While the rest of the country has been divided into two hostile camps over who gets to lead the country, the staunchly middle-class burghers of Canberra have been just as polarised over what some see as a frontal attack on a beloved institution.
Who might this polarising figure be? Stanhope? Pratt? Johnboy?
Nah … it’s the ex-gardening guru turned weather presenter Mark Carmody during his nightly forays onto the 7pm ABC news.
The genteel letter writers to the Canberra Times have been indulging in the dead tree version of a flame war over the bloke. For example:
THERE’LL BE ELL TO PAY
Despite criticism in these pages of ABC TV weatherman Mark Carmody’s vowels and “‘ells” (Letters, November 14), he justly deserves support for providing differentiation from the display of weather with cleavage on other channels.
As one would expect, intrepid local news hound Samuel Gordon-Stewart has been onto the case … and he’s taken to bagging cr*p out of Carmody.
My theory is that Sam’s probably jealous since he’s got his sights set on being THE source for weather news in the ACT – even if his efforts are all simply cut-and-pasted items from the BOM (and I wonder who in their right mind would be relying on Samuel Gordon-Stewart to advise them on property protection?)
But the greatest venom has been on display at ABC TV’s Have your say pages where there’s seems to be great angst at Carmody’s “frivolous” reports.
I for one don’t mind Carmody’s “shtick” and see no reason why the weather has to be presented in a dreary and sombre fashion. Perhaps I have a blind spot due to my partiality to a bit of gardening.
Anyway, knowing the crowd at RiotACT I’m sure there are some who positively seethe with anger towards the poor bloke. If so, here’s a chance to vent.