Liberals David Gazard and Alexander Downer have over the last few days been getting promoted for free by the ABC which wouldn’t be a huge issue if the audience were made aware of their strong Liberal Party connections. But the ABC for whatever reason has played down their connections or not even mentioned them at all which helps the Liberal Party push propaganda and is blatant bias by the ABC that needs investigating.
Below I will detail the actual instances but what you should find disturbing is that it is just a quick snapshot of the problem which I have noted over a couple of days from my own observations. Imagine how bad it would be if someone had investigated the matter for over a month or more across all ABC media.
ABC bias is getting out of hand and is easy to identify if you know what you are looking for but most people don’t.
David Gazard on Four Corners
On Monday the 23rd of May the ABC’s Four Corners program broadcast a story about the 2022 federal election campaign where they interviewed several swinging voters over a 42-day period before the election.
On the show, they had a number of “political insiders” and one was David Gazard who they said was a Political consultant and former advisor to John Howard as per the below picture. (Click here to see on the Four Corners website)
John Howard left politics in 2007 so it would have given the impression to many viewers that David Gazard had not had much to do with the government since 2007 and was likely fairly impartial in his views. But the reality is David Gazard is a close friend of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and he was advising Morrison during the current 2022 election campaign which is when the Four Corners episode was filmed.
So why would the ABC have Mr Gazard on the show and not tell viewers about his current role advising Scott Morrison for the election? The only conclusion is that the ABC and Mr Gazard wanted his viewpoint to sound impartial when it wasn’t and given that the deception really makes David Gazard’s viewpoint nothing more than propaganda.
David Gazard also has skin in the game which also wasn’t mentioned on the Four Corners show. Mr Gazard has made $millions lobbying the Scott Morrison government over many years. One example is the $5.5 billion cancelled submarine contract where David Gazard’s lobbying business was employed by France. (Click here to read more)
Alexander Downer on the ABC’s QandA show
Alexander Downer is due to go on the ABC’s QandA show on Thursday (26/5/22) so we should have a look at his background which the ABC doesn’t seem to care about and will likely not mention.
Alexander Downer was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 2007 and left the federal parliament in 2008. All the evidence points to Downer being a criminal who in 2003 had Australian spies (ASIS) install listening devices in the Palace of the Government in Dili, East Timor for the financial benefit of mining company Woodside. Downer worked for Woodside after he left parliament which would have to be the payoff for the bugging.
These details are currently being highlighted in the persecution and trial of lawyer Bernard Collaery “a lawyer who is accused of working with his client, intelligence officer Witness K, to expose Australia’s bugging of impoverished ally Timor-Leste during negotiations over oil and gas in the Timor Sea.” (Click here to read more) The trial is in Canberra and was instituted by the Liberal Party to try and cover up the scandal.
So why is the ABC having Alexander Downer on the show this Thursday when it is about the 2022 election and the other guests are elected politicians? What makes it worse is that the Bernard Collaery court case is currently afoot, and Alexander Downer is a key witness.
In the above picture is says “Alexander Downer – Former Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister”. Will QandA host David Speers tell the audience that Mr Downer is a key witness in a current criminal trial regarding his conduct as the Foreign Affairs Minister? I doubt it very much.
Political journalist Bernard Keane for Crikey wrote on Tuesday (24/5/22) “The national broadcaster is hurting itself and losing its hard-earned trust by caving in to pressure from the Coalition and News Corp” and “Destroying a national broadcaster with levels of trust far higher than virtually any other major institution in the country is a huge challenge for the large swathes of the Liberal and National parties, News Corp and far-right lobby groups like the Institute of Public Affairs that want to abolish or privatise it. But what if the ABC could be persuaded to destroy that trust itself? Then you might have more luck.” (Click here to read more)
And that is what is happening. The ABC is destroying its own credibility by having dodgy guests on their shows and then making it worse by failing to tell views of the guest’s compromised background. Not only do the dodgy guests speak dribble that very few viewers buy into, and they stop watching but people on social media and independent media are picking up on the ABC’s failure at full disclosure and pointing it out on social media more and more regularly.
Next time you watch the ABC, and they have a guest you don’t know do an internet search for their name and the various political parties and see what the results are. I know other examples, but I’ll save them for another article.
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