Now I know my ABC…

… tell me what you think of me. And here to tell them is Maurice Newman: Forces from within are destroying the ABC.

Taxpayers spend more than $1 billion a year on the ABC and its 1983 act requires the board “to ­ensure that the gathering and presentation by the corporation of news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism”.

Ah there’s the problem: “the recognised standards of objective journalism”. In 1983 they may have meant to present both sides of a story as accurately as possible. Today, it is as Newman writes:

“There is no bias at the ABC” is a myth. It is a lie, repeated over and over in an effort to hide the reality that the ABC is a left-wing sanctuary. How else to explain its obsessive, often fanciful, coverage of US President Donald Trump, its ­unceasing apocalyptic views on climate change, its superficial one-sided commentary on immi­gration and identity, its anti-business mentality and hostility towards the Catholic Church? Even ABC Kids feels compelled to rap a lesson on white male ­privilege.

News gathering has been replaced by views gathering, and it is the views of the left that one can be guaranteed to find and nothing else.

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70 Responses to Now I know my ABC…

  1. Entropy

    Requires a subscription

  2. John Constantine

    Their yarragrad citizen Number Two, jon faine, calls for the State to silence dissenters through a licence to post online, that can be taken from the wrong sort that fail to respect faine.

    Their political reporter fran kelly calls to purge right wingers from political life.

    Welcome to their billion dollar a year re-education camp/ cancer cluster.

    Comrades.

  3. Gbees

    Couldn’t agree more, but gutless politicians, especially LNP ones, won’t do a damn thing about it.

  4. PB

    Objectivity at the ABC seems to be inversely proportional to the volume of women employed in Management and News commentary.

  5. Fred

    Requires a subscription

    Just search for the article in google and clear your cache.

  6. a happy little debunker

    Not hard to notice that it is their ABC.

    Especially when they promote it

    http://about.abc.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/our-abc-promo.jpg

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    I could think of few worse ways to spend $1.2 billion a year than on the ABC.
    They are the enemy.
    And we are forced to pay for them.

  8. I could think of few worse ways to spend $1.2 billion a year than on the ABC.

    https://www.brookings.edu/what-nuclear-weapons-delivery-systems-really-cost/

    7.03 mn each for a single B83 nuclear bomb.

    That’s 170 nukes we could buy each year.

  9. Mark

    Has anyone else heard the ABC Radio “news” report the results of the unscientific ABC Vote Compass responses as a representative poll? They create a narrative by inviting answers to biased questions from the small segment of the population who support the ABC, then report the results “Overall, two-thirds of voters agree …” as news, then invite an activist who agrees with the result to make comment. How is that accurate and impartial?

  10. Tom

    I’m not in the habit of watching it, but every time I have, the 7pm ABC TV news has been a 30-minute media release for the Greens party. Not a word has to be changed for it to be a compelling propaganda half-hour for those intending to vote for the Filth.

    It is so far from covering or advocating for the vast majority of the population who do not watch, listen to or read ABC “news”, it would be comical were it not a joke at taxpayers’ expense.

    Newman’s observation about “a lie repeated often enough” is spot on.

  11. Shy Ted

    Weak Liberal party. Plenty could be done, they just don’t.

  12. JohnL

    I could think of few worse ways to spend $1.2 billion a year than on the ABC.

    https://www.brookings.edu/what-nuclear-weapons-delivery-systems-really-cost/

    7.03 mn each for a single B83 nuclear bomb.

    That’s 170 nukes we could buy each year.

    Ad another bill and we could buy Ohio Class Trident submarine – $1.9 billion each

  13. Entropy

    Well John don’t forget to add on SBS and NITV and you are almost there!

  14. Tony Tea

    The ABC Murders – with John Malkovich as Poirot?!? – is on the ABC but not about the ABC.

  15. Robbo

    Virginia Trioli taking over the morning programme on ABC Melbourne radio. No political bias in that decision (I don’t think)and no regard for ratings either. Trioli is so far to the left that only the loonies of the left will be bothered to tune into her. They will love her vicious attacks on all those who do not share her view of the world. More than $1 BILLION dollars are poured into that left wing megaphone each year and that amount of money would be better spent on doing something useful and productive for our nation. I object to my taxes supporting the thousands of oxygen bandits on the ABC payroll. SHUT THE BLOODY THING DOWN OR SELL IT TO SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED.

