Chris Kenny defamation case

Chris Kenny has had a win in the first stage of his defamation case against the ABC. I hope that he wins a payout of $1.2 billion and the Government does not top up the ABC’s budget. Not really, of course. I’d like Chris to win a modest settlement, and for punitive damages to be award around $1.2 billion payable to Consolidated Revenue.

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133 Responses to Chris Kenny defamation case

  1. Aussieute

    Wondered where this was up to
    Game on
    Will be great to a certain CEO dragged up to recount the fact that his brain was disengaged when he put his month in overdrive and this going to cost him and the ALPBC bucket loads

  2. Abu Chowdah

    I certainly hope (large) damages are awarded and they come directly from the ABC’s operating costs.

  3. nic

    Except the left will talk about the silencing of dissent/end of democracy without any embarassment whatsoever

  4. David Black

    Why is it de rigeur to refer to those idiots as the “boys?”
    They have got the idea that they are screamingly funny.
    They’re not.

  5. Carpe Jugulum

    Any damages should come off the ALPBCs budget and be advertised as an adverse finding.

  6. Rabz

    If taxpayers end up wearing a cent of the costs of the judgement, I’ll be paying the chaser ‘boys’ a visit and inserting a very large dog up them.

    NaDT.

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Go you good thing. About time they had someone pull them up.

    Micaleff on last night’s “Mad as Hell” was a total luvvie-fest from end to end. Abbott666 and all Lib policies were unfair game. Luvvie narrative full on, culture wars in open battle. We are sick of it, and so is most of Australia I suspect. Not a hint of a Labor issue sent up. Da Hairy Ape and I have a couple of times in the past enjoyed aspects his show, but he has totally gone over to the dark side, and we will give it/him a miss from now on. We still watch Rake (because it can be fun, just suspend normal disbelief), but with recognition of its implicit luvvie threading in storylines and characters.

    The Cat is far more entertaining.

  8. Gab

    Why is it de rigeur to refer to those idiots as the “boys?”

    You could hardly call them ‘men’, in the heteronormative sense of the word.

  9. calli

    I would like damages to be paid by…the halfwit who photoshopped the image, thinking ‘Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk…that’s funny’, then the panel of smugs, repeating same…and then Aunty.

    I just want share the lurrrve. It’s in my nature.

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    NaDT.

    No indeed, Rabz. They may even enjoy it, such is their obnoxious taste.

  11. Bear Necessities

    If Kenny does get a significant payout, will ABC management deduct the damages amount from the Chaser Boys (average age 37.5) next contract? I won’t hold my breath.

  12. Hubert East

    Keep going Chris Kenny. Those haughty ABC smellies need their comeuppance. It couldn’t happen to a nicer group. With any luck the damages may be so large as to reduce their numbers.

  13. Shelley

    Oh I do hope so. And yes cut their ALPBC budget by the amount compensated to Chris x 20.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I just want share the lurrrve. It’s in my nature.

    Yairs. In your lurrrvely new Gravatar too, Calli. :)

  15. Bons

    Up em Spot! They’re not our dogs.

  16. Tom

    Their ABC is so awash with Liars Party cash bribes they will probably be able to pay the settlement out of the funds unspent on the ABC Factcheck farce or the money they don’t know what to do earmarked for the so-called national news taskforce. The cuts to the ABC overall funding needs to be savage — in the hundreds of millions. Until that happens, this rogue green-left political organisation will continue to behave like a law unto itself.

  17. egg_

    Rent Chaser Boyz to be more chaste in future?

  18. duncanm

    Can’t wait for Scott on the stand explaining just why he thinks that it was all perfectly reasonable to for his organisation to behave in such a manner — so much so, that he backed them up when an apology was solicited.

  19. JC

    @mscott Hey Mark, Thought you said the dog humping thing was in jest – perfectly reasonable in context. Now you’re paying a settlement. WTF?

  20. JC

    @mscott And Mark, that’s taxpayer money being being pissed away you bozo. I hope it comes out of your hide, as it should.

  21. Peter H

    Could you imagine any other CEO defending such a foul level of behaviour. The answer is no . This would be a straight dismissal offence in any organisation, except at the ABC, where it is celebrated praised and defended.

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    I was wondering to myself this: what would have happened if someone had done this to a left wing Fairfax journo?

    Not just a defamation action, the perpetrator would need police protection for decades.

  23. JC

    @TheRealPBarry Hey Paulie, Catallaxy blog, which just despises their ABC, is reporting Kenny was awarded damages. You game to report this?

