Scott Hamilton is a member of a tiny Trotskyite, Auckland Uni based, sect called the Communist Workers Group. Like most Marxist groups, the CWG is militantly anti Israel.
Hamilton’s Blog is called “Reading the Maps”. A recent post entitled “Bad Company” covered the recent kidnapping in Gaza of NZ cameraman, Olaf Wiig.
According to Hamilton, Olaf Wiig may well have been a legitimate ““target“.
Anita McNaught was a familiar sight on Kiwi television screens in the 1990s, when she worked as a newsreader and reporter for TVNZ. McNaught receded from view at the end of the 90s, when she went to Britain and landed a plum job with the BBC, but she’s lately returned to prominence in this country as the star of a real-life soap opera.
McNaught’s husband, a cameraman for Murdoch’s Faux News network, was recently kidnapped in Gaza; the campaign to secure his release has seen McNaught making numerous appearances on TV screens in New Zealand and across the Middle East…. but precious little attention has been paid to the circumstances surrounding the abduction of Anita’s nearest and dearest.
Over the last month Israel’s invasion of Lebanon has been paralleled by a series of attacks on the long-suffering inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, attacks that have claimed the lives of at least two hundred people, the vast majority of them civilians. These killings aroused almost no attention from the same media outlets that have been so excited by McNaught’s crisis.
Wiig’s kidnappers have been characterised as either fanatical extremists or simple criminals by most of the media, but could the inhabitants of Gaza have a legitimate case against Faux news, which has always acted as an attack dog for the most extreme part of the US and Israeli political establishments, and which has provided its audiences with an unceasingly hostile coverage of the plight of the Palestinian people?
Wiig was kidnapped along with reporter Steve Centanni…Centanni had filed this report from Gaza on the same day he was abducted, in which he managed to justify the deaths of three more Palestinian civilians (not that you would know they were civilians, of course).
When does one stop being a journalist and begin to be a warmonger, and a target for a people resisting imperialism?