“Leftist grotesque scratches its back”: Senate failure of ABC inquiry leaves coalition angry | Amanda meade

A The coalition of Labor and Green senators succeeded in preventing an investigation into ABC’s complaint process – which has been described as “politically motivated” by ABC President Ita Buttrose – but the maneuver has left some Liberal senators apoplectic.

Queensland Senator James McGrath described the 11th hour block as a “grotesque orgy, left, scratching the back of flatulent arrogance on the part of the ABC and those on the left” and called for the dissolution of ABC and the sale of Triple J.

The Deputy Whip’s personal attack on the Prime Minister’s captain’s choice for ABC’s chairmanship was unprecedented, seemingly more personal than Michael Kroger’s spray in June, when the former Victorian liberal powerbroker said Buttrose was a “hopeless failure” and is expected to resign.

“This ABC laughing at us is run by an arrogant president who sees the ABC as a country apart from Australia,” McGrath told the Senate. “And that’s pretty sad. The inevitable result of decades of free rein, grossly oversized budgets, and diminished accountability, is that we ended up with a beehive of awake downtown workers, hiring awake friends to do their awake work in their quest to “wokify.” ” the world.

“But in conjunction with the crowd on the first night, the CBA president and her colleagues on the first night are at the opera, clutching their champagne glasses, mocking central Australia and those who believe. into a pluralistic and diverse media market. “

The Senate’s decision to delay the investigation was a victory for Buttrose, who a week ago called on the upper house to act to “defend the independence of the CBA”.

The government investigation was launched in the days of ABC after ABC’s complaints division told Fox News it failed to uphold any of the complaints made in a lengthy submission for a Four Corners show on broadcaster News Corp airs in August.

The ABC, which returned to Senate estimates on Monday, declined to comment.

Hit and miss

A reflection document released Friday by the CBA’s Independent Review of its Complaints Handling Process, gave an overview of the number and types of complaints the unit receives.

The Audience and Consumers unit, which operates independently within the ABC, has so far received 2,996 editorial complaints this year, including 700 regarding Covid-19 coverage: two-thirds complained of inaccuracy or bias.

The ACA received 120 complaints about the coverage of the U.S. election, mostly alleging prejudice against President Trump. Falun Gong was also a hotspot for complaints, but no violation of editorial standards was found. Coverage of the HMAS Supply launch drew 77 complaints _ after the ABC previously apologized for the “misleading” video.
Anti-coalition bias is the theme of complaints about the budget coverage and Four Corners episode Inside the Canberra Bubble. No violation of editorial standards was found in either case.

Review authors, former ombudsman John McMillan and former SBS and Ten news director Jim Carroll, requested that public submissions be sent to [email protected]

Today mixes up the weekend

Days after a Seven reporter offended Adele by not listening to her new album before an exclusive interview in London, the Nine Network committed their own international blunder.

The social media post of the Today show on the winner of the best song of all time.

The Today show praised The Weeknd for securing No. 1 on Billboard’s 100 All-Time Song List for its hit track Blinding Lights, ousting Chubby Checker’s 1960s hit, The Twist.

But the social media post of a black man in a red suit was not the 31-year-old singer.

The photo the Today show posted to Twitter and Facebook was not of The Weeknd but of veteran NBC host Al Roker posing as him for a Halloween special.

Pell page-turner?

Former Insiders regular Gerard Henderson, whose aversion to ABC only increased when he was dropped as a panelist last year, has written another book. No, it’s not about her favorite subject, the ABC, but it’s about how the ABC has covered their friend Cardinal George Pell.

Henderson has been a fierce critic of ABC journalist Louise Milligan, whose book Cardinal won the Walkley Book Prize.

Titled Cardinal Pell, the Media Pile-On and Collective Cult, Hendo’s tome is published by right-wing publisher Connor Court Publishing, who has published books such as Stealing from a Child: The Injustice of ‘Marriage Equality’ by David van Gend and Green Murder by climate skeptic Ian Plimer.

“The trial, retrial and conviction for historic child sexual assault of Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy of the Holy See in Rome, have attracted international attention,” said the presentation text of the delivered. “In April 2020, in a remarkable unanimous decision, the High Court of Australia overturned the conviction.”

Gerard Henderson's new book on Cardinal George Pell and the media.
Book by Gerard Henderson on Cardinal George Pell and the Media.

The executive director of the right-wing think tank Sydney Institute, Henderson is an opinion columnist for the Australian, and he also publishes a weekly blog, Media watchdog, where he writes primarily on ABC, pinching week after week on alleged presenter bias.

Doco diversity

The ABC has commissioned a number of documentaries that are sure to make the news next year, from a wide range of diverse content in the 2022 list, unveiled Thursday. In particular a documentary on Israel Folau billed as “Australia’s most talented and controversial athlete…. homophobic fanatic for some, a persecuted freedom warrior for others ”raised his eyebrows.

This seems to dovetail strangely with ABC’s enthusiasm for the return of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, which will air on ABC Radio and ABC Television under a three-year contract.

Entertainment director Michael Carrington said TV industry blog tonight the two projects were not commissioned at the same time, as Folau was due to air this year.

“One of our goals is to be relevant to all Australians and to tell stories from all angles,” Carrington said.

“While there isn’t a deliberate connection between the two, it’s definitely a chance to tell another side of the story and actually explore both sides of the story in the Folau documentary. “

The other doco of interest is Ithaka: A Fight to Free Julian Assange, a 120-minute two-part film following the tireless campaign of retired builder John Shipton, 76, to save his son, Julian Assange. The founder of WikiLeaks was allowed this month to marry his partner in Belmarsh prison.

“Now facing a 175-year sentence on extradition to the United States, the family faces the prospect of losing Julian forever to the benefit of the American justice system,” ABC said. “This fight between David and Goliath is personal.”

Norman D. Briggs