  24. nic

    Can’t wait for Scott on the stand explaining just why he thinks that it was all perfectly reasonable to for his organisation to behave in such a manner — so much so, that he backed them up when an apology was solicited.

    Other
    People’s
    Money

  25. jumpnmcar

    If a commercial channel broadcast this ….

  26. Gab

    Yes but commercial broadcasters have to abide by numerous rules, regulations and codes of conduct. Their ABC doesn’t.

  27. Rabz

    JC – FFS, the matter’s been referred to hearing before a jury – no decision, much less damages yet.

    The decision paves the way for the matter to proceed to a full hearing before a four-person jury, which will decide whether the segment was defamatory or not.

  28. blogstrop

    No, JC, the case is cleared to proceed. No damages awarded yet.

  29. JaneS

    So this is the same ABC that had conniptions over Tony Abbott looking at his watch whilst Juliar spoke, but thinks it’s morally acceptable to have an opponent photoshopped having sex with a dog. Man, I’m glad I can bypass the inner inner burbs of Melbourne thanks to the wonders of Citylink. It’s like another f*cking dimension. Only with five times more stupid.

  30. JC

    @andrewjhansen Hey, Kenny won the case.. court says driven by malice. Guessing you’re spent plutonium at their ABC now, right? You idiot.

  31. JC

    Okay Okay… First win. Fine. I screwed up a little, but think how those bozos at the ABC feel right now.

  32. calli

    Their ABC is so awash with Liars Party cash bribes they will probably be able to pay the settlement out of the funds unspent on the ABC Factcheck farce or the money they don’t know what to do earmarked for the so-called national news taskforce.

    That’s why I want the bloody individuals involved sued…but that’s in calliworld….

  33. JC

    Calli

    It doesn’t matter if they can’t be sued personally. Scott now has egg all over his face and the “boy” doing the chasing will be toxic there. This is a huge embarrassment for the fucking pricks.

  34. jumpnmcar

    Gab

    Their ABC doesn’t.

    Tell me about it.
    The jjj dickheads go unnoticed too.
    I turn up on site ,way early, every day to claim ” radio station dibs ” and am rewarded with NO jjj.

  35. James B

    People calling for the ABC budget to be cut by X amount less than 100% of their budget are missing the point, they just don’t get it.

    The problem is the existence of a state propaganda network. Not how much money they get. The ABC must be abolished in its entirety, not simply given less money.

  36. candy

    I wonder if Mark Scott has much perception into this at all?

    An apology in the beginning could have averted it. It seems so normal, just say sorry for offending and it was out of line. I think Chris Kenny who seems a really decent guy would have accepted that and moved on.

  37. lotocoti

    If a commercial channel broadcast this …

    Firstly, they wouldn’t.
    Secondly, it’d be run past their lawyers Scaird, DeKatts & Soffcox, who’d tell them, “Sure, provided you really want to be gimped out by the courts and the advertisers.”

  38. red breast

    I think it’s time now for the RSPCA to begin their case on behalf of the dog against the ABC.

  39. gabrianga

    the matter’s been referred to hearing before a jury – no decision, much less damages yet

    Agreed Rabz. Not time to be toasting a victory just yet. Could be a four “person” Friends of ABC” jury?

  40. Fleeced

    I reckon you guys have it wrong… The Chaser dudes not only don’t give a shit (it’s not their money), but they’re laughing at the play this is getting in the media. Google “Chris Kenny” now, and you’ll be almost certain to have a story pop up about him having sex with a dog. His name – as far as the Internet is concerned – is mud.

    Even if/when they lose, lefties will proudly update the Wikipedia page for Kenny to detail how he won his defamation case “after suggestions he had sex with a dog”, etc…

    And the Chaser “boys” will consider it worth every penny – especially since it isn’t their pennies – to have caused such permanent grief to someone they consider an ideological enemy.

  41. Norma

    They’ll offer to settle out of court, details to remain confidential. Chris has the option of refusing though.

  42. calli

    And the Chaser “boys” will consider it worth every penny – especially since it isn’t their pennies – to have caused such permanent grief to someone they consider an ideological enemy.

    Fleeced, that’s why in calliworld the individuals responsible would be sued until their eyes bled, and their wails of anguish could be heard on their favourite planet, Uranus. But it won’t happen, as you say.

  43. JC

    Fleeced:

    If their ABC lose this either by settlement or through court, those fuckers will never work for their ABC again and that hurts.