  16. Their ABC doesn’t gather views, it propagates and creates views.

  17. It is quite remarkable that you can make exactly the same comments about the BBC…

  18. twil0805

    Dear Steve, the ABC is unbiased!
    It is unbiased, but only within its Overton window that goes from soft-left to hardcore left.

    Centrist or centre-right opinion is all characterized as extreme rightwing and thus beyond the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse.

  19. Iampeter

    Yea because the issue with government run media is that it’s not sufficiently adhering to “recognised standards of objective journalism.”

    *rolleyes*

  20. jupes

    And we are forced to pay for them.

    The SFL are not forced to pay for them but the morons have promised them an extra $44 mil if they are elected. Why FFS?

  21. thefrollickingmole

    Caught a bit on ABC kids yesterday (the perils of having a bub) and it was an animated pair of wimminses singing about how families are all sorts including..

    Single dad with granny helping.
    Compulsory issue gay bloke/gay woman couple (as a bonus the gay wimmenses couple also had daddy sperm donor mentioned)
    Single mum “studying & working”
    and an embarrassed reference to a traditional couple.

    Slipped in as a little non program musical piece to fill in space whenever they feel like it.
    Propaganda, pure and simple.

  22. stackja

    Petering out still.

  23. Whalehunt fun

    Simple. Sack the board and appoint hard right bigots and give them care blanche for ten years to promote what they like and persecute and sign of leftist thought among the staff. Deny staff the right to resign. Force them to produce right wing vitriol for the next 45 years. That will balance what has happened since that vile leftwing racist Whitlam came to power.

  24. Big_Nambas

    My favourite ABC bullshit is the current claim that Vote Compass reflects the view of the Australian electorate, what!!!!! Less than 15% of Australians ever listen to or view their ABC, so vote compass is the opinion of less than 15% of Australians.

  25. Des Deskperson

    Which reminds me, ABC TV crime, err, thriller Harrow returns next week.

    The first series was an unintentionally hilarious pastiche of every heavy-handed cliche of plot, character and dialogue from the last 30 wretched years of earnest, puerile and self-conscuoisly ‘cutting edge’ ABC ‘drama’.

    Let’s hope the new series has a bumper crop of the same stuff.

  26. Bad Samaritan

    OK, so it annoys me to think how the ABC Billion is squandered, but I’m just as annoyed by a number of other govt squanderings. However….

    Try not to overstate how influential the tossers are. Puny ratings for all their propaganda efforts show no sign of ever improving. On an average week-night the 7+9 news bulletins get about 4 million viewers in the big cities, while the ABC gets around 700,000. A Current affairs pulls near to 800,000 every night while 4-Corners gets about half this once per week.. And so on…they are hopeless!

    Bearing in mind that most surveystaken have shown a major reason given for watching ABC is that it’s ad-free, you can see how paltry these ratings really are. I’d imagine they’d struggle to get half the already-abysmal numbers if they were plonking ads on like 7+9 do.

    Then we have the actual demographic. Loads of very old hippies and knitting nannas from the inner suburbs (Greens voters in other words). A quick glance at any gathering of Friends of The ABC clearly shows this. Also it shows that most are near senile since they are apparently ecstatic at meeting guys dressed as bananas wearing concentration camp stripes. FFS!

    So, enough is enough. The ABC is a very small factor in Australian political life, indicating that the 95% not watching it (99% are not watching their dedicated news channel) are already awake to them. Sure the old ladies and bumbling fools presenting their shows are tiresome (I never bother with them; but sometimes see snippets when watching some pommy detective show or other), but so too are most federal politicians, are they not? The ABC is junk…and everybody knows it. So..f*ck them!

  27. mh

    Planet America was only set up in order to bash Trump once he won the Republican nomination.

    After his surprising win, (the ABC including Chas and co host got it wildly wrong), the ABC made the decision that Planet America keeps going as long as Trump is there.

