The ABC has come under fire after an article penned by University of Sydney professor Dirk Moses compared The Australian’ s foreign editor Greg Sheridan to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.
The article, which was published on ABC yesterday, was in response to a recent decision by the Australian National University (ANU) to “break off negotiations with the Ramsay Centre about introducing an undergraduate program in Western civilization”.
In the original article, Moses called Sheridan and associate editor Chris Kenny as “right-wing commentariats”, and slammed The Australian for continually “decrying political correctness in Australian politics”.
He wrote, “Do members of the right-wing commentariat think that Western countries are succumbing to a poisonous cocktail of multiculturalism, Muslim immigration, political correctness and cultural Marxism that dilutes the white population and brainwashes young people at school and university?”
“It seems that, much like Anders Breivik and Steve Bannon, they do.
“We are on the precipice of disaster, they seem to believe.”
The ABC has since edited the piece and removed the reference to Breivik, after finding it breached editorial guidelines.
“The item was an opinion piece from an external contributor,” an ABC spokeswoman said.
“The reference was removed because it was not consistent with the ABC’s editorial standards.”
Speaking on the amendment, Moses said, “I did not intend to imply anyone was a mass murderer (obviously).
“The wording is careful: ‘It seems that, much like Anders Breivik and Steve Bannon, they do. We are on the precipice of disaster, they seem to believe.’
“The coupling with Bannon, no murderer, indicates that it’s the ideas I’m talking about.
“I think some people have overreached themselves with their incendiary rhetoric.”