Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Australian public broadcaster presenter fired over obnoxious Anzac tweets

SBS is the smaller of Australia's two taxpayer-funded broadcasters.  That a far-Leftist had a job at SBS says much about SBS.  ANZAC day is the day Australia remembers its war dead

An SBS presenter has been sacked over a vicious public attack on Australian Diggers ["digger" is a generally honorific term for a soldier in Australia] in which he implied that Anzacs [WWI Australian soldiers] were rapists and terrorists.

SBS managing director Michael Ebeid labelled the remarks inappropriate and disrespectful, saying they breached the broadcaster’s code of conduct and social media policy. “It’s not tenable to remain on air if your audience doesn’t respect or trust you,” he said.

Soccer reporter Scott McIntyre, who has a Twitter following of 30,000 people, shocked followers with a post which implied that Australians commemorating Anzac Day were “poorly-read ... drinkers and gamblers”.

He began his tirade about 5pm, calling Australia’s involvement in the World Wars an “imperialist invasion of a foreign nation”.

Later tweets read: “Wonder if the poorly-read, largely white, nationalist drinkers and gamblers pause today to consider the horror that all mankind suffered.”

“Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave’ Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan,” said another post.

Followed by: “Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.”

The tweets sparked outrage from Australian leaders, including Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull who labelled his comments “despicable”.  “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments,” Mr Turnbull tweeted.  “Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.”

SBS issued a statement today from its managing director Mr Ebeid and its sport director Ken Shipp that McIntyre had been sacked.

“Late on Anzac Day, sports presenter Scott McIntyre made highly inappropriate and disrespectful comments via his twitter account which have caused his on-air position at SBS to become untenable,” the statement read.

“Mr McIntyre’s actions have breached the SBS Code of Conduct and social media policy and as a result, SBS has taken decisive action to terminate Mr McIntyre’s position at SBS, with immediate effect.


There is an extensive coverage of the free speech issues involved here but it seems to me that any business is entitled to fire employees who insult its customers -- and in this case the Australian public who pay the broadcaster's bills were very insulted.  ANZAC day is Australia's remembrance day for its war dead and is Australia's most solemn day of the year.  Leftists are always trying to disparage it but it goes from strength to strength despite them. The anti-Anzac play "The One Day of the Year" by Alan Seymour was written way back in 1958. It was at times set as reading in Australian High Schools -- but with no apparent effect


Anonymous said...

The leftist scum that occupies journal and academic posts in Australia will do anything to destroy the national identity of Australia so they can pursue their dream of world government. Barack Obama is certainly doing his best to destroy the US as a world power in order to achieve the same.

Anonymous said...

Liberals have twisted minds which is not surprising because Liberalism is a mental affliction.

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals and leftists are one and the same Evil pure evil the spawn of satan

Anonymous said...

Sell all public communications media now. They have been stealthily overtaken by socialists and are no longer balanced in their reporting. Doesn't matter if it's Aust, UK or the US, all public media has been corrupted.