  44. john constantine

    remembering salman rushdie,and his issues,how cutting edge would it be for the chaser boys to show an islamic icon in a similar way?. have the chaser boys ever mocked fundemental islamic opposition to gay marriage? soft targets only for the hard left.

  45. Fleeced

    If their ABC lose this either by settlement or through court, those fuckers will never work for their ABC again and that hurts.

    Sure they will. They’ll be regarded as heroes amongst their comrades – they’ll probably even throw them a little party… they may be kept on a bit of a leash and be legally vetted, but no more than anyone working for a commercial network would have all along.

  46. Armadillo

    And the Chaser “boys” will consider it worth every penny – especially since it isn’t their pennies

    I was under the impression one of the entities he was suing is their production company I.e. them.

  47. Fleeced

    I was under the impression one of the entities he was suing is their production company

    Well, now you’re getting my hopes up :)

  48. Andrew of Randwick

    I AM IN A RANTING MOOD TODAY – must be because I was listening to the cricket at 4:00am this morning, in the dark, outside, looking at the moon…..
    .
    The ABC editors are laughing at us.
    Who is “us”. Those taxpayers that believe the ABC should be true to its charter, and “play a straight bat” and not be a self appointed leftist organisation whose mission is to compensate, or balance, for News Corp and 2GB’s right wing slant. (their words not mine).
    .
    1) I got home at 5:45pm and had to listen to David Marr, on 702 ABC, pontificating on subjects he knew nothing about. The amount of free air time he gets to promote his business interests is criminal and a breach of the charter. I have complained about him before to the ABC and they say he is a “leading writer & commentator” and deserves invitations. FMD.
    2) Then followed PM. The LEAD item was a beat-up about Manus Island guards and some memo from the company. Who cares? Only the ABC and the turn-back-the-Morrison industry. Bloody Hell….
    3) Andrew Bolt pinged ABC online earlier this week for not even mentioning that Williamson was a former ALP President. The editors laughed and changed about the 12th paragraph, below the fold. And it was obvious (due to context) that they changed only one word to cover their behinds, “former HSU President” to “former ALP President” apologises to HSU members. What is the link between the ALP and HSU members – nothing. OMG!!
    4) The 730 Report did not even mention the “admonishment motion” against Senator Conroy. I have a response to a complaint from the Supervising Editor – it is inconsistent and unconvincing. They just did not want to run a story as it would be embarrassing to the ALP and Mr Shorten. Bastards.
    5) Chris Kenny must not settle out of court with a confidentiality agreement. I want him to go all the way and I want the settlement public. What they did was abuse their power and reach, to thumb-their-nose at someone who didn’t agree. I wonder if the Chaser Boys contract indemnifies them against defamation actions. One of them is a lawyer, so I expect they put it in.
    .
    The ABC needs reform – because the middle management will not change – it would cause brain explosions and depression.
    .
    I would start by slicing off ALL the Sports coverage. Once, the ABC Radio had to do cricket from the Mother Country in the dark of night – but now sport is big business (really since WSC in the 1970′s) and a commercial provider would step in, in an instant.
    .
    That would be a good “shot over the bow” to say things are changing, and maybe Current Affairs would get the message – abide by the Charter.

  49. Armadillo

    Here it is. I am assuming that they are the directors of ‘Giant Dwarf’.

    Chris Kenny is trying to sue the ABC, presenter Andrew Hansen and production company Giant Dwarf over an episode of The Hamster Decides which aired in September

  50. candy

    I think they’d could work for the ABC, and I think they are heroes the ABC, but their style would never suit local 7, 9 or 10.
    It’s just too off colour. Especially after their jokes about the children dying of cancer.

  51. calli

    Andrew of Randwick…I dips me lid. You are the ranter in chief today. Not only in upper case, but in point form and…in bold!

    Slicing is way too kind…I would go for full amputation.

  52. Armadillo

    I think this ‘audit’ of the ABC is what will really stuff them, in particular following the money. It would be especially interesting to know about the contracts they have and how many of these companies are directly or indirectly liked to the ‘Labor Family’.

  53. Gab

    especially interesting to know about the contracts they have and how many of these companies are directly or indirectly liked to the ‘Labor Family’.

    As some bright spark pointed out today on the Open Forum, we’ve been thinking all along that their ABC gets its talking points from the ALP daily. But it’s the other way around – the ALP gets its daily talking points watching their ABC.

  54. Oh come on

    Micaleff on last night’s “Mad as Hell” was a total luvvie-fest from end to end.

