Friday, October 26, 2012

Schapelle Corby & An open letter to Jonathan Holmes of ABC Australia's "Media Watch"

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Dear Jonathan,

I note your recent article here about ultimate responsibility for the BBC's cover-up of the Jimmy Saville affair. Maybe it's a salutary reminder that even public broadcasters are not above reproach when it comes to hiding the truth?  This is something we should also keep in mind when we think about the Hillsborough disaster.  Even though Rupert Murdoch received well deserved public contempt for his role in the cover-up (for 23 years), of the British Government failings that led to the deaths of 96 people in truly horrific circumstances, this wouldn't have been possible without the tacit support and silence of the BBC.

So in a similar vein, why aren't you reporting that the claims of small-time crook William Moss (e.g that he was meant to pick up the marijuana - ultimately found in Schapelle's bag - from Sydney Airport as part of a criminal job that had nothing to do with her) - were well and truly backed up by some hard core evidence which came to light earlier this year?  So much so in fact, the ABC quickly settled his ongoing defamation action against them, which he commenced because Media Watch trashed these same confessions in 2005 (something you've also failed to report).

And why, when New Idea Magazine exposed your cover-up in May 2012 (see the pic above), did you stay silent? That's not characteristic, is it? Isn't it supposed to be the other way around, you know, Media Watch exposing the tabloid media?  Instead, the tabloid media exposes Media Watch, and you quietly take it on the chin.  Very bizarre, unless of course you had no choice other than to keep your mouth shut, because they were telling the truth.

I'd also like to draw your attention to all the other facts ABC Australia is not reporting about Schapelle. Why do you think that is Jonathan? I did ask, but ABC Australia told me to get lost.  Is the corporation covering up for the Australian government, in the same way that the BBC covered up for the British Government (for years), re the Hillsborough disaster?

Let's put it this way, ex-Prime Minister John Howard was very close to Max Moore-Wilton, who was CEO of Sydney Airport Corporation (SACL), when Schapelle flew (SACL was also owned by Macquarie Bank at the time).  Macquarie Bank faced serious allegations of slashing aviation security to increase the bottom line, but the hapless messenger faced more unpleasant consequences than Macquarie, who got away scot free.  Though I do note Macquarie Bank donates huge sums to both sides of the political divide, and is a very lucrative retirement home for super-annuated politicians.

Do you reckon some powerful pollies thought drug-smuggling baggage handlers weren't a good look in our post 9/11 World, and put the hard word on ABC Australia to do the necessary re-write?  Considering the BBC's history re the Jimmy Saville cover-up and the Hillsborough whitewash, it's not a very big stretch, is it?

I look forward to hearing from you Jonathan, but I won't hold my breath.  I reckon you'll stay silent, because you've no other option, and no comeback.

Regards, Kim

PS - This open letter to Jonathan Holmes was also posted Media Watch's Facebook page (screen grab here).  Let's hope the ABC allows it to remain, and doesn't "Ban" the poster.  Will keep readers updated re that . . .

PPS - And here's another (much more extensive & detailed), letter to ABC Australia on these issues they have completely ignored.