Back in March I was highly dubious that the
Skripal poisoning was from Russia. I still
have reservations engendered by the UK refusal
to give samples to the Russians. I even
suggested that the then unnamed Russians blamed
were probably tourists.
Of course I felt vindicated when rt.com found
them and put them on TV.
Now it seems that the UK has established that
one of the persons caught on camera both before
the incident and on the incident was a Putin
decorated spy. This does add an extra
dimension to the issue.
Just to clarify.
In past years I have noticed that the ABC 24
News channel has become a TV station of
"commentators" (Which in my day were called
"Commenters"). The standard of commentary
has also collapsed.
Once news readers used to be "Reporters".
I still recall some young journalist complaining
that he was being constrained from making
comments on the news he
read. Now it has become
open slather. Commentators commonly use
words like "Cunt" and display smirks to the
camera and shout down interviewees daily.
When Emma Alberici the ABC's Economics expert
commented on the Turnbull Tax package, she
confabulated "Profit" with "Gross
Receipts". By doing that, she implied that
Turnbull was letting all his rich mates rip off
Australian Taxpayers by not taxing companies
with sales of $1 billion, without explaining
that they had actually made a trading
Of course if I were not a conservative I would
probably not object. Because most of the
ABC Journalists are "Lefties". And
accuracy is not important if your intentions are
However the ABC has a code
of practice which requires accurate
On 24th September Manager Michelle Guthrie was
sacked for not doing her job properly. She
was not seeking to correct the inaccuracies and
There was an outcry by ABC journalists.
Stories were circulated that Chairman Milne had
tried to influence Guthrie to sack Commentators
at the behest of Prime Minister Turnbull.
Turnbull unequivocally denied that charge.
Some days later, ABC Chairman Milne resigned.
Half of the online comments in "The Australian"
suggested the ABC should be closed. The
other half suggested sacking of the Lefty
"Commentators" and hiring actual experts who
just report facts and not mislead the public.
This was despite the rather neutral tones of
most of "The Australian" journalists whose
stories had those online comments
appended. I suspect many of "The
Australian" journalists are sympathetic towards
the ABC journalists.