ABC is deliberately misleading

There has been a great hullabaloo surrounding Chris Berg and my book Against Public Broadcasting:  Why and how we should privatise the ABC.  Even before it was published The Guardian and Senator Kristina Keneally began pushing the line that this book was part on an IPA attack on the ABC. To be clear, this is the IPA view of the ABC:

Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.

This is what Chris and I recommend in our book:

Our view is that the ABC should be given away to the ABC’s current and past employees. Again this could be done on some pro rata basis. This achieves two goals: it effects the privatisation, and vests control of the new private firm with those who have the most incentive for it to succeed. Many employees would of course choose to trade their shares and take their windfall gains. ABC employees are the people who have built up the ABC’s brand value (such as it is) and the people best placed to realise any value within the ABC. The employees as shareholders would have a strong incentive to realise efficiencies and develop and grow revenue streams.

Those two proposals are quite different. But that has not stopped the ABC from also arguing that Chris and I are simply pushing an IPA proposal. Here is the ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie (misrepresenting us on two levels):

The anti-ABC case has been crystallised in two recent developments – the launch of a tome by two people associated with the IPA calling for the sale of the national broadcaster, and last weekend’s policy motion at the Liberal Party federal council meeting in Sydney demanding the “privatisation” of the ABC.

The day before Chris had appeared on several ABC radio stations and was introduced each time as being a RMIT University staff member – maybe she gets her news from non-ABC sources. To be fair Guthrie may have been confused – after all Chris had been a long-time IPA employee, but had moved to RMIT at the beginning of 2017. Mind you, confusion doesn’t explain my situation. The ABC has me on their website as being a RMIT employee. A quick google of me reveals that I am at RMIT.  While a quick google of Chris has as the 4th, 5th, and 6th listing that he is at RMIT and the 8th listing is a news report that he had moved from the IPA to RMIT.

Before I demonstrate that the ABC is not all confused – let me digress by reposting a letter I had in the AFR:

Mitch Fifield recently accused the ABC of repeating Labor talking points as facts.There is another Labor talking point that is quickly becoming a factoid – repeated by The Guardian, other elements of the Fairfax Media, and alas in the AFR.

Tom McIlroy reported Against Public Broadcasting: Why we should privatise the ABC and how to do it, written by Chris Berg and myself, as being an Institute of Public Affairs book. Chris Berg and I are full-time employees of RMIT University in Melbourne. The book was written as part of our employment, using facilities, resources, and time provided by RMIT University and subsequently published by Connor Court.

That letter appeared on June 20.  So it must be with some irony that on June 25, on the ABC show Media Watch (sic) – I am reliably informed that the AFR is one of two national daily newspapers and so can be considered part of the media – that this statement appeared:

However, critics like the IPA’s Chris Berg claim the ABC does not represent all Australians and he says that’s a reason why taxpayers should not have to fund it:

Simply astonishing that the ABC then reported a quote from radio 2GB and not a quote from one of the many of its own stations that had interviewed Chris. Furthermore, when we contacted Media Watch to inform them that their affiliation for Chris was incorrect, they added this footnote to the story:

**NOTE: While Chris Beg is a senior fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, he is also a senior research fellow with RMIT University and it was in this capacity he wrote his book on privatising the ABC.

So little care and attention to detail that the ABC couldn’t even spell his name correctly.  The far, far more interesting aspect of this incident is the exchange between Chris and the ABC leading up to that clarification:

Chris Berg: 

Thank you for the kind mention of my argument that the ABC does not represent all Australians on your episode “Privatising the ABC” on 25 June 2018.

However, you appear to have misstated my affiliation, and I would like the record corrected.

I am a full time research academic at RMIT University, the book was written as part of that employment, and the book which launched the debate was published by a commercial publisher. This is information widely available online.

ABC Employee:

We’re talking about ease of storytelling. We need to impart who you are to the viewer in a short amount of time. To say you are from the IPA is a correct and familiar reference point. We certainly couldn’t have ignored it, as you rightly point out with that complaint.

I accept you might have written the book on the RMIT payroll but that’s immaterial to viewers and to not say so doesn’t misrepresent you in any way, we’d argue.

We’ve had a chat about it and we’re comfortable with what we’ve put to air. But if you’re still concerned we can make a note on our online transcript. And, as you’d know but I have to mention, if you’re not happy with our response you can have Audience and Consumer Affairs review it with a complaint to them.

