ABCwatch

Tim Blair

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004
 
HOW HARD IS OUR AUNTIE?

'Hardline' is the truth, but not the whole truth, about Hamas. Why can't the ABC simply call it a terrorist organisation? as Jeremy comments so aptly on this post.

Why can't a left-wing think-tank be called a left-wing think-tank if a right-wing think-tank is called just that?

Why is the mastermind of a religiously-motivated terrorist organisation a "spiritual leader" and not a terrorist mastermind? Or just a "leader", if you want to avoid a fight. The Beeb goes further and calls him "spiritual figurehead". Look, mum, no hands!

Why is a "man in a wheel-chair" beyond responsibility for his murders, as Max-weird McCutcheon instructs his listeners on Australia Talks Back? Dr Strangelove was in a wheel-chair.

Same old biases, same old answer.