The ABC’s amateur-hour media conspiracy theory

The ABC’s amateur-hour media conspiracy theory, by The Australian.

The ABC has a new TV ad campaign in which an academic, Bec, gushes about the diversity of views on campus, yet in the next breath she claims that her students, without exception, rate the public broadcaster as trustworthy. It speaks volumes that nobody at the ABC spotted the contradiction. …

Allan Ashbolt, the Marxist who led the left’s march through the ABC

On Tuesday night the ABC’s prime-time news bulletin told the nation that two prominent Australians — Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes and Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp, the publisher of this newspaper — were caught up in a conspiracy to force Malcolm Turnbull from power. Such a claim should have rung editorial alarm bells at the outset. It’s too convenient a narrative for Mr Turnbull and his supporters. …

Another reason for journalistic caution in the ABC’s Ultimo bunker should be familiar to even the most callow reporter. If an explosive claim rests on a private conversation involving two people (Mr Stokes and Mr Murdoch), the story is no more than gossip unless at least one of the pair goes on the record or the reporter obtains a copy or transcript of the exchange. ABC political editor Andrew Probyn presented neither, yet the news package put to air included a mock-up of a supposed text between Mr Murdoch and Mr Stokes. And so the ABC left itself exposed. The next day Mr Stokes broke his customary silence to issue a flat denial that any such conversation, let alone a conspiracy, took place. Yet the ABC failed to mention the Stokes reply on Wednesday’s 7pm news.

The ABC has been caught again, spinning fantasies and lying by omission to promote its political agenda.