Consider the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, along with the mainstream media as a whole: ‘You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy’. Oops, that was actually how Obi-Wan Kenobi described the Mos Eisley Spaceport to Luke Skywalker. But hey, pretty close.
“Our” ABC and the MSM is a hotbed of radical secular leftism. I have documented one case after another of this over the years, and each new episode of anti-conservative and anti-Christian bigotry further confirms the truth of this. As well as all the anecdotal evidence, we keep getting research which fully bears this out.
In today’s Australian we had a much-needed column on this by Jennifer Oriel, “Why the ABC is at odds with us”. While the entire piece is a must read, this very revealing paragraph tells us all we need to know about the biased and bigoted ABC:
The ABC has not admitted to a lack of political diversity in its staff profile or systemic political bias in its programming. Yet the largest survey in 20 years of political attitudes among journalists found that 73.6 per cent of ABC journalists support Labor or the Greens. The Sunshine Coast University research also found that 41.2 per cent of ABC staff surveyed voted for the Greens. As Chris Kenny wrote in The Weekend Australian, the “federal vote ceiling” for the Greens is just over 10 per cent. On those figures, the ABC’s staff profile is highly unrepresentative of the Australian general public.
Wow, what damning statistics those are! While taken from 2013 research, we can only imagine what the figures look like today. And over the years ABC insiders have said that this bias is indeed entrenched in the organisation. Let me offer just three representative quotes here. Some two decades ago ABC presenter and homosexual Robert Dessaix actually said this:
The political correctness of the ABC is extraordinary. There’s no leeway in anything to do with race or gender or politics. There is only one attitude you can have to Aborigines, to multiculturalism and to feminism. I have to tailor what I say to the reigning ideology of the ABC. As for career prospects in this bastion of gay men and feminists, heterosexual males may as well go and commit suicide.
Around 13 years ago another homosexual and ABC regular, David Marr put it this way:
The natural culture of journalism is kind of vaguely soft-Left inquiry sceptical of authority. I mean, that’s just the world out of which journalists come. If they don’t come out of that world, they really can’t be reporters. You know, just find another job. And that is kind of a soft-leftie kind of culture.
And a decade ago David Salter, a former executive producer of the ABC’s Media Watch said this:
The long march of young liberal-humanist progressives through the ABC’s many portals is as much a self-perpetuating cycle as the daughters of doctors choosing a medical career or the sons of great football players striving to match the sporting deeds of their fathers.
Um, how many more quotes along these lines are needed? How many more studies are needed? The ABC is full of secular lefties, many of whom hate Christianity and hate conservatism. Is it any wonder we find all this bigotry and bias spewing forth from the network on a daily basis?
And just in case all that does not yet convince you about the secular left’s stranglehold on the ABC, consider this massively revealing bit of information:
“Why does the Left media protect the left?”
Because the political commentators of the Left media are either intermingled or married to the left politicians. It’s a family thing and they protect their own.
Greg Combet (Labor) partnered to Juanita Phillips (ABC).
Gai Brodtmann (Labor) married to Chris Uhlmann (ABC).
David Feeney (Labor) married to Liberty Sanger (guest commentator on ABC).
Barrie Cassidy (ABC) former speech writer for Bob Hawke (Labor) from 1986-1991 married to Heather Ewart (ABC).
Maxine McKew (ABC) married to Bob Hogg (former ALP national secretary).
Virginia Trioli (ABC) married to Russell Skelton (The Age).
Mark Kenny (Fairfax) married to Virginia Haussegger (ABC).
Christine Wallace (ABC & Fairfax) married to Michael Costello (former Chief of Staff to Labor’s Kim Beazley).
Annabel Crabb (former Fairfax journalist now with the ABC).
Tony Jones (ABC) married to Sarah Ferguson (ABC). Coincidentally Jones took over the Lateline role from Maxine McKew (from ABC presenter to Labor politician).
David Penberthy (journalist) married to Kate Ellis (Labor).
Paul Kelly (former Fairfax journalist) formerly married to Ros Kelly (Labor).
Kerry O’Brien (ABC) former press secretary to Gough Whitlam.
Mark Colvin (ABC) married to Michelle McKenzie (Leichhardt deputy-mayor and Greens Councillor).
Denis Atkins (ABC Insiders regular) married to Melanie Christensen (ABC Canberra).
