Kerry O’Brien say ABC journalists are not very good

In a standard ABC programmatic love-in-oscopy, resident ABC Communist Phillip Adams interviewed retired ABC journalist Kerry O’Brien on the need for public broadcasting.  Oh and O’Brien joined the program via telephone from his home in, drum roll please, Byron Bay.

The interview proceeded like one would expect 2 bank robbers discussing the need to decriminalize bank robbery and to have the Certificate III in Bank Robbery provided free of charge at TAFEs.  But then it got interesting.  Around 11.20 into the interview, O’Brien said this:

I think that if a journalist is showing a particular bias, then they are simply not a good journalist.

Talk about insulting the institution that pays his defined benefit pension.  But does it get any more honest than that with O’Brien admitting that the journalists at the ABC are not very good.

What better case is there to materially reduce the ABC’s funding.

Come on Minister Fifield.  If Kerry O’Brien says so, it must be so.  De-fund the the ABC now.

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33 Responses to Kerry O’Brien say ABC journalists are not very good

  1. Defund Their ABC? Shorten has already promised to boost Their ABC funding.

  2. pbw

    You have the syllogism wrong.

    If a journalist is showing a particular bias, he is not a very good journalist.
    The ABC has very good journalists.
    Therefore, ABC journalists do not show any particular bias.

  3. H B Bear

    Bwahahaa Phatty Adams interviewing Red Kezza in Byron Bay before returning to his Hunter Valley farm for the weekend. Quentin Dumpster will be quite miffed to not be invited to phone in from his defined benefit superannuated retirement in rural Tasmania.

    But not an ounce of fat to be cut. Life is good at the staff co-op. Unsurprisingly.

  4. Singleton Engineer

    Am I the only reader on this site who very much values the ABC while still controlling the OFF and MUTE controls, regardless of the broadcaster?

    Yes, I find both O’Brien and Adams tiresome – I avoid them most of the time. But for news, especially local news, the ABC is my first preference. On the negative side, ABC newsreaders increasingly wander off script, apparently convinced that their opinions and waffling is more valued than the job that they are paid to do. This applies equally to many of the commercial “readers” who become “pontificators”.

    Every broadcaster, public and private, frequently blurs the line between opinion and fact, often accompanied by shallow, valueless chatter between the panel members.

    The same can be said of dead tree news sources, of course – it’s not only the ABC.

  5. NB

    ‘Certificate III in Bank Robbery provided free of charge at TAFEs’
    What rubbish. You mean a degree and PhD program, leading quickly to tenured professorship.

  6. egg_

    I think that if a journalist is showing a particular bias, then they are simply not a good journalist.

    Red Kezza’s moment of programmatic specificity?

  7. NB

    ‘I think that if a journalist is showing a particular bias, then they are simply not a good journalist.’
    No. You misunderstand. The emphasis is not on the possession of bias, but on showing it. And that does not mean not to express the bias, but, rather, to successfully integrate it with the jungle of bias in the media more generally.

  8. H B Bear

    Am I the only reader on this site who very much values the ABC while still controlling the OFF and MUTE controls, regardless of the broadcaster?

    Apart from the usual suspects, I expect so. Commercial news is rubbish with the likes of Shit Happens and Bungjourno as bad, if not worse, as their ALPBC equivalents. I normally watch the first 5 minutes of Channel Stokes news and then go off and find something better to do with my time. It isn’t hard.

    The MSM is on a rapidly accelerating descent to irrelevancy.

  9. egg_

    Am I the only reader on this site who very much values the ABC…

    Pretty much.

  10. The MSM is on a rapidly accelerating descent to irrelevancy.

    That’s being quite generous. I thought that the MSM had already become irrelevant, the TV versions especially.

  11. Am I the only reader on this site who very much values the ABC

    No. Spartacus values it too. Some proportion of Sparta-Posts are based on mocking the ABC.

    But there is an issue of semantics here. We all pay for the ABC. The question is, if payment for the ABC were voluntary, who would then pay. That is the true test of value.

  12. old bloke

    Singleton Engineer
    #2735823, posted on June 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

    The same can be said of dead tree news sources, of course – it’s not only the ABC.

    But it is only the ABC which you are compelled to fund.

  13. H B Bear

    I wonder what Red Kezza would make of this piece on the supposed flagship radio current affairs program The Green-Left Weekly Radio (now) Half Hour formerly known as AM in which host frightbat Sabra Lane describes the “vague deal” signed in Singapore before “Washington Bureau Chief” Zoe Daniel goes on to initially describe the President as “… the former reality TV star …”.

  14. H B Bear

    The question is, if payment for the ABC were voluntary, who would then pay. That is the true test of value.

    Custard has an interesting Tweet on his page of a letter to Teh Worst (I think) saying if the ALPBC didn’t already exist, which political party would advocate the creation of this billion dollar taxpayer funded multi-media behemoth in today’s media environment?

  15. egg_

    if the ALPBC didn’t already exist, which political party would advocate the creation of this billion dollar taxpayer funded multi-media behemoth in today’s media environment?

    It’s a steam meeja relic.

  16. stackja

    ABC since Moses, downward spiral.

  17. Up The Workers!

    Their A.L.P.B.C. is now into public broadcasting?

    Gee, who knew?

    I thought the pricks were more into “pubic” broadcasting.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    Bias is good ,as long as it favours globalist u.n.communism in all its forms . Bias in favour of the extreme right wing conservative non turnbullist fascists should be totally banned and it’s proponents eliminated ,withou predjudice . There is no place in the modern world of fairness for any dissenters ,alpbc funding should be tripled are you listening comrade shortass?

