By Marcus Honesta.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon wrote “For the Fallen” 1914
I wanted to allow some time to pass before I wrote this piece about the very disappointing comments of ABC employee Yassmin Abdel-Magied. I believe she disgraced herself and our national broadcaster when she made what can only be described as an appalling, unwarranted and thoughtless statement, on our nation’s most sacred day.
I took my time as I did not want to appear to be involved in any misogynist, antifeminist rant. I feared what I wrote might be considered too extreme for some of our more left of center readers. It is disappointing to me to see the way too many ABC employees take to social media to post words that are often inflammatory, offensive and worst of all, biased. Unhappily it demonstrates what is wrong with the ABC especially considering it is supposed to be the public voice for all Australians.
Yes, of course everyone is entitled to an opinion. I support freedom of speech even if you make a complete GOOSE of yourself exercising it. However, if an ABC spokesperson can’t be relied upon to put Australia first on ANZAC Day she should have her taxpayer funded position immediately terminated.
Why on earth did she use social media to endeavor to hijack Anzac Day? What was she thinking when she posted on Facebook “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine).
She later removed the offending post after she was accused of politicising a day designed to commemorate Australian soldiers killed in combat.
An ABC spokesman said Abdel-Magied had apologised for the section of her Facebook post people found offensive.
“Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide. She introduces stories by ABC reporters from around the country. When presenting for the ABC, she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies.”
“Abdel-Magied has often appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program to educate Australians about Islam.” The spokesperson added.
By refusing to admonish her, even slightly, the ABC has lost even more credibility. Their practice of circling the wagons around the latest idiot to say something most Australians find abhorrent has become normal. They mistakenly believe that if they don’t admit to making tasteless, offensive and deliberately inflammatory comments, the drama caused will fade into oblivion. (A fate many would like to see befall the ABC.)
There are some in government who are looking for an opportunity to reform the ABC. Employees such Abdel-Magied are providing them with the ammunition to do so.
One can only ask, has the ABC Board and other Senior Management forgotten what it is like to be truly Australian? Lest We Forget those who gave up their lives so that callow, insensitive young twits like Yassmin can say something really stupid and live in a community they so bravery fought for and died to protect.