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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 06:08 am
Ahead of the federal election, the ABC’s director of news and current affairs John Cameron this week sent the following memo to ABC staff:
As the only genuinely independent (non-commercial and apolitical) mainstream media outlet in Australia, we’re well placed to again be the primary source of comprehensive and balanced election news in the months ahead.
Let’s live up to that reputation by maintaining our even-handed approach at regional, state, and federal levels.
By voting day we will have put to air – or posted online – tens of thousands of election-related stories. The scrutiny of that coverage is intense.
Climate change/global warming is one very specific issue which is already generating plenty of heat. It’s a complex and sensitive area, and it’s our responsibility to take no side of the argument for granted.
Here’s to a successful ABC news and current affairs election year.
(Via an Ultimo mole – or, if you will, an Ultimole.)
- Well, so what? That’s a good thing, right? I don’t see any skullduggery here. I’m sure they’d be happy to publicize a memo like this, its not like your “mole” has outed some nefarious plot.Posted by docweasel on 2007 04 06 at 02:41 PM • permalink
As the only genuinely independent (non-commercial and apolitical) mainstream media outlet in Australia
Thanks for the laugh, ABC.
Apolitical, my fat ass.
Except for “Australia,” every word in that sentence is a lie, including “and” and “the.”Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 04 06 at 04:12 PM • permalink
- Surely that memo ended with Gaia bless us and a rousing chorus of God save the Krudd.
The ABC – as balanced as Phatty phil in an earthquake zone on a unicyclePosted by eeniemeenie on 2007 04 06 at 06:01 PM • permalink
- Who leaked that? Someone in the ABC public relations department thinking it was a clever move?
…the only genuinely independent (non-commercial and apolitical) mainstream media outlet in Australia?
…the primary source of comprehensive and balanced election news?
…maintaining [its] even-handed approach at regional, state, and federal levels?
…[taking] no side of the argument for granted?
Pardon me, while I …scoff.
- Recently Aunty’s mate, Robert Manne, stated publicly that Aunty has a left-bias to her wheelchair …
Why does the AGW brigade get so much ‘oxygen’, even on the Science Show?
As the Left see themselves as the social ‘progressives’, how about some true debate, f*cktards … a few years back, there was debate on AGW; today she’s engulfed in the group think of Emperor Gore’s New Clothes.
Radio National Counterpoint has an upcoming program on the current popularity of Gloom-n-Doom scenarios.
- As the only genuinely independent (non-commercial and apolitical) mainstream media outlet in Australia…
Every time some ABC propagandist trots out this mantra I really want to arrange a tyre-lever/kneecap interface.
But then, after more than two decades working in commercial broadcasting I have every advertsers’ publicity department on speed dial so they can sub-edit everything before broadcast.[/ABC inference]
For all their reach and resources (and I’m talking about news and current affairs) we, as tax payers are very poorly served.
Haven’t they looked in a mirror lately?Posted by carpefraise on 2007 04 07 at 12:32 AM • permalink
- As the only genuinely independent (non-commercial and apolitical) mainstream media outlet in Australia
Ha ha, what a joke. Every state funded media outlet is, by nature, a socialist, statist, dependant undertaking and incredibly biased.
Is the ABC/BBC/CBC, whatever BC, going to argue against state funding of anything?
Obviously, the state is a good thing to these organizations, therefore the libertarian, or even conservative, position is wrong. Therefore they are, automatically and reflexively, absolutely biased.
Since when does finance from the private sector make companies not slaves to their payroll masters whilst funding by the state brings independance? The argument is risible.Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 04 07 at 01:55 AM • permalink
- companies not slaves to their payroll [Ed]Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 04 07 at 01:56 AM • permalink
- It’s a complex and sensitive area, and it’s our responsibility to take no side of the argument for granted.
This is called pre-emptive deniability cover. The ABC know they long ago chose sides in this debate, but having a memo denying it will be useful later, as they go full steam ahead with the most Extreme Greens towards the election of Saviour Rudd.
They will arhue that the debate was decided by the UN and Science, so don’t blame them for political bias. EASY.
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