Love is a many splendid thing

One frequently reads and hears that regional and rural voters “love” the ABC.  TAFKAS most recently read it from the chardonnay communist Philip Adams writing for the Australian:

Paradoxically, many – perhaps most – Liberal voters admire the ABC, as do a lot of Nat supporters. (People depend on the ABC in the bush – increasingly so.)

It’s like battered news consumer syndrome.  Kill and destroy all your competitors to the point you are the only provider and then say that you are essential.

Of course people in the bush depend on the ABC.  They have no choice.  The ABC made sure that there is no-one else to depend on.  They are like an organised crime family.

Please godfather.  I need the news.

The ACCC act makes predatory pricing illegal:

While selling goods at a below-cost price is usually okay, it may be illegal if it is done for the purpose of eliminating or substantially damaging a competitor. This is known as predatory pricing. Whether the law has been broken will depend on a number of factors, such as how long the goods were sold below cost and how much market power the seller has.

For the purpose of eliminating or substantially damaging a competitor.  Has anyone noticed that given that the ABC gives it away, there are no competitors in the bush and the metropolitan competitors are substantially damaged.

Can we have an inquiry into that.

Talk about self fulfilling.  The ABC needs public funding to provide “pubic interest journalism” because the private sector is not providing it, but by providing ABC produced (and given away for free) “pubic interest journalism”, they are making sure there is no private sector provision.

Wonder where this ends?  With the ABC further monopolising the news business in Australia and further becoming a political activist – unsatisfied until there is, not a Labor Government, but rather a Green’s government.

Oh and by the way Adams.  Despite your cheap shot at Chris Mitchell and Gerard Henderson, let’s see if the ABC given them air time like the Australian gives to you.  You toad.

You’ll miss us when we’re gone. Even you, Gerard and Chris. Aunty’s critics will have to find a new enemy to attack, someone else to blame for the collapse of civilisation.

No.  You won’t be missed Adams.  You or your “good ratings”.

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53 Responses to Love is a many splendid thing

  1. Struth

    ou’ll miss us when we’re gone. Even you, Gerard and Chris. Aunty’s critics will have to find a new enemy to attack, someone else to blame for the collapse of civilisation.

    Or it stops the collapse of civilisation.

  2. Terry

    There is absolutely no reason to carry the dead-weight of political-activism, clumsy social-engineering, and wasted tax revenue that infects (infests?) their ABC in order to supply remote Australians (“the bush”) with some, as yet, unidentified service that they “depend” on.

    The solution is relatively simple and does not cost $1Billion a year in cash and many times that in malicious damage to the Australian economy and society.

    Step 1: Specify this “gap” that “the bush” depends on.

    Step 2: Remove regulations to shrink that “gap” or remove it entirely.

    Step 3: If a “gap” remains, tender the provision of “gap services” to the private sector and/or community groups at a local level.

    Step 4: “No Takers” for step 3 and we will use the resources of the ABC to fulfill that “gap” and ONLY that “gap” – no, we do not need the “value-add” of tips on penis-tucking packaged up with emergency broadcasting, but thanks anyways, I think.

    Step 5: Defund any and all ABC “services” not required to achieve Step 4.

    Step 6: Offer a reprieve to the remaining ABC apparatus funded entirely by voluntary contribution/subscription (no, it isn’t tax-deductible). After all, it is so valuable, valued, and admired that there will be dozens, literally, lining up to part with their hard-earned.

    Problem solved.

  3. Tim Neilson

    no, we do not need the “value-add” of tips on penis-tucking packaged up with emergency broadcasting

    Ah, but Terry, you only THINK you don’t need “education” on penis tucking and the other healthy natural activities described in “Safe Schools” materials – the fact that you don’t realise your need for this is an indication of your need for assistance from your intellectual, moral and social superiors at Ultimo. $1.2 billion is a small price to pay to protect all those bogans, yokels and bourgeoisie outside the goats cheese curtain from the dangers of wrongthink.

  4. Megan

    Everyone wants to watch ‘pubic interest journalism’. Especially the public.😉

  5. Tim Neilson

    PS pedant alert – isn’t it “Love is a many splendoured thing”?

  6. Win

    Time to remind the poltroon Adams about his Aides prediction in the Australian (Paul Kelly era) one Saturday morning. The eminent arrival of the Aides epidemic postulated Adams was due to American women with sagging vaginas. Sagging he said because of the over use of vibrators; so baggy they had to “ proffer” their rectums to their husbands.

  7. Tezza

    ‘Splendored’, not splendid.

  8. Tom

    Open-and-shut case — government media monopoly uses its market power to destroy (or prevent the emergence of) commercial competitors. You know you want to, Rod Sims (ACCC chairman), who has been red-hot on misuse of market power — with the support of both ALP and LNP governments.

