MELBOURNE: The ABC has announced plans to occasionally extend to 90 minutes the duration of its Sunday morning political discussion program Insiders.
An ABC insider not from Insiders told The Bug that since first airing in 2001 the program hosted by Barrie Cassidy had run live for 60 minutes from 9am to 10am in eastern states.
“But now we have the flexibility to run the show for 90 minutes every now and then which is good news,” the insider not from Insiders said.
“We will only be doing this when News Corp reporter Malcolm Farr appears on the show so we can accommodate all of his ums, ahs, and hesitations.”
Mr Farr is pictured above (second from left) on a recent Insiders program making a point as fellow panellist Lenore Taylor grabs a nap, Phil Coorey asks how much longer his answer will take, and host Barrie Cassidy leaves to make coffee.
SYDNEY: The Australian has called for the ABC to be sold off or closed down after a slip of the tongue by Insiders host Barrie Cassidy.
In what The Australian said was a clear and unequivocal example of the ABC’s left-wing bias, Mr Cassidy accidentally referred to Bill Shorten as “the prime minister” after the screening of a pre-recorded interview with the Labor leader on today’s program.
He compounded the problem, according to The Australian, by later admitting his blunder but excusing it as being “premature” — a clear indication of his pro-Labor sentiment.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Australian hasn’t actually published these views yet, but we at The Bug know it and most, if not all, of its columnists will.
BRISBANE: Police were called to a Bowen Hills office in Brisbane this morning after receiving reports of a loaded opinion poll.
A police spokesperson said when officers arrived at the News Corp Australia building they found copies of today’s Sunday Mail with extensive coverage of a poll on the rival tax policies of the Liberal-National Coalition and the Labor Party for next Saturday’s federal election (pictured).
“The papers made a point of saying a significant proportion of Labor voters who had been polled had rejected Bill Shorten’s tax policies and preferred the Prime Minister’s tax plans,” the spokesperson said.
“The area was secured and officers then began their investigations at the scene.”
The police spokesperson said on closer examination police found the poll to be loaded.
“It was based around a question asking more than 800 respondents if they preferred ‘Mr Shorten’s plan to increase taxes to provide more funding for government services’ or if they preferred ‘Mr Morrison saying there would be no new taxes because the money was better off in your pocket’.
“Officers concluded that the choice between ‘increased taxes’ and ‘no new taxes’ meant the poll was fully loaded.
“But no law had been broken and they had no choice but to leave and return to their station,” the spokesperson said.