FOR a month, feminists and the ABC have collectively yawned their way through the aftermath of the worst rape and femicide enormity of our time. No marches in Canberra for the violated women and girls of Israel, no white ribbons and no Four Corners probe into the ‘gendered’ hatred we know is dogmatically expounded in Australian mosques. Penny Wong didn’t wear a Star of David badge to Question Time and Clare O’Neil didn’t visit a Jewish girls’ school. For years, the ABC has made heroines of hijab wearers because the mental enslavement of girls is far less important than having another ‘intolerance’ cudgel to use on Australian ‘racists.’ This made a pivot to feigned concern for the bashed bareheaded women of Iran tricky but the national broadcaster has a childish delusion that nobody is keeping tabs on its double standards and vendettas.
And nobody was for decades but that’s starting to change. The boneyard of defamations, debunked conspiracies, counterfeit ‘fact checks,’ doctored narratives and false accusations has grown so huge that the public may at last be ready for the ABC to be severely reined in. Until then, however, it will go on treating decorated heroes as criminals (but terrorists as Byronic delinquents); or kidnapped Jewish women as the collateral damage of Zionism (but a strip-club spitfire – plastered, coked and keen – as a ‘survivor’). It will continue, in other words, to smear people it doesn’t politically like. As it did yesterday to headmaster Dr John Collier. He doesn’t have the umbrage immunity afforded to the ‘senior Labor figure,’ the ‘First Nations’ wife mugger or the tribal Big Man who berates women in the foyers of Ultimo. There is a “pervasive culture of entitlement in private school boys,” said the culture war hack commissioned by the ABC to dole out the usual calumnies. Less pervasive than in the boys of Gaza and central Australia, dear. Have at them.