Line-up change on the David Marr Show

Gerard Henderson dropped from ABC’s Insiders program.

Sources said Henderson did not sufficiently engage with the issues during the journalists’ discussions. The decision had nothing to do with his conservative views.”

Ahahaha. Good one, sources. Commenting on this, former editor-in-chief of The Australian, Chris Mitchell, said Insiders “has had many critics, especially among conservatives, but has been big enough to give some of them a seat on the couch.” That’s the sort of Uncle Tom spirit the ABC wants in a ‘conservative.’

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24 Responses to Line-up change on the David Marr Show

  1. Ben

    Thank god. No more pesky Conservative voices on Insiders. Now everyone can agree with everyone else and we’ll all be happy.

  2. mh

    Insiders “has had many critics, especially among conservatives, but has been big enough to give some of them a seat on the couch.”

    Chris Mitchell, I prefer

    Shut It Down
    Fire Them All

    That’s because I find the content of this rancid organisation unwatchable, and I’m being forced to pay for it.

  3. Sean

    What will be harder to achieve…?

    An indigenous voice in parliament or a conservative one at the ABC?

  4. calli

    Insiders “has had many critics, especially among conservatives, but has been big enough to give some of them a seat on the couch.”

    How nice of them. Should we clap or just throw money?

    Oh, that’s right. We’ve done $1.2 billion of the latter every year.

    Applause then. Don’t be the first one to stop, mind.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Now would be a good time for the LNP to boycott the ABC.
    They can use Hendo’s purging as a justification.

  6. Piers Bolta and now Gerard
    Renee Veillaris…you get the memo…tow the line…don’t credit LNP with anything!

  7. Neil

    I got banned from posting in the comments section of The Guardian. I was polite and stayed on topic. I got banned because people did not want to hear my opinions.

    How many Conservatives host a show on the taxpayer funded ABC? Conservatives are approx. 40% of the voting population.

  8. a happy little debunker

    Good Luck finding a conservative ‘insider’- which is the reason why I switched to ‘outsiders’.

  9. candy

    big enough to give some of them a seat on the couch.

    That explains their attitude to conservatives precisely.

    No deplorables allowed to contaminate their precious place. But will accept lots of money.

  10. a happy little debunker

    got banned from posting in the comments section of The Guardian. I was polite and stayed on topic. I got banned because people did not want to hear my opinions.

    Likewise on the politeness and staying on topic -but I got banned for linking to this graph published on a climate scientist’s web blog

  11. Neil

    Likewise on the politeness and staying on topic -but I got banned for linking to this graph published on a climate scientist’s web blog

    The problem with the lefties is that they cannot argue so they ban you. They are natural totalitarians. Also they believe they are morally superior.

    Apparently this is a quote by Winston Churchill on leftists

    They are the most disagreeable of people…Their insincerity?
    Can you not feel a sense of disgust at the arrogant presumption of superiority of these people? Superiority of intellect! Then, when it comes to practice, down they fall with a wallop not only to the level of ordinary human beings but to a level which is even far below the average.”
    “These very high intellectual persons who wake up every morning…see what they can find to demolish, to undermine, or cast away.”
    “Let them quit these gospels of envy, hate, and malice. Let them abandon the utter fallacy, the grotesque, erroneous, fatal blunder of believing that by limiting the enterprise of man, by riveting the shackles of a false equality…they will increase the well-being of the world.

  12. H B Bear

    The only reason to watch Insiders was to see if Gerard could provoke Mincing Marr into a Normie Rowe moment.

    Once the subject turned to homos and p**dos he went close a couple of times.

  13. Herodotus

    A Normie Rowe moment? I’m seeing David in a Carmen Miranda getup singing Que Sera Sera.

  14. Wil

    Why would a conservative government fund a radical, left wing organisation with the one aim of bringing it down, to the tune of one billion dollars per annum?

  15. John64

    Hendo’s version of events is that he asked for a guaranteed minimum number of appearances this year and Insiders declined – so he told them to jam it.

    In its early days I thought that Insiders was easily the most balanced political program on TheirABC. The rot set in during the Gillard years when I believe that Ol’ Leathery desperately wanted ALP’s first female PM to succeed and blindly supported her on every issue – even it was apparent that she was an unmitigated disaster as PM. Criticism of The Lying Slapper was not tolerated – witness the summary removal of Glenn Milne and Piers Akerman.

    Since then Insiders has inexorably morphed into a leftist circle jerk. At least Ol’ Leathery gave it a certain gravitas but since his departure it has become unwatchable.

    One caveat though – David Speers’ interview of Thepapeutic Albo last Sunday was masterful and he totally skewered him on the rubbish and waffle that he was spouting. Ol’ Leathery would have given Albo a much softer interview. If it had been a senior LNP politician the interview would have been hailed as a “train wreck” but; as always is the case when a Liars politician makes a goose of him/herself, the interview seems to have quickly disappeared into the forgettery.

    Speers could rescue Insiders but it is a long shot. And Hendo is better off finding something else to do with his Sunday mornings.

  16. jupes

    Speers could rescue Insiders but it is a long shot.

    Not when he is surrounded by other lefties. I’ve always considered Speers to be a lefty who is at least willing to go hard on lefties in an interview, but he will be dragged further left by hosting this abominable program.

  17. dover_beach

    Gray Connolly would be great on Insiders. He overmatches every single one of their panelists.

  18. John A

    calli #3334214, posted on February 25, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Insiders “has had many critics, especially among conservatives, but has been big enough to give some of them a seat on the couch.”

    How nice of them. Should we clap or just throw money?

    Oh, that’s right. We’ve done $1.2 billion of the latter every year.

    Applause then. Don’t be the first one to stop, mind.

    Well, speaking of hands, I understand that they would like us all to help out.

    Of course, I’m a helpful kind of person and am always willing to help them out.

    My main question is: Which way did they come in?

  19. classical_hero

    The ABC, where everyone agrees with everyone.

  20. Lee

    Insiders “has had many critics, especially among conservatives, but has been big enough to give some of them a seat on the couch.”

    How generous of the taxpayer-funded partisan-left ABC!

    And incredibly patronising.

  21. David Brewer

    He was the last non-leftist panellist they had!

    And their excuse needs unpicking. They say Henderson

    did not sufficiently engage with the issues during the journalists’ discussions

    Translation: he was constantly – and annoyingly – drawing attention to the fact that other panelists were missing the point, barking up the wrong tree, or making a mountain out of a molehill.

  22. Lee

    And Henderson wasn’t part of the ABC groupthink.

  23. egg_

    What will be harder to achieve…?

    An indigenous voice in parliament or a conservative one at the ABC?

    An indigenous conservative voice at TheirABC would cause a meltdown.

  24. Squirrel

    Henderson’s appearances on Insiders worked much better when he was on a panel without Marr, and vice versa.

    Sniping and verbal biffo is not particularly entertaining, and a waste of time on a show which preens itself as being oh so serious. But, of course, it’s really not that serious – it’s essentially pre-Sunday brunch/yum cha chatter and group think for people who can afford to care far more about form than substance.

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