Chris Berg:

Hi … thanks for the prompt response.

To be honest though, I am probably a better authority about what does or does not misrepresent my role, the book, my institutional affiliation and job than you and your colleagues. 

I am a full time RMIT employee in an academic role despite how hard that makes your ‘storytelling’

A correction to the online transcript will suffice.

ABC Employee:

No doubt you’re the best judge. But that’s not how journalism works.

We’ve added the note to the transcript online now.

All very polite and civil, to be sure. But just some choice quotes from that exchange:

… We’re talking about ease of storytelling …

… I accept you might have written the book on the RMIT payroll but that’s immaterial to viewers …

… that’s not how journalism works …

So there is no “confusion” on the ABCs part; putting out false facts and fake news is ease of storytelling and just how journalism works.

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75 Responses to ABC is deliberately misleading

  1. Peter Campion

    TheirABC

    Refusing to let facts get in the way of their story.

  2. Yes, that’s how journalism works … at the ABC. This is an especially telling story as it goes to the ‘character’ of the ABC work culture.

  3. billie

    that’s how entertainment works, everyone wants a story ..

    beats me why Chris bothers with the facts, cheek of the man!

  4. RobK

    Sinc,
    It’s an awful story you tell, but you tell it well. Thanks.

  5. jupes

    And, as you’d know but I have to mention, if you’re not happy with our response you can have Audience and Consumer Affairs review it with a complaint to them.

    The sheer fucking arrogance of this.

    An Audience and Consumer Affairs review would take months and deliver nothing. Am I right Peter Campion?

  6. Slim Cognito

    Unberfknlievable!

  7. Habib

    Rabin doctrine, plus anthrax and napalm. Have to be sure.

  8. Habib

    Rabz. I think the ABC has taken over auto-correct.

  9. John Constantine

    So their abc journalism is all about the easiest storytelling?.

    That their target audience expects as their comfortable ‘abc life values’ [ as one abc broadcaster loftily put it to me once].

    Comrade Maaaaaaaates.

  10. John Constantine

    Close enough for government work.

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    Sinc you may as well talk to the wall with these thoroughly brainwashed Regressive Fascists , they are programmed to not listen to anything other than the party line . As for putting it and sbs up for auction who would buy it? The free to air gangs are not travelling too well either ,with the internet taking their customers away,the only reason the alpbc survives is because of taxpayers money, it would perish without it . Be nice to see all the comrades lined up at Centrelink,finally associating with the common people and cultimulturism .

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.

    The Australia Network fiasco was great fun.
    How dare Sky News win the tender with a cheaper & better package?!
    Then the ABC crapped its collective panties and forced Canberra to re-tender it.
    Sky got the message.
    Tendering out the bits of the ABC would be awesome.
    Turnbull would have to re-tender them over and over and over until the free market got it right.
    /sarc

  13. Roger

    …putting out false facts and fake news is ease of storytelling and just how journalism works.

    That’s a bit unkind to real journalists. There must be a few left?

  14. David Brewer

    that’s immaterial to viewers and to not say so doesn’t misrepresent you in any way, we’d argue.

    I agree with Jupes about the sheer arrogance of this. Notice BTW the importance they place on whether an error is “material to viewers”. You have to consider that in context. What it means is, since their viewers, and they themselves, think all non-socialist organisations are composed of an undifferentiated mass of right-wing nutjobs, it’s immaterial to them whether a particular idea is misattributed to the wrong organisation.

    No doubt you’re the best judge. But that’s not how journalism works.

    Jupes has nailed it again, and it is sheer fucking arrogance this time. They have erred, they have no right to be sarcastic. And since they are all on public money, they have far more responsibility to treat people fairly and courteously than other journalists.

    An Audience and Consumer Affairs review would take months and deliver nothing. Am I right Peter Campion?

    I’m quoting Jupes now, but this time I’m not so sure I agree. I think Audience and Consumer Affairs, or whatever other complaints mechanism is available, should get a referral every time the ABC does this type of thing. Patterns would emerge and, just possibly, the worst offenders would be given a little warning. As perhaps Hamish Macdonald may have received recently.

  15. Confused Old Misfit

    It is saddening to see how supposedly rational adults blatantly lie. Then, when challenged by evidence contrary to their lie, attempt to rationalize their lies with further perambulations on the outskirts of veracity.

