Their ABC on Gategate

Hmmmmm. For just over $1 billion in funding this is what we’re getting.

No mention at all about a scandal where $1.1 million was paid into an Australian bank account to pervert the course of justice. As CL reported this morning, even the Wall Street Journal is now reporting the story.

The allegation is that a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, stole Vatican funds to wire to Australia to bribe individuals to help frame Cardinal George Pell on sexual abuse charges. His alleged goal was to derail Cardinal Pell’s investigation into suspicious financial activities at the Vatican. Cardinal Becciu denies wrongdoing but was recently fired.

This is huge. Astonishing allegation. The integrity of the Australian criminal justice is being questioned. Even challenged. Yet our $1 billion public broadcaster has nothing to say.

Mind you, neither the Victorian Attorney General or the Federal Attorney General have had anything to say either. You would think the Victorian DPP would also be very interested. Having looked like a complete turkey trying to reconcile the timing of the offense, while on her feet in front of the High Court, you’d think she would be a tad annoyed that anyone had povided false evidence to the Police or her office.

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39 Responses to Their ABC on Gategate

  1. H B Bear

    The ABC (Anyone But Catholics) staff co-op have chosen their side. I expect the Media Watchdog to be on their trail this arvo.

  2. cuckoo

    This is the point where I bob up yet again to point out that, as of five minutes ago, the ABC’s website still returns zero mentions of Carl/Nick Beech, and a search on Operation Midland returns as its top hit the original reporting from 2015, when the now-debunked Beech allegations were first aired.

  3. Lysander

    If any Cat can name one single positive story their ABC has done on George Pell, I will donate a year’s salary to the Friends of their ABC.

  4. Anonandon

    Its gotten so bad that I’m not even outraged anymore.

  5. H B Bear

    I think the Victoriastani DPP would be quite happy if they never heard the word “Pell” ever again (so that they can work up a response to the Lawyer X Royal Commisson).

  6. cuckoo

    Yet last year they were breathlessly reporting stories about searching for the bones of a missing teenager, Emmanuela Orlandi, supposedly hidden in the Vatican. (Plot spoiler: the bones weren’t found.)

  7. nb

    ABC News about anything unapproved by communist central:
    ‘—————————————-‘

  8. Rex Anger

    If any Cat can name one single positive story their ABC has done on George Pell, I will donate a year’s salary to the Friends of their ABC.

    Depends on your definition of ‘positive…’

    Do the crowing headlines and tweets announcing his conviction and jailing count?

    (There are far better things to waste good money on than Their ABC and its Paid- And Paying- Shills…)

  9. Lysander

    (There are far better things to waste good money on than Their ABC and its Paid- And Paying- Shills…)

    Agree but the odds for me not paying are much better than 7-0 😛

  10. Pyrmonter

    Not entirely unreported. But the religious and ethics area at RN is a bit isolated from the Online News offering. I’m guessing there may be some politics about that. Most of the RN presenters are mainline /liberal in their theologies, but of christian faith or none, since the retirement of Rachel Kohn. But not cut from the Louise Milligan cloth. They’ve reported on people like Deneen.

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/conspiracy-bribes-rivals-george-pell-and-angelo-becciu-vatican/12738780

  11. Snoopy

    TheirABC HAS covered the mysterious $1.1 million transfer but not in News as you might expect. It is hidden away on everyone’s favourite radio program – the Religion and Ethics Report on RN.

    Did a former Vatican official pay a bribe to tilt the George Pell trial?

    I’m surprised you missed it, Sinc.

    No. I haven’t bothered to listen.

  12. Pyrmonter

    @ Lysander

    This wasn’t bad. As I noted upthread, the subject specialists (West, Debien, Kohn, Meredith Lake) are miles more sophisticated in their reporting than Milligan and the general ‘investigative reporting’ that borders on the yellow press.

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/april-8-2020/12125198

  13. H B Bear

    The Religion and Ethics guys don’t spend much time around the water cooler at Ultimo.

  14. Roger

    Not entirely unreported. But the religious and ethics area at RN is a bit isolated from the Online News offering.

    I expected something might pop up there sooner or later.

  15. Lysander

    St Pat’s wrote back to me about not putting Pell’s name back on honour board with a non-response response. Seems they’re not interested in rule of law nor exoneration.

  16. Roger

    I’m guessing there may be some politics about that. Most of the RN presenters are mainline /liberal in their theologies, but of christian faith or none, since the retirement of Rachel Kohn.

    Which begs the question, when is Geraldine Doogue going to retire?

  17. Roger

    St Pat’s wrote back to me about not putting Pell’s name back on honour board with a non-response response. Seems they’re not interested in rule of law nor exoneration.

    So all that talk about “justice” is just that…talk.

  18. Lysander

    Yeah Roger, they said “here’s a link to a statement” and the statement just says “in 2018, the College determined to remove references to Cardinal Pell.” It’s not a statement at all… and there’s no rationale behind it.

