… tell me what you think of me. And here to tell them is Maurice Newman: Forces from within are destroying the ABC.
Taxpayers spend more than $1 billion a year on the ABC and its 1983 act requires the board “to ensure that the gathering and presentation by the corporation of news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism”.
Ah there’s the problem: “the recognised standards of objective journalism”. In 1983 they may have meant to present both sides of a story as accurately as possible. Today, it is as Newman writes:
“There is no bias at the ABC” is a myth. It is a lie, repeated over and over in an effort to hide the reality that the ABC is a left-wing sanctuary. How else to explain its obsessive, often fanciful, coverage of US President Donald Trump, its unceasing apocalyptic views on climate change, its superficial one-sided commentary on immigration and identity, its anti-business mentality and hostility towards the Catholic Church? Even ABC Kids feels compelled to rap a lesson on white male privilege.
News gathering has been replaced by views gathering, and it is the views of the left that one can be guaranteed to find and nothing else.
Via SDA where it says:
This was an interesting graphic in a recent e-mail:
In comparison, Prager University has 70 million views per month. Not bad, but nothing compared to the Leftist Propaganda Machine.
Take some time to talk with your left-of-centre friends and figure out why they think the way they do. The power of the media is daunting.
And no different here. We few may frequent a few websites, watch Bolt and The Outsiders and read Quadrant, but the overwhelming bias towards the vast ignorance of the left is near impossible to counter. And the speed with which those who are looking towards some kind of salvation turn on PDT – vide Ann Coulter – because he cannot do it all and on his own is astonishing, repulsive, ungrateful and depressing. And then, of course, there’s this.
An interesting article about the hysterics at the ABC and their fellow hysteric our interim Prime Minister: Four Corners stopped truth from ruining its ripping yarn. It’s about how nothing has come of the Royal Commission after “the ABC’s Four Corners announced to the world that the Northern Territory ‘tortured children’, and engaged in ‘barbarism’ in facilities such as Don Dale”. Here’s how the article ends.
During conversations with Four Corners, I sought and repeatedly was given assurances that the highest ethical standards were being applied. In the opinion of other news outlets, trusting the ABC was a rookie mistake. That trust was why it was given the extraordinary access.
Those ethical standards can be found in the ABC’s Code of Practice under the heading Impartiality and Diversity of Perspectives. I believe Four Corners failed all five guidelines.
The ABC is a federally funded public service organisation. It withheld information from a Prime Minister and based on partial information the Prime Minister made a call to spend $50m. Since that time, the ABC has declared its footage unavailable; attempted to suppress evidence before a royal commission; and, when asked, has refused to investigate itself. Even an ABC journalist referred to it as a “hatchet job”.
If the royal commission report does not deliver scalps or, worse still, fails to even recommend criminal investigations and prosecutions, it will be because the information that led to its establishment was deeply flawed and misleading.
“Deeply flawed and misleading” – given the way it operates I thought that was already the first item on the ABC’s Code of Practice in how it presents the news.
The headline’s in quotation marks because the activist-journalist at the SMH thinks this is a preposterous over-reaction: ‘The terrorist was shot and killed; that is the right response.’ The picture also comes with the story, with this text beneath it:
Palestinian mourners cry at the family house upon the arrival of the body of Amjad Jundi, 19, who was killed after stabbing a soldier on a bus in southern Israel. Photo: Nasser Nasser
The story is worth a read, however, since it is a more than usually one-eyed, one-sided approach of the kinds we find everywhere. A 15-year old was shot down in the street in Sydney just last week because he had just murdered an employee of the NSW police. No one in Australia is asking for our police rules of engagement in dealing with murderers while in the midst of a murderous rampage. Ruth Pollard, the activist-with-byline at the SMH, ought to try a similar kind of argument as a think-piece on her editorial page. I suspect even regular readers of Fairfax might find her just a tad idiotic even for their own fellow-leftist tastes.
UPDATE: From Brett Stevens via the Wall Street Journal discussing these murders on Israeli streets under the heading, Palestine: The Psychotic Stage. No answers in how to deal with the problem but some moral rebalancing about who are the murderers and who are being attacked in the street:
Treatises have been written about the media’s mind-set when it comes to telling the story of Israel. We’ll leave that aside for now. The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment. Despair at the state of the peace process, or the economy? Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves.
Above all, it’s time to give hatred its due. We understand its explanatory power when it comes to American slavery, or the Holocaust. We understand it especially when it is the hatred of the powerful against the weak. Yet we fail to see it when the hatred disturbs comforting fictions about all people being basically good, or wanting the same things for their children, or being capable of empathy.
Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.
Apologists and accomplices they may be, but they feel as moral and pleased with themselves as if they had just put fifty cents into a beggar’s hat.
