After the ABC was censured this week for breaching its impartiality obligations in describing former Prime Minister Tony Abbott as "the most destructive politician of his generation", the Australian Conservatives decided to run a poll on which, of the four most recent Prime Ministers, Australians think has been the 'most destructive of (their) generation'.
More than 1,000 Australians voted on Twitter, the results are in: And the real "destroyer" is, by a healthy margin, former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The former failed UN Secretary-General candidate and maestro of Manadrin came in first in the “most destructive stakes” (38%) ahead of another former failed Labor PM Julia Gillard (29%) who beat Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (15%) and the man he knifed, Tony Abbott (18%).
The poll result is made all the more remarkable - contrasted with the ABC's claim - when considering the traditionally strong left-wing bias of the Twitter audience.
ABC's television news division was censured by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for using the term “most destructive” which it described as being "pejorative".
In an ABC News report - broadcast nationally on October 10 last year - political editor Andrew Probyn analysed a speech Mr Abbott gave to the conservative Global Warming Policy Foundation.
During the speech, Abbott said climate change was "probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm", and suggested policies to combat it were akin to “primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods”.
That evening, Probyn told ABC viewers: "Tony Abbott - already the most destructive politician of his generation - now intends waging war on what he calls ‘environmental theology’."
The broadcasting watchdog deemed this statement to be "judgmental" and "declarative".
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