    St Pat’s obviously think they’re better qualified than 7 High Court Justices, the Federal Government (who still {rightfully} allow Pell to retain Companion of Order of Australia) and NSW Govt (who still {rightfully} allow Pell to retain Centenary Medal”).

  19. H B Bear

    Which begs the question, when is Geraldine Doogue going to retire?

    Nobody has spent longer waiting for a Quentin Dumpster Long Goodbye,

  20. Roger

    St Pat’s obviously think they’re better qualified than 7 High Court Justices, the Federal Government (who still {rightfully} allow Pell to retain Companion of Order of Australia) and NSW Govt (who still {rightfully} allow Pell to retain Centenary Medal”).

    It’s an insult to Cardinal Pell and a cowardly disgrace.

    And I’m not even a Catholic.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    St Pat’s wrote back to me about not putting Pell’s name back on honour board with a non-response response. Seems they’re not interested in rule of law nor exoneration.

    It isn’t simply removing of names.
    There is an honour board of St Pat’s old boys who have taken religious orders.
    They have drawn a line through Pell with a footnote about “respeck for victims” or somesuch.
    The only other name to get that treatment is Ridsdale.
    The principal of St Pat’s is an unmitigated xunt.

  22. Mother Lode

    I love how they speak of ‘pressure to modernise’.

    What pressure? From whom? What might their agenda be?

    But the ABC is not there to inform. It is there to signal by semaphore what opinions are to be today.

    At $1 billion plus, and they are still crap at being bad.

  23. Mother Lode

    TheirABC HAS covered the mysterious $1.1 million transfer but not in News as you might expect. It is hidden away on everyone’s favourite radio program – the Religion and Ethics Report on RN.

    Well they do keep the appalling ‘Q&A’ in the ‘Entertainment’ division so it cannot be held up to the standards of even the ABC’s news and current affairs.

  24. Franx

    St Patrick’s College response to a request to leave Pell’s name on honour boards:

    ‘The College firmly believes that its day-to-day mission, in fact its reason for being, is to provide the best possible environment for our current students to grow into great young men. With that as our goal we found it untenable and inappropriate to ask our students to walk through a wing named in honour of anyone who, at this point in time, has been found guilty of offences against children.’

    That point in time has since been shown to have been in error.

    In order to honour its claim about its mission for young men, St Pat’s college can now act in truth to reinstate what had been wrongly removed under a previous administration.

    Otherwise, the college is denying the truth. An educational pathway to virtue and to any sense of greatness cannot be premised on lies.

  25. C.L.

    Areff weighs in at Quadrant – and how:

    https://quadrant.org.au/

  26. Bad Samaritan

    CL (3.37pm). which article?

  27. Catlady

    CL (3.37pm). which article?

    Scroll to the ‘Essential Reading’ section. 🙂

  28. Pyrmonter

    @ CL

    Areff ignores the Religion and Ethics Report coverage. It isn’t hidden.

  29. C.L.

    Cut the crap. Pyrmonter. The ABC ran a years-long defamation campaign against the Cardinal.
    One chat with an Italian journalist on Radio National doesn’t constitute “coverage.”

    On the Religion and Ethics Report website, the story is headlined Conspiracy theories, rivals and bribes rock the Vatican.

  30. C.L.

    CL (3.37pm). which article?

    See sidebar.

  31. DaveR

    No mention at all about a scandal where $1.1 million was paid into an Australian bank account to pervert the course of justice.

    Just to be accurate Sinc, I have not seen any report of that allegation has been proven. Until we do, its just a hypothesis.

    However, I think its likely it was not for a pair of stone gates.

  32. Lee

    CL (3.37pm). which article?

    See sidebar.

    Pardon my ignorance, but I don’t see anything by “Areff”, unless you mean the “A conveniently blind
    ABC falls mute” article by Roger Franklin.

  33. Catlady

    … that’s my assumption.

  34. A Lurker

    Their silence makes one wonder if the ABC, or individuals within were recipients of part of that money.

  35. Old Lefty

    Yes, Religion and Ethics for produce some decent stuff. Yet, and Classic FM, are about the only parts of the ABC these days that rise above the intellectual level of the Year 9C Marxism collective at Bulamakanka High School.

    Thereby hangs a tale. When the Abbott fascist Kinta imposed a five percent cut on the ABC, Classic FM got cut by twenty five percent (after all, it represents bourgeois Western civilization) and religion and ethics got cut by forty percent. No surprise surprise there, given the political orientation of the politburo in Ultimo. Regional reporting also took a fifteen percent hit (fancy talking to anyone outside inner city trendurbia), which I understand Ita is trying to reverse.

  36. gowest

    Agreed — Their silence makes one wonder if the ABC, or individuals within were recipients of part (most?) of that money.. As indicated above — The ABC ran a years-long defamation campaign against the Cardinal. – they had to get the info from somewhere!!. Books needed funding / buying..

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