It’s ironic that Labour’s defeat may be sheeted home to some of its strongest, most vocal allies; the supposed national broadcasting corporatio, the ABC.
The ABC has, for some decades now, favoured — first discreetly, then more obviously — Labor candidates and governments, as well as providing well-paid jobs for those who moved in and out of Labor roles; Barrie Cassidy, host of Insiders, Bob Hawke’s media man, is one that comes to mind, but there are many more in ABC ranks. The ABC’s partisan nature is often all too blatant.
When Kerryn Phelps, the short-lived Member for Wentworth, gained her seat in a by-election just six months ago, Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National’s morning host, delivered a triumphant paean of praise to the new member, cabaret-style, on Insiders, while Cassidy and his guests smiled in indulgent agreement.
But the second — and probably the most problematic for Labor — that had a definite impact on the election, was that the ABC was longer for all Australians, despite all claims to the contrary.
The ABC has a long, proud tradition. My generation of migrant kids looked to it to provide us with an insight into the lifestyle of our new country.
Sadly that tradition has been co-opted. The ABC now virtually uniformly speaks to, for and from a particular class. Yet ABC employees, however much they might like to ignore this fact, are paid by the taxpayer. They are, however much they wish to ignore this fact, public servants. All the Australian public. Not just one section.
Labor may wish to choose their friends with more care — and the ABC ponder just how friendly it gets with political partie.
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