  19. Habib

    Byron used to be a nice place until it was infested with southern blow-in superannuated marxist hippies hoovering roubles through public-funded defined benefit rackets. Of course they then took over local government, emptying their multiple container-loads of idiot baggage on unsuspecting locals. There’s a lot of places that could really do with a local Sawyer family.

  20. Habib

    Am I the only reader on this site who very much values the ABC while still controlling the OFF and MUTE controls, regardless of the broadcaster?

    No, the resident trot trolls lurve their free Pravda. The rest of us would crack a rare smile if Ultimo was invaded by flesh-eating bacteria.

  21. Chris

    No, the resident trot trolls lurve their free Pravda. The rest of us would crack a rare smile if Ultimo was invaded by flesh-eating bacteria.

    And THAT is how we crossed Habib’s name off the list for ‘First against the wall come the revolution’ . No greater praise.

  22. Frank

    The stat that doesn’t compute for me is that the ABC is the largest employer of journalists in the country. Presumably soon to be one of if not the only employer of journalists.

  23. Terry

    “Am I the only reader on this site who very much values the ABC”

    But do you?

    If one “valued” the ABC then one would pay for it to the tune of its cost and not have their indulgences subsidised at gunpoint by their fellow, unwilling taxpayers.

    I am only too happy for the ABC to exist as a subscription service to the nation’s cerebrally challenged (let’s call it a “stupidity” tax).

    The real question is, once the “public service” is pruned to sustainable levels, will the tax-moochers volunteer any of their dole money to “the cause”?

  24. Des Deskperson

    ‘Commercial news is rubbish with the likes of Shit Happens and Bungjourno as bad, if not worse, as their ALPBC equivalents.’

    I’m no fan for the ABC, but I have to agree that commercial television news is actually worse; same underpinning folk-Marxist narratives but far less professional in terms of presentation. Ten News is one long sub-cerebral leftist/populist op-ed.

    Speaking of Kezza, remember when sone femobint called him ‘the thinking woman’s crumpet’?. Apart from being a sort of adolescent and self-conscious attempt at being one of the girls, the comment struck me as odd, given that Kezzza, in the flesh, had a scrawny neck and a big swag belly; the latter the ABC camera crews were presumably ordered to keep out of sight on screen, a duty which they occasionally failed to carry out.

  25. Habib

    Kezza does look like an old daphne so it’s probably a reasonable statement. All FTA is crap, if it wasn’t for the odd rugby test and an occasional revisit of Simpsons repeats (nothing from the decade just gone though, preachier than Senator Two Fathers on methedrine) I’d never move my source cursor from HDMA. Who the fuck watches any of that illiterate, cretinous bollocks?

  26. Leo G

    You have the syllogism wrong.
    If a journalist is showing a particular bias, he is not a very good journalist.
    The ABC has very good journalists.
    Therefore, ABC journalists do not show any particular bias.

    Assuming Kerry’s journalism skills are still adequate to avoid obvious tautologies, “a particular bias” must refer to a single thing (or person), but one that he did not specify.
    It could be a bias in favour of Tony Abbott, or an unfortunate prejudice in favour of free speech, or something else.

  27. Robbo

    Nobody can seriously expect Fifield to do anything positive to deal with the shortcomings of the ABC. All sensible people know that the ABC is a sheltered workshop full of incompetent left wing morons. They are a blight on the diminished reputation of all journalists and they are clearly a total waste of the taxpayers money. Of course that meant that when it came to Turnbull appointing someone as a Minister to deal with ABC he immediately decided that it should go to the weakest and most incompetent individual in his team. The result of that approach was the selection of Fifield. Not even the waffling incompetent Pyne is worse than Fifield and that shows just how bad he is. All those nitwits at the ABC, who hate the Turnbull Government with a passion have nothing to worry about. Their sheltered workshop has a much safer future than the government.

  28. H B Bear

    Red Kezza never let his bias show *pffft* except when he used to slip, “It looks like a win for the ABC” on the few occasions when the Liars got up on election night.

    Of course the staff co-op will be campaigning more heavily next time around wiv Uncle Billy promising the staff co-op an extra $84m of taxpayer funds after they have been cut to the bone by the Lieborals.

  29. Faceache

    If u. Come across “former reality TV star” stop reading immediately

  30. cynical1

    “former reality TV star”

    “Former Chicago Community Organizer” doesn’t quite roll off a leftie’s tongue as smoothly.

    We won’t even mention cigar smuggling…

  31. Up The Workers!

    What would ‘Red Kerry’ know about journalists?

    I doubt he has ever met one – he has led a totally sheltered life at the A.L.P.B.C., where journalists are even rarer than the Unicorn or than facts.

  32. Crossie

    bemused
    #2735844, posted on June 13, 2018 at 10:09 am
    The MSM is on a rapidly accelerating descent to irrelevancy.

    That’s being quite generous. I thought that the MSM had already become irrelevant, the TV versions especially.

    It’s true. The only time we watch free to air TV in our house is the Channel 7 six o’clock news just to get the local perspective. The rest we get from Sky News and cable channels that interest us. The TV is not turned on until the evening so I have no idea what morning television is about.

  33. i don’t know which is more astounding about the abc journo’s telling us they aren’t biased; either that they are that thick that they can’t see their own failings, or that they know exactly what they are doing but are so cocksure of their position that are happy to rub our faces in it, at our expense to the tune of $1b p.a. Incredible and galling that a bunch of unelected sheltered-workshoppers can prop up a socialist party, which almost without fail (Hawke/Keating the only exception) lays waste to any treasury they gain control of. Don’t these people have any regard for the country or is it beyond their ken to figure it out? and why the hell can’t anything be done about it?!

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