How long will patriotic Australians have to put up with the ABC giving a platform to those who want to destroy us? Even worse, we pay for the privilege with our hard earned.
Zaky Mallah is just symptomatic of the ABC’s unlawful bias. Time for reform, writes Andrew Bolt
The Australian lists the five questions the ABC refused to answer over Q&A’s decision to use an Islamist extremist who has served jail for threatening to kill ASIO officers:
FIVE QUESTIONS ABC REFUSE TO ANSWER
1 – Did Q&A approach Zaky Mallah to join the show’s audience, or did he approach Q&A?
2 – Were the Q&A team aware of the general nature of the question that Zaky Mallah was going to ask?
3 – Did the ABC pay for Zaky Mallah to appear on Q&A?
4 – Did the ABC pay for his transport or travel to the program?
5 – Can you please release the correspondence between Mallah and the ABC.
The answer to question 2 is clearly “yes”, and I hope the Liberals do more than just fume at what is actually symptomatic of the systematic bias of the ABC that starts at the very top, and is particularly flagrant at Q&A. Remember how Q&A stacked an audience with Muslim radicals to confront the Attorney-General? Remember this astonishing panel? Remember this panel, and the set-up questions from radicals in the audience, including the Muslim panelist who raved about the “legitimate grievances” of jihadists and urged us to be “very cynical about the Government’s use of these [anti-terrorism] raids to politicise the Muslim problem of terrorism”?
So let’s see what comes of this anger:
Mallah’s appearance on Q&A was deliberately manufactured by the ABC to ambush guests… “The Liberals have just justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL (Islamic State) because of ministers like him,” Mallah said on the program in response to comments by Mr Ciobo.
Tony Abbott said the ABC had “betrayed Australians” and called Q&A a “lefty lynch mob” for providing a national platform for Mallah, who he described as a “convicted criminal and terrorist sympathiser”.
In comments to the Coalition partyroom, Mr Abbott said he would consider a government-wide boycott of Q&A.
“We all know that Q&A is a lefty lynch mob and we will be looking at this and we will bring something back when we return,” he told angry MPs…
Contacting ABC boss Mark Scott, chairman Jim Spigelman and Q&A host Tony Jones, [Communications Minister Malcolm] Turnbull said it “beggars belief” that Mallah was included in a live audience…
“He had served a term of imprisonment for threatening to kill ASIO officers. He had been charged with threatening suicide attacks and preparing for terrorist attacks in that context, although had been acquitted. He had travelled to Syria in the pursuit of what he described as ‘jihad’. “His social media presence is vile, abusive and violent,” Mr Turnbull said. “Surely we have learned to take threats of this kind, to take people like this, extremely seriously….’
…the ABC board will engage in an external review of Q&A, including its audience makeup and its commitment to balance, impartiality and accuracy.
Government MP Alex Hawke wrote to the ABC demanding Q&A be taken off-air while the review was undertaken and asked for all communications between the public broadcaster and Mallah to be released.
Good on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for repeatedly calling out the ABC reporter this morning for running a “rearguard” action and “protection racket” for Q&A.
Has Labor said anything about this scandal?
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