A stronger conservative voice

media.jpgLast night I was interviewed by Leigh Sales on the ABC’s 7.30 program. Sales was her professional self and we discussed my continuing efforts to create a stronger and more effective conservative voice in the public square.

I referred to my speech at the National Press Club in 2014 which covered the dissatisfaction with politics and politicians and the potential for it to prompt a rise in anti-establishment political forces.

At the end of the interview I touched on the responsibilities of all political players to act in good faith and with responsibility. There was a specific mention of the media as a powerful force in the public square.

It’s very easy to blame politicians for the paucity of public debate about matters of substance, but one cannot escape the critical role elements of the media contribute to this dissatisfaction.

Outgoing ABC boss Mark Scott reflected as much yesterday when he suggested the ABC spends too much time talking about homosexual marriage rather than electricity prices. He’s right.

Outside of the militant homosexual lobby and the twitterati, the conversation around the dinner table isn’t about redefining marriage. Regular people are worried about their jobs, how they can pay their bills, and the education, hopes and dreams of their children.

But if you listened to the popular press, you’d think they were consumed with all manner of fringe issues.

We have programs like The Project pretending to present current affairs whilst barely concealing their disdain for anything outside of their ‘progressive views’.

I have experienced first-hand how they cut pre-recorded interviews to support their own perspective, effectively removing important counter points.

One of the hosts, Carrie Bickmore, even made a virtue of criticising my book, The Conservative Revolution, whilst boasting that she refused to read it.

Her problem was that she didn't like some of the media reports in respect to the content. Incidentally, the passages that so incensed the closed-minded Bickmore were paraphrased from and reflected speeches by Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull. Bickmore made no comment on the substance of their contribution.

But it’s not just the way material is presented in the media that is the problem. The media also act as gatekeepers for what is presented. The omission of important stories, or important facts within stories, is often very telling.

We hear very little about the persecution and effective genocide of Christians within the Middle East. Some outlets go to great pains to avoid using the words Muslim or Islam when covering religiously motivated Islamic terror attacks. One fledgling political party was complaining this week that their advertisements were refused by the largest newspaper publisher in the country. We saw the Marriage Alliance commercials refused to be broadcast by television stations.

They are just a few examples of how censorship and external agendas are shaping our information services.

However, as the media landscape is changing, the regular gatekeepers are becoming less important. Independent news websites and content producers (of both the left and the right) are gaining traction. So too is the importance of Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms in communicating a message.

Their impact will only grow in the years ahead. In the United States, broadcasters like Mark Levin and Glenn Beck are effectively distributing their own television and radio programs through podcasts and live internet streaming, reaching audiences of millions.

We have outlets like Breitbart presenting a perspective on the news that you generally won’t find on the big networks and commentators like Mark Steyn becoming one-man media empires.

It is slowly happening here too. The ability to bypass the filter of big media is growing daily. For me, part of that process is this weekly e-letter. It means I can contact tens of thousands of Australians directly and effectively.

But it is only the start. Over the course of the next year, I want to expand the capacity to communicate the conservative message and the mediums through which I do so.

Over the coming months there will be some announcements about what is planned but until then, the mission has to be to expand the reach of this weekly email.

For that I need your help. I know there are thousands of readers who forward this message to those who aren't subscribed. I thank you for doing so but ask you to encourage your friends and relatives to sign up themselves.

For conservatives to win in the battle of ideas, we need to be able to enlist and engage as many of our supporters as possible. This is the next step in that direction but to be successful it needs your support.

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  • commented 2016-04-14 16:59:18 +0930
    Conservatives are grossly under-represented in Australian political life and in the media more widely.
    Greens+Labor+100% of cross benchers+a large section of leftist Liberals (including Turnbull) means political discourse will continue to be dominated by social crises of the left, namely gay marriage, transgendered sexual identity and islamic violence apologetics.
    Like an untreatable, congenital pox, The Liberal Party is incapable of ridding itself of its leftist infiltration.
    Bring on a new conservative movement!!!
  • followed this page 2016-04-11 13:25:12 +0930
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  • commented 2016-04-06 14:45:53 +0930
    For those Australians who believe in and want a Conservative Party then I suggest we get together and establish one! Unless I am ‘blind freddy’, I don’t believe we’ll find it within the Liberal Party.
  • followed this page 2016-04-03 21:00:19 +0930
  • commented 2016-04-03 12:02:47 +0930
    Cory, the the horse headed buffoon snorts again.
  • commented 2016-04-03 11:21:01 +0930
    Maybe Bernardi should try writing a book that people actually want to read.
  • commented 2016-04-01 15:33:01 +1030
    Hi Corey. I am an avid fan of yours. You talk common sense and not political correctness. I would suggest you avoid the Leftist media (even though you have the perfect right to go on their shows) However, as you have said, set ups, creative editing and leftist hatred of you, makes it almost impossible for you to have a fair go! Perhaps put your hand up for Paul Murray, Chris Kenny and Andrew Bolt shows on Sky. At least there is balance there.
    Australia needs a much louder Conservative voice, like yours, to wake up the apathetic voters out there.
  • commented 2016-03-31 09:06:53 +1030
    It would be nice to know who are the sensible conservative choices in other states too Mr Bernardi. Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop are clearly out of control on some bent personal agenda!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-31 08:59:52 +1030
    Uniting Australia's conservatives
  • commented 2016-03-30 23:58:14 +1030
    My husband and I would support you in anything you decide to do. You are our voice and the hope for a safer, brighter future! Australia needs strong leadership, it was taken from us when Tony Abbott was so unfairly taken from us and since then the liberal party has weakened and we have no faith in it as it stands now.
  • commented 2016-03-30 21:50:02 +1030
    Brilliant blog Corey. Agreed on the left wing media silencing the conservative voice especially Q&A which is a national disgrace. Keep up the good work mate!
  • commented 2016-03-30 20:19:30 +1030
    well said. We conservatives badly need to get organised and mobilise large numbers of people who are or will be concerned about the slide into liberalism we are seeing happening. The left are well organised and able to mobilise a large number of protesters in one day via twitter and text messaging. We conservatives are far less organised and far less motivated. That needs to change. Lead Mr Bernardi and I will follow, Lead Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Liberty Alliance, Marriage Alliance, Family Voice Australia and many of us will thoughtfully follow. Start talking to each other, start co-ordinating efforts.
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  • commented 2016-03-30 17:35:05 +1030
    Hi Cory
    Why don’t you get behind the Australian Liberty Alliance ?
    They could really use your experience and talents
  • commented 2016-03-30 17:25:15 +1030
    SPOT ON mate ! Thank You & God Bless You !!
    My prayer & encouragement to you is to PRESS ON with ….
    the faith to believe, the heart to love ,
    the humility to serve, the grace to lead,
    the willingness to learn , the wisdom to discern ,
    the attitude to trust, the knowledge to do,
    the desire to build, the will to arise,
    the mind to work, the spirit to cooperate,
    the strength to persevere & the determination to finish.
    Peter Rahme