By Rowan Cravey
Is our public broadcaster living by its charter? What does it do to assure its critics their concerns are unfounded? Rowan Cravey says that the ABC dismisses and shrugs off legitimate criticism.
It is, isn’t it? That’s what it says, right? The ABC is our ABC, right?
Wrong. This particular hashtag is quite obviously the best attempt of the ABC to claim impartiality that they plaster all over their advertisements. It is a response to the hashtag #TheirABC, started by Chris Kenny, designed to show the bias of #OurABC, so just saying the opposite is all that #OurABC needs, right?
So we have been assured time and time again by Managing Director Mark Scott, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian and basically every Left wing commentator in Australia that #OurABC is unbiased and balanced in its reporting. In November just last year, a rally to ‘defend’ #OurABC was organised and who should show up?
Was there are a mixture of the Australian public? Perhaps a Liberal and Labor representative to argue the benefits of #OurABC? Maybe even just one placard that advocated a shrinkage of size and/or funding to #OurABC’s billion plus price tag?
Before I tell you, just guess. Think about for a moment the kinds of people you would expect to go to a rally to defend #OurABC’s editorial content and current financial setup.
We had Left of Labor’s Tanya Plibersek, Communi… oh sorry, ‘Green’ Scott Ludlam, the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance, the Socialist-led Maritime Union of Australia and our dear friends the Socialist Alliance that we see so often around campus.
So of course #OurABC is balanced! So say all the Communist and Socialist people in the entire country with not a single Conservative/Libertarian voice to agree with them.
But what of the people of #OurABC? Surely the Charter mandating absolute balance and even-handedness would mean that there should be a variety of political backgrounds in order to attain a variety of viewpoints, would it not? Just to make sure, let’s check out the voting habits of the employees of #OurABC. The Australian Journalism Review made a survey of voting patterns in #OurABC, finding that 41.2% voted Green, 32.4% voted Labor, 14.7% voted Coalition and 11.7% voted Other. So of course that enormous 73.6% of those who would vote for Socialism or Communism would have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the editorial content and light #OurABC would choose to cast every issue under, would it?
But that’s hardly an argument, is it? Correlation is not necessarily causation, right? Content is what matters, pure and simple, regardless of the audience. Let’s take the hottest political issue of our time, shall we? Global Warmi… oh sorry, ‘Climate Change’, is happening isn’t it? We’re all going to burn and die if we don’t radically change everything we do, right? It doesn’t matter that through NASA measurements, the Earth has not warmed on average for the last 16-18 years, no, no, no, we’re all still going burn and die, because it’s all in the ocean. ‘What’s that?’ You ask? ‘NASA also found that the ocean didn’t have the mysteriously eluding heat either?’
We had Left of Labor’s Tanya Plibersek, Communi… oh sorry, ‘Green’ Scott Ludlam, the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance, the Socialist-led Maritime Union of Australia and our dear friends the Socialist Alliance that we see so often around campus. -#OurABC’s go to defenders
So I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to make your own mind up, but just think to yourself; if balance is the measure of what #OurABC does properly, after reading what little is written here, let alone all the arguments out in the wide world, can you honestly claim that #TheirABC is anything but unbalanced, out of line with its charter and a ground for Leftist discourse at the expense of all other perspective?