No Janet, No

The other day, writing in the Australian, Janet Albrechtsen wrote that she and Ita Buttrose should briefly swap jobs – Chairman of ABC for Chairman of IPA.  One assumes that Albrechtsen’s suggestion had a bit of tongue in cheek.  However, Albretchsen also wrote:

When Ita returns to her nice office at ABC headquarters in Ultimo, she might send a few of her high-profile journalists on secondment too, to run a cafe in Penrith, a garage in Dandenong, a gym in Holden Hill, a beauty salon in Longreach. Maybe that will return the public broadcaster to its rightful owners — the millions of Australians who cough up each year to fund the largest media organisation in the country, only to be snubbed day in, day out by the incessantly narrow agendas of ABC journalists.

If only exposing ABC journalists to the real world at a cafe in Penrith, a garage in Dandenong, a gym in Holden Hill, a beauty salon in Longreach might change and challenge their views.

No Janet No.

What will happen is that the ABC journalists will see how hard life is and then return to HQ to advocate for government handouts to cafes, garages, gyms and beauty salons.  The ABC won’t change its view.  The ABC will seek to make everyone else like them …. public servants.

There is a perception, incorrect in TAFKAS’ mind, that the ABC is biased.  No they are not.  They aren’t biased.  They are partisan.  And not partisan favouring the ALP.  They are partisan favouring the Greens.  Their implicit support for the ALP is only a stop on the way to Green nirvana.

The ALP too knows this because they are constantly attacked by the ABC from the left.  But they don’t care because they are happy to support the ABC because it is their brief stop on their desire destination of government.  The enemy of their enemy is their friend.

At a time where there have been huge job losses in the media, the ABC cries and cries for their “colleagues” but they refused to countenance that it is their business model, to give it away for free, that has led to these job losses.  Worse, they demand pay rises while their colleagues have pay terminations.

And the ABC’s solution … tax payer money to the media.

This is all on the path to nationalise and regulate media and speech.  As is the policy of the Greens.

Please Ita.  Don’t let them out.

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59 Responses to No Janet, No

  1. Roger W

    Put simply, the ABC are Socialists. It is a word that has somehow become fashionable but its implications are horrific, as the people of Lenin and Stalin’s Russia, of Nazi Germany, of Mao’s China, of Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Venezuela etc etc have learnt to their cost. Yet we seem to have to learn it over and over again. Why are people so stubbornly resistant to life’s lessons?
    Of course, for ABC employees there are no negative consequences for their actions, only rewards, so their motivations are easy to spot.

  2. Rex Mango

    The ABC this week on both tv and radio has been running campaign stoking race riots in Australia. They are a menace and should be shut down.

  3. Give the luvvies 2 options:-
    1-) ABC staff buy the bloody thing for $1. Do what you want with it.
    2-) Shut it off

  4. H B Bear

    Someone is under the mistaken belief that the MD runs theALPBC staff co-op. And she has sat on the Board.

  5. Yep. Bang on. Self-reliance is incomprehensible to them.
    They do not understand it. When confronted with self-reliance, eg a girl with a hairdresser salon, a family who run a kebab shop, etc, they subconsciously assume there’s a scam of some sort.

    “Avoiding tax” for sure.
    They assume it is built with grant, or with an over-the-top salary (like their ABC pays). They cannot grasp that someone has spent years saving & is financed to the gills.

    To top it off, they assume the place runs itself & once established will continue (like perpetual motion) even if the owner stays in bed all day & does not even turn up.

  6. H B Bear

    Spot on TAFKAS. Both sides of politics hate the ALPBC because it attacks them FROM THE LEFT.

  7. stevem

    I have long thought that the ABC get away with their bias because they can claim, with some justification, that they criticise both major parties equally.
    The problem is that they don’t make that criticism from the centre, but from the left. Their left is the Lee Rhiannon far left green perspective.
    They have no real bias because they have no common perspective with the majority and are unable to see that.

  8. candy

    Socialists and some out and out communists probably.

