Mike Carlton pens first column for Crikey since quitting Fairfax

Mike Carlton picFormer Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton has written a column for Crikey today on the end of the conflict in Gaza.

It is understood to be the first column Carlton has written since he quit Fairfax earlier this month over claims he had abused Jewish readers in emails and on social media, following some strident complaints about a column he wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald on the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

Carlton this afternoon told Mumbrella the column “was jut something I wrote last night and offered it to Crikey”, adding it was not a paid-for piece, and he had no deal in place with the independent publisher.

In the preamble for the piece Carlton is described as a “former ABC war correspondent and naval historian”, with no mention of his time with Fairfax.

mike carlton screen shot crikey column

Carlton resigned after being told he would be suspended by Fairfax, after a number of readers complained to the company he had been rude in correspondence with them, telling one to “fuck off”, calling others “pissants” and “Likudniks”.

In today’s piece for Crikey on the end of the seven-week Gaza conflict, which he describes as “Israel’s Vietnam” Carlton also had some words for his critics, writing: “None of this is even vaguely understood by the powerful and sophisticated Likud lobby in Australia. The faintest criticism of Israel is always met with concerted howls of “anti-Semitism!”

“It is a facile libel flung about by the comfortable kaffeeklatsch of Sydney and Melbourne, well-upholstered burghers who have never actually experienced a flicker of anti-Semitism in their gilded lives, let alone the Gestapo knock at midnight or even a rocket landing down the street. In doing so, they demean the memory of those who truly knew what it meant: the dead of Auschwitz.”

Asked if he was expecting a fresh backlash over the item Carlton told Mumbrella “I’m not expecting anything”.

Crikey editor Marni Cordell told Mumbrella she had “some very good feedback from subscribers since we published the piece” adding “we haven’t hired Mike, if we could afford him we would, but we can’t”.

Tweet boston bomb daily telegraphAfter Carlton’s resignation News Corp’s rival to the SMH The Daily Telegraph landed in hot water after it was revealed it had photoshopped Carlton’s head onto the body of a Boston bombing victim, to make him look like a Palestinian man fleeing the bombing in Gaza.

Alex Hayes



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