It’s a defensive acquisition with an aggressive price.
Comcast is clearly looking to massively increase its geographical reach and swell its subscriber numbers, across the US, UK and Europe which this deal will achieve.
It would appear that this bulking up is what Comcast sees as its salvation – and its management was crowing loudly over the weekend about Sky TV’s great platform, it’s wonderful brand and talented management.
Independent journalism is a far more reliable source of news than the mainstream media’s biased coverage of events, with emerging sources of critical thinking banding together to keep the spirit alive, writes John Pilger.
Australia’s Democracy corpratized and brought to it’s knees for over a decade. (ODT)
Malcom Turnbull’s demise as Australia’s 29th prime minister was unusual for many reasons, and truly unique for one: his was the first known prime ministership to be the subject of a billionaires’ tug of war between the nation’s most powerful media moguls.
But more importantly, this is California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and home to 40 million people, making a huge statement of intent that it’s serious about solving the climate crisis. And not just making a statement – SB 100 will mean the state reshapes its power sector and replaces dirty coal, oil, and gas facilities with wind, solar, and other clean energy technologies to do it.
If you think this bill sends a message to the rest of the country that if California can go all in on clean energy, there’s no reason they can’t too – you’re right. And fossil fuel companies have every reason to be terrified.
Guess if Andrew Bolt can self declare that he was educated at Adelaide Uni without ever having a degree anything goes on Murdoch Media when it comes to fake Expertise and commentary (ODT)
The Daily Beast further notes that Loudon’s new book’s cover, the one whose “true psychological theory” she declared proved Trump’s mental awesomeness, falsely states she has a Ph.D. in psychology, along with other dubious references to her professional acumen. According to The Daily Beast, the publisher claimed it had “simplified” her Ph.D. credential because her subject was in “the field of psychology.” The publisher promised, “We will be updating” her credentials in future printings and marketing materials. However, the publisher would not say whether Loudon reviewed and approved of the jacket copy before publication, as is customary.
Loudon also says she’s a member of Trump’s “2020 media advisory board” which seems to be an informal, two-person “board” at most. Yet, after The Daily Beast’s exposé was published, Trump tweeted his enthusiastic support for her:
Watch Hannity say he’ll “rely on the fact that you are a psychologist” to Loudon below, in a Daily Beast video. It also shows her introduced as a “psychology expert” repeatedly on Fox and Russia’s RT.
I have written this column for eight years and not once have I been censored or told to take a particular stance on an issue. For all its flaws, The Age tries to be fair and endeavours to publish the truth.
The Herald Sun’s response, to cry censorship and cast itself as the victim of oppression at the hands of coddled PC-types and oversensitive Americans, is predictable and transparent (it is also, by the way, terribly self-serious).
To expect national publications to refrain from publishing racist and sexist jokes is not censorship or political correctness run amok. Nor is it imposing American standards on Australian humor. It’s a request for consideration, fairness and common sense. It’s a request to take serious matters seriously. It is a simple, quintessentially Australian ask: Don’t be a dickhead.
Bill Leek’s Cartoon got the same and it was deserved.(ODT)
In the aftermath of the dramatic US Open women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight sketched a cartoon of Williams that has drawn opprobrium worldwide.
Critics such as writer J.K. Rowling and basketball player Ben Simmons have denounced it as racist and sexist. However, the Herald Sun’s editor defended Knight, saying the cartoon had “nothing to do with gender or race”.
Legal observers who were present at the brawl outside a Collingwood pub at the weekend say alcohol was to blame and not “gang behaviour”.
Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre executive officer Anthony Kelly said volunteers went to the 66 Records label launch at the Gasometer Hotel on Saturday night due to fears of police racial profiling.
He dismissed claims 200 people were involved in the brawl and said the issue was alcohol not ethnicity.
Dressed in high vis vests, the legal observers said they were there to ensure police and private security staff did not infringe on civil and legal rights.
The lawyers said blaming the weekend violence on race was “simplistic and incorrect”.
Another Bolt hero but much much more influential than him. Everyone can pick up s phone according to Jones (ODT)
In the wake of the Liberal Party leadership upheaval – and amid debate over issues ranging from climate change, to bullying, to his own allegedly nefarious influence on the body politic – Jones had the grumps, to put it mildly.
