The ABC takes a long summer break

I was barely awake, but even so I recall the unmistakable voice of the ABC summer presenter mouthing polite platitudes of sympathy for the thousands of Haitians killed in the massive earthquake which hit the capital, Port-au-Prince on the 13th January. The journalistic imperatives of what, where, and who were barely mentioned, with the crucial how and why, the object of neglect. In their place, the summer listeners were urged to partake in an aural orgy detailing their own most frightening life event.