be careful what we say, just in case Gerard’s offsider pooch Nancy is keeping an eye on us for his delightfully earnest Media Watch Dog”
– Tom Cowie of The Power Index, Crikey 20 January 2012
“Henderson…What a pompous, pretentious turd you are.”
– Mike Carlton, Saturday 13 August 2011 (after lunch)
“Go to the Sydney Institute Media Watch Dog website to marvel at [its] work”
– Mark Latham The Spectator Australia 11 June 2011.
Media Watch Dog – “disgraceful”, “sick”
– Professor Robert Manne, April Fool’s Day 2011.
“Before going further can you write to confirm that these emails are private correspondence and not for publication”
– ABC News Radio’s Marius Benson, 11 March 2011. He did go further – see MWD Issue 86.
“I realise this makes me practically retarded, but until five minutes ago I thought Nancy was Gerard Henderson’s wife, not his dog.”
– Byronbache via Twitter, Monday 7 February 2011
“Gerard Henderson is big enough to take care of himself, but that doesn’t stop us worrying about him from time to time. Lately it’s Hendo’s tendency to self-harm that has us losing sleep. For example, peruse the correspondence he’s published in his latest Media Watch Dog blog… There’s a part of us that just wants to ask: “Hendo, are you OK?”
– James Jeffrey’s “Strewth!” column, The Australian, 8 November 2010.
“Media Watch Dog on Fridays…is a sort of popular read in the Crikey office”
– Crikey’s Andrew Crook on ABC 2 News Breakfast, 24 September 2010.