    It’s their ABC and it is for them and their 10% audience of Greens/socialists. At least they are not pretending about their political philosophies, I guess, annoying as it is that all taxpayers are funding their stuff.

  9. H B Bear

    They get it. Private speakers fees, personal production company revenue etc are washed through Pty Ltd company structures.

  10. Iampeter

    Talking about ABC being biased misses the actual issue which is that government has no business running media companies irrespective of whether they are biased or not.
    As usual this suggests conservatives have no real arguments here.

    This is all on the path to nationalise and regulate media and speech. As is the policy of the Greens.

    I’m sure the Green’s won’t oppose it, but they aren’t the ones engaged in the massive assault on free speech and property rights of tech and media companies at the moment. It is the conservatives spearheading this leftist assault, just as they have done on every issue for decades.

  11. thefrollickingmole

    Im not advocating violence, but if the BLM protesters burned down all the ABC buildings with the staff inside, after theyd had their organs harvested for export to China and the wounds packed with rock salt it would be the biggest long term boost to GDP Australia has ever seen.

  12. Why are people so stubbornly resistant to life’s lessons?

    If you look at the demo of todays socialists, you’ll find youth, females and “educators” are the dominant demographic.
    (Note: Not all not all not all. There are always exceptions).
    Kids are by nature, socialist. Someone else provides, they consume. They used to pretty much grow out of it due to harsh realities in the adult life, but we’ve removed those realities. These days adult life doesn’t start until well into their 20’s and beyond.
    Women are socialists by nature. Generally, they didn’t survive unless a man provided for them. They were largely silent about politics until the last century or so. Now they’re not only not silent, but in positions of power and authority in large numbers.
    Educators are also socialists by nature, especially in the tertiary sector. The profession is full of those who couldn’t survive in the dog eat dog world of a free market. These days, the sector is also dominated by females.

    Men, (real men, not the inner city skinny jean wearing soy boys) tend to be more individualistic, more competitive. Women tend to be more social and cooperative.
    One would think a good dose of harsh times might change hearts and minds (war, heavy and long recession etc) but it has the opposite effect on women. They cling together even more and demand “society do something”.
    Slide into socialism was always inevitable when you think about it.

  13. Karabar

    Just like that old chestnut from the Soviet Union, regarding the Soviet News Agency TASS, (News) and Pravda (Truth).
    The Truth is not the News, and the news is not the Truth.

  14. Iampeter
    #3474244, posted on June 4, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Talking about ABC being biased misses the actual issue which is that government has no business running media companies irrespective of whether they are biased or not.

    Giving the ABC $1B plus then turning away isn’t the same as running it, is it you idiot?
    If the Australian government was running the ABC, at the very least the joint would swing a little to the right, then a little to the left as governments change.
    Did the ABC swing a little right during the Howard years? No, the exact opposite happened. They went even further left. Did it take even the tiniest step to the right while Abbott was “running the joint”? No, the exact opposite happened.

  15. wal1957

    I’m sure the Green’s won’t oppose it, but they aren’t the ones engaged in the massive assault on free speech and property rights of tech and media companies at the moment

    Poider you are a dill!
    The tech giants started the assault on free speech. Trump just said ‘bring it on’.
    Idiots who continually poke a bear are going to get bitten at some stage. Tuff!

  16. cuckoo

    Still, along the lines of idiotic SJW reality shows like Filthy rich and homeless and Go back to where you came from, it would be fun to do a comedy series about clueless ABC journos being assigned to real world jobs.

  17. John64

    The ABC this week on both tv and radio has been running campaign stoking race riots in Australia.

    I have listened very carefully to the likes of Frank Elly and Sabra Lane this week and they are certainly treading a very fine line – going as close as they dare to endorsing the race riots in the US and calling for similar action in Australia.

    Shocking stuff.

  18. Adelagado

    The only ABC news/current affairs show we were still enduring was the Drum. It was on at a convenient time and had an occasional conservative guest. But it has become unwatchable. Even the considerable charms of Julia Baird can’t keep me tuned in. The continual stream of self-identifying aboriginals spewing bile, hatred, and bullshit is unbearable.