  16. Old School Conservative

    Good to see their ABC being honest about their lies.

  17. Way, way, waaaaay past time to say goodbye to public radio and television and its state sponsored propaganda.
    There is ABSOLUTELY no reason for a nation to have a “public broadcaster”, expecially when that broadcaster cannot differentiate Trutth from sheer fiction, and prefers to broadcast fiction and pre3tend it is the Truth.

  18. H B Bear

    Their ALPBC staff co-op just giving the finger to everyone outside the collective now.

  19. johanna

    Audience and Consumer Affairs? You’ve got to be joking.

    A few years ago I lodged a complaint about them reporting the oft-repeated lie that a group of islands in the North Pacific are drowning because rising sea levels because CO2 yada yada.

    This is simply unrue. The islands are slowly sinking because of tectonic plate activity, and this has been taught in mainstream science for years. I sent them several citations from highly respectable scientific journals, and asked for a correction.

    They never even replied.

  20. johanna

    Oh, and here is a link to their so-called ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ page. Notice a trend in the errors they are prepared to acknowledge, under threat of legal action in many cases? Almost all of them are in support of the familiar agendas they push every day.

  21. stackja

    ABC misleading? I am shocked!

  22. NB

    Let’s tell the story about how our employee, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, led the ABC into privatisation. That might well be how democracy works.

  23. The BigBlueCat

    I wonder if Paul Barry will offer a retraction or correction on tonight’s Media Watch … somehow I think not.

  24. ABC is intent on implanting the meme that IPA is somehow sinister.

    From their POV, job done.

  25. H B Bear

    ABC is intent on implanting the meme that IPA is somehow sinister.

    IPA has always been a trigger word for Lefties. Also: Trump, Abbott, Rinehart, Adani and a few others. Just like running a stick along a picket fence for them. Really gets them frothing at the mouth.

  26. testpattern

    How you can help restore the ABC’s broadcasting services to PNG & the Pacific

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    The Australian government is at present conducting a review of Australian broadcasting in the region. It is taking submissions until Friday 3 August (read about it here). This is a great opportunity to change Australian policy on this important issue. I strongly urge you to make a submission. And, if you need a helping hand, you’ve got three expert journalists to provide it: Sean Dorney ([email protected]), Jemima Garrett ([email protected]) and Sue Ahearn ([email protected]).’

    ‘The countries that do not receive ABC radio now include Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu…While the ABC and the department of Foreign Affairs were looking the other way China’s state-owned media has taken hold of 10 former Radio Australia frequencies bringing the defence establishment behind proposals to revitalise Asia Pacific broadcasting..

    Ironically, considering the antipathy of some in the LNP to the ABC, the independence of ABC broadcasting is an asset in an environment in which offsetting the tightly-controlled message of China’s state-run media is a key aim.’

    http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2018/07/heres-how-you-can-help-revive-abc-services-to-png.html

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  27. Squirrel

    “We’re talking about ease of storytelling. We need to impart who you are to the viewer in a short amount of time. To say you are from the IPA is a correct and familiar reference point.”

    Had the book been about the need to increase funding to the ABC and expand (if that is possible) its legislative charter, the authors would have been given the full drum roll introduction as “distinguished RMIT researchers and authors” (or words to that effect).

  28. duncanm

    A group of eminent Australian journalists associated with Papua New Guinea and the Pacific have come together to persuade the Australian government to rebuild the ABC’s once great broadcasting services to the region

    meanwhile, the ABC runs:
    * 5 TV channels (ABC, ABC Comedy, ABC Me, ABC Kids, ABC News)
    * more than 9 national radio channels (FM or AM: Classic, JJJ, RN. DAB: Country, Jazz, Grandstand, Extra, JJ, JJJ unearthed), plus all the regionals.

  29. duncanm

    ABC Employee:

    We’re talking about ease of storytelling.

    ABC Kids?

  30. A Lurker

    Cato the Elder used to state (of Carthage) that Carthago delenda est – or that Carthage should be destroyed.
    In the end Carthage was razed to the ground by Republican Rome.
    In my opinion, the same fate should apply to ‘their ABC’.
    Raze the ABC and salt the earth afterwards so nothing grows in its place.

  31. C.L.

    We’re talking about ease of storytelling.

