Former PM accuses ABC of bias
Former PM says govts should not respond in panic to TV programmes, following a Four Corners report.
Just before one former Prime Minister turns ABC TV presenter, another one has accused the broadcaster of bias again.
Tony Abbott has accused Four Corners of bias over its recent report on the Don Dale youth detention centre telling 2GB radio, “Yes, it was a shocking report but it was only telling one side of the story and, when the rest of the story started to come out, it appeared that things were not not nearly as black and white as the ABC presented them.”
He told host Alan Jones that PM Malcolm Turnbull had responded “in panic” when he announced a Royal Commission into the Northern Territory juvenile detention.
“I’m confident this royal commission, given its terms of reference, will come up with a reasonable report. But you’re right, Alan, normally governments should not respond in panic at TV programs.”
Former Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles also accused the ABC of political motivation, whilst former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett also criticised it.
But Four Corners producer Sally Neighbour previously rejected the claims.
— Sally Neighbour (@neighbour_s) August 11, 2016
During his term as PM Tony Abbott questioned “whose side” the ABC was on and placed a ban preventing ministers from appearing on Q&A.
Later this month former Prime Minister John Howard will present a 2 part documentary on former Liberal PM Sir Robert Menzies.