    It was. Shockingly biased. Micaleff can be funny, but he sure as hell wasn’t last night. Just hit all the same old tired targets.

    Hint to the left: when you’re discussing Jews, Christians and Muslims, giving both barrels to Catholics over p@edophilia is not brave, edgy or shocking. It’s weak.

    That skit about the new government’s proposed changes to the syllabus was particularly pathetic. The part where the ‘teacher’ said to the class “Now we’re moving on to Indigenous history [in response to a glare from the conservative cultural warrior] um…the ANZACs”.

    Just achingly lame.

  55. Oh come on

    If taxpayers end up wearing a cent of the costs of the judgement

    We’re already paying for their legal costs.

  56. Old School Conservative

    Justice Beech-Jones calls The Hamster Decides “a lightweight show”. I agree. No need for lightweight shows to be funded by taxpayers. Shave the ABC budget by 50%.
    Personally, I’m keen to be at the full hearing – as one of the 4-person jury.

  57. iamok

    Lizzie although I normally like Micaleff I saw Abbott’s face early, switched on my predictive brain, and left early to practice my guitar. I have very very little interest in anything the ABC throws up (or should that be pukes up?) now. It is very sad but also incredibly damaging to our great culture of a fair go. Where is the Turncoat?

  58. Barnabus

    I see this as nothing but an attack on bestiality and the rights of consenting adults to entertain themselves as they see fit.

  59. rebel with cause

    A central feature of the broadcaster’s argument was that The Hamster Decides was a comedy show and that the reasonable viewer could not possibly have taken anything the segment said or depicted seriously.

    These guys are so derivative. John Stewart perfected the ‘clown face on, clown face off’ schtick years ago.

  60. Megan

    I am lighting candles that Chris wins this one, and wins BIG! As has been pointed out, if this had been put together in any other workplace in the country, the perpetrators would have been marched off site within minutes. And try using “…it was just a joke” as any kind of defence. CEO Scott is an utter disgrace. Just another nail in the coffin of civil society and civil discourse.

  61. gabrianga

    Since day one ,many moons ago, I picked Micaleff as a Leftie Luvvie and he has done SFA to change my opinion.

    Why else would he be given a program? He’s not funny in the slightest He mocks one side of politics rat snidely rather than attempt humour. He displays a preference for the Left of politics. He is in fact a total shit who belongs with the “political wits” on the “Project”

  62. egg_

    Justice Beech-Jones calls The Hamster Decides “a lightweight show”.

    Hiding behind the parody Trojan horse as a vehicle to defame, no?

  63. incoherent rambler

    So they did not expect to be sued for that sketch?

  64. Oh come on

    Micallef has a good eye for the absurd but when he gets political it’s just the same tired hackneyed crap.

  65. Armadillo

    So they did not expect to be sued for that sketch?

    Strange indeed. Whoever was responsible for letting that go to air is an incompetent imbecile. Seriously, any moron could have seen that there would be a problem here. Did they ask the lawyers beforehand? Seems to me that the refusal to apologise is just as strange (if not more so). Who the hell was this person? Have they been sacked?

  66. Des Deskperson

    Back in 2007, Julian Morrow got into a minor argy-bargy with Sheik Hilaly tat the airport during which the latter called Morrow a racist and threatened to punch his nose.

    That must have provoked thong-cacking panic at Ultimo, because the very next week Morrow was around at the Lakemba Mosque for a comic boxing bout with Anthony Mundine that ended in smiles all round . It was a scarcely veiled apology, as well as a general suck up, to the Muzzies.

    As a result of this, I’ve never had much time for the ‘fearless’ and ‘transgressive’ Chaser boys.

  67. Oh come on

    I wonder how they would have treated Pell.

    Look, The Chaser gives their audience what they want. Their audience are not particularly discerning, of course, so that makes The Chasers “boys’” job a lot easier. (Not that The Chaser “boys” are particularly discerning themselves…) Their audience of course consists of a bunch of freeloaders who think the cost of their entertainment should be borne by those who don’t find Chaser jokes very funny and certainly wouldn’t pay for it if they had a choice in the matter. And these Chaser enthusiasts would be aghast at any suggestion that their jollies be interrupted by commercials so as to fund the same old stale jokes and sketches that these peabrains think tremendously cutting.

    And so it goes.

  68. Oh come on

    Hrm. There’s a surplus-to-requirements ‘of course’ on the loose in there.

  69. Gab

    The Chaser gives their audience what they want.

