In case you’ve missed it, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised the ABC, saying that the national broadcaster takes “everyone’s side but Australia’s”.
The Prime Minister’s comments are in reference to criticism of the ABC last year, who, along with The Guardian’s Australian website broke a story about Australia spying on Indonesia causing a diplomatic skirmish with our biggest neighbour and more recently, a story about alleged navy misconduct when intercepting asylum seekers.
Here’s what (non-ABC) journalist Wendy Squires thinks about the accusation:
The only surprise in regards to Tony Abbott’s complaint of ABC bias this week for me is was what took him so long.
Like death and taxes, nothing is more certain in this life than a Liberal leader bleating that our national broadcaster is left wing. John Howard did it and decimated the ABC’s budgets as a result. And so, on Ray Hadley’s Macquarie Radio show Wednesday morning, our latest Liberal Prime Minister also let rip.
”You would like the national broadcaster to have a rigorous commitment to truth and at least some basic affection for the home team,’‘ Mr Abbott complained to Hadley who, if any further right, would fall off the edge.
‘‘It dismays Australians when the national broadcaster appears to take everybody’s side but our own’‘, he added. ”I think that is a problem”.
Well, with all due respect Mr Abbott, get a grip. Because, quite frankly, you are talking rubbish.
I do not understand why Mr Abbott would believe there is “basic affection” for his “home team” government considering the broken promises we have all been served ever since he was sworn in to office.
Heaven forbid I should be accused of bias in pointing out that the gag orders placed on his ministers, who seem unable to release information we tax payers have every right to know (Boats? What boats?), are as indefensible as they are reprehensible.
And it is beyond all comprehension that a man who has made it to the top office in this country should be so naïve to think that by winning the last election the public is “on his side”.
Mr Abbott, this is not Wimbledon. The work doesn’t stop once you’ve lobbed the winning serve. You have a long way to go to prove a legacy worthy of affection. You are a politician not a football player. There is no “home team” to cheer for here. And even if there was, the playing field would be far from even.
Because here is the most hypocritical aspect of Mr Abbott’s bleating re media bias. Yes, the majority of the media is one-sided. No doubt about it. However, it is profoundly pro Team Abbott.