  9. miltonf

    All you need in remote areas is good internet access.

  10. miltonf

    Howard had the opportunity to wind back the ABC after the 2004 election. Instead he gave us ‘work choices’.

  11. stackja

    miltonf
    #3511563, posted on July 13, 2020 at 10:52 am
    All you need in remote areas is good internet access.

    FTTH for every one?

  12. NoFixedAddress

    TAFKAS

    After WWII there was a concerted effort to analyze the methodology used by the great dictators of certain countries to beguile their populace.

    Psychology became the go to branch of learning to pass on the techniques of mass manipulation which most folk know as ‘advertising’.

  13. thefrollickingmole

    This is like their ABC congratulating themselves for being ‘the number 1 kids channel”.

    Lost on them there is no-one else going to provide a dedicated 14 hour a day kiddie channel for profit because their ABC has for decades offered this for free (at peak hours for kiddies TV) anyway.

  14. miltonf

    By 1992 just about everyone could have a reliable landline telephone. Not too much to expect reliable internet by radio in 2020. Landline phones in remote locations were actually done with digital radio by Telecom/NEC.

  15. thefrollickingmole

    Peak ABC,

    sTan Grant doing a dedicated BLM episode of 4 whiners.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/13/abcs-four-corners-marks-overdue-milestone-with-black-lives-matter-episode
    In I Can’t Breathe, Grant takes the flagship investigative program in a very different, intensely personal, direction, revealing the racist slurs he endured as a black kid growing up in white Australia, and talking to other Indigenous Australians about the impact of George Floyd’s murder here.

    Grant shares some formative moments that still hurt him today. After telling the class about his family background a school friend asked him: “Why do you have to always talk about that Abo shit?” He talks about a family member who was removed from her parents and interviews his own mother and father about their painful history.

    “This is my mother and my father,” he says. “This is all of my family who have come before me. This is my children who will live in a world that we did not make, but a world that they have to survive, and I have to teach them how to survive this world.”

    Four Corners is not the only ABC program which has had to face up to its lack of diversity. Last month Insiders was criticised for inviting an all-white panel of political journalists to analyse the Black Lives Matter protests.

  16. thefrollickingmole

    Good fucking lord.

    Grant says Floyd’s murder captured on video became every person enslaved and is highly relevant to Australians; Floyd was “every nameless faceless person who was told their lives did not matter”.

    “This is not something we import from America – it is a struggle we share with black America,” he says.

    “This is not a story for me, it is my life. I don’t get to turn away from this. To not care is not an option because I live in a world where race and racism can suffocate us.

    “People always say to us, ‘Why are you so angry? Why are you so bitter?’ If they knew what our people had been through, they might just ask why we are not more angry. Why we are not more bitter.”

    Grant also speaks to the US civil rights leader the Rev Jesse Jackson and other community leaders. “We will keep our hopes alive,” Jackson says. “We will not surrender our hope. We will not surrender our hope. We will keep hope alive.”

  17. Bob in Castlemaine

    Yes when it comes to local radio many country folk have little choice but to listen to their ABC. Low powered local AM stations are often simply drowned out by the all powerful government funded propaganda machine.

  18. NoFixedAddress

    ASO without Intelligence will be checking on you lot.

    Don’t let them near your kids.

  19. miltonf

    Yeah 774 is a strong signal unfortunately. Used to like listening to Alan Jones on way to work as the 2GB signal could be picked up in Vicco before dawn then I found listen to him on my smart phone anyway.

  20. I think Joe Hockey said you can’t sell a business that loses $1.2 billion a year.

    Issue 1,000 shares to each employee and announce annual 20% public funding cuts each year from 2021.

    I’d subscribe to Classic FM if the hourly news was only ever about music.

  21. duncanm

    This is my children who will live in a world that we did not make, but a world that they have to survive, and I have to teach them how to survive this world.

    its called life, and being a parent.

    Get used to it.

  22. Roger

    No competitors in the bush?

    We’re not in the 1950s anymore, TAKFAS.

    I can get an astonishing array of stations at my rural retreat via several platforms.

    Yet another argument for defunding the ABC.

  23. H B Bear

    Any argument for preserving the ALPBC ended in the 1950s.

  24. Sinclair Davidson

    You’ll miss us when we’re gone.

    ABC delenda est.

  25. Iain Russell

    @ thefromo, Stan the Tan. Being an ABC made man is a lifetime earner. I wonder if they get paid in Aldi bags?!

  26. W Hogg

    You’ll miss us when we’re gone.

    Fact check: False.