    The ABC is a disgusting political player that does Australia a great dis-service.

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    Try not to overstate how influential the tossers are.

    I don’t give a flying duck how influential they are.
    I just don’t want to be forced to pay for them.

  29. notafan

    Moley

    go elsewhere for you children’s programming

    Seriously

    Little ones should not have to deal with adult issues of disordered sexuality

  30. Ian of Brisbane

    Its even worse here in England: the BBC is just as bad and you have to oay £154 pa licence fee if you have a TV. The money goes to the BBC.

  31. stackja

    As I remember Gough abolished listener licenses.

  32. Percy Popinjay

    The ALPBC can “adhere” to whatever recognised (or in reality unrecognised) standards of j’ism it bloody well wants, as long as I’m not being forced to pay for it.

    However, if a “sustainable” subscription model for it doesn’t exist, then FFS, just shut the bloody thing down and fire them all. Enough.

  33. Bruce of Newcastle

    and you have to pay £154 pa licence fee if you have a TV.

    The bit after “if” is what I like.
    Much as I dislike Netflix they are doing a service by being the asteroid who is wiping out the government dinosaur.

  34. as long as I’m not being forced to pay for it

    So we the taxpayer are forced to pay for the abc, who deceivingly claim no bias.
    Financial advantage by deception.

    Book ’em Danno.

  35. Pete of Perth

    Though their audience is small, they are the ones which have the ear of our hopeless pollies. Think public servants/ academia/ csiro/ rabid greens

  36. Squirrel

    Whether it’s the radio network which dare not mention its (full) name – what used to be Radio National is now the cryptic RN (Radio Nomenklatura?), or once harmless time-fillers like the Gardening Show now loaded with messages about climate change and tokenistic sustainability for denizens of gentrified inner suburbia, or ostensibly apolitical offerings (e.g. the Science Show, The Business) which jump at any opportunity to spruik renewables and bash Trump – the ABC is broadcasting to a world which I do not live in.

  37. Habib

    TV licenses in the UK are supposed to becoming optional. Exactly how the Addled Bolshevik Collective should be funded. If the superannuated public servants, ageing tuppence-lickers and juvenile dullards who actually view its asinine output paid for it, it’d be broke in a fortnight. Fucking good riddance.

  38. Though their audience is small, they are the ones which have the ear of our hopeless pollies. Think public servants/ academia/ csiro/ rabid greens

    They think they’re the norm. We’re not either, but we know it.

  39. Dr Fred Lenin

    One of the greatest oxymorons around is “well known ABC comedian” ,of all 54 genders !
    There hasnt been anyone who is a comedian on there for years .
    As Billy Connoly said ,all you get is some little fat woman with a crew cut and boiler suit whining about men coming on to her ,as Billy said “what ? coming on to her ? I thought she was a plumber” .

  40. John Constantine

    Imagine if Abbott had sold a worthless piggery as prime minister, for millions, while dealing with a Tyrant that held the power of life and death over the buyer.
    A buyer whose religion forbade pork consumption.

    Their abc would go auto de fe over that.

    Their crony keating?.

    Comrade Crickets.

  41. mem

    Spent the afternoon handing out material for our local member at a polling station and was surprised to see a man in a t shirt with bananas and pajamas on the front and stop cuts to the ABC on the back handing out leaflets. When I asked if the ABC had started up a political party called Bananas in Pajamas he got quite quirky and said he was from friends of the ABC and was independent. Anyone else come across this phenomena?

  42. egg_

    How soon TheirABC have forgotten the words of former colleague Andrew Olle*.

    But now Greste is paying the price for upholding the basic tenants of our profession: *”balance, fairness and accuracy“.

  43. egg_

    Let’s hope the new series has a bumper crop of the same stuff.

    More Chicoms kidnapping sex slaves?

  44. nb

    Bad Samaritan, #3005939, posted on May 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm says:

    most surveys taken have shown a major reason given for watching ABC is that it’s ad-free

    Hmm. Methinks the ABC might be offered the opportunity to have ads.