You don’t need to be a journalist or a news junkie to be affected by the media. Its enormous influence in shaping our culture, politics and society means we all have a stake in how it functions, who it serves and the way it’s changing.
That’s why, today, we’re launching the first episode of Media Files, a new podcast featuring leading journalism researchers and working journalists taking a critical look at where the media is getting it right – and where there might be cause for concern.
Today’s episode is all about the Nine Fairfax merger, the largest media amalgamation in Australia in 30 years. Eric Beecher of Private Media, Stephen Mayne of the Mayne Report and ABC finance presenter Alan Kohler join presenters Andrew Dodd and Andrea Carson to discuss the implications for diversity and quality journalism.
Public money could be given to billionaire press barons such as Rupert Murdoch, ostensibly so the government can ‘sell the idea’ that they are safeguarding the future of British newspapers, according to a press freedom campaigner.
Brian Cathcart, a Byline contributor and a founder of Hacked Off, suggests that since the review panel, which is charged with finding new funding solutions, is jam-packed with representatives of the mainstream newspaper industry, “it’s obvious they are meant to be the beneficiaries.”
In the Anglosphere ultra-conservatives are all singing from the same song book and Murdoch’s the Whale. (ODT)
You’d think Sinclair Broadcast Group would lay low for a while and reassess its options after an extremely damaging month. Instead, the conservative media giant will force news stations across the country to air a 90-second segment exploiting the murder of Iowa woman Mollie Tibbetts to echo President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants.
Taking his lead from Tucker Carlson, the president is spreading the myth of a global “white genocide.”
If ‘Dirty Dossier’ author Christopher Steele deserves protection under the 1st Amendment but WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange doesn’t, then the concept of a free press is merely a distant memory.
Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over.
Progressives need to mobilize Labour and focus on the root cause. Labour needs to mobilize international as it’s very much the common ground. Currently Corporate Media is paid to insure the opposite. (ODT
Boris Johnson is another. He once wrote about the insight of his Australian campaign mastermind Lynton Crosby who perfected the “dead cat on the table” strategy. When you wanted to avoid an issue, you said something outrageous – throwing a dead cat on the table, so to speak – to change the media cycle.
Back then it was a temporary diversionary tactic. Now, though, the tactic has become akin to cat armageddon: dead cat after dead cat after dead cat. Keep manufacturing outrage. Never apologise. Soak up all the free media coverage you can get.
THE anonymous online group, Sleeping Giants Oz, has this week come to the attention of conservative News Corp columnists and Sky News TV hosts, who fear they may lose their salaries if advertisers continue to pull away.
The Daily Telegraph columnist and Sky News reporter, Caroline Marcus, is the latest News Corp drone to join in.
Today we learnt that – no surprise here – Fraser Anning’s first speech was absolutely deliberate. Sky News played leaked audio of a telephone conversation with former One Nation adviser Jim Savage, in which he says he told Anning months ago to make his first speech count, to “say something really controversial”, and that he called Anning yesterday to tell him not to apologise but to “hold your f***ing nerve”. Anning’s speechwriter, Richard Howard, used to work for Roberts and is reportedly [$] “fascinated with Nazi Germany”. One of Anning’s own staffers, Richard Mcgilvray, today resigned in disgust. Union donors, like ETU and CFMEU, are walking away from Katter’s Australia Party, which may come to regret standing behind the One Nation defector. So much for Fraser Anning. The next election can’t come soon enough, although with Queensland’s track record of electing racists to the federal parliament, one can never be sure.
Media Unity vs Trump and Murdoch (ODT)
Fox News and Fox Business hosts are slamming hundreds of newspapers as “anti-Trump” and “fake news” for coordinating to publish editorials on August 16 denouncing President Donald Trump’s war on the press.
Trump and his administration publicly attacked news organizations and specific journalists hundreds of times in just his first year in office. Though he routinely attacked news organizations during his presidential campaign and the transition period between his election and inauguration, Trump’s anti-press rhetoric reached a new low in February 2017, when he began calling news organizations “the enemy of the American people”
Just gonna leave the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics here for any who thinks journalists have no obligation but to report a good story not naming names or anything.
