Dracula has come back to the blood bank for MORE! - AEd TWH
Dracula has come back to the blood bank for MORE! - AEd TWH
On Wednesday, the sexist Labor-first stand-up comic Josh Thomas made the Herald Sun’s front-page. Headline: “Nitwit tweets.”
You see, for some reason the ABC2 joker and progressive Q&A guest thought it was funny to attack Tony Abbott’s mother, Fay.
Just hilarious, right?
As the Herald Sun (Melbourne) editorialised:
Similarities between the BBC and Auntie appear obvious. “They’re joined at the bloody hip,” as Toby writes. GC.Ed.@L.
In this other world there is a publicly funded TV and radio broadcasting organisation - let’s for argument’s sake call it the ABC – which gets more than $1 billion a year from the taxpayers and which has a public commitment to the highest ethical standards of journalism – a commitment to truth, balance, impartiality and all of that.
This ABC has long prided itself on being above politics; in fact it has made a point of publishing and promoting its journalism code of ethics and stresses that all journalist employees must pay heed to it. Presumably, the journalists employed by this ABC are also members of the reporters’ trade union, the Media Alliance, which also has its own lofty code of ethics.
Now it is only four months or so to an election in this parallel universe and a conservative government headed by a Prime Minister – who for want of a better name is called Tony Abbott – is desperately hanging on in the face of overwhelming opinion polls which shows it is headed for electoral oblivion. An aggressive, hard-hitting Opposition headed by – again for want of a better name – Julia Gillard is so far ahead in the polls that the likely outcome almost defies gravity.
ABC TYPES DEFEND ABC – LET’S HEAR FROM ACKLAND (EX-AUNTY) AND GREEN (CURRENTLY AUNTY)
Richard Ackland’s column in today’s Sydney Morning Herald in a beauty. M ‘learned friend supports the view that it would be better for a “wombat” to become the next attorney-general of Australia than for Coalition front-bencher George Brandis SC to attain the position. What a profound thinker your man Ackland is, don’t you think?
Jonathan Holmes, the ABC’s supercilious presenter of Media Watch is stepping down. I suggest only rusted-on supporters of ABC bias will miss his pompous leer and greasy persona.
While the ABC has many excellent and well-researched programmes I point to Media Watch and the appointing of presenters that flag their leftist ideology from the Worm Factory rooftop. Media Watch has cycled a muster of seven presenters, all of them cloned in like ideology beginning with Stuart Littlemore, Richard Ackland, Paul Barry, David Marr, Liz Jackson, Monica Attard and, Jonathan Holmes.
Trying to broach the subject of bias with anyone inside the ABC’s Worm Factory incubator is futile. Sidetracking the tunnel-visioned political correctness would be like converting the Pope to Islam. No amount of complaining or lobbying bears fruit or consideration from the executive, including managing director Mark Scott as all seem programmed to ignore the corporation’s own Editorial Policies to “… support the diversity of perspectives.”
Scott is quick to defend all epithets of bias by wheeling out his host of Counterpoint, former Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone as would a pathologist present his favourite specimen, a shrivelled appendix in a bottle of formaldehyde, That an enigma like Vanstone is permitted to tread the corridors of Labor greats must have countless production managers gagging on their mung bean wraps.
Peter-Ben Terpstra exposes the Absolutely Bias Corporation's (ABC) presenter Virginia Trioli as little more than a prejudiced croupier who deals the race card for effect. Personal bias is fine, but ill serving when delivering news shaped to fit. GC.Ed.@L.
In response to a bloody terrorist attack, “our” ABC pulled out the race card. Or as one divisive headline shouted, “Indigenous Australian runner safe in Boston.”
I was also offended last Tuesday when “our” taxpayer-funded ABC News Breakfast presenter, Virginia Trioli, casually injected her politics into an important news story. Or as she editorialised, in response to two major explosions in Boston, “It seems to many we are overly focusing on what happens to rich white people in the West, versus what happens on a daily basis in those countries” (meaning Iraq and Afghanistan).
So, where did Trioli’s “many” assertion come from? No source was provided. And, what is meant by “we”? I’m confused.
Moreover, “our” ABC didn’t emphasis the following:
Last Saturday on the “science” show Robyn Williams equates skeptics to pedophiles, people pushing asbestos, and drug pushers.
Williams starts the show by framing republicans (and skeptics) as liars: “New Scientist complained about the “gross distortions” and “barefaced lying” politicians come out with…” He’s goes on to make the most blatant, baseless, and outrageous insults by equating skeptics to people who promote pedophilia, asbestos and drugs.
“What if I told you pedophilia is good for children, or that asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthmatics, or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged? You’d rightly find it outrageous, but there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths, distorting the science.”
“These distortions of science are far from trivial, our neglect of what may be clear and urgent problems could be catastrophic and now a professor of psychology at UWA has shown what he says is the basis of this unrelenting debauchery of the facts…”
This is degradation and a malicious attack on skeptics with misinformation:
“They were rejecting the science not based on the science... but on other factors… what we basically found was the driving motivating factor behind their attitudes was their ideology.
People who endorse an extreme version of free market fundamentalism …They are also rejecting the link between smoking and lung cancer, and between HIV and AIDS…
Ladies and gentlemen it’s time to get serious. Both Williams and Lewandowsky are ignoring the scientific evidence, denigrating their opponents, destroying rational conversation and honest discussion before it can even start. We can’t let them get away with this.
They are paid public servants who use taxpayer funds to push their personal ideology. It has to stop.
Robyn Williams, what you do is not science. It’s crass tribal warfare.
Stephan Lewandowsky, skeptics base their arguments on evidence. You are in denial. We don’t deny AIDS or that smoking causes cancer, and we never have. Your tactic of deliberately seeking out a few nutters (or fakes) to interview, then besmirching the names of serious commentators is blatant, obvious and documented.
The class of people who use regulations to control others, rather than persuasion and voluntary competition, have resorted to name calling for years to suppress the free and fair debates that they cannot win. Now they are employing that technique in other areas.
What they road-tested on skeptics, they now use in the wider political debate against their political opponents — such as Tony Abbott and Alan Jones. With each success they are becoming more loud, aggressive, and obnoxious.
The mainstream media makes this cheap tactic successful. As long as they promote these anti-science, baseless smears as if they were serious commentary the media is the problem.
When are the MSM going to stop treating the names as serious content, because they are so transparently untrue and designed simply to smear opponents? Indeed, when are the MSM going to stop being complicit or even active partners in the name calling? Perhaps we could start with demonstrations at ABC offices…
You can complain to the ABC here: http://www.abc.net.au/contact/complain.htm
Jo Nova is the author of The Skeptics Handbook, and has previously hosted a children's TV program, had regular science segments on ABC radio, and was an associate lecturer in Science Communication at the Australian National University. This was originally published on her personal blog and is reproduced with permission.