  19. stackja

    The ABC’s Marxists

    It is important at this stage to get clear what is at issue. The primary problem with such radio programs as Lateline, Broadband and their successor programs Doubletake and Background Briefing, and to a lesser extent such television programs as Nationwide and Four Corners, is not their allegedly forthright and brave explorations of the world and the “frontiers of knowledge” but rather their persistent bias in favour of ideas, values and contributors whose primary function is to legitimise political values of the left to far left, while devaluing and discrediting ideas and values of a more moderate and conservative character.

    ..,

    The story begins with the career of Allan Ashbolt and proceeds apace as we follow his activities in the Special Projects Department, the consolidation of his power and influence and the spread of ideas which I argue can be properly designated “Marxist ideas” into a whole range of programs and departments throughout the ABC, all accompanied by the promotion and migration of his recruits, appropriately referred to in the National Times as “Ashbolt’s Kindergarten”, into positions of power and influence within the ABC’s program, union and management structures.

  20. H B Bear

    Change “running” to “funding” and even iamshiteater gets it.

  21. Adelagado

    #3474278, posted on June 4, 2020 at 10:23 am

    The continual stream of self-identifying aboriginals spewing bile, hatred, and bullshit is unbearable.

    And that’s what it was like BEFORE Reconciliation Week.

  22. stackja

    ABC 2FC had Country Hour and Children Hour. Now only kiddies shows.

  23. H B Bear

    The Dumb has always been unwatchable. A second rate academic from a third rate university. an ethnic woman with funny headwear, Jane Caro AND ACTION…

  24. Roger

    Someone is under the mistaken belief that the MD runs theALPBC staff co-op. And she has sat on the Board.

    You beat me to it, Bear.

    Albrechsten would likely be as ineffective as Buttrose in heading the Board.

    The bias of the ABC aside, the fact there is no rationale for maintaining the ABC in its present form in our media rich world (ditto SBS). The only thing that keeps it afloat is government inertia, behind which is fear of the tiny bu vocal ABC audience. Thankfully, most of them will have soon dropped off their perches, after which (and many billions of dollars later) a conservative government might finally leap into action.

  25. liliana

    Ita needs to go.

    I thought she would pull the bigoted gits into line but she turned out to be a dud.
    I watched a kiddies show which was in fact kiddy indoctrination about white privilege. Just about threw the TV out the window. How is this brainwashing allowed on a national broadcaster?

    Ita failed. Leave the news and shut the rest down.

  26. Robber Baron

    The last time Ita had anything to do with someone that even remotely represented the Australian public was when she was Kerry Packer’s regular shag on the side.

  27. Tom

    Talking about ABC being biased misses the actual issue which is that government has no business running media companies irrespective of whether they are biased or not.

    Spot on, Iampeter. There hasn’t been a media market failure into which the government could justifiably insert itself — I’m thinking specifically of black spots in radio coverage of rural news — for at least sixty years.

    This is is one of your better posts, Spartacus: the ABC’s solution to everything is to make Australia more like the ABC — via the magic taxpayer money tree.

    There is not a single paragraph of the ABC 7pm TV news script that couldn’t appear in a Greens Party press release — which is why its TV news rates last from 6pm to 7.30pm, even though the ABC is by far Australia’s biggest news gathering organisation.

    The idea that most Australians trust the ABC is decades out of date.

  28. Tim Neilson

    I’m sure the Green’s won’t oppose it, but they aren’t the ones engaged in the massive assault on free speech and property rights of tech and media companies at the moment.

    Just to recap, Iamashiteater has no idea how defamation law works, therefore has no idea of what conservatives are actually arguing, i.e. that the tech co’s should continue to be allowed exactly the same free speech rights as anyone else, but that their special exemption from the liability they’d normally be under should be revoked because the alleged grounds for the exemption are simply bogus.