    That was Mark Scott’s pathetic excuse too. If the Chaser “boys” thought their audience wanted a live beheading, by your logic they should give the audience what they want and that would be their defense too.

  70. Oh come on

    I’m surprised you think I’m defending them, Gab

  71. Gab

    I’m not surprised you are defending them.

  72. Micallef has a good eye for the absurd but when he gets political it’s just the same tired hackneyed crap.

    He had a full 6 years of ALP government – a triumph of absurdity from start to finish – from which to make amusing capital.

    Epic fail.

  73. Oh come on

    Why would you say that?

  74. egg_

    The Chaser gives their audience what they want.

    How low an act would they have to depict Kenny in to incur outrage – pedophilia – an act with a choir boy?

    What would be considered ‘below the belt’ and purely malicious by all and sundry?

  75. Squirrel

    “Andrew of Randwick

    #1214789, posted on March 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I AM IN A RANTING MOOD TODAY – must be because I was listening to the cricket at 4:00am this morning, in the dark, outside, looking at the moon…..
    .
    The ABC editors are laughing at us.
    Who is “us”. Those taxpayers that believe the ABC should be true to its charter, and “play a straight bat” and not be a self appointed leftist organisation whose mission is to compensate, or balance, for News Corp and 2GB’s right wing slant. (their words not mine).
    .
    1) I got home at 5:45pm and had to listen to David Marr, on 702 ABC, pontificating on subjects he knew nothing about. The amount of free air time he gets to promote his business interests is criminal and a breach of the charter. I have complained about him before to the ABC and they say he is a “leading writer & commentator” and deserves invitations. FMD.
    2) Then followed PM. The LEAD item was a beat-up about Manus Island guards and some memo from the company. Who cares? Only the ABC and the turn-back-the-Morrison industry. Bloody Hell….
    3) Andrew Bolt pinged ABC online earlier this week for not even mentioning that Williamson was a former ALP President. The editors laughed and changed about the 12th paragraph, below the fold. And it was obvious (due to context) that they changed only one word to cover their behinds, “former HSU President” to “former ALP President” apologises to HSU members. What is the link between the ALP and HSU members – nothing. OMG!!
    4) The 730 Report did not even mention the “admonishment motion” against Senator Conroy. I have a response to a complaint from the Supervising Editor – it is inconsistent and unconvincing. They just did not want to run a story as it would be embarrassing to the ALP and Mr Shorten. Bastards.
    5) Chris Kenny must not settle out of court with a confidentiality agreement. I want him to go all the way and I want the settlement public. What they did was abuse their power and reach, to thumb-their-nose at someone who didn’t agree. I wonder if the Chaser Boys contract indemnifies them against defamation actions. One of them is a lawyer, so I expect they put it in.
    .
    The ABC needs reform – because the middle management will not change – it would cause brain explosions and depression.
    .
    I would start by slicing off ALL the Sports coverage. Once, the ABC Radio had to do cricket from the Mother Country in the dark of night – but now sport is big business (really since WSC in the 1970′s) and a commercial provider would step in, in an instant.
    .
    That would be a good “shot over the bow” to say things are changing, and maybe Current Affairs would get the message – abide by the Charter.”

    My goodness, you are a glutton for punishment – David Marr and then PM all in one day. If it’s any small consolation, I thought Tony Jones was quite nicely behaved with Julie Bishop tonight – I think he even apologised for interrupting, once or twice. Perhaps the new reality is slowly dawning (TJ gave Albanese a fairly good grilling on Qantas last night).

    Back on topic, whatever the precise outcome of Chris Kenny’s case, I hope the message gets through loud and clear that offensive, puerile behaviour is not acceptable, and not appropriate for a taxpayer funded organisation and is not a good look for “entertainers” who are well on the way to middle age – “Boys” is just so sad – they’ve been around far too long to be excused as naughty but loveable scamps.

  76. Gab

    Why would you say that?

    Oh don’t be coy. Let’s rewind the tape:

    The Chaser gives their audience what they want.

    Clearly you absolve them for any wrongdoing because the poor little dears were only doing what they thought their audience wants, the little innocent puppets.

  77. Oh come on

    Hang on a second, when I said they give their audience what they want I was speaking of their overall body of work. And then I went on to excoriate their audience. Apparently some here missed the inherent criticism contained there amd have decided I’m a Chaser cheerleader.

    Very strange.

  78. Oh come on

    Clearly you absolve them for any wrongdoing because the poor little dears were only doing what they thought their audience wants

    Clearly you haven’t thought about your response to what I wrote a great deal. It’s ok. I can turn the other cheek.

