Despite the frenzied screaming of pretty much everyone employed by News Corp who didn’t take the day off, the ABC has told The New Daily that they will not be taking any action against presenter and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied over social media posts she made about ANZAC Day.
The same crowd that tirelessly tripped over themselves rushing to defend the work of Bill Leak and to push for the rolling back of racial discrimination laws has been demanding that Abdel-Magied be let go for the following post:
Conservative blogger, ‘Herald Sun‘ columnist, and huge dicknose Andrew Bolt asked why a “celebrity Muslim” (his weird phrasing, not mine) with these “views” (I’m not really sure specific views are actually articulated in the post, but ok) has any form of gainful employment:
“Why make a celebrity Muslim with these views a member of the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group?
“Why also make her a member of the Australian Multicultural Council? Why use government funds to promote her autobiography in the Middle East?
“And why make her a presenter on the ABC, fronting a show telling us stories about Australia and the things that “unite us”?”
What a wonderful question, Andrew. One could probably more pointedly ask what a convicted racist is doing hosting a TV show or being paid to write a blog.
The ‘Daily Telegraph‘ hasn’t wasted any time, whipping up this corker (read: shitpile) of a front page for tomorrow:
Wow, this is just sad pic.twitter.com/d5BAKhVJlW
— Kemal Atlay (@kemal_atlay) April 25, 2017
It doesn’t seem like concern for the lives of other human beings is incompatible with having respect for our men and women in uniform or that concern over the legacy Australia is currently building in any way diminishes the legacy of those that have served and sacrificed, but, regardless Abdel-Magied retracted her statement, editing the post to simply read “Lest. We. Forget.” and issued an apology:
“It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that I unreservedly apologise.”
According to The New Daily, the broadcaster will not be taking any action because “her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.”
Source: The New Daily.
Photo: ABC / Q&A.