Whom does the ABC call in Indonesia?

The ABC’s favourite go-to person for commentary on people smuggling and the Abbott Government’s policies is the entertainer Tantowi Yahya. There are a quarter of a billion people living in Indonesia and the ABC thinks that there is only one person – Yahya – to represent the Indonesian viewpoint. So much for diversity of opinion and balance. How much has the ABC paid Yahya for his interviews?

HT: Tim Blair

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32 Responses to Whom does the ABC call in Indonesia?

  1. Rob

    They get their political analysis of Indonesia from a game show host, it seems like 7:30 and lateline are just dumbed down versions of the project with duller presenters.

  2. Viva

    Those who were around during the Gulf War will remember how the ABC slavishly sought only the opinions of one Prof. Springborg who could be relied upon to sledge the government’s involvement – much to annoyance of the then Labor govt.

  3. H B Bear

    Nice work by Snowcone ($355,789) and Sales ($280,400).

    That’s why they are paid the big bucks.

  4. candy

    If this was all reversed the ABC, the Age, the SMH and all their supporters would be barracking absolutely madly for Labor Government and praising them for stopping the boats, and encouraging every policy.

  5. egg_

    Perhaps Q&A can become a game show?
    Tony Barber Jones asks the panel to ‘come on down!’
    “I’ll have ‘LGBT amputee refugees’ for 50 points thanks, Tony.”

  6. Carpe Jugulum

    Any day now the ALPBC will be getting their US political analysis from snoop dog and krusty the clown

  7. Alfonso

    The Flan hysteric and the tabloid Yaha clown.
    Their ABC pick these people for a purpose.
    Alas I’m paying for the agitprop thereby produced

  8. ar

    HT should go to Michael Smith… he ran this on Friday… :)

  9. Whom does the ABC call”, please
    I thought at first, Samuel J., that you were suggesting that there is a particular call, “ABC call”—rather like a rebel yell, perhaps—, and you were asking who does it.

  10. C.L.

    Broken here at the Cat when curiosity got the better of me and I Googled this clown.

    I was shocked to discover he was Indonesia’s Tony Barber.

  11. 2dogs

    Andrew O’Keefe must be waiting for TVRI’s call.

  12. Samuel J

    Thanks Deadman – fixed

  13. gabrianga

    Eat your heart out Eddie.

  14. tomix

    That’s snoop “wake & bake” lion. Scott Morrison says his smoking preferences will be taken into consideration at his next visa application.

  15. Baldrick

    Tantowi Yahya is the Russell Brand of Indonesian television – an ignorant, self-obsessed wanker!

  16. Cold-Hands

    Any day now the ALPBC will be getting their US political analysis from snoop dog and krusty the clown

    Already ABC radio goes to Mother Jones and other Democrat partisans for their analysis. Kermit Gosnell? Benghazi? What’s dat?

  17. nonmus

    You’re a better man than I am, Stuviewer! Perhaps it’s only you who’ve had the grim forbearance to observe our ABC long enough to notice, and for this alone you deserve our undying praise and admiration. Most of the rest of us plugged our ears with beeswax and bugged out long, long ago.

  18. Habib

    What a scabby gameshow, a mill in rupiah would be flat out getting you a slab of Bintang, a packet of Gudangs and a cab home.

  19. CatAttack

    If it was a court room they would be accused of leading the witness. Why not just give him a script to read from.

  20. Squirrel

    The spirit of Norman Gunston lives on.

  21. Bob

    Viva
    #1167596, posted on January 26, 2014 at 11:23 am
    Those who were around during the Gulf War will remember how the ABC slavishly sought only the opinions of one Prof. Springborg who could be relied upon to sledge the government’s involvement – much to annoyance of the then Labor govt.

    Well done Viva – and best not to to forget the ABC refused to broadcast messages to ADF personnel in the area.

  22. Habib

    No doubt that was for operational reasons.

  23. andy

    the abc ‘has obtained’ footage of burnt refugee hands,proving institutional racism and brutality in the australian armed forces.

    the australian cattle trade was closed down overnight by ‘footage the abc has obtained’. the abc assured us that the cattle footage was not staged,or set up by activists,that the footage was something that just happened.

    should we take footage rich activists obtain in a poor country,and watch it while aware of the possibility that it is ‘work made for hire’? can rich activists be told and shown things by poor people that reinforces the wealthy’s existing groupthink?.

    the abc has increased its losses past one and a quarter billion dollars a year,and in return has grown too big to be accountable.

  24. andy

    i am still using leftie language,leading into leftie groupthink.

    i should have said that the abc,as publicity officers of the mass migration industry,have obtained footage of clients of the mass migration industry that proves that opponents of the mass migration industry should immediately cease and desist their efforts to oppose the business model that underpins the leftie efforts to obtain taxpayer funded clients for life. people are money,and the right sort of clients underpin taxpayer funded cashflow for the right sort of people.

  25. Dave of Cossack

    Does he yodel or sing his agreement when the ABC clowns ask for the yes or no?

    Also is it us Australian’s taxpayers rupiah they bribe him with for his bullshit responses?

    It is a shame the Federal Minister in charge of the ABC has ostrich tendencies. Maybe while his head is buried a thorough plucking, by certain people he supports, might help?

    I am just reading all about our fine upstanding, angelic neighbors past. Here is one of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%9366

  26. tomix

    In the Wiki article, the hindu Balinese killed at least 80,000 in a couple of months and the Army had to stop the ferocity it had itself started.

  27. Robbo

    I have been told that Indonesian TV are trying to sign up Ossie Ostrich and Humphrey B Bear as their commentary team to provide an insight into the issue from an Australian perspective.

  28. JohnA

    Without the glasses, would he look somewhat like that Korean dancing thing-o with the Greek letter for a name…?

  29. JohnA

    But surely we can cut the ABC a bit of slack – he’s a Parliamentarian with 5 years under his belt.

    Would that give him the credibility of say, um, a Bill Shorten?

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