  79. Gab

    Duck and weave all you like but you put up the exact same defense as Mark Scott: blame the audience.

  80. Oh come on

    It wasn’t a defence, Gab. I wasn’t defending them. This is where you are confused.

  81. Gab

    Maybe you didn’t mean to, but you actually did and if you can’t see that then I cannot dumb it down any further for you.

  82. Oh come on

    Actually, I think you may be seeing things that aren’t there. In that case, I cannot assist you any further without pharmaceutical remedies.

  83. Oh come on

    And this clearly isn’t about you responding to something said in the here and now. You’re basing your erroneous assumption on perceived transgressions committed earlier. You said

    I’m not surprised you are defending them.

    So why would you not be surprised? I’m not exactly a lefty cheerleader. Clearly this is about baggage you’re carrying regarding myself.

  84. Gab

    Whatever; keep trying, there’s a good boy.

  85. Oh come on

    Um, yeah. I’ll take that as a retraction.

  86. Gab

    LOL. Try putting down those pharmaceuticals remedies of yours and you might make sense.

    But I’ll let you have the last word, I know it means a lot to you..

  87. Oh come on

    I asked you to explain yourself. You didn’t, and have apparently decided to retreat. Don’t tell me I’m not making sense when you have completely failed to justify the substance behind your initial barb.

    If it’s just shit on the liver, hey, that’s fine. We all have bad days.

  88. “Dear ABC:

    Your budget is being halved next year, to pay for Chris Kenny’s win.

    If you really think B1 and B2 (and the rest of ABC Kids’ programming) are that important, you’re going to have to think about what goes in order to save them.”

    We can dream, can’t we?

  89. Somerville

    James B

    #1214743, posted on March 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    People calling for the ABC budget to be cut by X amount less than 100% of their budget are missing the point, they just don’t get it.

    The problem is the existence of a state propaganda network. Not how much money they get. The ABC must be abolished in its entirety, not simply given less money.

    Spot on. Even if the ABC loses the case it will be taxpayers who pay for it. The communards will be unaffected and undeterred, and will carry on as the Labor-Green propaganda network. That will only stop when they are defunded and sold off.

  90. Steve Q

    The attacks on the venerable Micallef really show how one-eyed and uptight people are around here. He’s ragged on both, and every side of politics – but when you’re that rusted-on for your side, any jokes hitting too close to home become personal barbs stinging at your very identity.

    Divest yourselves of this petty tribalism; learn to laugh at yourselves and the world around you.

    Unweld and unwind. You’ll live longer.

  91. Oh come on

    Steve Q, fuck off.

  92. Oh come on

    Why are all the Steves wankers?

  93. Oh come on

    (most of the Steves)

  94. Steve Q

    Shall we do some early morning deep breath exercises? We shouldn’t be raising your blood pressure now, should we.

  95. Tintarella di Luna

    If taxpayers end up wearing a cent of the costs of the judgement, I’ll be paying the chaser ‘boys’ a visit and inserting a very large dog up them.

    NaDT.

    Rabz – always a contender.

  96. Tintarella di Luna

    Shaun Micallef is a has-been who hasn’t realised it. He hasn’t been funny since 1993.

  97. Steve Q

    Shaun Micallef is a has-been who hasn’t realised it. He hasn’t been funny since 1993.

    That must be why he keeps getting shows that rate and review well. Then again, I’m sure you’re a much funnier person.

  98. Mater

    Shaun Micallef is a has-been who hasn’t realised it. He hasn’t been funny since 1993.

    That must be why he keeps getting shows that rate and review well. Then again, I’m sure you’re a much funnier person.

    I’d pay to see Micallef and Infidel Tiger go a few rounds in a battle of Wit.

  99. cynical1

    If the taxpayers are wearing it, David Marr and photoshop could restore the balance.

    I won’t hold my breath as some things are sacred. IE: Homos, Muslims, Refugees, Aboriginals, Union leaders.

    Popes, Catholics, Jews, Conservatives, Caucasian males, not so much….

