Apr 27, 2015

Turnbull dobbed in sacked SBS reporter over Anzac tweets

Malcolm Turnbull took umbrage with the Anzac Day tweets of SBS' football reporter. He took the unusual step of reporting the tweets to SBS management. Fair enough, or government overreach?

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has become embroiled in a controversy over free speech, patriotism and the government’s right to police the internet, after he drew SBS management’s attention to a series of provocative tweets about Anzac Day by SBS football reporter Scott McIntyre.

Turnbull says he didn’t ask SBS to sack McIntyre, despite finding his tweets highly offensive. The national broadcaster sacked him anyway, less than 24 hours after the tweets were posted at 5.30pm on Anzac Day.

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23 thoughts on “Turnbull dobbed in sacked SBS reporter over Anzac tweets

  1. tumblingdice

    Apparently, Turnbull has decreed that there can be only one reading of ANZAC mythology which deserves to be expressed in public – the ‘correct’ one which deifies soldiers to an unreasonable, hysterical degree.

    I imagine he can’t quite grasp the irony of his attempt to gag free speech over comments directed at a group of people who are canonized as the stalwart, selfless defenders of ‘our freedom’.

  2. Aethelstan

    Obviously one must follow a politically correct line on Anzac Day … Open debate on the issues is out … as is free speech …

  3. 81dvl

    What part of what Scott said insn’t true? The truth of our people’s lives being spent in other countries wars is very offensive.

  4. Eddie Wilczek

    Scott McIntyre isn’t the only person to feel uncomfortable with the ‘cultification’ (his words) of ANZAC day commemorations. Where were the words that described the bloody waste and reflect on those sacrificed to little more than massive incompetence and imperial ambition. Churchill’s role in the whole Gallipoli fiasco appears to have been neatly air-brushed from history. I wasn’t aware of war crimes perpetrated by our diggers, as he suggests, but find his other tweets a biased but not incorrect view of history.

  5. Dogs breakfast

    Sort of explains why some people post under pseudonyms.

    Toe the line people.

  6. klewso

    Good old “Malcolm Turnbull – politician” – he hasn’t let me down yet.
    …. Mind you that Malodorous image comes off a pretty low, unctuous, self-serving base.
    [Imagine what would happen if we started holding to public account (let alone sacking) those professionals inciting what they do in other parts of msm – paid for making “offensive” unsubstantiated matters of fact, based purely on personal prejudice, in our hatemedia, cultivating what they do – for a living?]

  7. mikeb

    I’m no war monger but I also find those tweets totally offensive. Could he have been under the influence when he felt the need to tell the world about those extreme views? If he thinks ANZAC day is about celebrating war then he is sadly misinformed. Tweeting under a personal moniker is one thing. Every idiot is entitled to a soapbox. Presumably though he tweeted as an SBS employee in which case he clearly breached the SBS rules of conduct & deserved to be sacked.

  8. j f

    If you’re a football commentator and you’ve managed to disgust Les Murray you should probably think about a new career anyway.

  9. zut alors

    Turnbull & his ilk urge us to celebrate living in a democracy while shortening the leash on our collective collar.

  10. Jill Baird

    Play the ball, not the man Mr Turnbull! Argue against what he wrote (if you can).

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