Not even a pretence of balance
It would seem that Insiders’ Barry Cassidy is taking Robert Manne’s advice to heart when it comes to political commentary.
Manne said that he thought that newspapers should report only the views of a “core” of experts in key debates. Given that the key topic on Insiders, week in week out, is their analysis and boostering of the ALP, Cassidy this week decided to ditch any semblance of token balance with their one only conservative commentator, and as far as I know, for the first time ever had all three from the left.
After all, what would any conservative know or understand or be capable of explaining to viewers about the present government’s policies on carbon taxes, balancing budgets, refugees, freedom of speech, women in the defence forces, or Gillard’s bad polling.
The result, of course, was furious agreement, and a boring and smug self congratulatory tone to the whole hour. With a Gerard Henderson, or a Niki Saava, at least we hear a voice that from time to time injects just a little counterpoint to an otherwise increasingly dull and predictable discussion.
Either Cassidy had trouble for this one day in finding an available counter voice, or it is the realisation of the ABC’s idea of a political wet dream. Finally.