The Pickering Post
Monday, 22nd January 2018

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FOR WHOM THE CLOCK TICKS

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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Most fair-minded Aussies would expect the ABC, when facing cuts, to look first at its own payroll consisting of those outrageous salaries it went to extreme lengths to cover up. Half its yearly budget of $1.2 billion is spent on paying staff it can obviously do without 400 of. 

Ex-Fairfax hack, MD Mark Scott, is paying himself a ridiculous $800,000 p.a., plus exes, (more than Abbott or the US president is paid). 

Now, you could understand if Mark Scott was required to work in a highly competitive industry where a Board, under shareholder pressure, demands profitability and where remuneration is publicly disclosed and failure has career-ending penalties, but the ABC for Christ’s sake?

Scott's only responsibility in life is to ensure every last penny of that $1.2 billion is spent so a CPI increase is guaranteed the following year. Nice job if you can get it! 

So, each year, a secret $500,000,000 in taxpayer funds goes to paying a protected species of Lefties determined to destroy anything that smells of conservatism. 

So where did Scott and his Chairman, Gillard appointee Jim Spigelman, decide to cut 5% over 5 years? 

Well, naturally they took their knives to regional services, those very same services the ABC was originally set up to protect and nurture. 

A responsible company facing hard times would have called the staff together and asked them to take a pay cut. That’s where the real ABC fat (50% of it) is! 

But pay cuts aren’t in the DNA of Labor organisations and it’s far better to cut where the Abbott Government will feel the maximum blowback and the most pain... regionally!

The ABC is clearly out of control, it pays no regard to its charter, only ex-Alp staffers and the far Left are attracted to its ranks, and it does not even pretend to be balanced. 

It has grown unchecked, into an ugly monster most people never watch. It covers no major sports, runs over 300 web sites, four TV channels, copious radio stations, and the Lefty online newspaper, “The Drum”.

It is milking the markets of mainstream media, many of whom are close to insolvency, in a grossly unfair fight for survival.

I struggle with just one web site and if I was offered assistance from a political Party, I would refuse it. I would rather go bust. Yet a bloated ABC has been blessed with overt assistance from the ALP at every turn, including a Gillard gift of the Asia Network, and Labor Board appointments in return for favourable coverage.

When Shorten struts the streets screaming, “Save our ABC” he speaks the truth. 

I took a chance last night and turned on Q&A only to be faced with another anti-Murdoch tirade of abuse from some Communist American thespian supported by that despicable apologist for Islamic terrorism, Waleed Ali. “Click”, off again!

Recently I was asked to give my opinion of Rupert Murdoch for an SBS program but it very quickly became clear they only wanted some dirt. Unfortunately I happen think Murdoch is a good bloke, so my segment wasn’t used. 

The ABC and the ALP are making as much political capital as possible out of a miniscule cut of 1% per year for 5 years! And the ABC has repeatedly led with their own story of disaster as if the sky had fallen in. If only media in general had to suffer such a non-cut.

Abbott is poorly advised... he lied about the cuts and should have explained why he lied rather than claim he didn’t. That silly move only gave Shorten a juicy platform on which to attack him over the lie and not the cuts themselves, which were a mere feather touch and more than justified. 

Lying put Gillard on death row... but Abbott has proven to be a poor historian because when she claimed she hadn’t lied the appeals process was lost... the sentence was carried out. 

Aussies are a forgiving lot if circumstances are explained to them but they will not cop being lied to, and if that lie is then denied, it’s goodnight Charlie... over and out.

Fiddling with 1% p.a. cuts to the ABC is pointless. A comprehensive reconstruction of this terribly un-Australian, unbalanced public broadcaster is necessary and what Abbott doesn’t get is that the damaging political fallout would be the same.

... probably less.



Comments

Jim Spigelman, was a leading SDS member and part of the crew who organised the blood throwing at Vietnam returning troops. he is a typical\leftist scumbag

Rusted-on leftie Quenty Dumpster dumped: "Within two hours of ABC managing director Mark Scott's announcement to staff on Monday that 400 jobs would be lost around the country, director of news, Kate Torney, called Dempster into her office to tell him he had no future role at the ABC."