From the United States:
And from Australia:
It is just as straightforward as anything in politics I know. The left lies and are not then corrected by the media. Neither of the above were minor issues of no substance. In both instances the lie was vital to gathering the votes necessary to win an election. Had Obama said that you will not be able to keep your health plan, or had Gillard said that there would be a carbon tax under the government she led, both would almost certainly have lost the elections they were both then in the midst of.
Now we are dealing with the absolute falsehoods surrounding Dyson Heydon. The real issue is whether there are a series of corrupt union officials who are syphoning huge amounts from the unions they lead while selling out the workers they represent. The issue is not whether the Commission is run by someone who may or may not in the privacy of the polling booth vote for the Coalition. Labor must lie, and in lying must depend on the media for protection. To say or print the truth in this instance, that yes there does appear to be evidence of quite a bit of union corruption, would not pave the way to election success for Labor. The ALP knows it, which is why it is trying to discredit Heydon, and the media knows it, which is why they are trying to do the same. We live in very dangerous times, when the media, who clearly understand what they are doing in protecting such corruption from being recognised by every voter across the nation, does all it can to hide, distort and mislead, with the unmistakeable intention of doing what it can so that Labor can win the next election. Without the full blown assistance of the media, parties of the left could never win, or at least not with the values they now represent.
Trump doing what no politician has done before, making the media the issue:
DONALD TRUMP, GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Let me tell you. The people don’t trust you and the people don’t trust the media. And I understand why.
COOPER: Right. And politicians.
TRUMP: You know, I have always been covered, fairly, accurately because it was usually a financial press. And you know numbers are numbers and my numbers happen to be great. So, I was always sort of treated fair.
With the media it’s, not all cases, some, some of the political media is great. And really honest. Even if they’ve don’t want to want to be, they’re really honest. But I find that 60%, 70% of the political media is really, really dishonest.
The single most important political change needed today is to reduce – you will never remove – media bias. Obama could not be dog catcher without the media. As it is, he remains almost as strong as they day he first ran for office in spite of the disasters he has not just coincided with in office, but has personally caused by the political choices he has made. I hope this catches on with others, but it has taken someone like Trump to actually start a process that needs to continue as long and as hard as it can.
The great danger for Western civilisation is that the media have with honourable exceptions been captured by the left. The result is that:
1. The media never criticise parties of the left under any circumstances
2. The media find every possible fault they can with actions taken by or statements made by representatives of the parties of the right – or even by people who can be made to appear as representatives of the parties of the right
3. The media, as with the left in general, are beyond hypocrisy. There are no principles, only tactical advantage. The media, like the left, are totally consistent, bearing in mind they have no fixed values themselves but seek only power and wealth.
4. Deterioration in every aspect of life is allowed to take place without comment if someone on the left can be held responsible for the damage.
5. No one on the conservative side of politics is permitted to repair any damage caused by the left without intensive criticisms over the harm such repair is doing to particular individuals. Fairness is not based on any standard but only on who is making the change. If the change is made by a party of the right, it is be definition unfair and will be opposed to the fullest extent.
These are the members of the ABC Board. Are they the people who are going to oblige the ABC to become fair and balanced? That’s apparently their legal responsibility. How likely is it? Between zero and none, it seems to me. As Malcolm Turnbull said, if you are not going to do your job, resign and let others who will take over.
James Spigelman AC QC
BA (Hons) LLB, Hon. LLD
1 April 2012 – 31 March 2017
James Spigelman was the Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales from 1998 to 2011. Between 1980 and 1998 he practised as a barrister in Sydney and was appointed QC in 1986. Between 1972 and 1976 he served as Senior Adviser and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia and as Permanent Secretary of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of the Media. From 1976 to 1979 he was a member of Australian Law Reform Commission.
Mr Spigelman has served on the Boards and as Chair of a number of cultural and educational institutions including: Chair of the National Library of Australia between 2010 and 2012, Member of the Board of the Australian Film Finance Corporation between 1988 and 1992 (Chairman between 1990 and 1992), Member of the Board of the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1980 and 1988 (Deputy Chairman between 1983 and 1988), and as President of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences between 1995 and 1998. In November 2012 he was appointed a Director of the Board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. In 2013 he was appointed a Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong.
Cheryl Bart AO
Lawyer and Company Director
BCom, LLB (UNSW), FAICD
3 June 2010 – 2 June 2015
Cheryl Bart is a non-executive director of Spark Infrastructure Ltd, South Australian Power Networks (formerly ETSA Utilities), SG Fleet Ltd, Audio Pixel Holdings Ltd, the Australian Himalayan Foundation, the Local Organising Committee Australian Asian Cup 2015 Ltd and the FFA ( Football Federation of Australia). She is also a Patron of SportsConnect.
She is the immediate past Chairman of ANZ Trustees Ltd, the South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and the Environment Protection Authority of South Australia.
