Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald
If the ABC didn’t exist, conservatives would have to invent it. It provides two vital functions to the right side of politics: it is the foe which unites the army, as well as a decoy which distracts progressives from the main game.
The ABC once again stands accused of bias. This is a familiar pantomime. A new incident sparks conservatives to condemn ABC bias and roll out a well-worn script insisting it is time to defund the national broadcaster. The ABC denies all charges and periodically appoints a fellow traveller to conduct a review. Naturally, the review finds the ABC to be largely impartial, to the satisfaction of the ABC management and no one else.
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