On Sunday the Guardian Australia journalist Jason Wilson penned an article accusing Queensland MP Bob Katter of having links to dangerous extremist groups.
His evidence? Katter appeared in a video by Australian Youtuber Ben Shand (otherwise known as “The Dusty Bogan”) who had on his channel previously also interviewed Melbourne right wing identity Blair Cottrell who had in turn been the subject of an admiring Facebook comment made several years ago by Christchurch shooter Brendon Tarrant.
So Bob met a guy who also on a previous occasion met another guy who was apparently admired from afar by a very bad guy who never actually met any of the previously mentioned guys but once said something nice about one of them on the internet.
Even for the Guardian this is insane levels of guilt by association here.
But the hypocrisy doesn’t stem from the very, very long bow the Guardian seems willing to draw just to strike out at the white-hatted eccentric powerbroker from Kennedy. It stems from the fact that the man drawing that bow is Jason Wilson. If anyone should be keen to avoid making accusations of guilt by association, you would think it would be Jason.
Jason after all has repeatedly promoted Alexander Reid Ross, an Anarchist who edited the journal of the ecoterrorist “Earth First” group, an organisation best known for sabotage, arson, vandalism and prematurely exploding car bombs.
Jason likes Reid Ross so much that he has favourably quoted him without mentioning his extremist beliefs on a truly staggering number of occaisions. Mr Wilson quoted his extremist friend In his Oct 28 2016 article on the right wing group “Soldiers of Odin” and in a Feb 9, 2017 anti-Trump article detailing how Australians should fear Cory Bernardi, as well as in a May 23, 2017 article on how humour is really a sign of fascism and in an August 6 2017 article on the U.S historical relationship with their Civil war, as well as in an August 20, 2017 article on socialism and in his Sep 26, 2017 article on Gay marriage not to mention his Febuary 5 2019 article attacking Vice media co-founder Gavin McInnes
In these articles Wilson not only presented Reid Ross as an impartial expert but even included links to the purchase page of his book. A book incidentally published by “AK Press”, an explicitly Anarchist organisation that also publishes convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Not content with trying to sell his friend’s book with free advertising in the Guardian Jason Wilson has also provided a glowing editorial review for it on Amazon, writing that journalists, activists and academics should read it if they want to properly understand modern political realities.
Hilariously Wilson has also written numerous articles over the years stating that people who associate with, interview or quote extremists without naming them as such should be considered extremists as well. In a June 2017 column he again quoted Reid Ross while asserting in the very same article that former opposition leader Mark Latham should be fired from the Daily Telegraph for associating with the “extremists” at the Canadian based conservative outlet Rebel media.
Jason Wilson is by his own standards is more closely associated with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a man sentenced to death for the unprovoked murder of a Philadelphia police officer, as Bob Katter is to the Christchurch killer. But being associated with the concept of cop killing might not be that uncomfortable for Mr Wilson. Anarchism after all is a philosophy that notoriously considers murdering police as ethical and Alexander Reid Ross is after all only one of a plethora of Anarchist figures Wilson has been associated with both in Australia and in his adopted American home.
Online extremism researcher Dr Eoin Lenihan in an article published by the journal Quillette described Wilson as one of the top 15 journalists worldwide most closely engaged with the far left extremist “Antifa” group on social media. Antifa of course is considered a domestic terrorist organisation by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
Dr Lenihan also described Wilson as:
“Not simply a pro-Antifa activist who also happens to write for the Guardian: He actively leverages his role as a regular Guardian writer to promote Antifa, whitewash its violence, and signal-boost its leaders (whom he presents as “experts”)—often under the guise of neutral news reporting.”
Lenihan also pointed out articles where Wilson defends such tactics as doxing, stalking, deplatforming and shaming as valuable means to attack individuals whose views he dislikes.
This is the man who the Guardian is allowing to publish articles accusing poor old Bob Katter of “extremist links” for appearing in a light-hearted video with someone he had never met before all the way back in September 2017.
The Guardian Australia is apparently considered a mainstream news source. It is a part of the Canberra Press Gallery and is gifted access to politicians and public figures of all stripes. It then uses this respectability to publish crap like this scribbled by extremist-loving scumbags like Jason Wilson.
Maybe it’s time those press passes were revoked.