    LOL.
    They mean “IPA” is a boogie-man word to their far-left audience and they don’t want to invest your book with the authority that would attend an accurate description of who you both are in the academic firmament.

  32. I Am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    ‘ABC is deliberately misleading’.

    Well bugger me.

    Who’da thunk it??

  33. Gab

    Didn’t their ABC and RIT recently join up as a fact-checking unit? Lots of hullabaloo in the press about it.

  34. johanna

    Yeah, Gab, but a different part of RMIT than Our Leader inhabits. He has nothing to do with it and had no say in the decision.

  35. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    no no no

    the broadcasting communists need to be just shut down. that is all.

  36. MsDolittle

    We’ve had a chat about it

    And predictably all agreed with each other. Nancy won’t like this one bite (sic).

  37. Peter Campion

    Jupes, you’re exactly right. My regional daily newspaper printed this letter from me in April this year.

    The Editor

    Complain to “our ABC” about their pro-greenie bias and you’ll be expertly batted away by their experienced complaints team.

    So expert is this team you wonder how many complaints get upheld.

    As it happens, it’s in their quarterly reports*. 26,959 complaints in 2017. 130 upheld. 0.5 percent.

    Therefore 99.5 percent of Aussies were wrong to complain about this bastion of balance.

    2018’s media space is flooded with options. There is no need for a public broadcaster. Particularly not employing 4,908 left-leaners and costing $1.2 billion per annum.

    We’d get better value spending the $1.2 billion pa on the NBN.

    Sell it, close it or mutualise it. We no longer need it.

    (111 words)
    Peter Campion

  38. nerblnob

    ABC Employee:

    We’re talking about ease of storytelling..

    There’s a bear in there!

  39. Gab

    Yeah, Gab, but a different part of RMIT than Our Leader inhabits. He has nothing to do with it and had no say in the decision.

    I know that, you belligerent cow. Show me where I said it had anything to do with Sinclair, you illiterate dod.

  40. Boambee John

    We’re talking about ease of storytelling.

    Translation: Our core audience are too stupid to undeestand the difference between IPA and RMIT, and we don’t have the ability to educate them.

  41. Frank

    I remember seeing a school program on the ABC done by Jeff Sparrow’s sister a few years back, it was on industrial relations. Naturally he had a cameo role and the whole thing was drenched in that tendentious leftism, attempting to be cool, as you would expect. She had a similar look to Kerry Nettle, there poor woman.

    No bias there. Outright Communism, aimed at the kids, but no bias.

  42. Seco

    What Sinc, you thought they’d play ball?

  43. nerblnob

    It’s just as well that Sinc treats it like an exception.

    Everyone else has just grown weary of the continuous deception and misrepresentation and doesn’t bother contesting it.

    Even if you never watch or listen to ABC by choice, if you work in our around any of their hate targets like minerals extraction, fishing, farming, motor transport, efficient power generation etc you’re being affected by their incessant propaganda whether you like it or not.

  44. BorisG

    Thinking about it, this may be important for Chris but for readers and listeners, it is the content of the book that counts, not the affiliation of the authors.

  45. BorisG

    It’s just as well that Sinc treats it like an exception.

    I don’t think he does.

  46. harry buttle

    Nuke the entire site from orbit. its the only way to be sure.

  47. Mark A

    BorisG
    #2759165, posted on July 10, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Thinking about it, this may be important for Chris but for readers and listeners, it is the content of the book that counts, not the affiliation of the authors.

    I think you are wrong on this one.

    When it comes to a highly politicized issue as this one, it matters a great deal if the ABC can draw attention to the real or perceived bias of its critics.

    Like they just did, ‘Oh he is from the IPA he would say that wouldn’t he?’

  48. None

    I have no interest in giving away whatever can be salvaged from the ABC to the very people who have wasted billions of dollars. They don’t deserve it. Not a single red cent and you should be able to see from the shenanigans that you report above but they don’t deserve it. But then why am I not surprised that two researches on the public teat think that they can give away more of other people’s money.

  49. None

    As for the ease of storytelling schmuck – virtually no one in Australia has heard of the IPA. The IPA is the big bogey man I’ve just a few publicly funded elites. Average Joe on the street would have a clue who the IPA is and wouldn’t care which kind of defeats the abc’s argument and kind of proved everybody else’s Point about why it should just be shut down.

