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When ABC journalists become arbiters of policy

When ABC journalists become arbiters of social policy

The ABC says the decision by Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party to ban its journalists from the party’s WA election night event is an attack on democracy. ABC reporter Nic Perpitch said he was told by One Nation officials on Saturday night that only media with prior approval could enter, although many other media outlets, including AAP, had no such approval.

Ha! The ABC wants an explanation over its One Nation exclusion in WA. For twenty years the biased ABC has been the mortal enemy of One Nation. Sneering, smearing reportage has been the policy of leftwing zealots dedicated to the demise of the party. But the worm has turned, One nation will no longer suffer the indignity of the ABC’s taxpayer financed power to denigrate. The new generation of ABC clones have been put back in their box and they don’t like it—that’s just too damned bad for them!

ABC wants One Nation explanation over WA election night ban

ditorial Director Alan Sunderland said in a statement today the ABC was treated differently to all other media.

He’s been in contact with One Nation since Sunday to try to get an explanation.

“We has been denied normal access to political events for simply doing its job, then that is an attack not just on the public broadcaster but on the fundamental role of the media in a democracy,” Mr Sunderland said.

He said the Broadcaster had provided accurate and impartial coverage of all parties during the WA election campaign and would not be changing its approach. “We will continue, as we always have, to report without fear or favour.”

Pauline Hanson, who was expecting her party to make a significant effect on the WA election, spent the final week campaigning in the state.

But she was dogged throughout by controversy over her comments on vaccination and Vladimir Putin, the controversial preference deal with the Liberals and internal party issues.

One Nation is likely to have two representatives in the state’s upper house, but performed well below expectations.

They polled 4.7 per cent across the board, but ABC election analyst Antony Green said they averaged about 8 per cent in the seats they stood in. Senator Hanson blamed the unpopularity of premier Colin Barnett and the media’s focus on the preference deal for the result.

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  • Honeybadger 15/03/2017, 7:11 am

    What a load of tosh from Sunderland. Overdue that ABC was held to account and brought to heel (maybe!) because Michelle Guthrie sure aint going to do it. Good on yer One Nation.

  • Lorraine 15/03/2017, 7:33 am

    the left and their bias, their kind of people all think they own democracy . Their faith in democracy is tainted if you do not agree with them…The ABC has a bias and the think tank in charge all have the same taint. To be told you are not wanted not welcome, what a put down….well done Pauline shut them out and then they are unable to shout you down….I like it, Donald Trump now has the media in a bind it is all fake news ….abc will soon be that fake news and they already have the handle on that

  • Peter Sandery 15/03/2017, 7:56 am

    The cabalistic sandalistas who run the ABC’s ideological programmes would do well to sit back and consider their position for a moment – – if they want their gravy train of funds not to be de-railed

  • Pensioner Pete 15/03/2017, 8:15 am

    This statement says it all “ABC Editorial Director Alan Sunderland said in a statement today the ABC was treated differently to all other media.” The ABC in turn, for 20 years, has treated One Nation differently to all other political parties, karma has bitten the ABC on the bum, it would seem.

  • Graham Richards 15/03/2017, 8:27 am

    Don’t let ABC journalists out of their offices. They can stay in all day & play with one another or themselves, as the mood or someone else grabs them.
    Well al be better off!

  • Topsy 15/03/2017, 8:36 am

    Spoilt brats who should climb out from under their self-righteousness and join the sensible real world instead of trying to distort it to their imaginings of how people should behave. Sooks, one and all – sooks soaking up taxpayer funding to support their contemptuous view of Australia and its people.

  • Albert 15/03/2017, 9:02 am

    After all the offence the ABC has dished out they now have the audacity to offend us further with this sad whinging and pointing of the ABC finger at Pauline Hanson who they have made a sport of defaming.

    • Bwana Neusi 15/03/2017, 4:47 pm

      But don’t you see – they are the victims!

  • Deano 15/03/2017, 11:15 am

    Sunderland claims the ABC was denied access for simply doing its job? If the ABC actually did do its job – as its never enforced charter requires – there wouldn’t be a problem.

    I hope they threaten Hanson with bad coverage so she can laugh in their face.

  • Graham 15/03/2017, 11:55 am

    Hanson taking a leaf out of Trump’s book. Now The ABC looking for a safe space.
    What bit of F*** O** don’t they understand.
    Apologies for the language but after reading the report about the Q & A program and the reference to Bill Leak I have nothing but complete contempt for these ignoramuses.

    • Lorraine 15/03/2017, 12:41 pm

      we must learn not to swear, we are better than that…..contempt for the underlings in our society……

  • Ozisceptic 16/03/2017, 9:02 am

    Yes, they airbrushed Pauline negatively at every opportunity.
    Heavens, just play some stuff from ABC archives. Appalling.
    She is not a fascist, not even simply a populist, just a courageous person who has some insight.
    BUT Pauline…
    Choose your candidates carefully
    Get some good advisors, a good Dr, a good economist, a good mental health advisor, a good policy analyst covering all fields.
    Pick up the phone and ring someone wise before saying too much
    but keep on message with immigration.

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