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Louise Milligan squibs on answering questions

Louise Milligan is an ABC journalist of note – so we are to understand. Her book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell was published by the prestigious publisher MUP (Melbourne University Press) whose CEO and publisher at the time was the highly respected Louise Adler – at least in Australia’s leftist publishing industry.

Milligan’s book was brought forward and rushed out when it became known Cardinal Pell was to stand trial for sexual abuse. The book received the loud acclaim of Australia’s vast anti-Catholic constituency and went on to receive a Walkley Award thereby sullying the reputation and reducing the credibility of that self-congratulatory journalistic self-indulgence.

Gerard Henderson of the Sydney Institute sent Milligan a series of questions about the book . In No. 363 June 2 2017 edition of Media Watch Dog, Henderson reported he received a response from Adler. Milligan, displaying appropriate fortitude for an ABC purveyor of calumny, had taken shelter behind the Gothic ramparts of Melbourne University. Adler did not answer the questions, but in her short reply said:

‘MUP stands by the forensic and meticulous research that the author conducted to produce this important contribution to the community’s understanding of the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse.’

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Can Catholics ever trust the ABC?

The following appeared in Gerard Henderson’s popular Media Watch Dog No. 435, 7 December 2018.

HOW THE DRUM REPORTED FR. PHILLIP WILSON’S CONVICTION BUT IGNORED HIS ACQUITTAL

Fr Philip Wilson, the former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, was found guilty by Magistrate Robert Stone in Newcastle Local Court on 3 July 2018 of failing to report a child sex abuse allegation.  The prosecution maintained that Fr Wilson had been told that a Catholic priest was a child sex abuser in the mid-1970s and that he had failed to report this matter to NSW Police between April 2004 and January 2006 – as required by Section 316A of the NSW Crimes Act.

That night Julia Baird presented The Drum on ABC TV with a panel that comprised Dee Madigan, Stephen O’Doherty, Megan Motto and Karen Middleton.   It was a total pile-on against Fr Wilson. So much so that even Dr Baird declared “there seems to be a consensus on the panel here” – having previously bagged the Catholic Church herself for what she described as “obstructive clericalism”.

The pile-on occurred despite the fact that neither the panellists nor the presenter had read Magistrate Stone’s judgment. Indeed, the judgment is still not readily available –as Fr Frank Brennan documents in his article titled “Philip Wilson’s dead letter day” in today’s edition of Eureka Street.

Yesterday in the Newcastle District Court, Judge Roy Ellis overturned Magistrate Stone’s decision. He found that Fr Wilson should not have been convicted beyond reasonable doubt.  Judge Ellis, while believing that the complainant in this case was an honest witness, said that he was not satisfied with the accuracy of some of the complainant’s recollections.  He found that Fr Wilson was an honest and forthright witness. Judge Ellis also held that it was possible for entirely honest individuals like the complainant to have false memories.

So what did The Drum do last night with respect to Judge Ellis’ decision?  Nothing. Absolutely nothing.  The case was covered by ABC TV News but ignored by The Drum and 7.30.

When Fr Wilson was convicted by Magistrate Stone, the ABC reported that this was a finding of international significance and discussed the case at length.  However, when Fr Wilson was acquitted by Judge Ellis, the matter was not covered by The Drum or 7.30.

The decision in R v Phillip Edward Wilson has been released with certain names redacted.

Indigenous ABC comedy clip parodies white people

It’s no surprise that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has broken barriers in the far-left war on white Australians.

The ABC has released a comedy segment showing a group of Aborigines parodying a breakfast talk show by saying that “white people are c…s”.

The explicit clip was produced by the team behind the ABC’s Black Comedy program, and hosted on an ABC indigenous Facebook page, where it ­attracted mostly positive comments.

In the parody, indigenous comedian and writer Nakkiah Lui plays the host of an inane breakfast show called “Wake Up to Yourself”, joined by a panel of three indigenous experts and commentators.

“Earlier this week, beloved Aboriginal man Uncle Stevie in a press conference referred to white people as white c…s,” she says in the clip, in which the swear word is bleeped out. “This has sparked outrage in the white community, with many calling for the removal of his uncle ­status and a public apology.”

The first panellist replies: “I know a lot of white people. Warm, kind white people. And I say this with a lot of love, but white people are c…s.”

“I wouldn’t use words as strong as that, but I tend to agree. White people are c…s,” the second panellist says.

“Well, I’ve never actually met a white person, but I do agree. White people? They’re c…s,” ­responds the third. Read on…