It seems that Auntie has issues with the placement of her deck chairs:
I have on occasion listened to Kelly in the mornings and she is not that bad when it comes to a voice to wake up to. There is however no doubt that she is another one of Auntie’s voices who leans very much to the left. In a better world wouldn’t it be nice to have the fill-in host of the Insiders being from a more conservative perspective? You know to show the world that the ABC can do balance properly as its charter demands?
Just accept that you and your mate capital GD are in the minority and move on.
When you get on your left v’s right soapbox you are at best entertaining and at worst a right pain in the sphincter.
Have you ever considered a job as a comedian?
What makes you think that les?
All this whinging and whining about who appears where. Just take my advice, which is a paraphrase of the late great Yul Brynner: “Just don’t watch” (or “listen”).
Funny that you say that Jeff yet you come here and complain about the content of this blog. do you see a certain hypocrisy in that?
Fran Kelly “leans to the left”? Really? Do you think so? what makes you say that, Iain? Maybe it’s because you (and GD*) “lean to the right” (heavily) and from where you stand/lean she appears to lean the other way. I think she’s standing up straight from what I’ve seen of her. Neither left or right. Okay, maybe that’s my perception too but tell me, what is the import and problem with this? Do you think Fran has a “leftist” agenda and will not be impartial, fair & balanced in (a) the way she presents stories (b) the way she asks questions (c) how hard/soft she goes on politicians according to their party? I think not. I’ve never seen her exhibit anything like that so far. Come on, this is just Fran Kelly, and she’s not exactly a hard-hitting commentator in the mould of say Alan Jones or Andrew Bolt. Storm. Tea. Cup. Mountain. Molehill. Etc.
(*GD leans so far to the right he’s horizontal)
And you claim to “love a good argument”, yet when I give you one, you piss and moan. Pot and kettle matey.
Andrew Bolt speaks with “forked tongue” to his bloggers political requirements. Now the big sook is sad because someone called him a racist—–bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the big Dutch Sook.
Two minor problems with your last comment, firstly I haven’t “piss(ed) and moan(ed) at all in relation to your comments and secondly I have yet to see you offer a good argument.
(*GD leans so far to the right he’s horizontal)——–It’s hard to see his point of view, as most people can’t get their head that far up their own arse. A self-obsessed right-wing muso.
Hi Richard, I hate in form you of this simple truth, Andrew Bolt is not the topic here 😮
Fran Kelly is the fourth of six children, named for her father Frank Kelly, a chiropodist and physiotherapist. Kelly grew up in Adelaide, attending St Dominic’s Priory College and completing an Arts degree at the University of Adelaide, majoring in literature and classics. While at university Kelly became involved in the women’s movement and feminist theatre, and sang with bands.
After completing her degree Kelly worked at Flinders University as an activities director, booking bands and organising entertainment for students. In 1980 Kelly moved to Melbourne to fill a similar role at La Trobe University. She sang in all-girl new wave band Toxic Shoc, which released their single Intoxicated in 1981. Kelly volunteered at Melbourne’s RRR, as a host of “Backchat,” a radio program discussing women’s current affairs. In 1984 she coordinated the statewide Women’s Arts Festival for Victoria’s sesquicentenary.
Career in Journalism
Kelly began work in journalism at the age of 29. In 1988, she moved to Sydney to work on Triple J’s The Drum, a youth radio program offering opinion and analysis on politics and current affairs. In 1990 Kelly became a reporter for ABC Radio National’s current affairs programmes AM and PM. She describes covering the Labor Party leadership battle between Bob Hawke and Paul Keating in 1991: “I remember standing in the pack in the corridor outside the PM’s office, and being right up at the front of the crush, asking questions of Kim Beazley,” she says. “I also remember not being intimidated, which is when I realised that this was probably the job for me.”
In time, Kelly would become Canberra bureau chief, chief political correspondent with AM and PM, political editor for ABC’s Radio National Breakfast and ABC television’s The 7:30 Report, and the ABC’s Europe correspondent. In 2005 she returned to Australia to host Radio National Breakfast. The program airs nationally in Australia from 6:00 to 9:00 (live in the eastern states and on delay in other states), Monday to Friday, combining news, analysis, commentary, interviews and special features. In describing her work, Kelly says, “I don’t have an agenda. What I do is question people as to what I think are the irrationalities in their position… .” She has a great love for the work that she does, “I love the program, I always have… It’s just one of the best jobs in Australian media.” 
