Statements by PM Tony Abbott and some of his associates that the ABC is not barracking for the 'home team' and is 'un-Australian' presumably prepare the ground for funding and program cuts.
If the ABC's business model is as flawed as it appears, how will it withstand an efficiency dividend?
From sassy blogs to shout-y commercial radio stations, Australia's right-wing media organs aren't shy when it comes to promoting socially conservative and/or free market values.
The disappearance of the mango was actually its dramatic reappearance online, in the simulated world of cyberspace.
Yet once governments interfere and jingoism rears its head we are on a slippery slope.
Using the risk perception factors above, environmental advocates are able to dramatize the risks: 'if it scares, it airs'.
The 'good' world war of 1939-45 provides a bottomless ethical bath in which the west's 'peacetime' conquests are cleansed.
In democracies, nominal or otherwise, governments still demand a degree of compliance from their state broadcaster.
The ABC does provide a differing perspective from most commercial media, the diversity of which should be welcome, provided that perspective is presented in a balanced and genuinely informative manner.
Keating himself would sort of stutter into life like a World War II bi-plane, and then he would be off, fascinating the crowd with coruscating loops and double back-flips.
Research indicates that the typical ABC journalist's political beliefs are well to the left of the general population. A recent survey found that over 40% support the Greens.
In some ways, the internet has democratized political campaigning, in that the internet has diminished the fundamental advantage that major political parties enjoy.