    For starters just check out these zingers, showing that Iamashiteater has no concept of the prima facie liability of the tech co’s…

    Iampeter
    #3467278, posted on May 29, 2020 at 3:51 pm
    You still won’t be able to sue tech companies for things they aren’t liable for, like what people post on Twitter or Facebook, for example.
    Whether a business is a publisher or not doesn’t have anything to do with it.
    Iampeter
    #3469076, posted on May 31, 2020 at 9:41 am
    Google is not a publisher.

    Compare the judgment in Defteros v Google LLC [2020] VSC 219, an authoritative ruling on what defamation law actually is, from a superior Court of record…
    Google submitted that it could not be liable as a secondary publisher, because its search engine is fully automated and does not intend the communication of any particular words or images, including any third party webpage to which a user might navigate. I do not accept this submission, which is at odds with the reasoning of Beach J in Trkulja v Google Inc (No. 5),[16] with the dicta of the Court of Appeal in Trkulja (CA),[17] and with the reasoning of the South Australian Full Court in Duffy (FC).[18]

    So, having established that, we then turn to Iamashiteater’s next zinger…
    Iampeter
    #3467639, posted on May 29, 2020 at 11:00 pm
    … regulations like s230 don’t protect companies from anything.

    Compare an authoritative judgment from a superior Court of record on the subordinate distributor exemptions (our equivalent of s.230) set out below. Ask yourself a simple multiple choice question – was Google NOT liable for hosting defamatory material on its platform “up to 10 October 2009” (though it was liable for the rest of “the whole period”) because:
    (a) the Court held Google wasn’t a publisher of defamatory material it hosted on its platform ;
    (b) the Court held Google couldn’t be liable for hosting defamatory material on its platform because that’s not the way liability works; or
    (c ) the Court held that Google was prima facie liable in defamation for hosting defamatory material on its platform, but accepted the jury’s decision that for the period “up to 10 October 2009” that liability was negated by the statutory subordinate distributor exemption.
    [Candidates are advised that only one of those answers is correct.]

    Trkulja v Google Inc LLC & Anor (No 5) [2012] VSC 533
    37 Finally, Google Inc submitted that notwithstanding the jury’s verdict, it was entitled to judgment on the basis that it had established its innocent dissemination defence in respect of the images matter for the whole of the period the subject of this proceeding (not just up to 10 October 2009 as the jury found).
    38 Section 32(1) of the Defamation Act relevantly provides:
    “It is a defence to the publication of defamatory matter if the defendant proves that –
    (a) the defendant published the matter merely in the capacity, or as an employee or agent, of a subordinate distributor; and
    (b) the defendant neither knew nor ought reasonably to have known, that the matter was defamatory; and
    (c ) the defendant’s lack of knowledge was not due to any negligence on the part of the defendant.[44]”
    39 In support of its submission that the jury was bound to find in its favour on the question of innocent dissemination for the whole of the relevant period, Google Inc advanced submissions along the same lines as those advanced in respect of its submission that there was no evidence to sustain a finding of publication against it. These submissions must be rejected for the reasons I have already given.

  29. John A

    Please Ita. Don’t let them out.

    May I modify that to read:

    Please Ita. Let them out. Don’t let them back.

  30. Just like that old chestnut from the Soviet Union, regarding the Soviet News Agency TASS Izvestia, (News) and Pravda (Truth).
    The Truth is not the News, and the news is not the Truth.

    No truth in Pravda & no news in Izvestiya.

    FIFY.

  31. AC

    The real scandal is how most of their dramas and comedies are produced by third party companies often owned by or linked to the presenter who just happens to be an ABC employee – like getting paid twice!!!

  32. Tom

    Ita needs to go.
    I thought she would pull the bigoted gits into line but she turned out to be a dud.

    As H B Bear points out above:

    Someone is under the mistaken belief that the MD runs theALPBC staff co-op.

    The ABC staff co-op saw Buttrose’s arrival as a crucial test of its power, which the co-op won hands down in record time.

    It’s now the ABC co-op’s bedrock principle: the chairman/woman or the managing director wherever s/he cones from must never be allowed to assert control. The national broadcaster is an anarchist commune in which managers have no authority.

  33. Tim Neilson

    No truth in Pravda & no news in Izvestiya.

