The Australian Broadcasting Corporation overplayed its hand the other day, but so far it looks like it got off scot-free.
The ABC is the go-to channel for supporters and enthusiasts of policies that are anti-conservative, pro-illegal Muslim immigration (which the ABC continues to dress up as nebulous "asylum seekers" of unspecified religion), pro-green, pro-Labor and anti-American.
Its hosts – excepting perhaps the 7:30's Leigh Sales - vilify conservatives, conservative viewpoints and nationalist perspectives, taking great care when inviting guests to appear that the leftist narrative overwhelms all others. This is achieved either by ensuring guests reflect the bias of the relevant reporters or interviewers or by treating centre right guests – when they appear - rudely compared to leftist guests.
Does the Abbott government know what to do about the chronic bias at the ABC most recently demonstrated on the Q & A program?
With a cacophony of opinions oozing out of the party room, the short answer is "no". And that's a shame.
In the "common sense" corner we see three guys. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott livid, asking which "side" the national broadcaster is on?
South Australian Senator Cory Bernadi calling out the show for its naked partisanship and Defence Minister, Kevin Andrews (sensibly) rejecting an invitation to appear next Monday on the program citing the program's lack of balance.
And in the "hey, look at me" corner we see two guys. The Minister for Education & Training, Christopher Pyne telling ABC Radio in regards to Q & A that
We could choose not to go on it, but I think that's madness because I want the public to hear the Coalition's message because I think it's the right message.
Sadly Pyne while alert to the bias incredibly promises to keep appearing on the program. The man just doesn't get it.
He is joined in that corner by the Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull who earlier this week stated that the ABC has admitted an error of judgmentand that he spoke with its Managing Director and Chairman. He also soothed parliamentarians that the ABC would review aspects of the program.
Really strong stuff.
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