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Tim Harrington, Lennox Head

In response to Lindy Stacker’s letter, taking a swipe (January 8), without the benefit of deep breathing and chamomile tea, I am pleased to learn that an Echo contributor (Phillip Frazer) is ‘an educated jurno with a professional approach and a capability for deep, analytical, political commentary’, and is perplexed at the voters not in agreement with his outlook.

Presumably the Hillary Clinton and Bill Shorten deplorables don’t have the capacity for any of those fine qualities, which are generously spread throughout the left wing media.

The deplorables, do have, at times, the ability to read and remember, and importantly vote.

As Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by some three million votes, apart from ‘Russian interference’, there appears to be other factors in her loss. The same happens in Australia, where, in the 2010 Federal election, an Abbott led Coalition received 5,365,529 votes and the Gillard led ALP only received 4,711,363, a shortfall of over 650,000, however, Julia Gillard became Prime Minister.

As for the claim that the media staged an anti-Bill Shorten campaign, it is difficult to reconcile with Bill Shorten having won 30 opinion polls verses Abbott, and over 30 verses Turnbull, and also won the final poll before the 2019 election.

It must have been a very last minute ‘anti-Bill’ campaign, when the usual left wing media suspects, Fairfax, Guardian, ABC, The Echo and Mungo and the Billi front bar etc led the Bill Shorten cheer squad.

Fortunately the deplorables, despite their lack of education and capability for deep, analytical, political commentary, still have the right to vote.

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  1. Would exclude the echo from that list , the Echo
    Are certainly impartial regarding views ,opinions and views regarding posts ! as for the Guardian and the ABC
    If you are of Christian faith , sceptical regarding Global warming you will be shutdown, ostracized .
    the morning ABC news ,hosts impartial??
    Sink the boot into anyone Remotely conservative !!
    Maybe all ABC employees need to read again the
    Terms and conditions of their contracts
    One of the terms of employment is obviously to hold to account all politicians . Not just
    Conservatives, which is the case on most
    Occasions on a regular basis. WHY ?

  2. Re Barrow the ABC and its professional /experienced and well informed jouno’s HAVE read their contracts and deliver fair & impartial media. However, if you are in denial & not wanting to accept the science , then you would convince yourself they are biased. It’s a stupid argument as everyone has a bias , as we are exposed to different life experiences & different educational advantages & have different parents…how amazing. IF you listen to the ABC as I do every day (Yes I must be a leftie-not offended by that I have to say) their journo’s give everyone a fair go & often get stuck into ‘lefties’. Hope that satisfies you ? If you listen to Amanda Vanstone’s program Yes on ABC ..she is a hard core conservative (X politician) who criticised the ABC with boring monotony & has been on ABC radio for sometime.Can you imagine Sky News or other conservative Murdoch funded media giving Adam Bandt a regular program ??? I rest my case.

  3. Lindy the abc are public owned need for the
    Reminder. The charter of the ABC is to be
    Non- Bias its community and shareholders
    Expectations. Iam a major shareholder !!
    In denial about what lindy ? That since 1880
    The earths temperatures have fluctuated By by less than one degree .7 to be precise. Now if that is
    A climate crisis, well god help us .
    And as for the ABC again they USED to be a
    Wonderful station ..not anymore. Unfortunately
    Adam Bandt, i thought the last Greens leader was
    A complete loonie ..this Brandt takes all to a new
    Level , even members i have been friends with
    For 20 years are worried what this socialist
    Will do for the Greens ..A.B Albo & Brandt
    Should call a meeting between the two parties
    And join together and form one big super party .
    Look the coalition are not perfect at all ,
    However the alternative, labor and the greens
    As it stands will be in opposition for at least
    2025 ..


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