Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the ABC “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”
In an interview with Sydney radio 2GB host Ray Hadley, Abbott criticised the ABC’s coverage of allegations by asylum seekers that Navy personnel burned their hands. He also criticised its coverage of Edward Snowden.
Abbott said: “I want the ABC to be a straight, news gathering and news reporting organisation and a lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”
He went on: “Well, I was very worried and concerned a few months back when the ABC seemed to delight in broadcasting allegations by a traitor. This gentlemen Snowden, or this individual Snowden, who has betrayed his country and in the process has badly, badly damaged other countries that are friends of the United States and of course the ABC didn’t just report what he said they took the lead in advertising what he said… Look, you know if there’s credible evidence the ABC, like all other news organisations, is entitled to report it, but you shouldn’t leap to be critical of your own country and you certainly ought to be prepared to give the Australian Navy and its hardworking personnel the benefit of the doubt.”