    One of my cousins had a short wave radio when he was a kid and he loved tuning in to the earnest Soviet announcements about 50% increase in tractor production at Smolensk etc.

  34. Catcalling Inebriate

    Interesting question, partisan versus biased. My usual thought is that they’re lazy. They often don’t do the job of passing on the facts of a matter. Like too many “reporters” in media today, they go direct to the celebrity notion and offer opinionated observations that often are trite and rarely convey information. In doing so, they get paid good money to do what we all do on social media and blogs like this one: express our biases.
    One theme at the ABC that is intensely annoying is the frequency with which people “suffering” in the lockdowns etc are also in media, arts, theatre etc. That is, the same union.

  35. areff

    The key to reforming the ABC isn’t bias/partisanship, both of which are entirely subjective and lend their narrative threads to capture and misdirection (You’re reporting on climate change is loaded and one-sided”. “No it’s not, science says ….”)

    The key is management’s shortcomings as they would be identified in any other business.

    How much was red Kerry paid to interview his old boss and why wasn’t the figure released?

    How come everyone at the ABC is married to/shacked up with other ABCers?

    How come the ABC buys original artwork to grace Ultimo and Southbank?

    How come there is no public bidding for projects?

    The list of mismanagement issues would nail them day after day. That’s the way to get the bastards. perhaps starting with a Senate committee look at the live-cattle export ban and how it came about?

    Demand emails, budgets for Indonesia travel, contacts with activists. The recent decision on this matter means taxpayers are going to be walloped for compensation payments running into the hundreds of millions, perhaps more. The ABC’s bad reporting inflicted this burden on the national purse.

    Making them explain themselves and, more than that, defend in public the indefensible would be a knife at their throat. What a pity this government has not the slightest inclination to reach for the readily available whetstone.

  36. Iampeter

    Giving the ABC $1B plus then turning away isn’t the same as running it, is it you idiot?
    If the Australian government was running the ABC, at the very least the joint would swing a little to the right, then a little to the left as governments change.

    For real?

    The tech giants started the assault on free speech. Trump just said ‘bring it on’.
    Idiots who continually poke a bear are going to get bitten at some stage. Tuff!

    For real?

  37. H B Bear

    Roger – you could appoint Ghengis Khan as MD and nothing would change. Ita was just a vanity appointment.

  38. H B Bear

    areff – all true but none of it will happen without political pressure. Of which there is none, from either side.

  39. areff

    Terrible, ain’t it, HB? First, that they lack the balls to move against the ABC. Second, that they keep paying the Danegeld in the forlorn hope that the national broadcaster will one day be nice to them. Battered cuck syndrome, I think you could call it.

  40. H B Bear

    Yep – may as well torch a billion dollars a year in the middle of Martin Place. At least it would keep the homeless warm.

  41. Patty Duke

    Another thing, how come retired/former presenters such as Cassidy, Jones, Ferguson etc. keep getting brought back for presumably well paid gigs. Isn’t their generous super enough for them. How about these dinosaurs make way for someone else, or is that asking too much of this sheltered workshop?

  42. Wayne From Perth

    Yes it is ‘their’ ABC I agree with suggestion to sell it to them so that we can completely ignore it as not even a drain on the public purse.

  43. Des Deskperson

    ‘The key is management’s shortcomings as they would be identified in any other business.’

    It’s also a matter of exposing how the particular standards of openness, integrity, financial probity and objectivity and merit in staffing that other Commonwealth budget funded agencies are expected to maintain do not seem to apply to the ABC.

    How are senior jobs – the ‘stars’ – advertised and filled? What are their employment arrangements? How much are they paid? What are the processes and sanctions for managing misconduct or inefficiency? How can the taxpayer have any confidence that nepotism, inefficiency, cronyism and conflict of interest are addressed and managed?

  44. areff

    The nepotism alone is damning. Examples:

    Little Benjamin Law’s boyfriend gets put in charge of Life.

    One of the gals singing the Privilege Song (remember that?) is the daughter of the former manager of regional radio

    The ABC is soooooooo vulnerable to anyone with even 1% of Trump in them. But even that is too much to expect.

