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To the young and converted they preach.
There are few who their sermons donโ€™t reach.
Minds they shape with the dough
That they take from their foe.
โ€œWe are balanced and fair!โ€ โ€” loud they screech.

I avoid โ€œtheirโ€ ABC like I avoid the plague (even the present one) but I am forced to listen to ABC radio once a week while prisoner of my acupuncturist โ€” pinned down, so to speak. Heโ€™s Chinese by the way (boy, arenโ€™t they copping some flack) and assures me that he also hates the ABC, but I have my doubts as he always has the bastards on โ€” maybe heโ€™s a masochist โ€” I know heโ€™s a torturer.

Itโ€™s really a shame the way this once great organization has fallen. I grew up with the ABC โ€” I used to love it. I guess it was pretty much to the left even back then, but I suppose it had more class collectively than to blatantly push its lefty ideas. Now it has gone way too far down the far-left well-beaten track to ever return. Itโ€™s very feminine I noticed (except for some of their female presenters of course); very soft and squishy and fluffy and loving and caring โ€” at least on the surface; it drips feminism, and masculinity is nowhere to be found.

Judging by the last federal election, around half of the tax-payers who fund the ABC could be fairly described as to the right, and yet โ€œtheirโ€ ABC is a conservative-free zone; the presenters are all lefties and they pretty much only interview lefties and get lefty opinions โ€” unless of course they decide to set up a hit job on some naive conservative who should know better than to trespass onto their turf. They hate Trump and Boris of course and love Jacinda โ€” the former president of the International Union of Socialist Youth.

Overall it is a sad story: a national broadcaster (if one is needed at all) should of course represent all to as high a degree as possible; but it seems to me that the ABC has an insurmountable problem: many of its presenters and presumably its management really believe that they are right โ€” that they are of the virtuous left and it is their duty to get that message of enlightenment out there.

The ABC is beyond saving โ€” it canโ€™t be transformed back into its former self. Iโ€™m not sure even privatizing it would make much difference. What to do about their ABC? Thereโ€™s no simple solution.

โ€” D.N. Oโ€™Brien