    (However, if they strongly believe that, I’m more than happy to run the experiment. Shut it down. Fire them all. Pay statutory entitlements.

    If in 12 months I miss it, I promise to write to my MP asking for it back. Presumably 99% of them are unemployable elsewhere so it won’t be hard to rehire and recreate it.

    If in 12 months I don’t miss it, sell the properties.

  27. nb

    I am reminded of a David Bowie line:
    ‘One inch thoughts and fantasies’
    from our Mr Adams.

  28. calli

    You’ll miss us when we’re gone.

    Idiot sounds like a parasitic twenty-something still living in the basement and having mum do the meals and laundry.

    The short answer.

  29. Hay Stockard

    Just close it. Sell off the assets to defray any costs regarding payouts for staff, rehabilitating the grounds it stood on. Still on a,winner.

  30. Dianeh

    Not many people I know watch anything other than Landline on ABC. Radio stations are crap and I honestly don’t know anyone that listens to them. If push comes to shove, there is always CD’s or Spotify.

    Not sure us people out in the bush (or regions) even like the ABC much less love them.

  31. Ed Case

    I’d subscribe to Classic FM if the hourly news was only ever about music.

    I wouldn’t.
    The number of times his stuff gets played in a day, it’s as if Elgar was the greatest composer who ever lived.

  32. Des Deskperson

    The NSW South Coast probably doesn’t count as the bush, but during the Christmas/New Year, in was the local commercial stations that were by far the most reliable and informative when it came to tracking the fires, they had the contacts within the RFS. The ABC reporting, by contrast, was tardy and hyperbolic.

    As for Grant, is there any other contemporary Australian who has been so promoted, propped up, boosted, coddled and rewarded as a ‘public intellectual’ than he? Yet despite this and all the learned works he keeps telling us he is across, his views, as far as I can see, remain commonplace and he continues to play the victim .

  33. dopey

    Stan is an expert on ” Geo-Politics” , one of his favourite terms. I often see Stan down at Gleebooks. He likes looking at the books, especially his own.

  34. Chester Draws

    Like the ABC cares about those in the bush!

    Despite its founding mythology, Australia has been an urban country for over a century. 90% of Australians live in urban areas, and of the remaining 10%, most live near the populous areas.

    Hell, even the NT is largely urban, the vast majority being in Darwin or outlying towns.

    Running a state broadcaster for 2% of the population is the tail wagging the dog.

  35. Bruce

    We have farming friends who live about 600Km west-ish of Brisbane.

    When I first met them in the early 1980’s, their telephone service was something out of the late 19th century: A single-strand steel cable, propped up on ten-foot sticks and with a “natural” earth return.

    They ran their own generators, including a couple of old “Listers” that should have been in a museum, along with a couple of wind-powered ones to keep emergency batteries charged.

    However, they has satellite TV. There was a substantial Intelsat dish beside the house and a suitable receiver in top of the TV. Thus, they could watch all manner of stuff from around the world, unfiltered by local talking heads.

    Then, AUSSAT arrived. A couple of second-hand ex US military communications satellites went up. However, as anyone who has had anything to do with the system, it operates at MUCH higher frequencies and thus will work with a much smaller dish, but it needs a VERY good RF amplifier at the dish receiver and top-quality feeder cable to the set-top decoder (usually a “Plessey” unit).

    What was also interesting is that, at the same time, the Commercial and ABC networks cottoned onto the satellite caper and used the SAME “domestic” boxes in their “upgraded national networks. As one has come to expect, the picture quality declined when compared to the “overland microwave” version. “Broadcast standard” ceased to have any real meaning after that. Not to forget the collapse of Local” production.

    The AUSSAT transmissions tend to lose signal in heavy downpours because the ultra-short wavelength signal is soaked up, literally, by raindrops. In places like Darwin or Port Moresby, this is a daily occurrence for almost six months of the year. These downpours are also a problem for terrestrial microwave networks.

    The other interesting thing that happened was, at first, they had ABC and SBS services, but suddenly one day, the SBS signal was cut off. Apparently, some “expert” had decreed that, as there were no “ethnics” in the bush, they didn’t need SBS. They got it back, eventually

    How’s “Imparja” getting on?

  36. Texas Jack

    Then there’s –

    s.134.2(1) Criminal Code – obtaining a financial advantage by deception
    s.135.1(1) Criminal Code – general dishonesty – obtaining a gain

    And in this frame there appear to be multiple breaches going back 30-odd years. To echo TAFKAS, Can we have an inquiry into that??

  37. BM

    You’ll miss us when we’re gone.

    That sounds a lot like something an abusive, controlling husband would tell his battered wife.

    The Left are, invariably, exactly what they pretend to hate.

