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Media Watch, 1
Monday, August 02, 2004
TONIGHT ON DAVID MARR'S "My Pet Hates" pulpit, Marr tore into Fairfax for failing to dismiss instantly one of its staff who has been promoting the world view of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the corniest of the Jewish conspiracy theories of modern times.
"This may go down a treat in the Arab street", Marr observed, "but it has no place in a reputable Australian broadsheet. Margo Kingston must go."
In fact Marr devoted most of his programme to a stirring defence of Lindsay McDougall of the progressive band, Frenzal Rhomb. McDougall is having a tiff with a couple of DJs but why, you might ask, is that a matter of public interest.
This is why:
McDougall and his mates have enlisted the endorsements of Lord Bob-Brown of the Greens and Labor's President, Carmen Lawrence. And, of course, Parachute Peter Garrett. How could Auntie's communards allow themselves to stand aside?
They say you can judge people by the company they keep. In this case, it works in both directions.
These are the kinds of friends Marr thinks should have unfettered access to the ABC's archives for their Mooreish propaganda. On their behalf he demands the sacking of ABC manager Robyn Watts: "The surprising news of the week is that Robyn Watts is still ABC Director of Enterprises ".
Demands for dismissal can also run in both directions. When will old Biffer gather the courage?