  50. David Brewer

    Whatever the ABC’s motives, it’s highly misleading for them to present Chris and Sinc’s proposal as if it’s the IPA’s idea when the IPA has a different idea on the same subject. That’s misrepresentation and the ABC should have apologised and corrected, not replied with arrogant wisecracks.

  51. Nerblnob

    When it comes to a highly politicized issue as this one, it matters a great deal if the ABC can draw attention to the real or perceived bias of its critics.

    Like they just did, ‘Oh he is from the IPA he would say that wouldn’t he?’

    For sure.

    Now your ABC viewer/listener has heard of them, but only in the bogeyman context, like fracking or climate deniers.

    Not ever needing to know any more than that.

  52. Tom

    Peter Campion:

    So expert is this team you wonder how many complaints get upheld.

    As it happens, it’s in their quarterly reports*. 26,959 complaints in 2017. 130 upheld. 0.5 percent.

    See how this works? ABC bureaucrats have spent 40 years constructing what it laughably calls its “complaints procedure” — a circular file from which virtually nothing escapes.

    So when Professor Davidson demonstrates the straight out lies of the ABC about the source of the book, Against Public Broadcasting: Why and How We Should Privatise the ABC, all the ABC believes it has to do is to ignore the criticism, smear the authors by misstating their (former) association with the IPA — a standard leftist propaganda tactic — and rely on the fact that the ABC has a much bigger megaphone than the authors.

    This is how an arrogant media monopoly behaves. Take away the flood of taxpayer funds, the arrogance would magically disappear and complaints would be taken seriously as the ABC would be required to attract and retain an audience for its survival — like everyone else in the media business.

  53. Snoopy

    That’s misrepresentation and the ABC should have apologised and corrected, not replied with arrogant wisecracks.

    Huh? The ABC has gotta ABC.

  54. Mother Lode

    We’re talking about ease of storytelling.

    Storytelling is what you do for children.

    You talk about wicked witches, brutal giants, cunning foxes, angry trolls and the like.

    Opposite them you have contented industrious villagers, courageous princes and sweet, delicate princesses.

    This is not how journalism is supposed to work, but it is likely part of the job description for what the ABC calls its ‘journalists’.

  55. Mother Lode

    When it comes to a highly politicized issue as this one, it matters a great deal if the ABC can draw attention to the real or perceived bias of its critics.

    And yet they tie themselves in knots insisting they have no real or perceived bias.

  56. duncanm

    I accept you might have written the book on the RMIT payroll but that’s immaterial to viewers

    Immaterial to their viewers, because their viewers are not a representative sample of the Australian population.

    Note also how the ‘ABC employee’ gently slanders Chris by implying he performs work for the IPA while on the RMIT payroll.

    The next time some supported of the ABC tells me their presenters are professionals and wouldn’t let their politics or affiliations get in the way of their journalism, I shall say:

    .

    Sorry dear, that is immaterial to viewers and to not say so does not misrepresent them.

  57. J.H.

    So…. News is now “Story telling” as far as the ABC is concerned. It’s about the ease of spinning the ABC’s narrative to the punters.

    Yes, well we all know that is the way the ABC works… Which is why it’s time for the Taxpayer to stop funding it and break it up. Their own words show the absolute need for it.

    Now… To just convince the Permanent Bureaucracy to relieve itself of its propaganda organ and limit its power. My guess is that they’ll object to the concept.

  58. Habib

    Deliberately misleading” is an awfully polite way of saying “lying“. Coupled with their constant obfuscation, selective editing, pathetic literacy and numeracy, stunning ignorance on most issues, and smug, sanctimonious patronising of their benefactors, what is truly astounding is their complete lack of self and any other awareness.

    When a government institution has a large percentage of the population outraged at its continuing existence and it’s not the tax office, let alone a supposed valued national treasure, font of information and source of endless entertainment, it should have a bit of a walk through the hall or mirrors. If it did it’d preen itself, tell itself how smoldering hot it looks, and secretly fret that its bum looks big.

    Anthrax and gamma rays, it’s the only way to be certain.

  59. struth

    This is how an arrogant media monopoly behaves. Take away the flood of taxpayer funds, the arrogance would magically disappear and complaints would be taken seriously as the ABC would be required to attract and retain an audience for its survival — like everyone else in the media business.

    There is such a truth to say defunding the left would instantly cure our problems.
    Instantly.
    Let Soros pay for all the left wing activism in the world, but we should not be helping him.

