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.