  100. Jeremy

    I thought I would find out who is responsible for not sacking Mark Scott. Following are the results of my research.
    From the ABC act.
    (3) The Board may:
    (a) determine the terms and conditions of appointment, excluding remuneration and allowances, of a person acting as Managing Director; and
    (b) terminate such an appointment at any time.
    The members of the board are: Chairman – The Hon James Spigelman AC QC, Cheryl Bart AO, Jane Bennett, Simon Mordant AM , Matt Peacock , Prof Julianne Schultz AM FAHA , Mark Scott AO , Steven Skala AO, Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA . I cannot see any means of removing board members except that the Governor General may remove members for physical or mental incapacity and shall remove them for various forms of legally specified naughtiness.
    The minister has little role in selecting new board members. That power is given to the nomination panel. The nomination panel is appointed by the secretary of the PM’s Department.
    The nomination panel for membership of the ABC and SBS boards is as follows: Mr Ric Smith AO PSM, Mr David Gonski AC, Professor Allan Fels AO, Ms Leneen Forde AC. The PM’s Dept. website says Mr Smith, Professor Fels, Mr Gonski, and Ms Forde were members of the previous Nomination Panel which conducted five appointment processes resulting in the appointment of 14 new directors to the ABC and SBS boards since 2009. The nomination panel must consist of the chair and at least 2 but not more than 3 others.
    Clearly, the nomination panel is choosing board members who will not sack Mark Scott. The nomination panel must be replaced.

  101. Senile Old Guy

    It seems so normal, just say sorry for offending and it was out of line.

    The ABC is never wrong. They do not apologise. Ever.

    Oh, and they are not normal. (I write this sadly, as I grew up listening to the ABC, when they were unbiased and highly professional.)

  102. Bear Necessities

    The attacks on the venerable Micallef really show how one-eyed and uptight people are around here. He’s ragged on both, and every side of politics – but when you’re that rusted-on for your side, any jokes hitting too close to home become personal barbs stinging at your very identity.

    Divest yourselves of this petty tribalism; learn to laugh at yourselves and the world around you.

    Unweld and unwind. You’ll live longer.

    We’re laughing at you not with you Q. Thanks for helping us live longer.

  103. calli

    Oh noes! Tinta attracts a childish snark because she finds Micallef unfunny.

    Tinta, you are a very kind and generous person, in that you once found him mildly amusing. My sense of humour must be sadly lacking.

  104. .

    I think what Micallef does should be taken as a compliment.

    His jokes at the right are Pavlovian.

    The jokes at the left are snide and hilarious, and a lot in the audience don’t get it.

  105. Token

    I hope that he wins a payout of $1.2 billion and the Government does not top up the ABC’s budget

    As the staff & extremely well paid contractors do not pay the cotss, the value of all damages settlements should be permanently removed from the ABC budget.

    You can bet the other staff who are likely to lose their well paid jobs due to miscreants & morons are more likely to impose controls on the Chaser dopes than any outside agent.

  106. Token

    Micallef has a good eye for the absurd but when he gets political it’s just the same tired hackneyed crap.

    The fact is that Micallet is better than the tired lefty humour he retreats to when he is short of material.

  107. boy on a bike

    Let’s go back to basics.

    Is it really the job of the ABC to be producing and airing comedy shows like The Chaser and Micalef etc? Is this why it was setup in the first place? Is there some gaping market failure where the commercial channels are supplying zero comedy output? Are there no pubs and clubs with comedy nights where the punters can go along for a laugh? Is youtube a comedy free zone, policed by comedy hating Nazis who remove all funny content?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  108. hammy

    Kenny ought to man up. It was a joke, Chris, a joke!

  109. Token

    Kenny ought to man up. It was a joke, Chris, a joke!

    Bravo that is champagne comedy Hammy.

    To honour the fact that you are a supporter of laws which reduce freedom, we’ve organised an 18C note for your comment when have hurt feelings of many of the other people who read the blog.

    Enjoy all the long conferences with your very expensive lawyers!

  110. egg_

    Micallef has a good eye for the absurd but when he gets political it’s just the same tired hackneyed crap.

    +1

    Undergrad style and surprisingly hasn’t got any more sophisticated in 20 years.
    Target audience?
    (But has sufficient wit not to put forward potentially defamatory material).

  111. Jazza

    I actually tried to watch the “Chaser Boys” once or twice.
    it transported me back to the long years when I was teaching,with the grade sixers or the first formers behind the shelter shed sniggering at their own puerile joke in lunch hour.
    This effort with ridiculing Chris Kenny shows how arrogant they have grown also,with the sheltered workshop of the Anything But Conservative mob guaranteeing their regular safe passage to funds and airtime,regardless of ratings .
    Sadly, these days, apart from the Bolt report, the same sort of juvenile silliness and lack of clever wit dominates all Channel 10 does live,and I think they might have rivals elsewhere,as really,most of the Aussie reality shows have presenters who would be better suited to menial jobs and their script writers must also be devoid of clarity of thought and a depth of sense of humour,though BH&G doesn;’t grate so much as the others.
    Just my opinion, but I’m agreeing with posters who think it’s high time the Chaser “Boys” faced the music they created!
    Onya Chris Kenny!

