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Phillip Adams is outraged by a handful of conservative appointments to government bodies. But, as Labor’s Barry Cohen points out, Adams himself is an argument for right-wing appointees:

I wonder whether Phillip would have been appointed to the Powerhouse Museum, the Adelaide Festival, the National Museum of AustraliaCentenary of Federation, the National Australia Day Council, the Commission for the Future, the Victorian Arts Council, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the Film, Radio and Television Board if he had been a life-long supporter of a right-wing political party? I doubt it.

Labor sure looked after their boy. Adams was also appointed chairman of the Australian Film Commission, and is a self-appointed member of the Plastic Turkey League. Closing line from Cohen:

Oh, by the way, Phillip, of course the ABC has a left-wing bias. Why the hell do you think we love it?

Posted by Tim B. on 06/24/2006 at 04:32 PM
    1. Appointments philled, sidewalks philled, whatever…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 24 at 04:59 PM • permalink


    1. Wow, did a leftist really write that letter? Has it been verified to be really from Barry Cohen? If it’s for real, then Cohen gets special honesty points for it.

      It’s astonishing when a non-contrarian leftist anywhere admits to mass media bias favoring the left.

      Posted by ForNow on 2006 06 24 at 05:03 PM • permalink


    1. Oh dear, Phil. Routed again. Ostensibly friendly fire, but I’ll bet there’s more to this story than what’s printed in the Oz.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 24 at 05:29 PM • permalink


    1. The fire is by no means friendly. Barry Cohen is a life long member of the ALP. Still is a member as far as I know.

      But his concerns about the party could not be more serious.

      Posted by geoff on 2006 06 24 at 07:05 PM • permalink


    1. Philly has made a career doing what he accuses others of.
      He was a advertising man who was also a Mao cap wearing Commie.
      Hates the welthy but is one himself.
      Holds others to their words but is nearly the only proggramme on ABC radio national NOT to provide a transcript of his show.
      Unquestioningly supports refugees but not the overthrow of the regimes that cause them.
      ID be suprised if he didnt end up sitting down to piss and standing up to crap, given the contradictions in his own head

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 06 24 at 07:10 PM • permalink


    1. Phil is a great hater.  He hates anyone who even mildly disagrees with his rigid left-wing opinions.
      His programmers have to tread carefully not to expose him to these people on air.
      That’s also why he got appointed to all those Arty boards.
      ‘The Commission for The Furure’ was a doozy.  Even Phil said it was Orwellian-sounding!

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 24 at 07:39 PM • permalink


    1. Barry Cohen always struck me as a sensible bloke.  Nice to see he’s kept his head on straight.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 06 24 at 08:04 PM • permalink


    1. ‘The Commission for The Furure’ was a doozy.

      You sure it wasn’t the Commission for the Furore?

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 06 24 at 08:05 PM • permalink


    1. Phillie still mourns the loss of Saddam

      Posted by rog2 on 2006 06 24 at 08:09 PM • permalink


    1. Adams compares the ABC to News Ltd, saying that one broadcasts to the world and the other gets a soapbox to stand on in the park. Not that he’s suffering personally, mind you. He’s got his show four nights a week, with repeats the next day, and a column in Saturday’s paper. And all these other venues at which to pontificate.
      JEEzus, Phil! How many soapboxes does one man need?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 06 24 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. Barry Cohen is a wit, scholar, adept writer and brilliant taker of piss, particularly when it involves that insufferable windbag Whitlam. The “Why the hell do we love it” quote will haunt the luvvies forever and a day.

      Posted by slatts on 2006 06 24 at 10:34 PM • permalink


    1. Is Phil suffering Quadrophenia (multiple board member personalities) or quadraphobia (irrational fear of Quadrant contributors)?
      Show me the bias, he demands. Well, we do try, but short of giving up the day job, its a tall order to detail all instances. It’s there every day, and on more than one program.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 06 24 at 10:47 PM • permalink


    1. I have three of Barry Cohen’s books on my shelves.

      They are:
      After The Party Penguin 1988
      How To Become Prime Minister Penguin 1990
      The Yartz Allen & Unwin 1998

      They are among the wittiest and most insightful I have read on Australian politics.

      Posted by geoff on 2006 06 24 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. Phillip Adams is a filthy piece of work, but he is honest about the bias of the ABC.  He got a heavy quote in the Institute of Public Affairs report on the ‘staff capture’ of the ABC about 5 years ago – see

      He said Radio National is of course a ‘seething hotbed of political correctness’.

      In my opinion they are that AND a highly professional media organisation giving excellent value for money.

      Posted by ChrisPer on 2006 06 25 at 12:42 AM • permalink


    1. Is it just me, or is Phat Phil looking very Ernest Hemmingway these days?

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 06 25 at 02:42 AM • permalink


    1. #16 ‘fraid its just you. these days hemingway is far prettier and far wittier than phat phil.

      Posted by hooligan on 2006 06 25 at 07:32 AM • permalink


    1. Hanyu
      if someone could get him to chew a shotgun he would.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 06 25 at 07:53 AM • permalink


    1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

      [How many times have you heard Phil Gould say that?]

      Phil A has a massive inferiority complex because he has no tertiary education.  That’s why you get all this shallow pseudo intellectual masturbation.

      Posted by Mikie Slats on 2006 06 25 at 08:14 AM • permalink


    1. tertiary education

      Isn’t that what drove Lord Randolph Churchill insane?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 25 at 12:57 PM • permalink


    1. #14 Chrisper: “He said Radio National is of course a ‘seething hotbed of political correctness’.
      In my opinion they are that AND a highly professional media organisation giving excellent value for money.”

      ‘Excellent value for money’ for the ALP, the Dumbs, and the Greens, you mean.
      ‘Highly professional’ *bias*, like the similar oppressive university culture, you mean.

      Are you serious, or just captured by that culture?

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 25 at 09:13 PM • permalink


    1. Well of course Barry COHEN would attack the Phil and the Progressive Left… it’s just part of a wider Jewish conspiracy!

      Posted by blandwagon on 2006 06 25 at 09:20 PM • permalink


    1. Barrie, I wouldn’t be able to recycle the quote if I was ‘captured by the culture’. I am part of the culture; I read, have science and business degrees and approve of families and apple pies.  I can also recognise good work when I see it.  The ABC is a terrific organisation, for all its faults.  I have written ‘letters to the editor’ detailing those faults, and got fan mail for them after they were published.

      But Barrie, if you can only tolerate one half of a balanced view, you are the poorer for it.

      Posted by ChrisPer on 2006 06 25 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. Recent articles on the subject:
      Douglas Kirshner
      Andrew Bolt

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 06 26 at 07:43 AM • permalink


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