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Heal thyself

By Steven | February 12, 2013

Responding to his MP Richard Prosser’sĀ Investigate column about banning all Muslims from airplanes, did Winston Peters really say this?

I’ve told him he cannot have a view that doesn’t have the balance in the other side of the argument.

Where on earth does that come from? This was an opinion column. By a politician. Neither require balance. And if they do, why has Peters never held himself to that standard?

Doesn’t he really mean that Prosser’s view is wacky and embarrassing?

By the way, why is Stuff uncritically running Prosser’s claim that Israel’s El Al airline bans Muslims? A Google search of “El Al” and “ban” and “Muslim” turns up only… Stuff’s stories. The closest I can get is reference to some aggressive racial profiling. But that’s not a ban of Muslims.

UPDATE: At least Stuff is now reporting that the Israeli ambassador says the El Al claims are false. Will someone put that to Richard Prosser?

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