Adrift in a neo-con fantasy land – by David Salter in The Australian

ANTI-ABC voices misunderstand the industry and fear the loss of profits.

YET again, The Australian has devoted prominent space on its opinion pages to a proponent of the view that the ABC should be privatised, abolished or at least have the range of its activities restricted by legislation.

The latest messenger of the newspaper’s fatwa against public broadcasting is Judith Sloan. She repeats a familiar Aunty-bashing charge, asking why taxpayers should be funding the ABC “to compete against private providers who both want to and can do everything that the ABC can do”. That one rhetorical question parades so many straw men and false assumptions that it needs to be challenged in detail.

Full story here.

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