The following letter was sent ot the Managing Director of the ABC this evening, and copied to a significant number of federal politicians.
SYSTEMIC “HUMAN ERROR” AT THE ABC
Could you explain to the politicians, whom I have blind copied into this email, why the ABC failed to report the multiple defamation judgements against Fairfax Media reporter Eamonn Duff?
As you are aware, this was an extremely serious case, with $325,000 being awarded, plus costs. More cases are in process against the same squalid material. The defamation lies themselves could hardly have been more damaging or more high profile, given that they were perpetrated against the family of Schapelle Corby.
I can confirm that all your major news units were informed of the Supreme Court outcome within hours.
Could this obvious ABC failure be related to the fact that, like the rest of the media, the ABC itself propagated the false material repeatedly, over a period of years? Could it be related to the fact that the ABC has pushed the same smears and fabrications, which have now fallen apart?
Given the significant number of ABC reports which pushed this filth, largely protected under ‘dead men can’t sue’, don’t you think it was appropriate to actually report what the Supreme Court had to say about it?
Yes or no will do.
Do you recall the last time I wrote to you, Mr Scott? I have copied the correspondence below, for the benefit of our political friends. It relates to the ABC’s reports on the illegal AFP raids on Channel 7 and Mercedes Corby’s lawyer.
Curious, wasn’t it, that your reports airbrushed her out of the picture completely, as though she wasn’t involved. This was despite her name being at the top of every court transcript (with Ch 7), and the raids actually being about her own sister. Your staff, ridiculously, described this as “human error”.
There’s an epidemic of “human error” on this case at the ABC isn’t there? It was called “human error” when the ABC added a damaging fabrication at the end of its report on her parole application, which could have had disastrous consequences. The AAP actually blew the whistle on that one, didn’t it?
Was it human error when your staff called Mercedes Corby on the telephone and launched a tirade of foul-mouthed F-Word abuse? Was it human error when you reported false allegations against the Mr Corby (deceased) as fact, and had to retract? Was it human error when… you already know that the list is endless though, don’t you.
There is nowhere to hide, Mr Scott: it is all in black and white and recorded, and you, personally, are aware of it, because I have the digital read-receipts from your email account. It is appalling cultural prejudice and malicious dishonesty.
You are the MD of the ABC, and with responsibility comes accountability. One day, someone in Canberra may actually find the courage to call you to account.
Now tell me again: why isn’t that huge defamation story reported on any of the ABC websites, given that the original false story was plastered all over the place?
Stannard & Walker
Mr Stannard’s earlier sequence of correspondence can be viewed on the following web page: