Morrison’s love for Murdoch left ABC in the dust

Scott Morrison has shown an aversion to appearing in ABC interviews, preferring to be portrayed by right-wing mainstream media, writes Jeremy Epstein.

PRIME MINISTER Scott Morrison recently surprised the good folks at the national broadcaster by turning down their invitation to a pre-election debate with Labor leader Anthony Albanese, choosing instead to have his three televised debates take place on commercial channels.

I’ve also made the occasional observation over the past three years that Morrison makes few appearances on Aunty in general, compared to commercial alternatives in particular. Sky News (which I’ve personally never watched directly and don’t plan on doing, but I’ve seen plenty of Morrison clips on Sky repeated on ABC and elsewhere).

This led me to do some research, to find out how many times Morrison has appeared in ABC interviews during his tenure so far compared to his predecessors.

I compiled my results and this is what they show:

Frequency of Morrison’s ABC interviews compared to his ancestors (chart provided)

It’s official – Morrison has, on average, appeared in fewer ABC television and radio interviews than any other prime minister in recent Australian history.

I hope you find my humble dataset useful. Besides illustrating Morrison’s disregard for the ABC, there are also tons of other interesting analyzes that could be performed on the data and tons of other conclusions that could be drawn from it.

My findings are hardly surprising, given Morrison’s blatant preference for sensationalism, spin, and far-right fringe. I leave it as an exercise for the reader, to draw from my dataset what conclusions you would draw regarding the fate of the CBA already scarred by the Coalition should Morrison win a second term.

Let Scotty scream through a debate over a fairer level playing field

Jeremy Epstein is a software engineer, proud dad, cycling enthusiast and longtime GreenAsh blogger.

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