Where did all the [ABC] investigative journalists go?

Have you heard of the ‘Friendly Jordies’?

I hadn’t until the Offspring started talking about this daring exposé of National Party shenanigans in the small country town of Narrandera.

I watched the youtube podcast, and my first thought was “Why isn’t Four Corners investigating this?” Why is it being left to a young man and his mates to ask the tough questions?

I don’t want to be accused of being a conspiracy theorist so I won’t answer those questions. Instead I’ll post the youtube video I just watched and let you make up your own mind.

To quote the Bard, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”.

Meeks

About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

30 responses to “Where did all the [ABC] investigative journalists go?

  • Remembering Lives

    Turns out I have actually watched friendlyjordies more than my youngsters. Your post made me expose my “secret” habit of watching him to them. For five precious minutes I was actually cool.😎

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  • Remembering Lives

    I read somewhere the single most important measure of success in life, is the ability to delay gratification. I often use the phrase,”Short term pain for long term gain. I think evidence suggests that making the management of this disease a priority, ultimately benefits all areas of our life, even the economic ones. My daughter has a friend in New Zealand. They seem to have worked out the benefits of putting public health first. There have been many benifits to our long lockdown. My daughter has been in more regular contact with her friends for example. I am more connected with my youngsters studies at university. I have grown to really like some of the lecturers. I had a quiet chuckle one day listening to my son, meet his match.🤣

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    • acflory

      Delayed gratification. Yes, that really does describe everything we’ve been through. Even something as simple as shopping. I shop online. It’s usually delivered 24 hours later. Then we wash some stuff and place other stuff in containers to ‘decontaminate’ for 3 days. Only then can we use what I ordered 4 days before. Frustrating at times but…when we can finally break open that small treat, it feels like a much bigger treat, something that makes us smile. I think that learning to value the little things again is good for us. 🙂

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  • Widdershins

    That was un-fucking-believable! … well, not unbelievable, but you know what I mean. And this is true, (to varying degrees – but it is only a matter of degrees) small towns all over the world.
    This is dystopian ‘science-fiction’ become manifest.

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    • acflory

      Yeah…and no one with any authority is touching it. It’s the ‘I don’t want to know’ response that is so chilling. The veil is being drawn back, a bit, at state level where the Premier of NSW is embroiled in a scandal with her recently ex-lover ex-Liberal Party minister who is being investigated on corruption charges. Oh but she ‘didn’t know’.
      I want someone to come in with a very big broom and sweep everything clean. 😦

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  • daleleelife101.blog

    Meeks this is gold. Exactly the kind of journalism we need. My new news source.

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    In the US, investigative journalism has stepped aside for “sensationalized” news clips. The result is that no one is fully informed of the nuances of a subject, something that’s definitely led to polarization. Sometimes it’s the comedians like John Oliver that provide the in depth news that we can’t get elsewhere. I think the Friendly Jordies may be the “news reporters” of the future… and yes, there is a danger of conspiracy theories getting air time – which is RAMPANT in the US (and mind-blowing!). I think there’s something in the water.

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  • Remembering Lives

    He often goes on about this guy and he mentions The NSW Premier in connection with some negative story about koalas. His videos are usually educational and informative. Perhaps I like him as he has a sarcastic sense of humour, much like me.

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    • acflory

      I’d /heard/ of him before but hadn’t actually watched him at work until yesterday. Was eye opening. Kind of pleases me though. I mean, these are the young people who will be leading the nation in the not-so-distant-future. They’re passionate and /care/. I think we’ll be in safe hands. Just have to get past the fat, pompous, self-serving, corrupt, middle-aged white men who hold the reins now.

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      • Remembering Lives

        Trouble is almost everybody seem to change when they hold the reins of power. People used to encourage me to go into politics but from what I see, it changes you, even if you go in with the best of intentions. One of my former flatmates stood for British Parliament. We always disagreed about politics but I was shocked when he had actually stood for UKIP. I listened to him giving a speech online, he hasn’t really changed.

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        • Remembering Lives

          He was annoying then. He still sounds like he’s annoying now but I was fond of him nonetheless.

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        • acflory

          Sometimes politicians change for the better. One that I rather like is Jackie Lambie. She’s a rough diamond but genuinely cares. It is possible to retain your personal ethics in politics but boy does it take a lot of work. Toeing the ‘party line’ is not a good thing. :/

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          • acflory

            High Five! I think we need Citizen Politicians. At least their mistakes will [mostly] by from genuine ignorance.

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          • Remembering Lives

            As a fellow Victorian, I just wanted to say, “Well done to all of us today!”Zero cases. I knew it would be worth it in the end. Thank you for the great information and helping us to feel a little less alone.

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          • acflory

            High Five to us and all Victorians! I know there are still conspiracy theorists out there, but we did it. We did the almost impossible. And we won. 🙂

            If you look at the UK, US and most of continental Europe, the numbers of new cases are staggering. I fear that they have gone way past the point of no return. What that will mean is anyone’s guess, but I have an awful feeling that the nightmare has just ratcheted up to a higher level.

            My fear for Australia is that we’ll become complacent. A third wave is not impossible, especially while the Federal govt continues to see the pandemic only through an economic lens. We have the potential to form an economic and travel bubble with our neighbours in South East Asia…but only if we stop trying to follow the lead of the West. Fingers crossed this is the last major hump for us.

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  • Remembering Lives

    I watch these videos all the time. He is very clever and funny too most of the time. He is based in NSW and opened my eyes to a few things.

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