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ABC: the debate continues « Previous | |Next »
August 4, 2003

The debate over the role of the ABC has nosedived with publishing the notes of Tim Blair's speech and an attack on Blair by an ABC insider.

From the material it is difficult to get much sense of Blair' speech. He seems to fire off shots all over the place. But he, along with the audience, want to break the public broadcaster up into parts. It was unclear whether Blair wanted to sell the ABC off, or just put into a box.

The ABC insider does not discuss the ideas---it's a personal attack on Blair for basically being a failed employee. So what? ABC insider finally concedes as much. The argument is that Blair is not a media expert. In fact he has little knowledge on any topic and away we go again in another personal attack.

Pretty poor show allround. The conservatives see the ABC as an integral part of the left-liberal intellectual hegemony of the recent past, and they are determined to use the culture wars to ensure the twilight of left-liberalism on issues such as republicanism, refugees and reconciliation.

Personal abuse indicates an incapacity to argue the case at a time when the ABC is forced to cut programs due to lack of public funding.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:43 PM | | Comments (0)