With his retort to the ABC journalist in Alice Springs, “𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗕𝗖 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻”, Peter Dutton condensed into five words what most people think about the rot and decay central to the ABC‘s total lack of journalistic curiosity and their laziness about what’s going on in their own wheelhouse, right under their own noses.
Apart from the grotesque and obscene trivialisation with the phrase “𝘀𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 rampant child abuse”, the journalist didn’t bother to direct the question to NT Senator, high profile Alice Springs local and aboriginal, Jacinta Price, standing next to Dutton for fear of receiving a curt and inconvenient answer. But Price was having not of it and pitched in with her own anecdotes and personal knowledge which supported Dutton’s evidence derived from talks with local police and social workers.
The question of “𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲” when the evidence has been widely disseminated and well known for decades, is meant elicit a stumbling response and to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of the ABC’s viewing and listening audience who get their news filtered through the lens of the ABC.
It’s journalistic activism and pushing a narrative
“What evidence do you have” is a variation on the same, unequivocal, journalistic declaration, “𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲” that we’ve seen coming from the left media in the US in recent times and is a gotcha tactic designed to wrong foot their interlocutor, slam the lid on the exchange and score a win and high fives all round, for the crusading, ABC activist journalist back at the editing suite.”