ABC bias out of control

detention_centre.jpgThere have been two significant stories broadcast by the ABC over the last week or so that I’d like to briefly discuss today.

Firstly, the Four Corners story on juvenile detention in the Northern Territory (NT) which aired last week. There is no doubt that the broadcast images were confronting, resulting in the Prime Minister establishing a Royal Commission (RC) within hours of them going to air.

The officer originally chosen to head up the RC has now resigned and two others have been appointed in his place. The appropriateness of the appointments is the subject of debate but suffice it to say that, in the case of one appointee, I am most surprised that ancestry seems a more important qualification than judicial experience.

The fact that he had already rendered his verdict via social media prior to his appointment may also concern some but this seems to have been excused by many as emotive intemperance. Perhaps not the ideal characteristic for an independent reviewer of a highly charged matter, however, the decision of appointment has been taken by the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General and we are reliant on their prudence and judgment in this instance.

However, subsequent to the program, new evidence has emerged via an interview with NT Corrections Commissioner Mark Payne that the ABC presented footage of incidents that had already been investigated and characterised it as ‘news’. The ABC program also seemed to ignore the serious injury and damage that juvenile corrections officers have suffered as a result of violent offenders under their custody, which could assist in placing context around some of their actions.

Such information gives me cause to question why the ABC chose now to present their story. Could it have anything to do with the Northern Territory election due this month?

Surely, such a politically charged program wouldn’t present events that occurred under a previous Labor administration; events that had already been investigated and resolved by a court of law, as new material damning of a conservative government just weeks out from an election?

The mere thought of such a thing happening should alarm anyone who values the charter of independence of our ABC.

Our national broadcaster also chose to devote an entire episode of their flagship news program 7.30 to allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Cardinal George Pell. It was filled with dramatic re-enactments and sinister claims without a single counter view presented.

How the ABC can justify such a smear in the absence of any charges beggars belief. Nonetheless, they tried to when they released a statement on 28 July which stated:

“There is a clear public interest case for reporting on this matter. Cardinal George Pell is a significant public figure, a senior figure in the Catholic Church, and he also has had direct responsibility for the Church’s response on the issue of child sex abuse.”

Now, whether or not you agree that broadcasting unsubstantiated 40-year-old allegations designed to smear a public figure is appropriate, one must surely contrast the treatment by the ABC of George Pell with their treatment of another high-profile individual.

You may recall that a couple of years ago a ‘senior Labor figure’ was the subject of rape allegations dating back to the 1980s. The allegations were investigated by Victorian police who found there was no case to answer and no charges were laid. The law did its job.

The media also did its job, choosing not to publicly smear this politician by mentioning his name in any of the stories that reported on the matter before the police investigation concluded. As far as I can recall, the coverage given to the entire tale by the major media outlets was minimal; one can logically presume because it would seriously damage the accused and the allegations were unproven.

Sound familiar: unproven allegations dating back decades and personally damaging to the accused? Much like the smears broadcast last week by 7 30, however the Labor figure is protected and the Catholic cleric is publically vilified.

How could such different treatment be handed out by our billion dollar taxpayer-funded independent national broadcaster? Unfortunately, the answer is so clear to anyone who wants to see: the ABC’s bias is out of control. I only hope the new Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, is willing to do something about it.


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  • commented 2016-09-07 21:10:21 +0930
    I think you’ve confused “bias” with “factual reportage on groups, people and issues I align myself with”. But then you would, wouldn’t you.
  • commented 2016-09-04 23:42:51 +0930
    I made an official complaint through their form … for what it’s worth.
  • commented 2016-09-04 23:41:58 +0930
    The mere fact Soros money exists in the political landscape with the Pseudo Success claimed on Insiders today by panellists … is a massive oversight.

    #GlobalistShilling is a massive national problem … and the battle for true conservatives appears to take the form of gay marriage debates … but it’s only a part of the equation.
  • followed this page 2016-08-05 22:59:57 +0930
  • commented 2016-08-03 16:02:58 +0930
    Some of your comment on the bias of the ABC and the perceived bias of Gooda has been published in The Oz today. I hope you are encouraged by the comment that is largely supportive of you in response to the article. I contributed to it. You are intelligent, coherent and rational and currently about the only public spokesperson for conservative opinion.
  • commented 2016-08-03 15:52:17 +0930
    This is EXACTLY what the ABC did to Tony Abbot when he became PM.
    They had information about spying on the Indonesian Prime Mimister and his wife that actually occurred during the Labor Party Government but held onto that information and " revealed" it on Abbots first visit to Indonesia, implying it was the Abbot Governmnet that had done the spying and to exert MAXIMUM humiliation and anger to be directed to Abbot.
    From DAY 1 of the Abbot Government the ABC and Get UP! ( George Soros backed) established a " Hate Abbot" Campaign to influence the perceptions of Australians against Tony Abbot.
    Everything he did was blown totally out of proportion to make him out to be a mysoginist, sleazy, thick etc etc
    Then the ABC promoted THEIR progressive, 21st Century Leader, Turnbull as a " breath of fresh air" with fawning praise and a glowing referral from Muslims who were “frightened” that Abbot had asked them to join " Team Australia" …… How dare he frighten them like that??!! What a heap of BS… From the ANC and the rest of the Media went along with it too!