Just watching the molly Meldrum story...........besides all the wonderful memories the ABC did it. What happened to that ABC that we could be proud of

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corp is supposed to be the nation's unbiased communicator of information,.. events,..both local and international.

Funded by taxpayer to ensure independence.

Has totally failed it’s charter,..becoming a biased presenter of non conservative,..non Australian propaganda for the benefit of the LEFT,.. Greens and muslims ( who represent 2.5% of population and mostly pay no taxes.

It has actively pursued an expansion aimed at destroying all other competition.

ABC undermines and betrays Australia’s interests and Australians.

The dog bites the hand that feeds it.

Much of ABC staff are married to,..affiliated with,..worked for in the past or hope to in the future -…The Labor Party.

This was emailed to me by a mate. Can't source it but probably valid. Whites killed or attacked by Blacks in the USA earlier this year..............

7/18-Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/18-Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/17-Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
7/11-Luis Aguilar, 91 year old Hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/10-Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
7/6-Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
7/6-Jeffrey Westerfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/5-Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/3-Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news
7/3-Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/2-Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/2-Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
6/30-Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/29-Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/27-Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/27-Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/27-Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/26-Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/25-Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/24- Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/22-Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/20-Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/18-John Yingling, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/17-Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/15-Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/11-Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/11-Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/7-Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/5-Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/2-Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.

UTW: Yes! Dunstan was a prime example of one of the three main waste products that is squeezed from the bowels of the ALP. Perhaps SA cold be designated the ALP/Homosexual/ Islamic state. And no border crossing.

Ig. The USS Seaview was a " fictitious " civilian nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine. I am afraid our mateloes inherited a " real ) Communist Union constructed submarine loaded with components they had saboutaged. At the fear of repeating my self check out Hal Colebachs ( non fiction ) account of Union "support" of the war effort during WW11 and as you count the bodies of Australian soldier killed as a result of their saboutage see if you are not as disgusted as I?

Opportunity for Qantas to package up some cheap flights for concerned citizens

"PRIVATISE THE ABC" DEMONSTRATION this Saturday at 1.30 Railway Square Sydney. See https://www.taxpayers.org.au/sydney-rally-privatise-the-abc/

ABC? A BLOODY CURSE.

NZ flicked their Aunty to the private sector years ago..

LoL ..... I'll watch it ". thanks to the internet " on the internet.

Great news alpinist ...... but do I have to go, or can I just sit at home and watch it streaming ?

I bloody well knew there was something else.

Typical Leftards, their all inbreds!

I think the devout Arabs spend their hard-earned on acquiring the means to kill other Arabs, DJT. The less devout spend their money on wine, women and having a great time . . .

to think I thought you had a bit of nous , leave it alone or you,ll go blind , then you musso mates will look after yo

Not with The Equaliser we won't, not if I have picked it correct, it shall be under the bed with Mum, if it has one?

Scott should be sacked immediately!! LNP should have come out and said all bets are off! Once the real figures were established, not the ficticious ones put out by Swan! How many times sid he and Gillard promise a surplus??? Tony Abbott should have defused any possible BS from Labor in Q Time by having a Dorothy Dixer and smashing them! The ABC is an absolute disgrace and all and sundry have been screaming for action especially in this site! They get a 5% cut and are squealing like a bunch of pigs!! Hit them harder!

Why is it you socialist scum are all so anti Australian?The Captain of a ship,footy team or any organisation has to be supported or else that organisation doesn't work.As was demonstrated by your beloved ferals.Surely your experiences throughout life have taught you that,yet at every mouthful of shit you and your fellow ferals at the ABC take the side of foreigners against your country.The majority of this country voted for Tony,showed you what they thought of you and your abilities and found you wanting.Suck it up,sunshine and address your fellow Australians respectifully with logic as your argument and goodwill in your demeanor.Who knows we might be fighting the arabs side by side someday soon.