The manner in which some journalists are defending their perceived right to publish salacious slurs against a woman, just because they can, is sickening. There’s little point in engaging with these people.
There’s a much-needed conversation about journalistic ethics begging to be had, but there’s no point in arguing ethics with people who simply don’t seem to have any.
Will this change Hadley? It won’t change his media mates unfortunately(ODT)
If Daniel Hadley’s issues are mental health-related, then I certainly hope he receives the appropriate care and rehabilitation and makes a full recovery. I also hope that his father may gain a better understanding of the consequences of stress and take that into consideration the next time he thinks about bullying someone, or stigmatising part of the community on his radio program.
- She claimed that children torn from their parents as a result of the Trump administration policies and who were not yet reunited with their families were being protected by the administration because, “due to domestic or drug abuse, many of these parents are now deemed unfit to care for their children or dangerous for their children.”……Bolt’s claim of “no Stolen Generation”
- During a 2013 appearance on the now-defunct Fox show The O’Reilly Factor, Ingraham claimed that a lot of recent immigrants “have wreaked havoc upon communities.”…………Bolt’s Claims against Africans and Muslims
Where the Sky News, Australian right and Andrew Bolt get their formulaic Racist Bigotry from the American Fox News desk. This what they attribute as their News and Opinion. They don’t win awards so they have their own Award Show. Wake up Australia (ODT)
Global media giant News Corporation has suffered another nasty full year loss of $US1.4 billion ($1.9 billion) as it continues to write down the value of its Australian pay-TV subsidiary, Foxtel.
Andrew Bolt tells us their ratings are HUGE off a small base. Reality Bytes (ODT)
“This could easily happen at any time,” one Sky insider said. “We’ve got hosts who aren’t journalists and people are just trying to get the programs to air. There’s no time to have a think about whether this is a good guest or not.”
Outside the Sky News studios, there is a view management manufactures outrage in a bid to grow the 24-hour channel’s relatively small audience. But staff say this isn’t the case.
Let’s be clear. Bolt’s language about Jews is redolent of the past. In response to the article, the President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Jennifer Huppert, said that there was ‘a rise in ultra-right-wing activity in Victoria and this type of activity can fuel antisemitic, anti-Islam and general racist debate and language in our community.’
The Australian Jewish Democratic society expressed their anger and then stated:
In response we say to Andrew Bolt and white supremacists everywhere: we are not interested in assimilating to White Australia. We are not interested in being subjects of your racist attacks. We – as migrants, as people who have lived in this country for a long time, as people who have faced racism and antisemitism of so many different guises over such a long period of time – are here to tell you that we will win and you will lose. Your vision for how society should operate will never succeed. We will continue to work with other others to ensure that a strong, cohesive, anti-racist, justice-based society is the future for “us” all.
Bolt also attacked the descendants of 1950s immigrants. He wrote that in Five Dock, Sydney,
‘ … one in seven residents still speak Italian at home.’
Clearly, Andrew Bolt’s othering is all-embracing — from white Jews and those speaking a foreign language to Muslims of any colour and brown and black people.
Bolt’s column illustrates the steady and sinister drift of Australia’s national conversation towards a permissible racism
Murdoch press – has been towards refusing permission to anti-Anzac sentiment and granting permission to racism. This latter drift can be demonstrated objectively.
On 6 January 1996, a letter, written by the preselected Liberal party candidate for Ipswich, Pauline Hanson, was published in the Queensland Times. It claimed nothing more than showering the admittedly once-wronged Aboriginal people with “money, facilities and opportunities” not available to other Australians was harming them and “causing racism”. The letter caused pandemonium at Liberal party headquarters. Hanson was stripped of her preselection. (The rest as they say is history.) Today, such a letter would be barely noticed by anyone.
Twenty-two years later, on 2 August 2018, the country’s most influential columnist, Andrew Bolt, regularly published in four Murdoch tabloids, claimed that Australia was being destroyed by waves of immigrants – Chinese, Jews, Vietnamese, Indians, Muslims etc – who refused to assimilate and who, as colonists, treated Australia not as a home but as a hotel. That a column like this could be published in the mainstream media, unthinkable 20 years ago, is a consequence of the steady and sinister and perilous drift of Australia’s national conversation towards a permissible racism.