    The ABC have been in breach of their Charter but more importantly the ABC ACT Section 8, to be at all times in News and Current Affairs, " accurate and impartial" and to never have their OWN agenda. They have been in breach for ten years and are becoming even more biased inaccurate and feral every day.

    The ABC have become an ACTIVIST Progressive, U.N. Directed, pro Islamist media broadcaster across all of their media platforms TV and radio and in print.
    I totally object to their streaming of Al Jazeera News which is a Qatar funded propaganda News " service" that should not be beloved by anyone let Sloane used as factual news by the ABC!

    The ONLY reason the ABC has a PUBLIC Broadcasting licence is supposed to be because of their adherence to their Charter and ABC ACT legal obligations.
    They are NOT doing either and yet absolutely NO ONE has held them accountable for anything they have been doing for YEARS.
    Mitch Fifefield, the current Communications Minister, has done nothing!
    The new Manging Director, Michelle Guthrie, seems yo be oblivious to the Charter and does not seem to have been told that the ABC is a tax payer funded organisation with legal obligations and not a commercial one.
    The only thing I can think of is to make Cory Bernardi the Minister for the ABC and SBS and get him to sort them out.
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:41:57 +0930
    Well well well the ABC seems to be full of jumping the gun first the Q&A & then the above with another Q&A program with Senator Elect Pauline Hanson what a set up , then we have Niki Savva whose husband is on the PM’s Staff bias as ever
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:39:34 +0930
    Not to mention their “Russian death corridors” … the MSM / ABC’s new definition for humanitarian aid'death-corridors'-in-syria/7674422
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:38:46 +0930
    We should wait? That is not only is that narcissistic, it is dangerous. We’ll wait till the NT election is over, to discuss the behaviour of the NT Government? Will you hand out treats to keep the kids quiet while the election is on?
    Standing in the the background adding useless, petulant, spit balls of ’someone’s culture is more important then their…’ Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? If you have nothing worthwhile to add? Here, have a treat.

    The same applies to Cardinal Pell. Do we maintain the silence of this, which this sickly silence fed all the decades of hidden abuse. If he’s not guilty, what is the problem? He may be a man of the cloth, but we are all innocent till proven guilty. No one stands above the law.

    Sometimes Mr Bernadi, life doesn’t fit into allocated time slots and routines.
    Sometimes you have to be adaptable to change, to think of new ways of doing things, new ways to problem solve, new ways to think.

    Well have different opinions, that should be celebrated! I find the ABC more intellectually stimulating than Commercial Stations, but in this day and age you would be hard pressed to find people just relying on one source (Unless it is unfortunately, the consistently incorrect and highly dubious journalistic sources)

    But just because the ABC doesn’t suit your agenda, does not in any way mean it’s biased. I feel the same way about Sky News. Many ‘commentators’ few if any Journalists. I don’t care for it but I don’t deny others the opportunity to share its views without facts.
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:34:10 +0930
    Don’t forget that under Pell’s leadership while Archbishop of Melbourne, the “Melbourne Response” and the “Towards Healing” was iniated in response to allegations of child abuse. Three months after becomong Archbishop, he set up the Melbourne Response to be an independent process which offered counselling and support to victims, as well as ex gratia compensation. The ex gratia payments were capped, but victims were publicly encouraged to come forward. Soon after, the “Towards Healing” was established
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:24:21 +0930
    Perhaps we could be guided by the conservative revolutions in Poland and Hungary. Read the following article in the incomparable Quadrant magazine:
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:17:46 +0930
    The ABC bias is to be expected from an entirely left wing broadcaster, there’s nothing new there. The fact that there was no effort put into discovering why those correction officers should have behaved in such a heavy handed way. The fact that a significant number were off on compensation, having been assaulted by these worst than the worst juvenile delinquents seems to escaped the 7.30 report attention. No surprise there.
    What is needed is a complete overhaul of the civil service, SBS, most high schools, universities, the judiciary and even the church. Very few institutions have escaped creeping Marxist indoctrination. This may sound like the old 1960s ‘reds under the beds’ accusation, but the radical left is heavily behind the phenomenon of political correctness and restrictions of free speech. Left wing bias underlies the judicial activism that would have us adopt Canadian and EU Bill of Rights and deny us majority voter, legislative rule of law.
    We need a truly conservative party to take government.
  • commented 2016-08-03 14:01:48 +0930
    I do so agree especially about the disgraceful action of the ABC against Cardinal Pell.There was a whole day in which their “news” started out with headlines claiming new charges against him. The truth was that there were no “new” charges against him and it simply was a merciless beat-up. They even implied that he should have been in Poland for the World Youth Day but that he didn’t go because he had to attend to new problems at the Vatican!