  38. H B Bear

    Anyone who has listened to ALPBC in the small hours would realise their audience is insomniacs and the mentally ill.

  39. H B Bear

    You’ll miss us when we’re gone.

    Try us.

  40. Bob

    Oh and by the way re Adams – next time he seeks to occupy the moral high-ground, Catallaxy might explore his history as principal of Monahan Dayman Adams advertising.
    It made scores of cigarette TV ads targeting teenagers in the 1960s and 70s. Most of those ‘targets’ are now in their graves as a result. Adams made millions from it.

  41. BM

    “This is my children who will live in a world that we did not make, but a world that they have to survive, and I have to teach them how to survive this world.”

    “If they knew what our people had been through, they might just ask why we are not more angry. Why we are not more bitter.”

    Maybe if Stan knew what the rest of us have been through, he might have some empathy for people outside of his own family? Life’s not easy, even if you’re born white, it’s all just a struggle to survive and get along as best you can. The great myth underlying the current racist divisions is that their struggles are exclusive to being black, and a result of being black. And no one else has problems but them.

    Sorry, that’s not the case. This struggle? It’s called life. So suck it up and do the best you can, or GTFO.

  42. wal1957

    Paradoxically, many – perhaps most – Liberal voters admire the ABC, as do a lot of Nat supporters.

    Absolute Bulltish!
    These idiots need to get out more….mingle with the locals rather than sipping latte with their socialist loving maaaaaaaaaates!

  43. Harold

    I’m sick and tired of hearing how much we in the bush love their ABC – that is simply bullshit.
    It is an appalling service and these days we have access to so much better news and information providers.
    Get rid of the entire miserable outfit.

  44. BoyfromTottenham

    TAFKAS, why do we need an Inquiry? Can’t affected business just make a report of predatory pricing by the ABC (‘they are giving away for free what we sell at market price’) to the ACCC and they take it from there?
    If so, lets start a campaign to get affected businesses to identify where the ABC is nicking their lunch and report them to the ACCC, en mass? If not do the same, but demand that the federal government tells the ACCC to investigate the ABC’s predatory pricing?
    BTW – is the ABC doing the same with journalists – there seem to be an awful lot of ex-private sector journos working at the ABC these days.

  45. Bronson

    Phatty Adams still bullshitten after all these years.

  46. hzhousewife

    Not many people I know watch anything other than Landline on ABC.

    Had to switch off Landline last Sunday when the Mallacoota story featured Bruce Pascoe. They truly only have a handful of fave people, and then stick them into every show imaginable.

  47. cuckoo

    Had to switch off Landline last Sunday when the Mallacoota story featured Bruce Pascoe.

    Yes, I saw that. Uncle Bruce Fricken Pascoe. Is there no-one else in Mallacoota? Might be fun to one day ask Uncle Bruce to conduct a welcome to country. I mean, he is an aborigine, after all.

  48. Cynic of Ayr

    Well, I live in a rural town, and if the ABC was the only station to either listen to or view, I’d do neither.
    As far as Adams goes, he’s a complete, card carrying arsehole. Always has been. Always will be.
    For starters, the “News” given out for free by the ABC isn’t news.
    It’s the ABC’s socialist version of the news, followed by the ABC’s socialist alteration of the news, followed by the ABC’s socialist opinion of the news.
    The news, it ain’t.

  49. Exit Stage Right

    Phillip Adams has always been a sanctimonious prick. Preaching to the unwashed from his well paid pulpit at their ABC, and latterly at The Australian.
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe he was a signatory to that infamous letter of support sent by eminent Australians to Fidel Castro and his star performance as the Dictator of the Cuban regime, where everybody is equal except the elite.
    Stopped listening to and reading his scribbling’s years ago. Go away and die you fraud. You will not be missed in this household.

  50. that infamous letter of support sent by eminent Australians to Fidel Castro and his star performance as the Dictator of the Cuban regime,

    I think that letter was to Maduro of Venezuela.

  51. Exit Stage Right

    Thanks Sirocco,
    Same difference, same part of the world, same lousy Governance.

  52. Squirrel

    The clock is ticking for the ABC, and the latest masterplan to de-centralise is unlikely to change much.

    However long the current federal government lasts, I doubt if it will do too much more to the ABC than holding the funding about where it is.

    The successor Labor/Green government will do their best to revive the ABC, and there will be much relief and rejoicing by luvvies of all ages – but it won’t reverse the terminal decline.

    The following government – run by Millenials of the centre-right will do the deed – and if anything genuinely good and worthwhile is lost as a result, the smug, uncompromising Leftist warriors who tolerate no dissent from their world view will be able to take full credit for that.

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