    It’s interesting to note that during the convoy to Canberra the left could not believe for a second, ….it actually was their biggest concern,….that we funded it ourselves, so they were insanely , and I mean insanely all about trying to find out who funds it……….

    They don’t get out of bed unless someone else pays for it.
    To the point most of us don’t realise.
    They won’t protest without being paid. They are so much about this, it’s incredible.
    That’s why they scream blue murder if there is a budget cut to the ABC of only a couple of grand.

  60. Habib

    Ironically, considering the antipathy of some in the LNP to the ABC, the independence of ABC broadcasting is an asset in an environment in which offsetting the tightly-controlled message of China’s state-run media is a key aim.’

    If the Chicoms wan to blow their own yuan on broadcasting commie propaganda to the picaninnies, why should we blow roubles we borrowed off ’em to do the same? A saturated market, with few takers anyway unless it involves cargo.

  61. Robbo

    “So there is no “confusion” on the ABCs part; putting out false facts and fake news is ease of storytelling and just how journalism works.”

    There is no confusion in my mind about the ABC. It is a politically partisan megaphone for the left and staffed largely by a group of nuff nuffs who would struggle to gain employment anywhere else in the media. The fact that all of their low level incompetence and bias is funded by the taxpayers of Australia is the crowning insult. SHUT IT DOWN. SELL IT OFF.

  62. Louis Hissink

    Some years back when one of my siblings worked for Fairfax Media, I learnt that the UK news paper The Guardian was politically in the centre. That’s what the Fairfax and ABC people think. Or not ,

    And recently I was labelled a socialist by good friends. That sort of stunned me, given I was a professed deplorable.

    Much easier to duck below the parapets, get involved with a hobby and wait it out.

  63. Louis Hissink

    ABC news also seems like a clone of Google news – same source I assum.

  64. This just encapsulates all that is wrong with their ABC.

  65. The ABC, SBS and Post Office are simply obsolete.

    There is no reason why they are needed at all.

  66. egg_

    Their ALPBC staff co-op just giving the finger to everyone outside the collective now.

    As Snic has just witnessed.

  67. Empire 5:5

    Yada, yada, the ABC steals $1.2B of taxpayers’ hard earned and uses it to produce and disseminate totalitarian propaganda, motivated by the dream of a perpetual dystopic nanny state..

    We’ve heard it all before.

    What I’d really like to know is this: what is Google progtard Michelle Guthrie going to do about it?

  68. Damienski

    And, as you’d know but I have to mention, if you’re not happy with our response you can have Audience and Consumer Affairs review it with a complaint to them

    My experience with the ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs Review is, I suspect, similar to (26959 – 130 =) 26,829 others. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Reminds me of a sketch where The Two Ronnies were ruminating on how to break some glass or plates or somesuch into the smallest possible fragments. Came up with the suggestion to pack it into a carton, mark it “Fragile” and send it somewhere by British Rail. They eventually got to the punchline where the British Rail Complaints Department had an unlisted telephone nember. How very ABC.

  69. H B Bear

    What I’d really like to know is this: what is Google progtard Michelle Guthrie going to do about it?

    That’s easy – absolutely nothing.

  70. Tel

    I humbly resubmit my suggestion to keep the ABC in current form with the addition of 5 year term limits on all employee and contractor positions (including indirect hires via production company). This allows new blood to move up the ranks and could instigate some genuine diversity plus some much needed training in journalism, comedy, current affairs and everything else.

    After you have done five years, go get a real job and you can’t come back in this lifetime.

    Five years would be insufficient to root your way to the top, and there won’t be time to start a family dynasty or anything like that. Turn an otherwise moribund dead end into a useful government asset.

  71. BorisG

    smear the authors by misstating their (former) association with the IPA

    But IPA is not a Nazi party. It is a virtually unknown entity.

    and since Chris is (or was) associated with IPA, it is not even misleading.

  72. Jacqui

    Who is ‘ABC Employee’? I have to be accountable (as a journalist) for everything I write under my employer’s letterhead. Why are ABC employees unaccountable?
    Pretty irrational reasoning, whoever they are.

  73. Robber Baron

    Sinclair, it appears that you have just created a very powerful enemy.

  74. Henry2

    Sinc,
    I hadn’t followed your book closely but thank you for using my idea expressed in these very pages. I hope I was duly acknowledged.

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