Peppa Pig, Piers and the PM

14 / 02 / 2014

The national broadcaster is in the firing line, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott even going so far as to suggest the public institution is unpatriotic. The PM’s comments that the ABC lacks “basic affection for our home team,” and “appears to take everyone’s side but our own” have caused controversy and consternation, stirring up the threat of impending cuts to the public broadcaster, despite the Coalition’s election promise to the contrary.

But the attacks on our respected national broadcaster have deeper roots than this recent accusation of unpatriotic behaviour. Carole Ford, Co-ordinator of the Cairns Women’s Network, has an interesting twist to this pincer attack – she shows how a detestation of feminism has motivated various commentators in the mainstream commercial media to blacken the reputation of the ABC.

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تعلم الكتابة Into this apparently gender-neutral political environment stomps columnist and media personality Piers Akerman, intent on diverting attention away from the miserable performance of the 100-day Abbott Government.  His target: one of his perennial favourites, the ABC.   His rant degenerates into an unbelievable exposé of  popular children’s cartoon figure Peppa Pig which he admonishes for pushing “a weird and feminist line that would be closer to the hearts of Labor’s handbag Hit Squad than the preschool audience it is aimed at.” (Did he really finish the sentence with a preposition?)

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binäre options strategien And this is a perspective that Akerman, along with a gaggle of other media conservatives, has maintained since the days of the Howard Government.  What is illuminating is that the same names of those complicit in the denigration and denunciation of former PM Gillard are at the forefront of current criticism of the independence – or lack of it – of the ABC.  Perpetual critics like Akerman, Shanahan, Devine, Albrechtsen, Bolt and Jones to identify a few of the prominent and virulent  voices, are conducting a sustained campaign to discredit the impartiality of the national broadcaster.

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