  112. egg_

    Kenny ought to man up. It was a joke, Chris, a joke!

    And if it were Miranda Devine depicted with the dog?

  113. Tom

    Hammy would quite like it if he was known as a dog fucker. I mean, no-one but his immediate family knows he once fucked a dog and most people would think it was just a joke.

  114. Rabz

    Kenny ought to man up. It was a joke, Chris, a joke!

    You know what would be truly funny, Hammburglar? If the ALPBC broadcast a picture of you copulating with a dog.

    That, I would consider bloody hilarious.

  115. egg_

    Jazza
    #1215262, posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

    They and Micallef are mainly lawyers and their style seems to reflect the adversarial system; it’s rather ironic that they’ve gone too far over the top and incurred legal action.
    Beyond parody, brought to you by their ABC.

  116. candy

    Kenny ought to man up. It was a joke, Chris, a joke!

    In that case why didn’t they just simply and personally apologise to Chris Kenny for a stupid joke and be done. It seems malicious to me.

  117. politichix

    I’m surprised the animal lovers aren’t up in arms about the lack of respect shown to the poor old dog!

  118. rafiki

    Rebel at 10.40pm is right. “A central feature of the broadcaster’s argument was that The Hamster Decides was a comedy show and that the reasonable viewer could not possibly have taken anything the segment said or depicted seriously”. And it did not succeed before the judge.

    While this will give many here the shits, there is here is a lesson here for Catallaxy bloggers. This is that there is no clear line between non-actionable ridicule and actionable attacks on reputation. On a recent post there were comments made about an identified prominent Australian sportsman that were arguably on the actionable side. Whether an suit by him would succeed is not the main point. A letter from Messrs Sue, Grabbit and Runne requesting damages might well have to be met in part to avoid the risk of a heavy damages award. This is a well-used tactic by defamation lawyers (and by those who practise in ‘unfair dismissal, ant-discrimination etc).

  119. Oh come on

    Kenny ought to man up. It was a joke, Chris, a joke!

    Tell it to the judge. Then keep repeating it on your way to the bank. Have a nice day!

  120. cohenite

    The Chaser gives their audience what they want.

    That would be the Nuremberg Defence as amended by the left.

  121. Squirrel

    “Oh come on

    #1214870, posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Micallef has a good eye for the absurd but when he gets political it’s just the same tired hackneyed crap.”

    That sums it up nicely – as much as anything, Micallef is appealing to the vanity of the core ABC demographic – as do the Chaser bunch (and many other ABC offerings).

  122. Zatara

    “The Chaser gives their audience what they want.”

    So do pedophile pornographers or there wouldn’t be a black market for their work.

    Trust Mark Scott and the ABC to play to the least common denominator.

  123. johanna

    The important point being, it’s “their” audience, which certainly doesn’t include me.

    Why should I have to pay for it?

  124. Oh come on

    That sums it up nicely – as much as anything, Micallef is appealing to the vanity of the core ABC demographic – as do the Chaser bunch (and many other ABC offerings).</blockquote

    Crikey, you can't say say that – you'll be accused of defending them and/or using the Nuremberg defence or whatever other hyperventilating nonsense the Salem leftyhunters blurt out (listen carefully; it's interspersed with episodic glossolalia).

  125. Oh come on

    Take 2:

    That sums it up nicely – as much as anything, Micallef is appealing to the vanity of the core ABC demographic – as do the Chaser bunch (and many other ABC offerings).

    Crikey, you can’t say say that – you’ll be accused of defending them and/or using the Nuremberg defence or whatever other hyperventilating nonsense the Salem leftyhunters blurt out (listen carefully; it’s interspersed with episodic glossolalia).

  126. If the Chaser “boys” thought their audience wanted a live beheading

    Some rock band already done that…

  127. Pat Warnock

    Mr Kenny is right. By the way Rafe is rubbish.

  128. Ed

    By the way Rafe is rubbish.

    Why come along and insult the bloggers like that?
    That’s trolling.

  129. Tintarella di Luna

    Rafe is erudite, sophisticated, well-connected, and a gentleman.

  130. johanna

    Dissing Rafe (rather than his points) just chucks you into the troll-bin here, pal.

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