The ABC has not one news report on its website about the scandal of Captain Mona Shindy’s offensive, pro-Islamic and political Twitter account.
This account was shut down after it criticised the next likely Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Geert Wilders, the Australian Liberty Alliance and former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
In stark contrast, the ABC has numerous reports dedicated to the story that the Western Australian Nationals planned to hold a political fundraiser at HMAS Stirling:
- A story ran on Thursday stating that the event was deemed inappropriate due to the requirement for the military to remain politically impartial.
- A second story was posted on Friday, again highlighting that Defence members and politicians alike had a requirement to ensure the military remained apolitical.
- ABC’s flagship morning news program, AM, also ran a lengthy 5 minute story on the issue on Friday, focused on the fact that this event risked the Navy becoming a ‘political football’.
The ABC was the first media outlet I notified after the Islamic Advisor’s Twitter account was shutdown.
— Bernard Gaynor (@BernardGaynor) December 21, 2015
It has since been covered by numerous blogs and the following outlets, among many others:
- The Australian
- Courier Mail
- Daily Telegraph
- Channel 7
- Sydney Morning Herald
- Canberra Times
- Brisbane Times
- The Guardian
- Press Telegraph
- The Express Tribune
- Business Standard
- World Bulletin
- Daily Mail
One could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that the ABC’s reporting of political activity within the Navy has not been politically impartial either.