No fewer than four ABC reports — one on TV lasting more than six minutes — refused to mention the killer was Muslim.
The most they’d admit was that he’d “been convicted of a terrorism offence in 2012”.
The headline of a fifth report — “Who was London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan?” — did suggest the ABC would finally come clean on this killer’s creed and inspiration.
But even then our national broadcaster could not bring itself to use the word “Muslim” or “Islamic”.
The closest it came to informing Australians of the killer’s ideology was to say he’d been “inspired by slain al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaqi” and — aha! — had been a “jihadist”.
What was going on? Surely the job of news outlets is to tell us what’s going on, not to protect us from the truth?
ABC guidelines mean that PC mascots and identity groups courted by the left — everyone almost, except white men –cannot be reported as doing anything bad, lest their feelings be hurt (“alienated”). Above criticism, these groups rein supreme and their behavior will only get worse.
ABC guidelines also now eliminate the word “us”, with further devastating consequences down the line:
But, whoops, I used the word “us”. And that, declares the ABC, is also now a no-no.
“Do not speak of ‘us’ or ‘our values’ in ways that exclude minorities,” its guidelines add.
So I guess the ABC doesn’t want staff to say things like: “We’re part of Western civilisation.” Or: “It’s against our values to have women cover their face to blot out their identity.” Or: “This terrorism is an attack on all of us and all we stand for.”
Don’t say such things, because there’s no longer an “us” you can count on to agree. “We” are too divided.
And here’s where I think: you damn hypocrites. You see, I warned of exactly this problem last year.
“There is no ‘us’ any more, as a tidal wave of immigrants sweeps away what’s left of our national identity,” I wrote here.
“No longer can we assume Australians share anything but territory.”
That is just what the ABC’s new guidelines now assume, too. There is no “us”. Every time you say “us”, you’ll hear people shouting “not us”.
But when I said this last year, the ABC went feral. Its presenters had never heard anything so racist. …
I gave so many examples of this death of an “us”. For instance, we now have suburbs that are turning almost into ethnic or religious colonies.
In Melbourne’s Box Hill, 38 per cent of residents now speak a Chinese language. In Sydney’s Lakemba, 59 per cent are Muslim.
Meanwhile, we have a self-loathing cultural elite that damns Australia Day as divisive, and despises our national flag as the symbol of racists.
Now Labor is saying even our national parliament no longer represents us all, and we need a new advisory parliament just for Aborigines.
No flag, faith, national day, parliament or civilisation can be said now to represent “us” all. And as the ABC’s new rules suggest, even when terrorists attack, reporters must no longer assume they’re attacking an “us” or “our values”. …
Without common values, or the assertion of them, we’re fracturing into tribes.
Tribes? Voting blocs, you mean. This is how the left builds an electoral majority nowadays. If it didn’t work this year, just wait until importing more voters does the trick.