Monday, April 17, 2006
Pass the Earplugs
The ABC’s ongoing difficulties with the word “terrorist” sometimes force presenters into spectacular avoidance formulations. Yesterday an ABC News Radio host came up with this:Indymedia needs to acknowledge criticism such as this, and ask "why do we have this reputation"? Sadly, I expect they regard it as the highest praise.The involvement of Hamas in activities which are not compatible with western standards ...
(Comment not verbatim; I may have missed the announcer’s prayer for forgiveness.) Also on local radio, last week Triple M night host Spoonman invited listeners to identify the world’s most dangerous nation. Naturally, the US received more nominations than all other nations combined; some callers even mentioned the Illuminati and various conspiracy theories involving the evil Bush clan’s involvement in 9/11. It was like an audio version of Indymedia.