Hannity, of course, set the scene, by lying to his listeners about some crazy scheme whereupon Democrats want to yank 34 million people out of Central America and resettle them here because they want “open borders,” whatever those are. And of course they don’t, but immigration and fears of immigration are the reason Trump is in office right now. This was a straight play for old white bigots to get off their ass and vote for Putin’s guy.
As if Rohrabacher’s nonsense with Hannity wasn’t enough to disqualify him, there’s also this new report about his intimate little dinners with Mariia Butina, the Russian agent arrested last week.
2 Media Companies will control 86% of Australia’s Media we need the ABC more than ever but they are demanding the LNP destroy it as well, Where is free speech when it’s privatised and becomes just another product to sell to corporate buyers. (ODT)
In the 1980s, Keating as Treasurer had overseen new media rules that prevented media owners from owning both TV stations and newspapers. They had to choose, as he said, whether to be ”queens of the screen or princes of print”.
Packer thus was ring-fenced into being a queen of the screen, while Rupert Murdoch gained more and more of the nation’s print outlets.
Packer, from a newspaper-owning family, wasn’t suitably gratified. He wanted to get his hands on Fairfax and what he called its “rivers of gold” — massive income from classified advertisements in its newspapers.
And so, a feud grew.
Keating revealed his old penchant for doing over his enemies slowly.
“Kerry Packer had the Nine Network chase me in private life,” he said.
“But I’m a big boy, I know how to punch. People said to me after a whole series of things on 60 Minutes. They said, ‘Mr Keating, are you going to take Mr Packer to court for defamation?’ I said, ‘No, I have more expensive remedies in mind for Mr Packer’.
“That was taking Fairfax from him, which I had [Senator] Brian Harradine do in 1997 to 1998. In other words, I made sure he didn’t allow Howard to get a majority to let Turnbull do what he did today.”
Cutting the ABC and Concentration of Private MSM spells the era of Fake News is growing, Australia needs teh ABC more than ever (ODT)
“This proposed merger means it is about to get even more concentrated,” Ms Rowland said, declaring it “beyond belief” for Senator Fifield to proclaim his government supported media diversity.
“Democracy suffers if you have too few media voices, workers suffer when mergers inevitably lead to job losses and citizens, consumers and communities get less diversity, less coverage and less choice.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed the announcement of a takeover of Fairfax Media by Nine Entertainment, affirming the merger was only possible because of media ownership reforms he made last year.
The Labor opposition, however, has expressed fears about greater concentration of media ownership and the job losses which it said would “inevitably” flow from a merger of the two media houses.
In one of the biggest shake-ups in Australian media history, Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood announced a deal in which Nine would own 51.1 per cent of the new entity under the Nine brand, while Fairfax Media – publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age – would cease to exist.
But what many have been wondering is why, if Murdoch wants to “Kill Bill”, all the other mainstream media – Fairfax, Seven, Nine, Ten, SBS, the ABC, even Australia’s feeble version of the UK Guardian – have been running the exact same line: that if the ALP lose in Longman and/or Braddon in this weekend’s “Super Saturday” by-elections, Shorten’s leadership will be in dire peril, due to his lack of popularity with the Australian public? Yet virtually nothing has been said about any pressure on Malcolm Turnbull, whose administration has just lost an unprecedented 36 consecutive News Corp run Newspolls in a row?
We’ll clear up why Australia’s mainly wrong media are running the same line on this issue ‒ as they do on virtually every subject ‒ but first let’s examine if the threat to Shorten’s leadership is, in fact, real.
According to Israeli born Professor Edward Said, “no country and no lobby” has been as effective at spreading media propaganda and “misinformation” in the United States better than the government of Israel. Naturally, as the field of media and journalism have branched out into the internet, so too has their capabilities to manipulate public opinion.
Back in 2009, the Israeli government announced plans to employ citizens in the dissemination of online propaganda. In 2012, the Electronic Intifada broke a similar story about leaked documents claiming that Israeli students were offered an alluring $2,000 a month, to work from home for just several hours a week of online propaganda. And in 2013, the government setup a University scholarship program for students willing to peddle their agenda.
