There’s a new website http://abcgonetohell.net/document-your-abc-complaint/ that has been created for people to report instances of the extreme right-wing bias that the ABC, particularly ABC-TV, has been displaying for a long time now.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation used to be the one shining beacon of fairness and sanity in the increasingly Goebbels-esque media world of News Limited, Fairfax and right-wing talkback shock-jock radio. Over the last couple of years it has swung madly to the right to the point of deliberately slanting stories that promote the conservative parties and minimising or ignoring anything positive that the Labor Government achieves. And there have been many achievements.
You expect this from News Ltd or Alan Jones but not from our taxpayer funded Government broadcaster. So called “Journalists” like Latika Bourke have become active conservative party promoters making a mockery of so called fair ABC editorial policies.
I became increasingly dismayed then shocked and now I’m just plain angry. Enough really is enough. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is now working against the welfare and interests of ordinary Australians. There are a number of theories why – to do with Mark Scott, head of the ABC or perhaps, more realistically, the terror felt by ABC staff at the possibility of having funding dramatically cut or being privatised by a future conservative Government. And our current Labor Government is doing nothing about addressing the right-wing bias. Pretty much the same as they’ve failed to defend themselves effectively anywhere in the wider ultra-right media landscape.
The ABC has gone to hell
The other thing that angers me is that I now have to seek out and find websites, bloggers and twitterers to actually find out what’s really going on in Australia. It is great that there are people and websites out there on the internet that do cut through the lies and bias of the conservatives and the ABC…but why should I have to go seeking them out. We already have a supposed fair and fearless public broadcaster. Why isn’t that reporting the truth?
I’m beginning to think that the situation is irreversible and maybe it would be just as well to privatise the ABC. But what a horrible state of affairs to actually contemplate that?
Anyway, check out the site linked above and also have a look at http://www.independentaustralia.net/ – a good resource for seeing behind the right-wing spin.