Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Denyse O'Leary Cites Wackaloon Website to Make Her Point

Just when you thought the ID creationist website, Uncommon Descent, could not stoop any lower than it already has, you get surprised.

In a recent comment, Denyse "Sneery" O'Leary, the World's Worst Reporter™, implies that "Sweden pass[ed] a law to last year criminalize any criticism of immigration and politicians". (Ignore, for the moment, O'Leary's mangled syntax, which is one of the distinguishing features of her alleged journalistic talents.) Of course, Sweden didn't do any such thing.

The really special thing about O'Leary's comment is the link she added to support her implication. Here it is.

Yes, that's right, O'Leary cites the delightful "European Daily News", a website whose other headlines today read as follows:

  • "New anti European propaganda film by Jew Steven Spielberg and African Oprah Winfrey"
  • "New Zealand’s Jewish prime minister’s campaign billboard defaced"
  • "Jew Claims `Ebola-like plague of anti-Semitism sweeping the West'"
  • "The Jewish Talmud and what it says about non Jews"
Lovely company, Denyse.

Now I don't believe Denyse O'Leary is an anti-semite. But this kind of shoddy journalism is typical of her reportage. Who else thinks she made no effort at all to check whether her source is reliable, or just another wackaloon site filled with barely literate fulminations about Jews and blacks?


Anonymous said...

I just took a quick look at the Parliamentary document in question. As far as I can tell, it says nothing about criticism of immigrants or people in authority.

It does make it easier to prosecute those who insult (förolämpa) or vilify (förtala) others online.

Steve Watson said...

This belongs up there with the time she interviewed Adnan Oktar a.k.a. Harun Yahya (http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/interview-with-turkish-darwin-doubter-adnan-oktar/). In a footnote, O'Leary acknowledges that he is "controversial" (and for things far nastier than his creationism), citing two URLs, one critical and one supportive. I guess she figures that satisfies her journalistic ethics to report both sides.

The supportive URL was Oktar's own website. That's some astounding investigative reporting there, Denyse.