The ABC is filled with such pathetic losers whose only claim to our attention is the billion dollars they receive from the rest of us. Take away the billion and we can find them on street corners of a Friday night selling The Green-Left Review. It is one thing to mention that a bunch of asylum seekers said that they had been abused by the RAN. It is quite another to go on with it as if there were anything more than the remotest possibility that it’s true. Unless this is being broadcast to help the government dissuade asylum seekers from coming across from Indonesia where, surely, they have already found a safe haven.
THE ABC has defended its editorial processes against a rising tide of criticism of its reports that Australian navy personnel beat and burned asylum-seekers during a tow-back operation earlier this month.
This is despite strong assertions from the government and the Australian Defence Force that the claims are unfounded and another television network, Seven, treating the asylum-seekers’ allegations with much greater scepticism a fortnight earlier.
The reports, by ABC Indonesia correspondent George Roberts, featured prominently on the network’s radio, television and online platforms on Wednesday. They centred on video footage of the asylum-seekers receiving treatment for burned and blistered hands at a medical facility in Kupang, West Timor.
The asylum-seekers claimed the burns were a result of being forced to hold hot engine pipes by navy personnel. They also alleged they were badly beaten by navy personnel before their boat was turned back to Rote Island on New Year’s Day.
“This video and the version of events given by Indonesian police appears (sic) to back up the claims of mistreatment first made by the asylum-seekers when they spoke to the ABC a fortnight ago,” Roberts said in a video report.
ABC news director Kate Torney yesterday defended the reports. “These claims are indeed difficult to verify and we have reported that too, along with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s emphatic denials,” she said.
It’s not so much that it’s untrue that is the issue, but that the ABC wants it to be true, and in this post-modern world will do everything to turn this fiction into truth even if the events never happened.