No need for 18C or vilification laws - the ABC has solution - retract,apologise and delete - problem solved.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
This statement from the ABC today has no regard for the opinions of the ABC's audience.
It has no regard for the families and returned diggers offended by Ms Abdel-Magied's insult.
The ABC apparently doesn't need to hear from those stakeholders.
It has the solution to offensive insults - retract, apologise and delete.
Ms Abdel-Magied is being treated very differently from how Andrew Bolt or Mark Latham have been treated.
The ABC would be falling over itself to give a platform to the Muslim or African communities to express outrage if the tables were turned.
And retract, apologise and delete wouldn't cut it.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied published on ANZAC Day a post on her Facebook page that she subsequently retracted, apologised for and deleted. Ms Abdel-Magied acknowledged that the timing and nature of the post was disrespectful. Her decision to delete it and apologise was appropriate.
Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country. When presenting for the ABC she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies.
Ms Abdel-Magied is also engaged in a range of other activities and work that is not related to the ABC. Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.