Alon Liel, former director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry went on record expressing his outrage, by calling it “quite disgusting… University students should be educated to think freely. When you buy the mind of a student, he becomes a puppet of the Israeli government grant… You can give a grant to do social work or teach but not to do propaganda on controversial issues for the government.”
The kind of merger announced today between Channel Nine and Fairfax was bound to happen the moment the cross-media legislation introduced by the Hawke government 30 years ago was suspended.
The so-called cross-media rule gave Australia 30 years of media diversity, especially between Australia’s major television networks and its capital city print.
Those barriers in the wholesaling of news underwrote diversity of opinion, guaranteeing an altogether better informed and livelier public debate.
The absence of those legislative barriers, in the media free-for-all the Turnbull government is permitting, will, because of the broadly maintained power of those outlets, result in an effective and dramatic close down in diversity and, with it, opinion.
“If Ecuador expels Assange from its London embassy, it’s essential the U.K. not become party to any U.S. effort to prosecute him for merely publishing classified information the same way journalists regularly do.”
The biggest media baron in this world and who runs a PR firm rather than a news organization is Rupert Murdoch.( ODT)
“If you look at the way news is covered in Australia, sometimes you actually have to remind yourself we’re not in the US; Trump is not our president, literally.
“There is a sense in which we have become lazy and we have become too obsessed with what is happening in those two centres of the Anglosphere — namely New York and London.”
Nonetheless, a group of Trump’s most ardent supporters in the media rejected the overwhelming consensus and defended the president:
Fox’s Jeanine Pirro: “What was [Trump] supposed to do, take a gun out and shoot Putin?”
Fox host Sean Hannity praised Trump for being “very strong at the end of the press conference.”
Infowars host Owen Shroyer on the press conference: “It just kept getting better in time.”
Conservative radio host Mark Simone: “The whole idea of a summit is to make peace. That’s what he was doing there.”
Fox host Laura Ingraham admonished “mass hysteria” in reaction to the press conference and downplayed Trump’s performance as involving an “unfortunate word choice.”
Fox’s Tucker Carlson attacked media for their reactions to the press conference and said it seems like politicians critical of Trump’s actions toward Putin and Russia “seek increased conflict with Russia.”
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak: “A day after the media/Democrats/NeverTrump meltdown over Trump-Putin summit, they’re still wrong, the world’s still here, and the future is bright.”
Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering: “Remind me, did Obama forcefully confront Putin for” the 2014 attack on a Malaysian Airlines passenger flight over Ukraine?
The Washington Times boosted comments from former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), current host of the web show Liberty Report, who categorized Trump’s meeting with Putin as “significant diplomacy.”
It’s reasonable given Fox was the only media chosen to travel with Trump
This was a shocking revelation by Russian State media:
Stephanie Ruhle pointed out this morning that the Kremlin translation of Putin called Fox News “the network run by the president.”
This in addition to former Fox exec Bill Shine working for the White House and current Fox host Sean Hannity working for Trump.
It’s an utterly incestuous relationship.
Andrew Bolt Sky News, Fox News all open theirs for Nigel (ODT)
In the digital media age, declaring fake news has become the equivalent of crying wolf. Frequently, it is a slur hurled at journalists by those who do not like a story. Sometimes it is a real threat to informed discourse. It is disturbingly easy to propagate, and wields insidious power. This week, I learned just how damaging it can be.
I had just returned from an afternoon at the beach when a tweet with my name in it caught my eye. I recognised the image. It was one I had taken nearly three years ago at a pro-Syrian refugee rally while working as a reporter in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the original image, a woman wore an Amnesty International sign around her neck reading “My door is open for refugees”. But that’s not what this image said. The words had been edited to read “My legs are open for refugees”, in what looked like a Microsoft Paint chop-shop job by a 12-year-old, and it had been shared by none other than Nigel Farage. “What an insult to the victims of sexual abuse in Cologne and rape in Malmo. These people are sick,” he tweeted.
Both leaders were also greeted with a large billboard advertisement purchased by Helsingin Sanomat, the nation’s largest newspaper, which bashed the Trump and Putin as being enemies of journalism and a free press.
