The ABC code requires ‘a balance that follows the weight of evidence’, which calling Abbott destructive certainly does

It seems quaint, in a context where journalism faces substantial threats and challenges – from commercial pressure to rising audience distrust – that a prominent Australian journalist can state the bleeding obvious and be pinged by a media regulator.

And yet the Australian Communications and Media Authority has ruled that a news report by the ABC’s political editor, Andrew Probyn, breached the ABC’s code for impartiality because he noted that Tony Abbott was “the most destructive politician of his generation”.

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