ABC sets lower standards bar
December 20, 2012 12:00AM
DRAWING comparisons to pedophiles to attack your opponents is acceptable under the ABC complaints process - held up as the ideal model by media inquiry head Ray Finkelstein - but has been ruled out of order by the newspapers' existing regulatory body.
Mr Finkelstein recommended in his government-commissioned review of the media industry earlier this year that the self-regulatory Australian Press Council should be overhauled in line with the ABC model.
But two decisions this week reveal the APC is tougher on commentators who compare opponents with pedophiles.