  45. nb

    Squirrel #3005978, posted on May 6, 2019 at 5:36 pm refers to:

    Radio National
    Gardening Show
    Science Show
    The Business

    The Science Show, I think directly after the Goons beginning midday, was essential listening during the 1970s.
    The Gardening Show seemed to offer no communism with Peter Cundall, and was pleasant to view.
    The Business seemed ok with Ticky, but I don’t have the same long history with that as the others.
    Anyhow RN is now unbearable, and so are the ABC’s television offerings.
    They say they want a revolution, but don’t they know, they can count me out?

  46. Done Deal

    thefrollickingmole
    #3005905, posted on May 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Caught a bit on ABC kids yesterday (the perils of having a bub) and it was an animated pair of wimminses singing about how families are all sorts including..
    ….Slipped in as a little non program musical piece to fill in space whenever they feel like it.
    Propaganda, pure and simple.

    The life is a fairy-tale-indoctrination, from cradle to mortar board being flung in the air, has been going on for 30 years.
    Do people wonder that we now have waves of generations of pre-rusted on brain dead snow-flake leftists hitting the polling booths?

  47. EvilElvis

    The ABC is a very small factor in Australian political life

    Actually, despite gross over coverage in several media they are a small factor in broadcasting. Unfortunately, as Pete pointed out above they have far to much influence on the numpties who pull the levers and splash our cash.

  48. Habib

    Cundall was a old-school commie. The pommy fuck was proud of his record of protesting the Vietnam war. Should’ve conscripted the pervy old potato fondler and let him find out the finer points of revolutionary socialism first hand from Mr Charles.

  49. John Constantine

    Their abc is a very big factor in invitations to the right sort of cocktail parties and elitist functions and sought after event tickets.

    Comrades

  50. Tel

    The ABC is a very small factor in Australian political life

    I would guess that ABC audiences provide greater than average density of left wing political donations.

    Your genuine poor don’t watch much of the ABC … nothing on it interests them … the unemployed are getting stoned, playing video games, and watching YouTube while the working poor are too busy and too tired to watch much of anything.

  51. Done Deal

    The ABC is a very small factor in Australian political life

    the ABC is ubiquitous in every niche of old media and the new social media, particularly the youth markets, which is probably mostly invisible to the 40yo+ sector. They are there 24/7, overt, covert, and subliminal.

  52. Fang

    I (and many others I believe?) Would love ScMo to stand up Monday Morning, after election, and state! The ABC News and current Affairs network, is now open for tenders, please have your applications in by end of the week! If no interest by that time. We will start proceedings of Removal of free to air licences of the ABC and its associates.
    All broadcasts of ABC and its associates will cease by End of May 2019. All ABC budget proceeds will be used to to help struggling Primary Producer’s for next 18 months.

    The Australian Smart Party

  53. Herodotus

    The 1.2 billion per annum that could be recouped by closing the ABC down is insufficient to cover the damage they have helped the left implement over many years.
    But it could be put to much better use.

  54. Bad Samaritan

    Sorry, but all this agonizing over the ABC is a little comical. They are nobs, as we all know, but what career public servants are not? What career public servants do not have an arrogant “I can do whatever I want. Sacking me is very difficul. I’m protectedt” attitude?

    Recall that Public Service sheila who got hit by a falling wall-lamp whilst banging her boyfriend in a NSW Sth Coast motel who then got the half million dollar payout (later overturned) after claiming it was a work-related injury? That’s the attitude of nearly all of them toward we who pay them, so why the extra anger at the ABC?

    Reality is that if you visit a mechanic or a tradie (I took the boat freezer for a regas recently) or have someone doing something about the garden etc they will be listening to FM greatest hits or else sport…not ABC lies, so why freak out about them?

    Now some Cats justify their fascination with the ABC on the grounds that the handful who do watch / listen to/ read it’s propaganda are extra-influential. Well, the losses in six of the past seven Fed elections (I count 2010 as a loss for the ALP/Greens) show that the influential ABC has not got it’s much-preferred candidate over the line. What it also shows is that the general disdain on The Cat for the average “moron and imbecile” Aussie is not justified.

