Our house has been an ABC-free zone for some time: we just can’t bear it.
But last night I was at my daughter’s and we watched 7.30 – I think because ABC1 just happened to be on.
If this is high quality journalism, I’m a monkey’s uncle (or should that be aunt?).
There were two main items:
The first was by Greg Hoy, who is invariably unreliable. The segment was, I think, about the reform to the FOFA laws but the story was completely garbled, incoherent and misleading.
It was mixing up all sorts of issues and timing. It covered the people who lost money by investing in tax-driven Managed Investment Schemes – Timbercorp was the company in question, although at one stage in the story, the tag was Timecorp. (Honestly, can’t the ABC even get these sorts of things right?)
The fact that the Howard government effectively closed down MIS arrangements was not mentioned.
And to be frank, people who have mortgaged their houses to invest in an obviously dodgy arrangement like Timbercorp can never be helped. If it were not this investment, it would have been another.
Then there was the mandatory harassment of some accountant/financial adviser who had done something wrong according to the ABC, although we never found out what it was. The theme of this part of the story seemed to be how dare he declare bankruptcy when he still drives an expensive car and lives in an expensive house. But what did this have to do with FOFA? Storm was briefly mentioned but without context.
And then we had the self-serving Peter Collins railing against the FOFA changes and a fumbling Munchenberg from the Bankers’ Association – the producers chose the precise sentence or two in which he misspoke.
And how were those random shots of sullen looking people supposed to help us interpret the messages of the segment?
ABSOLUTELY APPALLING, F-.
The Board of the ABC is simply not doing its job – it is there to maintain the journalistic standards of the corporation and there is no evidence at all that it is doing this.
The second segment was equally bad. It was about illegal downloads – something at which Australia excels evidently – and focused on Game of Thrones.
It followed two GoT devotees who had paid $70 each to attend some sort of GoT expo and were absolutely thrilled to have had a photo taken with the actor who plays Jaime Lannister (you see, I was concentrating).
But they had illegally downloaded all the GoT episodes because they are too expensive to watch legally – something which the producer of this segment seemed fine with.
Evidently, Choice thinks this is fine too because Foxtel refuses to offer single episode offerings and its packages are too expensive. So acting illegally is fine by ACA too. Really? Really? It’s a bit like saying that I think that that Chanel bag is too expensive for what it is, so it’s OK to steal it.
You really have to wonder about the ABC. Needless to say, A-G Brandis was portrayed in a poor light, heartlessly trying to uphold property rights against all those worthy thieving fans of GoT.
Can someone do something to stop this appalling tosh being put to air using taxpayers’ monies? And just don’t get me on to Sarah Ferguson.