  45. AC

    The BBC publishes all salaries above 200,000 pounds.

    When Hanson asked Turnbull for the same to apply to the ABC, there was squealing from Ultimo about independence!

    Agree Des, they should be forced to fully transparent.

  46. Tim Neilson

    One of the gals singing the Privilege Song (remember that?) is the daughter of the former manager of regional radio

    No irony there!

  47. Lee

    When Hanson asked Turnbull for the same to apply to the ABC, there was squealing from Ultimo about independence!

    Nothing
    about the ABC is “independent.”
    I think it is outrageous that a fully-taxpayer funded body like the ABC can hide the details of its presenters, commentators and journos salaries from those same taxpayers.
    The same ABC that expects openness and accountability from everyone else.

  48. H B Bear

    Areff – don’t forget Mark Colvin’s mouthy son doing voiceover work for Mediawatch. Tim Blair was all over it at the time. If a CEO tried pulling a stunt like that it would be a sacking offence. Even in the APS, like the border force clown and his girlfriend.

    Love to know what Mrs Snowcone is being paid and doing while she waits for the Ch1nks to open the doors again? And Mr Snowcone come to think of it since he and Alberscreechi drove Lateline into the ditch.

  49. areff

    Among the many things that particularly gall me about the ABC is the sweetheart deal that set up Red Kerry’s production company to interview Keating. The ABC simply refused to tell me how much he pocketed — “commercial in confidence”.

    One can only assume it was a hefty six-figure sum. Kerry wouldn’t get out of bed for less than that

  50. H B Bear

    Yep Presumably a few airfares from Byron Bay to Sydney for an old Socialist.

  51. H B Bear

    If only there was a Responsible Minister to ask the question in Senate Estimates.

  52. Des Deskperson

    Speaking of alleged cronyism and lack of open process in procurement at the ABC, here’s an interesting article:

    https://www.if.com.au/browns-team-up-for-lessons-from-the-grave/

    about a short ABC TV series – ‘Lessons from the Grave’ – of a few years back that starred underactor Bryan Brown and his daughter Matilda and that was supposed to showcase the latter’s talents as as a writer, director and actor.

    Here’s the – inadvertent – punchline from the article:

    ‘Bryan, who has a close working relationship with the ABC, pitched the series to the public broadcaster’.

    Hmmm.

  53. Des Deskperson

    ‘The ABC simply refused to tell me how much he pocketed — “commercial in confidence”.’

    areff, it has always been my understanding that – in Commonwealth budget-funded agencies – while procurement tenders are commercial in confidence, the finally awarded contract normally isn’t. It’s public money, after all, the taxpayer has a fundamental right to know how and on what their money is being spent.

    The budget funded ABC appears to be exempt from this when it comes to ‘productions’. But then, ‘productions’ are also apparently exempt from all other aspects of the normal open competitive tender process for procurement.

  54. Squirrel

    “…. she might send a few of her high-profile journalists on secondment too, to run a cafe in Penrith…”

    If doing what needs to be done can’t be be got through a wishy-washy Senate, relocate the whole outfit to Penrith, or thereabouts.

    Those ABC types are all for the “vibrancy and diversity” of Big Australia – they’ll get a large dose of that if they move out west from their gentrified inner-city WASP nest.

  55. Crossie

    Ita failed. Leave the news and shut the rest down.

    The news is just as bad as the rest of it and none of it worth keeping.

  56. Crossie

    AC
    #3474376, posted on June 4, 2020 at 11:23 am
    The real scandal is how most of their dramas and comedies are produced by third party companies often owned by or linked to the presenter who just happens to be an ABC employee – like getting paid twice!!!

    Talk about rorts. Journalists used to dig into these thing and present them to the public as scandals that they are. But of course you have to have reporters with some knowledge which none of the current generation do.

  57. Crossie

    The idea that most Australians trust the ABC is decades out of date.

    I don’t think Australians ever trusted the ABC. If that were the case the ABC would have lead in ratings which they have never managed.

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