Senator Doug Cameron – Estimates question about ABC coverage of Operation Cast Lead

photo of Senator Doug Cameron
May 26, 2011

Questioned the amount of ABC coverage of Operation Cast Lead.

There was massive damage to civilian residences and various government establishments, including hospitals. I also indicated that the Israeli forces had overreacted and that they had been accused of war crimes. You have given me a list of 18 coverages on that. Is that the total coverage of Operation Cast Lead?

Whole interaction with  Mr Mark Scott (ABC Managing Director) during Senate Estimates (Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Portfolio).

CHAIR: On this point, I also asked question No. 33, where I raised the reporting of ABC’s coverage of Operation Cast Lead—where hundreds of civilians were killed by Israeli forces. There was massive damage to civilian residences and various government establishments, including hospitals. I also indicated that the Israeli forces had overreacted and that they had been accused of war crimes. You have given me a list of 18 coverages on that. Is that the total coverage of Operation Cast Lead?

 

Mr Scott: I think they were examples of the coverage. I am not sure it is an attempt to be the totality—

 

CHAIR: I want to clarify whether they were examples or—

 

Mr Scott: It is a sampling.

 

CHAIR: Thank you.

Link to full Hansard transcript (Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Portfolio, 26 May 2011).

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