    Forget the f*ckers at the ABC (govt will not defund them) and concentrate on grass-roots countering of the disinformation. Get people (who have access) to try Sky News. My neighbours (formerly ALP wukkas types) are now hooked. My dear old mum now watches it. A guy I know who has a market stall on Saturdays watches it and advises his associates to do so. Ask any ABC-lover if they believe that (name any ABC presenter) is worth $400,000+ for 2-3 hours work per week, and whether workers should pay that to rich inner-city-dwelling presenters when they (the askees) are only getting a tenth that for 40 hours..

    c’mon Cats. this place should not be a therapy-moan centre….but more an action-coordination hub. Imagine the yanks hadda said, after Pearl Harbour, “Oh woe is us. How will we ever get on top of those damn Japs. Let’s sit here and cry!” All I can offer is Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears….so please do not follow the standard defeatest line;

    “Churchill repeated that phrase later in the day when he asked the House of Commons for a vote of confidence in his new all-party government. The response of Labour was heart-warming; the Conservative reaction was luke-warm. They still really wanted Neville Chamberlain. For the first time, the people had hope but Churchill commented to General Ismay: “Poor people, poor people. They trust me, and I can give them nothing but disaster for quite a long time.”

    Do you Cats still pine for Neville?

  55. Herodotus

    Via Paul Murray:
    In his first interview (with Patricia Karvelas) the new Managing Director of the ABC said that returning the Morrison government would inevitably mean budget cuts for the ABC.

    As Paul says, this is the MD advocating a vote for anyone but the coalition.

    This is not what the billion dollar per annum so-called national broadcaster is supposed to be doing.

    If it did its job properly it shouldn’t be fearful of cuts from either side of politics.

  56. Herodotus

    c’mon Cats. this place should not be a therapy-moan centre….but more an action-coordination hub. Imagine the yanks hadda said, after Pearl Harbour, “Oh woe is us. How will we ever get on top of those damn Japs. Let’s sit here and cry!”

    Bad Samaritan is recommending that we bomb the ABC.

  57. Bad Samaritan

    Herodotus is indeed a fine historian. Make history great again!

  58. JohnJJJ

    Never mind the admonishing, bitching and complaining, the real question is how can I turn this into an opportunity.

  59. Bad Samaritan

    JohnJJJ. Correct.

    In my electorate the ALP is trying to unseat Big George by referring to him as the Member for Manila on radio, TV, and on billboards along the highway. At every opportunity I point out that George has billed the taxpayer for his domestic flights Canberra-Sydney, Canberra-Brisbane etc (and not to Manila), which is much cheaper than a Canberra-Mackay flight. George is saving them money!

    Meanwhile; “Not surprisingly, Mr Christensen’s Labor opponent, Belinda Hassan, thinks the Philippines jaunts are a “real issue” for voters. “Nobody gets 11 or 12 weeks a year annual leave,” she says from her campaign office in central Mackay.”

    The ABC has apparently broadcast this ad nauseum, whilst tens of thousands of schoolteachers and Uni employees are wondering what Ms Hassan thinks about them being a bunch of bludgers just like George.

    Them that runs the ABC are none-too-bright. Them that listens and watches are even less bright. No Cat has any excuse for not being able to put hundreds of them (each) onto the correct path…. unless of course you reckon they are smarter than the average Catster.

  60. Zatara

    Congressional fishing expedition cancelled.

    Dear Congress, not no but f*ck no.

    Love,
    The IRS

  61. Zatara

    Whoops, wrong window….

  62. Iampeter

    That’s the attitude of nearly all of them toward we who pay them, so why the extra anger at the ABC?

    Because ABC bad! Why? Um…biased leftists. Leftists bad too!
    That’s the level here.

    What it also shows is that the general disdain on The Cat for the average “moron and imbecile” Aussie is not justified.

    It’s also hilariously lacking in self awareness, LOL.

    Forget the f*ckers at the ABC (govt will not defund them) and concentrate on grass-roots countering of the disinformation.

    Who wants to defund them? The issue in this thread seems to be that they are biased, not that government shouldn’t be funding media. No one here seems to have any problems with that.

    c’mon Cats. this place should not be a therapy-moan centre….but more an action-coordination hub.