Murdoch Media fails Journalistic Standards Yet Again: Does anybody care?
Follow Irelands lead and Divest from a failing Industry. Abbott doesn’t care about your hip pocket at all when he says the government we must invest in coal (ODT)
More than ever we need our journalists to be frank and fearless, to check their sources and to speak truth to power. The latest article by The Australian proves them to be more of a propaganda wing for big polluters rather than serious journalists.
Here’s how conservative media figures have responded to Trump’s latest outburst:
- Fox News contributor Nigel Farage praised Trump for his “bombshell to the establishment” opposition to “globalist structures like the European Union.”
- Fox’s Steve Hilton: “The president is 100 percent right about Brexit.” May is weak and “caved in to the elitist establishment.”
- Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt: Trump is “allowed to” snub British Prime Minister Theresa May and “he’s not afraid of the backlash.”
- Fox host Jeanine Pirro: “I don’t think it matters if [Trump] likes [May] as a person.”
- Breitbart: “Trump just dropped the Mother of all Brexit Bombs on Theresa May.”
- Breitbart also tried to legitimize Trump’s white nationalist view by hyping “significant demographic changes being seen across Europe” and fearmongering about the advent of “culturally alien practices” like female genital mutilation in Europe.
- Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller: “Reality vs Fantasy: President Trump warns Europe is ‘losing its culture’ by allowing ‘millions and millions’ of migrants, PM Theresa May praises their’ fantastic contribution’: Reality has a nasty way of shattering delusions. Trump speaks as it is. May…”
- CRTV’s Michelle Malkin attacked “media freaks” for overreacting to Trump’s comments, saying he was just “speaking truth” rather than acting like a “doormat.”
- Fox’s Geraldo Rivera: “He’s a great negotiator, the president.”
Fox host Melissa Francis: “To be clear… #TheresaMay wanted the President to lie about how he felt about her approach Brexit. And he wasn’t willing to lie. I guess #TheResistance & #NeverTrumpers thinks lying & diplomacy and the same thing.”
Asked about Trump’s conduct at the NATO summit and his interview with The
- Sun, YouTube vloggers Diamond & Silk said, “He’s doing an amazing job. He’s standing up for the American people and for America.”
- Right-wing blog HotAir dismissed Trump’s comments, arguing they might actually help May.
“No U.S. president in recent memory has shown greater contempt for the press than Trump in his first months in office,” reads Freedom House’s 2017 report. “He has repeatedly ridiculed reporters. … Such comments suggest a hostility toward the fundamental principles and purposes of press freedom, especially the news media’s role in holding governments to account for their words and actions—as opposed to the government holding the media to account.”
Claims that Sweden leads the world in sexual assault and rape are not supported by data.
Unless there is a concerted effort by the west to abandon the surveillance state into which we are all being drawn, it is highly likely that the journalism that relies on dissent to expose the great injustices perpetrated by governments, particularly when they hide behind the cloak of national security, will be journalism of the past. It won’t disappear overnight, but will fade slowly over the years, like the democracy it defends.
The Australian Press Council has declined in investigate an article in The Australian by its former editor, Chris Mitchell, attacking Julia Gillard, despite the piece containing at least five clear errors of fact.
Ms Guthrie cited a forthcoming report by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by the ABC, which she said would reveal the broadcaster contributed $1 billion to the national economy last financial year – about a third of which fed into the broader media landscape. In addition to its 4000 employees, the ABC helps to sustain more than 2500 full-time equivalent jobs across the supply chain – such as artists, writers and technicians – Ms Guthrie said, citing the Deloitte research.”Amid the debate over the ABC’s purpose and its funding, we should all remember that there are 2500 jobs outside public broadcasting at risk in any move to curtail our remit and activities,” she warned.
Admonishing the ABC’s critics in government, Ms Guthrie asserted there was a sinister agenda at work involving overtures to the Coalition’s base.Related Article Footage from Liberal Party meeting reveals who voted to sell the ABC “In a complex world it is too easy for the powerful to do their work in dark corners: t so-“Good journalists call that out. Today, I want to channel some of that skill and emphasise real facts in what has become an increasingly febrile debate over the value and future of the ABC.”