Update 2: The ABC’s Q and A gets in on the act. Is this the new culture at the ABC? It seems recycling NewsLtd framing by the ABC happens every single day. This makes the ABC a Mini NewsLtd. Is this really what we expect from our unbiased, impartial National Broadcaster?
Update 1: The Jon Faine story is growing bigger and has its own dedicated blog post here with updates.
Another person who was able to get an immediate apology was Scott Morrison.
I think that it is a cynical manipulation of an underlying prejudice in the Australian community and that it has very little policy merit. It is fraught with problems and it is really awful actually and I think Scott Morrison in particular as a spokesman in this area has just pushed way beyond acceptability in a way that he is willing to pander and manipulate that level of prejudice in what is essentially a racist manner. He is my local member in the electorate for Cronulla, the scene of the Cronulla riots …
Andrew Bolt: Why isn’t Long more upset when boat people drown?
Long has a spooky ability to see into the heart of the Coalition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, and detect an evil impulse that – fortuitously – relieves him of any need to actually discuss the merit of Morrison’s argument that weak border laws are encouraging crooks, fake refugees, massive cost blowouts and hundreds of deaths at sea.
An ABC spokeswoman said Mr Morrison had made a formal complaint to ABC managing director Mark Scott, which was passed on to the audience and consumer affairs team as was normal practice. The decision to air an apology was taken by news management.
Steve Cannane said Mr Long’s comments were “clearly inappropriate”.
“While it is appropriate for ABC journalists to provide comment and analysis backed by demonstrable evidence, the remarks in question went beyond that, and were an expression of opinion,” “These opinions were not supported by evidence and were inappropriately expressed. “News management is discussing the matter directly with the reporter concerned.”
Of course I do not watch all shows on the ABC but I have not seen Stephen Long on The Drum or on his once regular Lateline spot. Has he been sent to the gulag in Whyalla for LNP re-education? While there, he might run into ABC’s Foreign Correspondent Eric Campbell.
The ABC apologises for a time-reference error on Friday’s Lateline interview with Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Last Friday, during our interview with Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare about the asylum seeker rescue operation, I confused Australian time with Coordinated Universal Time.
I apologise for the error which underpinned a number of questions.
These days it seems like a rather harmless tweet, especially if you have ever interacted with LNP staffers or Menzies House trolls on the infamous #auspol hashtag.
And of course Mr Pyne has his own form when it comes to insulting people and the ABC did not apologise or stop free speech on this Lateline show.
Pyne says he is adamant the article didn’t bother him. ‘Not in the least bit,’ he says. ‘I don’t take these things personally . . . I assumed it was a spoof . . . there’s no point getting too fussed about it’.”
In a statement, a spokesman said Pyne, the Liberal MP for the South Australian seat of Sturt, hadn’t threatened to sue at the time the article was published, and noted that the ABC had taken the piece down, of it’s volition. Yet Pyne’s lawyers have sent two letters to the ABC about the piece.