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SHAME: Evan Moorhead Resorts to Despicable Smear Campaign in Brisbane

In Political Smear Campaigns on March 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm
Evan Moorhead ALP Labour Party Despicable Smear Campaign Tactics

Evan Moorhead ALP Brisbane Labour Party Despicable Smear Campaign Tactics

I’ve been out of Australia for almost 20 years, is wonderful to be back. However, I was disgusted to find Evan Moorhead’s junk mail in my letter box, despite the unambiguous “NO JUNK MAIL” sign above the slot. It is probably the most despicable act of blatant political smear campaigning I have ever seen firsthand, and so close to home.

On the front of this postcard, there is a head shot of a man who I am assuming is “Graham Quirk”, and the following text:

“What has Graeme Quirk done to ease congestion?”

On the flip-side of the postcard, it reads as follows:

“After five years as Lord Mayor what has Graeme Quirk done to his congestion?

  1. Cut $20 million from buses and ferries.
  2. Committed $650 million for a Kingsford Smith upgrade that will save 60 seconds in travel time. (City projects office – BCC)
  3. Not sure yet
  4. Still thinking about this one
  5. Give him a few minutes”

I’m tempted to leave this post to speak for itself, any thinking person who reads this rhetorical bluster will see that is replete with intellectually dishonest content, including the following:

The question “What has Graeme Quirk done to ease congestion?” is not an honest question, it is a dishonest premise for dishonest  and unsupported conclusions. For a start, there were only two answers offered, but I’m sure there are many more answers to the question, some good, and some likely bad, the logical fallacy used here is called ‘Cherry Picking’. But rather than answering the question honestly, 60% of the space reserved to print answers, was used for incredibly childish hyperbole.

Junk-mailWhen I first read the post card, I had to read it over several more times, because I could not grasp these three lines of text meant.  The reason that I did not get it was because I thought I was reading a brochure, that had been written by a grown up! Then the pin dropped, this grown-up politician was recycling cliché-insults, directly from ninth-grade banter in a school playground. Not just one jab, but three of them in a row.

All three of these answers are really poor disguises for the logical fallacy of  “Thought Terminating Cliché”.  The quotes “Not sure yet”, “still thinking about this one”, andGive him a few minutes”, are apparently the fruit of Evan Moorhead’s  heart and intellect. He is trying to convey the message that “Graham Quirk is an idiot”.  As I sit here and write my response, I can actually see in my minds eye, Evan Morehead sitting behind his keyboard and chuckling as he relives with pride, some pathetic victory he had many years ago, over some skinny, introverted and awkward kid in high school.  What makes this image worse is that other members of his party approved the printing and delivery expense. I am sure all of them where high fiving, beer ponging and chuckle along with Evan. Please, grow up! and you want us to entrust our beautiful city to you?

Side note: Am I slipping into hypocrisy with these last few sentences? I am cringing with anger at this politician who I’ve never heard of before.

Mr. Evan Moorhead, as grandson of a great former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Frank Edward Roberts, who was also a Labour Party champion, you disgust me.

DISCLOSURE: until I received this postcard and did some research, I had no idea who Evan Moorhead  or Graham Quirk were (apparently the latter is our Lord Mayor?), or to which parties they were affiliated, if any. I have not voted in the 20 years since I’ve been abroad, if this is the state of Brisbane politics, and if I’m legally obligated to vote, then I will probably need to take a shower afterwards. I’m not a member of any political party, and my leaning is normally towards rational independents who demonstrate restraint in their speech, love in their heart, and the best interests of individual constituents, as opposed to a Party, lobbyists, or for that matter The State.  Furthermore, to my knowledge I’ve never read or heard any political statements from Graeme Quirk, Maybe he is just as bad as Moorhead? I would urge readers to thoroughly research any candidate for whom they are considering for their valuable vote. Furthermore, it would be a mistake to think that by criticizing Evan Moorhead, I’m endorsing Graeme Quirk. On the contrary, I am endorsing critical thinking, and developing a strong, intellectual self-defense system to protect you and your children against mainstream media, manipulated search engine results, and any individual or organization who would try to manipulate you, or your vote, with their disingenuous words.

