The suffocating wokeism that now afflicts our national broadcaster has ensured that its conscious efforts to make us laugh are an anaemic embarrassment. Lucky, then, that it can still succeed in making richly comedic content without trying – or even realising that it’s doing so.
Tonight Four Corners ran an expose of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Before going on to accuse the Jehovah’s Witnesses of tolerating and covering up child sexual abuse, it reminded us of the cult nature of the organisation – its repeated warnings, each undeterred by the failure of the last to be vindicated, of the imminence of the End of Times, its intolerance of dissent, its insistence that its adherents live their lives according to its dictates, and the way apostates are shunned and repudiated by family and former friends who have remained true to the faith.
Next up was the terminally smug Paul Barry on Mediawatch, taking aim at the Australian for the suppose insincerity of its embrace of climate catastrophism, a cult that issues repeated warnings, each undeterred by the failure of the last to be vindicated, of the imminence of the End of Times, is intolerant of dissent, insists that its adherents live their lives according to its dictates, and, as Barry eloquently illustrated, shuns and repudiates its apostates.
To be fair to Barry, like so many of his colleagues, he labours under the great disadvantage of being monumentally thick, but surely someone at the ABC has the nous to have spotted that by juxtaposing the two programs, they were not creating current affairs, but comedy, and not, from their point of view, in a good way?
As to the Australian’s editorial line on climate catastrophism, I do hope it hasn’t embraced it, as I shall have to cancel my subscription. But it’s truly disturbing that, to the ABC – unlike the Oz, a publicly-funded organ – the idea that a newspaper might take a neutral stance on a hotly disputed issue of the day, exposing both sides of the argument, and ultimately allowing its readers to decide on their merits, seems utterly foreign.