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ABC: oblivious to public sentiment

ABC: oblivious to public sentiment

Perhaps “oblivious” is the wrong word when referring to the ABC. “Arrogant”, even “obnoxious” must be more in tune with the in-house cabal of Marxist driven practitioners of mediocrity freely dispensed as talent? Tim Blair writing in The Telegraph takes a stick to some of those who one day can stand up and say, “I was one of those responsible for the ABC being being broken up and defunded.” Thinking that Pirate Pete FitzSimons was a life saving addition to its composting program formula emphasises a leadership bereft of any original thought. They keep sending in the clowns while few laugh and many snigger!

The first instalment was such a triumph that ABC staffers and associates have now launched part two of their quest to keep receiving $1 billion of your money every year in exchange for dull leftist hectoring.

Source: News Corp

THEY ARE ABC: THE SEQUEL

Diversity levels continue at an all-time high:

UPDATE. The political, cultural and racial diversity never ends at Their ABC:

Fresh from axing about 22 newsroom journalists to hire new digital staff, the ABC has hired highly paid Fairfax Media columnist Peter FitzSimons to be a guest reporter on Foreign Correspondent.

The guest role comes after ABC news director Gaven Morris said in response to a government funding freeze: “Make no mistake, there is no more fat to cut in ABC news. From this point on, we’re cutting into muscle.”

Next Tuesday, FitzSimons travels to New Zealand to report on the 1300 Kiwis that Australia has deported over the past three years under changes to the Migration Act that permit the deportation of non-citizens with criminal records.

Bets are open. How many minutes – or seconds – will elapse in this program before immigration and criminal law authority FitzSimons mentions “mates” and invokes the Anzacs?

UPDATE II. Readers may enjoy this review of Pirate Pete’s latest history-twisting doorstop:

FitzSimons seeks to breathe life into his ‘Dramatis Personae’ (his term) by addressing their thoughts and recollections in the present tense. He takes reported speech from its historical context and places it for maximum dramatic effect. Sometimes the context is correct; many times it is not. He tries for a real-time ‘boys own adventure’, somewhere between film script and dramatised documentary. The result is neither; it prioritises form over history …

FitzSimons delivers an Australian-centric, chest-beating, Brit-bashing hero story that trumpets Antipodean achievement. Everything is viewed through the prism of Monash’s (and broader Australian) brilliance, mostly to the detriment of the British and Germans. Monash’s perspective on any matter is usually the position that FitzSimons also adopts, which does not make for a nuanced or objective approach to events …

The errors and omissions in FitzSimons’ book are disappointing and many; they reduce confidence in the book’s accuracy.

{ 23 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 14/07/2018, 6:03 am

    I have said it before and I say it again, 100% defund the ABC/SBS, sell off the assets and convert the liquidity into much needed infrastructure.

    • DT 14/07/2018, 7:31 am

      Yes, time’s up.

    • Muphin 14/07/2018, 7:42 am

      PP .. Ditto.

      • Joe Blogs 14/07/2018, 11:22 am

        … or Dutto: if he were Comms Minister he’d give ’em a bit of stick.

    • Neville 14/07/2018, 8:58 pm

      Shut. It. Down.

      • Joe Blogs 15/07/2018, 1:00 am

        Full. Bluddy. Stop.

  • Popular Front 14/07/2018, 7:10 am

    I foolishly bought FitzSimon’s ‘Tobruk’ a few years ago and was appalled by its inaccuracies, invented conversations and the continued inferences that Edmondson VC was some kind of mama’s boy. I was half way through it when it was flung into the wheelie bin which is something I NEVER do with books as I am a true bibliophile.

    • Xword 14/07/2018, 7:29 am

      PF, to prove your claim of being a bibliophile, I’ll bet you $34.99* you won’t be able to get through “Outspoken”, the upcoming tome by Fr Rod Bower (he of the message board outside his Gosford church).
      *RRP

      • Muphin 14/07/2018, 7:49 am

        Picked up the book at the news agents – read the back cover and threw back with the rest of the garbage.

      • Joe Blogs 14/07/2018, 9:21 am

        AK (by Tim Blair) A “Tilty McJesus”.

      • Popular Front 14/07/2018, 9:29 am

        Save your money Xword, you’re right. I wouldn’t get through it to be sure.

  • DT 14/07/2018, 7:32 am

    Yes but will ABC tidy him up and provide a red cap with “ABC” on the front?

  • Cliff 14/07/2018, 8:30 am

    Malcolm Turnbull has my permission to break one political promise he has solemnly made. He may break his promise not to close down the ABC and I will forgive him, even congratulat him, for breaking that promise.

  • Cliff 14/07/2018, 8:50 am

    I’m off to Slater and Gordon Monday morning to have that reviewer charged with plagiarism. He quite obviously has a bug planted in my living room, for his review echoes my sentiments about Fitzsimons’ truly appalling ‘first person’ writing ‘style’(!) almost verbatim.

    • Joe Blogs 14/07/2018, 9:19 am

      “There I was. Knee-deep in bullshit …”

    • Jack Richards 14/07/2018, 12:50 pm

      That “first person style” is just Pirate Pete copying the style of E M Remarque. It worked well in “All Quiet on the Western Front” but always falls flat when copied by others. There was a book written by a former Anzac in that style “Somme Mud” but it never really works. Even Remarque’s later books in that style, like “The Road Back” fall a bit flat though “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” wasn’t a bad read.

      I wouldn’t bother buying anything by Pirate Pete or his comrade Mike Carlton. It’d sure to be a waste of money and full of distortions, omissions, and lies.

      • Cliff 14/07/2018, 4:23 pm

        I thought ‘Somme Mud’ was about as good as that style of book gets. (If anyone is looking for a Christmas present for that friend or rellie you just can’t find the right gift for, I’d highly recommend it.) It told the ordinary man’s version of war, and (I thought), remarkably well.

        …whereas Pirate Pete’s attempts to have the reader there in what he likes to think of as ‘real time’ are just patently silly and usually diminish the subject and the people who experienced what are sometimes extraordinary events. His “biography”(!) of Nancy Wake was cringeworthy and painted her as little more than a shallow good time girl having a wonderful time (“wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, know what I mean?”) and never really at risk at all.

      • Jack Richards 14/07/2018, 7:58 pm

        I wouldn’t say “Somme Mud” was a bad book – it’s actually a good enough read. I just found the first person style a bit irritating and less effective than Remarque’s “All Quiet…” which came first. At that time, about 1928-1930, Somme Mud was considered by publishers to be too close to the original in style and substance and thus simply wasn’t published. Apart from that. people here wanted to forget the war and had had a gutful of hearing about the Anzacs.

  • Clarion Call 14/07/2018, 10:53 am

    ABC: Always Broadcasting Crap. (2) Absolute Bullshitting Cabal. Any others?

    • Joe Blogs 14/07/2018, 12:29 pm

      All Bludging C ??

      Writer’s block. Have to get back to you on the C, CC.

      • Neville 14/07/2018, 9:01 pm

        Rhymes with hunts.

  • Popular Front 14/07/2018, 11:08 am

    Anything But Conservative?

  • Graham 14/07/2018, 2:08 pm

    Geez, I wouldn’t even use this tripe as a doorstop. I like to think I have better tastes in doorstops.

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