Our ABC at its best
Most of us speak English. The ABC speaks ABC.
Here’s what the ABC reported.
“Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had to flee a Canberra restaurant after it was surrounded by angry demonstrators, incensed by earlier comments Mr Abbott had made regarding the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.”
Except, of course, Abbott made no such comments. A staffer in PM Gillard’s office made it up which in turn sparked a mini race riot that not only endangered Abbott but Gillard as well.
The ABC’s pathetic response?
What is true is that Mr Abbott’s comments sparked the demonstration perhaps because they had been misrepresented or exaggerated. In that sense it is accurate to say that they “were enraged by remarks Mr Abbott had made”.
“In that sense”?
Misinterpreted? Bullshit. A Gillard staffer, Tony Hodges, flat out LIED.
Abbott said we’ve come a long way since the ugly race politics of 40 years ago and that perhaps it’s time to move on from ugly race politics.
Gillard’s staffer twisted this into claiming Abbott had said the Aboriginal Tent Embassy should be torn down.
And the ABC has not only further perpetuated that lie, but they’ve also had the gall to try and justify it.
You know, it’s one thing for a commercial outlet to print falsehoods. And it’s a good idea if they don’t as often as possible as this can hurt their bottom line.
But the bottom line doesn’t matter when it comes to the taxpayer-funded ABC.
The public who funds this “service” deserves far better. We have been ripped off.
Tim Blair reader, Simon of Hobart, makes an important point.
So true. When are the people who rioted going to be held accountable for their shameful actions? Rhetorical question. The police decided barely before the riot was over that, oddly, they would not press charges.
It is clear it doesn’t matter what crime is committed, but instead who commits the crime.