It’s not your ABC, lefty staff assume it’s theirs

It’s not your ABC, lefty staff assume it’s theirs, by Maurice Newman, who was ABC chairman from 2007 to 2012.

There is no bias at the ABC. The [current] chairman says so. …

But then … why, inside the broadcaster, is Rupert Murdoch viewed as the devil incarnate? Why does its strongest support come from the left? Get Up! promotes snap rallies “to amp up our calls … to not cut funding to the ABC”. “Friends of the ABC”, which carries the official ABC logo, has former Labor senator Margaret Reynolds as its chairwoman and celebrity human rights activist Julian Burnside among its supporters. But where are the endorsements from the ­Institute of Public Affairs and the Menzies Research Institute? … When radio host Fran Kelly reveals she is a social justice activist and wears her passion for left-wing fashionable causes on her sleeve, can she really put her biases aside? …

But then, the “ABC has a statutory duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is impartial”, presenting “a diversity of perspectives” so “no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented”.

Well, except global warming after the broadcaster’s chief science man linked scepticism about human-induced climate change to advocacy of paedophilia. Surely airtime should be denied to those evil sceptics? …

We’re told the Hottest 100 has mostly been held on Australia Day, but it’s not about Australia Day. No. It’s about “Invasion Day”. It’s a political statement. It’s the latest left campaign being pushed by some in local government to “mark the loss of indigenous culture”. As one Aboriginal leader describes it: “It’s divisive nonsense.”

But better to virtue signal than listen to indigenous leader Noel Pearson, who called the ABC “the country’s miserable, racist national broadcaster: a spittoon’s worth of perverse people willing the wretched to fail … They need blacks to remain alienated from mothers’ bosoms, incarcerated in legions, leading short lives of grief and tribulation — because if it were not so, against whom could they direct their soft bigotry of low expectations? About whom could they report of misery and bleeding tragedy?”