Listening to PM on the way home this evening, the lead article happened to be a report on the finding of ‘not guilty’ in the Jack Thomas terrorism re-trial. Thomas was found – by a jury of peers, as ought to be the case – not guilty on the charge of receiving monies from a terrorist organisation. The context of the verdict may be read here.
What I found most offensive were the comments from that disgraceful excuse for the Shakespearian recommendation to kill all lawyers, Peter Faris, sought by PM in the guise of appropriate legal commentary. If ever there was a member of the Australian legal community least likely to proffer an unbiased, objective observation of the Thomas cases, and the ABC Four Corner’s program’s part – or supposed part – in providing the grounds for a re-trial, Peter Faris would have to be that member.
The man blogs as a staunch and proud member of the rabid hard right-wing, anti-islam, terrorists-under-the-flag-shriek-and-run-for-your-lives lunatic fringe in the Australian blogosphere. Yet the ABC – which the man openly despises along with that other ‘tax-payer funded’ media outlet, the SBS, as do all other members of the right-wing idiotocracy – continue to give him air time where he can openly exercise his biases. I’m amazed that his own legal community tolerate his self-declared political incorrectness at the risk of denigration of it’s other more considered members.
Once our favourite tax-payer funded media outlet – Our ABC – updates its PM site to include this evening’s edition, I would urge all considered bloggers to read the transcript of Faris’s affront and listen to the ill-informed, biased tirade against a media outlet doing precisely what media outlets are expected to do. Inform. Simply because the ABC is tax-payer funded, it is not automatically a vessel of other tax-payer funded arms of society, such as the law. One would expect that a vassal of the law would have at least a smattering of understanding of the freedom our society affords to the press. In Faris’s case, only if that press isn’t tax-payer funded, and hard right-wing.