Queen Elizabeth, King Arthur and the knights of the ABC spherical desk


Within the week of the Queen’s passing, it appears a lot of the media – having suffered a number of months of secure federal authorities devoid of the customary scandals – have lastly left the constructing and will now be seen revelling in her loss of life as if this one single occasion in some way encapsulates their raison d’être.

And we aren’t simply speaking in regards to the regular mainstream media suspects or simply the media, both.

The Victorian State Liberal Get together Chief proved as soon as once more that if anybody can take it to the subsequent stage of idiocy, it’s, effectively, Matthew Man.

In his tribute to the late monarch, Man selected Parliament to announce that Queen Elizabeth’s lineage (unbeknown to her) included youngsters’s storybook favorite, “King Arthur” — of the Spherical Desk:

“In all these occasions, in all these monarchs from figures well-known, King Arthur, Henry the Eighth and so forth, the longest reigning of all of them was Queen Elizabeth.”

Man’s sombre, heartfelt homage was met with Tim Smith MP (of drunken car-crashing by personal properties, anti-lockdown fame) calling out with gusto: “God save the King!” — although it’s unclear to which King he was referring.

After all, we is not going to be holding our collective breath as we await the mainstream media to pursue Man with the identical fervour and dogged perseverance reserved for Albo’s rate of interest “gaffe”— regardless of that King Arthur is a fictional character.

There is no such thing as a finish to Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ super-powers, both, in keeping with AFR Melbourne Bureau chief Patrick Durkin. In Durkin’s thought-about opinion, Andrews was in a position to persuade the PM to carry the commemorative vacation for the Queen’s passing on the day earlier than the Grand Last vacation, thereby rising his re-election possibilities.

We hate to interrupt it to you, Patrick, however the Victorian Liberal Get together is Andrews’ greatest and not-so-secret weapon for re-election.

It’s honest to say that the loss of life of Australia’s monarch – coming because it did after her seemingly countless reign – was newsworthy. For staunchly pro-republican web sites, like Unbiased Australia, it was not trigger to bounce on the girl’s grave. However definitely, the likelihood that her loss of life would possibly facilitate the trail to turning into an unbiased nation with our personal head of state, was not misplaced on us. It’s logical, absolutely, that the tip of the Elizabethan period ought to sign a brand new starting.

Nonetheless, for the overwhelming majority of the media, it sparked a “mourning” frenzy that may solely be described as farcical. Not for the primary time, essentially the most smart protection appeared on satirical web sites, reminiscent of The Shovel, which lamented its lack of ability to beat the absurdity of the particular media stories. 

However, maybe, for the primary time, the gong for essentially the most idiotic goes to “our” ABC. We now have mentioned the gradual hijacking of the nationwide broadcaster by its predominantly conservative board and the overall decline of as soon as weighty applications reminiscent of Insiders and Q&A, earlier than. Nonetheless, viewers tuning in to Information Breakfast to seek out everybody wearing black and ABC Chair Ita Buttrose herself showing to debate with Sarah Ferguson and David Speers thegloves she wore when the Queen final visited this colony, surpassed parody.

Having exhausted anybody and everybody who attended any official royal occasions or met the Queen whereas standing on the facet of the highway – and the cousins, neighbours and hairdressers with whom they shared their expertise – if we have been to tune in to the ABC immediately, maybe we’d be handled to unique interviews with everybody who had a Freddie Mercury poster on their wall — as a result of shut sufficient, proper?

In the meantime,  we had the likes of “hard-hitting” reporters like Lisa Millar, who was busy justifying a job for herself throughout the new-look ABC by darting in regards to the English countryside following the procession of the coffin.

Ever the consummate skilled, Millar nonetheless discovered time to chastise Albanese for, look ahead to it, asserting a public vacation in honour of the Queen:

“I’ve received to inform you, PM, we’re getting a little bit of suggestions into this system from individuals involved about that public vacation, involved about small enterprise, hospitals, docs, what’s your message to them this morning?”

After which, unable to get an increase from the Prime Minister,  Millar rapidly modified course and determined to go on the assault on the republic referendum, as an alternative, within the following trade:

MILLAR: Prime Minister, on British tv in a single day you indicated that there could be no debate a few republic or a referendum in your first time period. May there be one in your second time period in case you are re-elected?


PRIME MINISTER: Nicely, that is not for answering now at this cut-off date…


MILLAR: And why cannot you inform me if it might be a precedence in your second time period for those who gained?


PRIME MINISTER: As a result of it is not acceptable now, Lisa, to speak about constitutional change. What is suitable proper now could be to commemorate the lifetime of service of Queen Elizabeth II.

Elsewhere on the ABC,  former republican, turned head of Prince’s Belief charity, Julie “Jewelry” Bishop, shared with 7.30 her “apparent” information about what PM Albanese will do a few republic:

There gained’t be a referendum this time period for a republic. That’s apparent. … If the Labor Get together need to persist [with a republic], it should look ahead to the subsequent election or the one thereafter.

This was adopted by fawning over King Charles, who will, apparently, make a “magnificent and refreshingly trendy monarch” and Bishop’s perception in his “deep affection for our nation and our individuals”.

And ABC’s Q&A will focus on the republic with far-right ex-Senator and Liberal Get together Far-Proper nutter Eric Abetz tomorrow. No official consultant from the republican facet is scheduled to seem.

For these of us who’ve most well-liked to view it by a constructive lens wherever doable, in essence, the ABC in 2022 has been remade in Ita Buttrose’s picture, full with Ladies’s Weekly-style consideration to trend element and superlative protection of all issues royal.

How royally … balanced.

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