This morning The Australian reported ABC staff had been warned to zip it over marriage equality:
ABC News Editorial Policy Manager Mark Maley emailed staff warning them to be impartial in their coverage of the same-sex marriage debate.
“Please remember that approximately 40 per cent of the population opposes the change and more importantly that the ABC does not have a position on the issue,” Mr Maley said.
“It is very important that we are impartial and that all perspectives are given a fair hearing and treated with respect by the ABC.
“In this charged environment I would also urge everyone to be circumspect on social media — advocating for one side or the other will make it more difficult for the ABC to be seen as impartial. The more high-profile you are the more important discretion is.”
We can’t imagine why (cough, cough, cough).
But more to the point, how did staff respond? Well, early afternoon this opinion piece appeared on the (apparently same-sex obsessed) ABC News website:
Who? Don’t recognise the name as an ABC regular? No? That’s no surprise. Down at the very bottom was this:
Nothing arguing against marriage equality has subsequently appeared. There’s been no attempt at objectivity, to follow editorial instructions.
And do you know why?
Because ABC staff are a law unto themselves.
They don’t give a damn what management says.
Management barely pretends to control them.
Indeed, most of the time it doesn’t.
It shares their Green-left agenda.
It’s their willing collaborators, not just in news and current affairs but in every aspect of Australian life where it can spread its tentacles.
Yet we toss this mob more than a billion dollars a year and let them claim that they speak for the nation.
That really calls for action from on high.
Action taken a little more seriously than Mr Maley’s.
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