Ita Buttrose puts Chris Kenny in his place as Sky News’s ABC doco draws blank | Amanda Meade

Written by Javed Iqbal

Ita Buttrose featured Sky News host Chris Kenny under her Andrew Olle’s address last week and scolded him for saying she was too old when she was appointed chairman of ABC, 77 years old in 2019.

“I know a little bit about career obstacles,” Buttrose said, glaring at Kenny, who was at the Sky News table at the ABC function. ‘There was always a reason someone said no. I was either too young or too old. When I was named president of the ABC, too old. Thanks Chris Kenny. ”

Kenny, an associate editor of the Australian and outspoken ABC critic, showed up at the black-tie event in Sydney’s Ivy and told anyone who would listen that he was desperate to get someone from ABC to talk to him for his Sky News documentary. ”About ABC to mark its 90th birthday. As he said in his show this week, it’s easy to get critics of ABC on his show, but he can not find any followers of aunt who are willing to talk to him.

Everyone from Buttrose and CEO David Anderson to former ABC employees Jonathan Holmes (Media Watch) and Jon Faine (ABC Melbourne Radio) have said “thank you, but no thank you” to inquiries from Kenny’s producers. As Faine wrote in the Sunday Age: “I do not think it is possible for Chris Kenny to present a balanced assessment of ABC.”

Undeterred by rejection, Kenny approached the 80-year-old at her table after her long speech and engaged her in a conversation. When Kenny had not convinced anyone inside, Kenny had a Sky News camera crew waiting with him outside the venue, and he tried to get the guests in the throat as they left. Broadcasters Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb waved him off, but Anderson and Insiders host David Speers paused briefly to answer predictable questions about alleged ABC bias.

It’s good to know that Kenny has not lost any of his foot-in-the-door style from his days as a reporter on Nine’s A Current Affair.

Meanwhile, a group of employees caused a bit of a stir by taking the opportunity to express their dismay at the plans to restructure the archives division holding protest signs up just a few feet from Anderson and his leadership.

Everyone sizzles, no sausage

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance had a barbecue party at ABC in Ultimo on Wednesday to encourage union members and non-members to come and talk about wage negotiations. To encourage participation, union organizers announced that a sizzling “democracy sausage” would be delivered on Dot Strong Terrace. Only the grill would not fire up, despite repeated attempts, and the ABC staff was left with a sad piece of bread and no sausage.

Flame out: the sausage south that was not.
Flame out: the sausage south that was not. Photo: Amanda Meade

Wishful thinking

Australian Financial Review senior correspondent Aaron Patrick launched his new book Thursday night at Bar Lume under Nine Entertainment’s headquarters in North Sydney. Patrick’s invitations read “Please join Malcolm Turnbull at the official launch of Aaron Patrick’s new book Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s Civil War”. At least one journalist, Nick Tabakoff from the Australian, took the invitation at face value writes: “And let’s just say that the person Patrick has set out to launch the book is, to say the least, a surprise.”

For Weekly Beast.  Invitation to Aaron Patrick's book launch.  Sydney.  Australia.
The invitation to Aaron Patrick’s book launch. Photo: Amanda Meade

“Who would have thought that Turnbull himself would launch a book that has as its core thesis that the former prime minister had played a central role in the destruction of the Morrison government? Either Patrick is an irrational optimist – or he has pulled from this year’s book launch coup. ”

Well, neither. If you take a closer look at the invitation, you can see a star next to Turnbull * and with small print * TBC. Patrick, who is well-connected to the right of the Liberal Party, sees Turnbull as a “center-left-scammer and opportunist” and was fired when he asked the former member of Wentworth to fact-check his book.

We can confirm that Turnbull was not present because he was giving a speech in Paris, but he was annoyed by the advertising stunt and complained to the publisher. His son, Alex Turnbull, who himself has been in contact with Patrick over the book, said: “The only people who will buy this book are people who intend to sue for defamation.”

False flag

One would think that a publication was called TheDailyAus may recognize the Aboriginal flag, but the website “social media first” has by mistake photoshopped a German flag on a picture of the Sydney Harbor Bridge to illustrate the New South Wales Government’s plans for the Aboriginal flag to have a fixed place at the end of the year.

It is almost certainly a coincidence that the editor, Billi FitzSimons, already the next day announced after a fact-check, where she wrote on LinkedIn, that she wanted “someone with a careful sense of detail who can critically examine sources”. The German flag, which also has the colors yellow, red and black, was quickly replaced with the right one.

TheDailyAu's youth website mixes its flags with a mock-up of the German flag.
TheDailyAu’s youth website mixes its flags with a mock-up of the German flag. Photo: TheDailyAus

Climate of change

Sophie McNeill and Mark Davis reached the top of their profession as journalists and won several awards for ABC and SBS before going away to pursue various careers.

Davis, a former Gold Walkley winner and SBS Dateline host, now works as a lawyer and defender among other climate activists.

McNeill, who left Four Corners to join Human Rights Watch as an Australia researcher, recently teamed up with Davis to help protesters who have been hit hard.

McNeill: “Climate protesters are increasingly and disproportionately exposed to vengeful lawsuits by Australian authorities restricting the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.” Davis, who also successfully represented Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker when he was accused of prosecuting John Barilaro, the climate activists represent reduced fees.

Channel 10 defender Lisa Wilkinson

Channel 10 has defended its star host Lisa Wilkinson after widespread criticism of her Logies acceptance speech.

On Thursday, the ACT’s Supreme Court delayed the trial against Bruce Lehrmann for the alleged sexual assault on Brittany Higgins due to public comments on the case.

But Ten says the reporting of Wilkinson’s comments has been inaccurate and unfair: “This reporting is now causing significant damage, and we ask these organizations to stop this harassment to give Lisa the best opportunity to testify in court and to enable the trial to proceed in a fair and timely manner.

“We are closely monitoring all coverage of this issue and Lisa and Network 10 reserve their rights with respect to any future defamation claims.

“Network 10 continues to fully support Lisa in her continued and full commitment to doing the right thing as a witness in the trial.”

The case is now due to be heard from October 4, for a four- to six-week trial. Lehrmann denies any sexual activity took place in early 2019 and denies guilt.

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