"Far Right, Far Right the Far Left AGE Cant Stop Flinging Dirt at Geert Wilders

More creative – and selective – use of labels, this time from The Age: FAR-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has called the Prophet Muhammad a murderer and used Anzac soldiers as an example of the courage needed to speak out against Islam at a speech to Melbourne supporters.

Tight security surrounded Mr Wilders’ hour-long speech to members of the ultra-conservative local group the Q Society of Australia…

In fact, Wilders is not far-Right, I discussed this very point with him on Monday. He’ll own up to being culturally conservative, but his policy platforms aren’t standard far-Right fare. He is a strong supporter of Israel, small government and free speech (reports that he wants the Koran banned are false). He has kept his distance from true far-Right parties such as France’s National Front.

But now note the other half of The Age’s game with labels:

Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang said: "we’re here to show we will not stand for Wilders’ racism and Islamophobia”.

If Wilders is to be labelled far-Right, why isn’t this protest organiser equally labelled far-Left? After all, that label, at least, would be accurate. (continue reading...)