Costello: ABC employee hissed at me

Former federal treasurer Peter Costello has accused the ABC of institutionalised political bias, revealing that he received an apology after a staffer hissed at him while he was in the broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters.  

Writing in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, Costello said:

“I once walked into ABC headquarters at Ultimo and was confronted by an employee who began hissing at me. The station manager was so shocked he organised a written apology from management. He told me the employee would be “counselled”. I wasn’t shocked, I knew I was on foreign soil. I never worried about what occurred off air. I worried about what would be broadcast.”

Highlighting the high numbers of former ABC staff who have later become Labor politicians, the Liberal MP added: “The on-air interviewers for the ABC are generally aggressive, which is a pity. In my experience, if a subject is relaxed and lulled into dropping their guard, they are more likely to make revealing disclosures. With the ABC, the line of questioning is always predictable. It always comes from the Labor/Green perspective.”

At the time of posting, noone from the ABC was available for comment.


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