    You have to have an outcome you’re trying to achieve that you need to plan actions towards.
    What outcome are the cats trying to achieve re the ABC? That it be unbiased? That it adhere to it’s charter?
    No one’s arguing against government run media, as that would actually require political arguments, which in turn requires more political literacy than the zero that we have here. And if you’re not arguing against gov run media, then you’re a leftist, so why complain about left wing bias?

    So it’s not even clear what anyone here is moaning about.

  63. Herodotus

    No one’s arguing against government run media, as that would actually require political arguments

    That’s been covered numerous times, including by Sinclair himself who has co-written a proposal that the ABC be given to the communards, and not funded.

    Many have called for it to be defunded, or sold off, or made to earn its keep by whatever means it can apart from government funding.

    It just suits iamprick fuckometer to say none of that has ever happened. People who hang around blogs they really don’t like or agree with just to be annoying should take a good hard look at themselves and find something more useful to do.

  64. Iampeter

    It just suits iamprick fuckometer to say none of that has ever happened.

    It’s not happening in this thread. It’s not even clear what your position is.
    Do you oppose gov run media?
    You’ve given the classic cat response of hurling an insult and then failing to state your own position. Because you don’t really have one you can state.
    Like most conservatives and libertarians today you have no arguments against the left on anything, concede the main issue, then spend your time discussing non-essential technicalities so you can pretend you’re political.

    People who hang around blogs they really don’t like or agree with just to be annoying should take a good hard look at themselves and find something more useful to do.

    Hey! That’s my line. This is a right wing blog. You politically illiterate leftists hanging out here should indeed find something more useful to do.

    Don’t let me stop you.

  65. Herodotus

    failing to state your own position.
    See my comment above, fuckometer:

    “The 1.2 billion per annum that could be recouped by closing the ABC down is insufficient to cover the damage they have helped the left implement over many years.
    But it could be put to much better use.”

    How often do cats have to repeat the oft-stated “sack them all, close it down”?

    You’re a slow learner like numbers.

  66. Spall

    Two ABC bias exhibits:

    1. The credulous report on the UN’s assessment report on species extinction tonight (7/5/19). It accepted the UN report as gospel and there was (a) now discussion how the UN assessment body was constituted and operated (hint – it ‘reviewed’ scientific articles, and presumably reached a ‘consensus’), (b) no explanation of who the UN says has to fundamentally change their lives and economies (but would that be, uh, Western countries only perchance?) and (c) scared the crap out of everyone including my kids. Seriously, that report alone tonight should justify shutting them (the ABC and the UN) down.

    2. The ABC’s reporting on Inspector-General Horowitz’s inquiry into the basis for, and extent of, the spying by the US security agencies in the lead up to the US election. Exactly, the ABC hasn’t been reporting on that inquiry at all.

    Holy [email protected]$#%, billions of dollars.

  67. Habib

    State run media is an abomination, it’s proponents should be lashed to a chair like Alex the droog, their eyelids hooked open and lugs encased in headphones, and fed an endless loop of the ABC’s illiterate, marxist odure. Even their tiny brains could not cope with such an onslaught of fetid, inane, barking mad boilerplate, and they’d ooze out of their oversized, hair-clotted ears. The generators of this however have stems only, and would be immune to it. Fire, and lots of it is the answer.

    Or make it a sub service, so the window-lickers who want it pay for it.

  68. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Chiming in late to point out that there is a handy list of current ABC propaganda, much of it aimed at impressionable youths, just go to the Education category on ABC iView.
    https://iview.abc.net.au/category/education

    Has such ominous episode titles as “Ecomaths”, “Am I Always Responsible For My Actions?”, and “Creating Borders”.

  69. Iampeter

    “The 1.2 billion per annum that could be recouped by closing the ABC down is insufficient to cover the damage they have helped the left implement over many years.
    But it could be put to much better use.”

    LOL “put to much better use.” So you oppose central planning unless it’s “better” central planning?

    Anyway, if you agree with me that there should be no gov run media, why are you triggered by me pointing out that there should be no gov run media?

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