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The ABC’s chair Ita Buttrose has today reluctantly announced currently unemployed conservative shock-jock Alan Jones as the new host of the political panel discussion programme Q&A.
This comes after The Prime Minister has defended his government’s move to launch an inquiry into the ABC’s operations, with Scotty From Marketing insisting that nobody is above the scrutiny of the senate – except for Christian Porter MP, George Christensen MP, Angus Campbell MP, Senator Bridgette McKenzie, Alan Tudge MP – and himself.
Ita Buttrose, a 60-year veteran of Australian media and protege of Kerry Packer, was initially brought in by the Morrison Government to restructure the Australian Broadcasting Corporation into a public broadcaster that might be a bit more sympathetic to the Coalition Government.
However, after two years of endless scandals and political incompetence under Scotty From Marketing, even Buttrose has given the reporters in the ABC newsrooms clearance to keep these bastards honest.
Now, with a handpicked ABC chair that can’t help but do her job, the Coalition have resorted to calling for a senate inquiry aimed at generating public distrust in the media juggernaut – as they prepare for what looks to be a very humiliating election campaign.
Buttrose had previously stated that she believed the relationship between the ABC and the current government are “strained” – and that senators should be contacting her if they have concerns, like they said they would when they hired her.
She also said that that the inquiry was a “blatant” attempt to undermine the ABC’s independence, especially because an independent external inquiry into the issue was already underway.
However, as anyone who has been keeping up the date with the news cycle over the last Federal term would know, nothing is below Scotty From Marketing, who has proven that he will lie, spin, duck, weave, defund and sue his way out of any unflattering political jam.
To counter the imminent wave of anti-ABC rhetoric from the embattled Morrison government, Buttrose has had throw a bone to media commentator Alan Jones, the coalition’s staunchest media ally.
It is not yet known if Alan Jones will be able to engage in monitoring debate amongst Q&A panellists without the ability to cut their microphones like he did in his talkback radio days, but will aim to bring balance to a media organisation so hell bent on holding our government accountable.
Alan Jones says has told The Betoota Advocate that he looks forward to this new opportunity, following his dismissal from the “radical left-wing Murdoch-owned Sky News”