PM Morrison Vs ABC’s Aly
Jason Galiardi in The Australian has reported an interview aired on The Project between PM Morrison and the insufferable mouthpiece for Islam, Waleed Aly. The consensus is that Aly failed to lead or corner Morrison at all. Of course, the ABC children will applaud their pinup boy regardless of reality. It’s unlikely that this appraisal of the interview will be read or accepted by the Left but that’s normal. The ABC’s business model remains intransigent to unbiased conduct and will therefore become even more insignificant as a news provider. Reader’s comments say it all! Read MM’s previous coverage here.
Source: News Corp
Outwitted, outsmarted, outplayed … ScoMo ran circles around Aly’
Welcome to the column that collects and curates the cream of your comments on the big stories of the week that was. On The Project, ScoMo went toe-to-toe with Waleed Aly on Islam and immigration, among other things. Most readers scored it a win for the PM, among them
“I thought Scott Morrison ran circles around Waleed Aly, who didn’t manage to get one ‘gotcha’ moment which you could see he was desperate to get.
“Morison held his ground and outsmarted Aly for the entire interview, leaving him without a leg to stand on. I think Aly unintentionally gave the PM a leg up because it gave him a great platform to show his debating skills and his knowledge.
“To me Aly looked like a spoilt child who wasn’t getting what he wanted. He had a sulky look on his face the whole time. Didn’t break once, didn’t smile and wasn’t a good interviewer … outwitted, outsmarted and outplayed.”
Douglas doubled down:
“ScoMo was very convincing tonight. He took on Waleed and challenged his false assertions. Waleed did not look comfortable and resorted to interruption and a barrage of irrelevant questions aimed a trying to bait ScoMo. Didn’t work.
“He was not interested in finding the middle ground. Can’t wait for ScoMo to take on Shorten and expose him for what he really is.”
“Aly selectively picks statements from a number of years ago from Liberal Party members and then suggests this as a responsibility of the current PM. Aly’s cheap point making is petty in the extreme. I wonder if terrorism is still ‘a perpetual irritant’?”
Arrogant, said Ann:
“His entitlement, and constant interruption were hard to watch.”
“I thought the PM did a reasonable job of trying to find some common ground with Aly and appear united in their support for the Muslim community, but it’s clear from social media that the left will not budge in their demonisation of the Liberal government and the conservatives within it.
“I suppose this is what Trump understood about the left, no matter how hard you try they will never give you any credit, so there is no point even trying.”
“I feel embarrassed for the prime minister having to have even appeared on such a trashy TV program. It’s like the New Idea of TV shows.”
“Aly always seems to think in very narrow, black and white terms under which all negative thoughts or comments must be due to Islamophobia. It is not inconsistent to believe a) that Islamophobia is real and does exist to some extent in Australia; b) there is also a very genuine threat to public safety posed by a minority of Islamic fundamentalists who are willing to engage in terrorist acts; c) this in no way justifies or excuses actions like those of the terrorist in Christchurch; and d) Waleed Aly is not the messiah and it is perfectly legitimate to find him an irritating irrelevance, not because of his religion but because of his personality.”
“I, for one, was moved by the comments made by the Muslim man who had lived in New Zealand for 30 years, and who lost family in the massacre — he did not want to inflame hatred for the killer who he could see perhaps had problems which had led to him being radicalised.
“The only Muslims friends I have are basically nominal Muslims who attend mosque rarely, only on special days. They are educated professionals who love Australia and say their reason for immigrating to Australia was because ‘there is no freedom in Iran’. Nevertheless, they have not renounced Islam, but neither would they wish any harm upon people of any other religion.
“I think it really is a minority of Muslims who represent a potential threat to the life and well-being of Australians of Christian, secular or other beliefs. But there is no point in denying the existence of this minority, especially when they are people who have positions of leadership or credibility or authority in their communities. “
“Great to hear Morrison actually taking a stand and not being pushed into the endless waffle so characteristic of his predecessor. Now he needs to make a stand against the new religion of Anthropogenic Climate Change and get us out of the destructive Paris accord, and he may even stand a chance of being re-elected.”
“Waleed Aly has a particularly large and possibly insurmountable blind spot. We need to open our minds not close them.”
“Perhaps Aly can explain why any criticism of anything remotely Muslim/Islamic is “islamaphobia” but any Muslim complaint, spewed hate, vitriol, demands for followers to behead infidels, demands to have sharia law replace the secular laws, values, ethics, customs etc of Australia and other western countries are not ‘Westernphobia’?”
“I was so proud to have my country’s Prime Minister clearly articulate tonight how he feels about our multi-cultural nation. He emphasised learning to disagree respectfully and seeing each other as individuals — this was spot on.
“It’s disgusting that people are using an unimaginable tragedy like what has happened in NZ to push a particular political agenda — and that goes for all sides of politics.
“I think Waleed was the most guilty of that tonight, and the PM actually handled himself well. Even around the issue re the Medivac bill, the PM said very clearly that the required changes were all about making sure that the Australian public was protected from the small subset of people that were guilty of rapes and other undesirable behaviours — and that this was obviously not the majority of those needing medical attention.
“No matter how Waleed tried to turn it around to make it sound like the PM was tarring all refugees with the same brush, he stuck to his comments. I’m amazed sometimes at the over-simplified expression of some of these complex issues, by those who wish to attack politicians.
“I’m not silly enough to believe that journalists — particularly those of Waleed’s academic standing — don’t know that each bill has to be checked thoroughly for all unintended side-effects before it can be passed — that’s why we have a system of checks and balances. Pretending that each bill should just be pushed through is naive at best, ridiculous at worst.”
“Decent Muslims live their lives, just like the rest of us. They work, pray, are family people, pay taxes, and like having friends over, and going to the footy.
“The radicals have caused chaos since 9/11, caused many deaths, and are callous, vicious, killers. You cannot equate one lot with the other. The only problem people have is the lack of speaking out from decent Muslims.”
Robert was reasonable:
”Kudos to both for entering the fray given the high emotions of the past 5-6 days.
Australians can decide for themselves what they thought of each combatant. I would like to think that both, particularly the PM, have only the best interests at heart and that is to make this country more inclusive.”
Last word to Cassandra:
“I am perpetually irritated by Aly.”