AdvCertAppSc (Dairy Tech), FAICD
30 June 2011 – 29 June 2016
Jane Bennett is the former Managing Director of Ashgrove Cheese, a family owned and run business in Tasmania. Ms Bennett is the immediate past chair of the Food Industry Advisory Council in Tasmania and is a Board Member of the Brand Tasmania Council. Her other directorships include the Australian Farm Institute, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and the CSIRO.
2 October 2014 – 1 October 2019
Peter Lewis is currently the Director of Finance for Acquire Learning and a member of the Advisory Board for Anacacia Capital. He has previously held board and advisory positions with the International Grammar School Sydney, TXA Australia Pty Ltd, Norwest Productions Pty Ltd, Propex Derivatives, Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, B Digital Limited, VividWireless Limited and Yahoo 7 Australia.
Mr Lewis has more than two decades of experience in both executive and financial roles in the media. He was appointed financial controller of the Network Ten between 1990 and 1994; the Head of Business Affairs for the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation between 1996 and 1998, Chief Financial Officer of the Seven Network Limited from 1998 to April 2010, was the Chief Financial Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited from May 2010 to November 2011; was the Chief Operating Officer of Seven Media Group from July 2008 to January 2012 and was the Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited from May 2011 to May 2013.
Mr Lewis is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Simon Mordant AM
FCA (UK), FCA (Australia)
8 November 2012 – 7 November 2017
Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984. He is Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Simon is Australian Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale, a member of the Leadership Council of the New Museum in New York and a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, a Director of Opera Australia and the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia and a member of the Italian Advisory Board for Venetian Heritage.
Staff Elected Director
22 April 2013 – 21 April 2018
Matt is a senior journalist with the ABC’s 7.30 program, having formerly been ABC Radio’s chief political correspondent and reporter in New York, Washington and London. He is Adjunct Professor of Journalism with Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) and has authored the book Killer Company (HarperCollins, 2009), a history of Australia’s largest asbestos manufacturer, James Hardie which inspired the ABC Television mini-series, Devil’s Dust.
Mark Scott AO
ABC Managing Director
BA, DipEd, MA (Syd.), MPubAdmin (Harv)
5 July 2006 – 4 July 2011; 5 July 2011 – 4 July 2016
Under Mark Scott’s leadership, the structure and operation of the ABC has been transformed and the ABC’s services and reach have been dramatically expanded. The ABC has established a reputation as Australia’s leading digital media innovator during this time. He has also led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of Respect, Integrity, Collegiality and Innovation.
Before joining the ABC, Mr Scott served 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with Fairfax Media, Editorial Director of the Fairfax newspaper and magazine division and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolitan, Regional and Community newspapers.
Steven Skala AO
Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG
BA LLB (Hons) (Qld) BCL (Oxon)
6 October 2005 – 5 October 2010; 24 November 2010 – 23 November 2015
Steven Skala is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG, Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited, and Hexima Limited. He is Vice President of the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies. Mr Skala serves as a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. He is the former Chairman of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Film Australia Limited, and a former Director of The Australian Ballet.
Patron and the founding Director of the Telethon Kids Institute (formerly Telethon Institute for Child Health Research)
MSc (Lon.), MD (WA), Hon. DSC (Murdoch), Hon DUniv (QUT), HonMD (Syd.), Hon. DUniv (Melb.), Hon. Dsc (ECU), Hon, FRACGP, Hon. FRCPCH (UK), FFPHM (UK), FAFPHM, FRAQNZCOG, FASSA, FAA, FRACP, FFCCH
30 June 2011 – 29 June 2016
Fiona Stanley is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia, a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Chair of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, an initiative of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Professor Stanley has more than 350 published papers, books and book chapters.
The left have the best cliches and their arguments embody every fantasy and wish anyone who has ever hoped to live in a better world than the one we have has had. The only thing that keeps them from winning every election is that their ideas are so wrong and misguided that after a few years of the nonsense they peddle, conditions are so bad that the electorate become desperate to see the last of them and to get someone to fix up the mess they left behind. That continues until the voting population forgets, as it inevitably does, how rotten the ideas of the left actually are. This is from John Hinderaker at Powerline on why the left wants to stop the right from criticising the left:
[The left] have a problem. Their arguments are terrible, and their theories are contradicted at nearly every turn by the facts. Which means that they can’t withstand criticism. They can’t take competition; they need a monopoly. Which, in turn, means that they must prevent voters from hearing conservative ideas and arguments. They can do that in the schools and in the culture, and they don’t have to worry about newspapers or broadcast television. But there is a loophole of sorts: during election seasons, conservatives can buy time on television and on the radio to broadcast messages that liberals are otherwise able to blockade. This is intolerable! Because when people hear conservative ideas, unfiltered by the liberal press, they tend to find them persuasive.
And then there are the 47% who vote for a living but that’s something else again.