ETHICS ALERT: Journalist & Editor Ben Naparstek of Fairfax Media BUSTED! (Good Weekend Magazine Sydney Morning Herald & The Age)

In Internet defamation, Poor Journalistic Ethics on June 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

Disgraced Journalist & Editor Ben Naparstek of Fairfax Media Busted by Private Investigator. Ben is now affectionately called “Dalek” [Ref]

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SBS' Ben Naparstek scrutinized by licensed private investigator

Ben Naparstek of SBS is a subject of intense scrutiny by licensed private investigator, after disclosure of serious breaches in editorial ethics.

Are you considering submitting to an interview with a Fairfax journalist who is working for Ben Naparstek?  Well, think twice.. Naparstek is Editor of the magazine Good Weekend which is inserted weekly into The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

UPDATE 09 July, 2014

A 124 page criminal warrant that was unsealed today which indicates Editor Ben Naparstek of Sydney Morning Herald may be participating in the following crimes in the USA: Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a Class “B” Felony (IOWA CODE § 706A.2); Conspiracy, a Class “D” Felony (IOWA CODE §706.1 ); Solicitation, a Class “D” Felony; Extortion (IOWA CODE § 705.1 ), a Class “D” Felony (IOWA CODE § 711.4); and Witness Tampering, an Aggravated Misdemeanor (IOWA Code§720.4), Facilitation of A Criminal Network By Attempting To Induce A Witness” commits a Class “B” Felony. IOWA CODE § 706A.2 (2013).

Download a copy of the warrant here.

Editorial Ethics Alert: Ben Naparstek Of Fairfax Media

PI exposes Ben Naparstek of Fairfax Media for serious ethical breaches

You might like to read this exposé which explains how one family suffered catastrophic damage to reputation, business, and personal relationships as a result of fallacious journalism on the part of a hatchet job journalist, flown into Australia by Ben Naparstek to do his dirty work. The brief account explains how the ‘journalist’ Daniel Glick and his Editor Ben Naparstek used numerous categories of logical fallacies, such as strawman, appeal to ignorance and ad hominem, to set up their victim, Michael Roberts (pictured right), and deceive their readers.  Presumably this was an attempt to embarrass competing  journalists from News Ltd,  who had been given the scoop and written sympathetic articles about the family. here, here, here, and the 60-Minutes story here.

It began with a dishonest pretext with the initial interview request to Roberts, who’s ex-wife attempted to murder him and is now serving a life sentence for murdering another man. Glick feigned a brotherhood type experience by explaining that his wife left him and his children to pursue a lesbian relationship. It is unknown if this pretext is true or false, but it was a deplorable pretext used to ingratiate himself with the Roberts’ family. Glick even ate Michael’s daughter’s birthday cake…

Many of the facts used by Naparstek and Glick were in and of themselves benign, but by peppering their final story with a convoluted web of lies and twisted half-truths leaves reasonable readers unable to draw accurate conclusions (argument through verbosity).

Journalist Tim Andrews recently alleged that Ben Naparstek killed a story by Jana Wendt, (of 60-Minutes Fame), on another journalist Andrew Bolt. Apparently the story was killed because it wasn’t a hatchet job. Tim Andrews then revealed how the exact same thing happened to him; Ben Naparstek apparently flew in a London based journalist named Rachel Hills, for whom Tim had dedicated a few weeks of his life to make sure that she wouldn’t get elected to the student union when they were at uni together… This would make it understandable as to why Ben Naparstek commissioned Rachel to write a profile piece on Tim. (read full account)

Interestingly, Ben Naparstek and Fairfax Media flew disgraced author & journalist Daniel Glick from the United States of Entertainment to interview Roberts; just like Tim’s case, Roberts is an Aussie, in Australia and the story was for an Australian newspaper. This is despite the availability in both cases of numerous Australian journalists who did not need travel expenses. Maybe this fact evidences an ethical divide between journalists on either side of the Pacific? Either way, let’s be careful not to commit a hasty generalization which is one of many logical fallacies employed by Naparstek & Glick in their recent attack piece against Roberts.

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