Kelly was involved with the documentary series The Howard Years in 2008, for which she interviewed former U.S. president George W. Bush. Kelly appears regularly as a panelist and commentator on ABC TV’s Insiders, engaging in debate and discussion with other experienced political journalists.
In 2008 Kelly received a Same Same 25 award, recognising her as one of the country’s most influential gay and lesbian Australians. She was named by Sydney Morning Herald’s the(Sydney)magazine as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people of 2011. Kelly is described by the Australian electronic magazine Crikey as “one of the most influential media players in the country.”
In describing herself, Kelly states that, “What I am, really am, is an activist.” She reports that, “I’ve identified as a proud feminist ever since I was at school and was a feminist activist for a long time.”
In 2007 Kelly launched the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry. She has been involved with One Just World’s speaker forums, moderating a Women of the World forum for WOMADelaide and speaking on the “Stand Up Against Poverty” forum in 2009.
Kelly has been with her partner, journalist Marion Frith, since 1993, together raising Frith’s three children from primary school age to adulthood.
I have made bold all of the markers of leftism
Oh come on Iain. The first time I posted here you tried to make out I was some rabid left winger. All on the basis of one fairly benign comment. My views are more thought out and complex than that, and dare I say it, more complex than the like of GD’s, who thinks the world is being ruined by a conspiracy of lefties and Muzzies. But I suppose you reckon his arguments are “good”, which tells us everything worth knowing.
I call it as I see it.
I have no reason to see your comment as “fairly benign”
I have seen very little evidence to back up your claims of “complex thinking” and as I understand precisely where my friend GD is coming from I know that you are wrong about his world view.
I don’t as it happens agree with every thing GD says but I do think more of his arguments than I do of yours
And your opinion of my views is like the stuff left on nature strips by dogs, i.e. too easily deposited but utterly worthless and fairly stinky.
You “love a good argument” you reckon but it seems you like trolling and personal attacks more.
There is something wonderfully honest about the defecation of dogs, when they need to go they do so and they are utterly indifferent to any man or beast who might subsequently disturb their droppings.
thus speaks the chap for whom his first comment here was to personally attack GD.
What city do you live in BTW?
Iain, none of those are ‘markers of leftism’:
Arts Degree : You have one too, don’t you Iain?
Involved in women’s movement: So is/was Pru Goward.
Sang in a band : So all musos are leftists? Tell GD that.
She’s gay : What has that got to do with political leanings? No gays on the right?
She’s an “influential” lesbian : According to Crikey she is but Crikey also thought (for a while) that the PP boys were ‘influential’. Quite frankly, I find her very low key and uninteresting. She’s far from influential in my opinion. In any case, how does that make her a leftist?
She claims to be a “feminist activist” : She can claim that as much as she likes but I’ve never seen or heard her agitating for feminism or gay marriage to any great degree – I think she’s over-rating herself there. And again, I think Goward is a far more high profile “feminist activist” than Kelly – and Goward’s defintely a right winger.
individually you may have a case but together they very firmly do suggest politics of the left
Yes I do which is why I think that most holders of a BA are lefties
That is a very long bow Ray, the number of right wing feminists could be counted on one hand
I have yet to find an activist for same sex marriage who is a conservative
Nice try but if you knew anything about Kelly’s beliefs you would not even be trying to deny her leftism
Iain, I judge Kelly not on her ‘beliefs’ (and how you can determine them from those activities is puzzling) but from the way she conducts herself in the media. You would have to find more concrete evidence of her work in the media, her reporting and interactions with interviewees etc to claim she exhibits any ‘leftist bias’. I’ve not seen any because, quite frankly, I think she conducts her role at the ABC in a fair, impartial and balanced manner. As do most, if not all, those presenters, reporters & commentators employed by the ABC. That being the case, what does it matter what her ‘beliefs’ are (even if you can determine them)?