Paul Barry (ABC) married to Lisa McGregor (ABC).
The lamentable Mike Carlton (formerly Fairfax) and Morag Ramsay (ABC).
Andrew Fraser (Fairfax) and Catriona Jackson (formerly Fairfax and Labor press secretary).
And so the list goes on.
Labor, Fairfax and the ABC are joined at the hip.
The ABC’s hatchet job on conservative Christianity
The latest case of the ABC spinning out of control in its hatred of Christianity and conservatism is of course its deplorable attack piece on evangelicals and domestic violence. The more we learn about this hit piece by Julia Baird and the ABC, the more we see how reprehensible they really are, and how despicable this story really is.
As I have documented in several articles now, they deliberately lied about the evidence to paint a picture they wanted. The actual evidence points to an entirely different conclusion, but the ABC is never one to let facts and truth stand in the way of a good hatchet job.
My two earlier assessments of this are found here:
The power of the media to distort the truth, to hide the truth, and to present lies as if they are the truth was on full display in this story. We now know that those with an opposing point of view were in fact interviewed for the story. But because their perspective did not square with the ABC’s bias, their interviews were left on the editor’s floor.
There were actually some real positive stories that could have been included in the report, based on lengthy interviews, but they were deliberately omitted from the program. As one news report about this appalling omission states:
A senior female Anglican leader has expressed “disappointment” that her “positive” story in fighting domestic violence was ignored by the ABC in its controversial TV program claiming Christian men who go to church occasionally are the worst abusers of women. Sydney diocese Archdeacon for Women Kara Hartley was -interviewed for more than an hour by ABC journalist Julia Baird for the report on 7:30 that aired on Wednesday night, but none of her comments were aired.
As mentioned, it seems clear Baird and the ABC had one predetermined goal in mind: to paint evangelical Christianity in the worst light possible, even despite all the evidence to the contrary. And we taxpayers have to subsidise this Christophobia!
And as is far too often the case, while some clueless Christians have actually sided with these misotheists against other believers, some non-Christians have rallied to the defence of Christianity. Andrew Bolt has again written about this case of blatant bigotry and is worth mentioning once more.
He again looks at all the research evidence that shows the exact opposite view to Baird and the ABC, and shows how they were completely dishonest with what they presented. And Bolt notes that the ABC actually defended all this, and claimed that he and others were “quibbling over footnotes”.
Good grief! Sadly I too have had so-called believers who seek to defend to the death everything the ABC says and does telling me I was “quibbling” over the stats. Seriously? Affirming the facts, truth and evidence is just “quibbling”? What, we should just emote over these things, and just ignore what the data has to say?
Um, this is about being concerned with facts and truth, and not allowing lies to be pushed for the sake of ideology. But as is so often the case, the other side just can’t seem to deal with the data, with the facts, with the evidence, so they attack you for “quibbling”!
Bolt concludes his piece as follows: Baird had said this in her defence: “Some have suggested that we should rely on the 1986 New Zealand survey instead. That’s fine. All data welcome to the table.” Bolt replied:
Pardon? If that New Zealand survey – the Fergusson one falsely cited by the ABC in its statement as supporting Baird’s false claim – is actually “welcome to the table”, why didn’t Baird mention it in her article or 7.30 report? She clearly knew of it. In fact, it is the one survey whose results are specifically quoted by Tracy in the article she cites as her single source.
Yet that Fergusson survey completely contradicts Baird’s claim and thesis. It shows that men who don’t go to church are much more likely to beat their wives than are even sporadic church-goers. It says church-going protects women. Again I ask: why did Baird ignore this survey and its conclusions? Why did she claim the opposite of what it found? And why does the ABC continue to defend this shabby attack on Christianity?
Baird and the ABC have been caught out big time. Yet instead of ‘fessing up, admitting they were clearly in the wrong, and vowing to do much better and act much more professionally in the future, they keep digging in their heels even further, seeking to justify and exonerate themselves.
That is just pathetic. As I have often said, if this were just some ratbag private outfit doing its thing, we could all just ignore it. But it is the ‘public broadcaster’ and one that we are forced to subsidise and prop up with our hard-earned tax dollars. It is certainly time to put the ABC out of its misery.
Let them pay their own way for once, and see how they get on. I am sick of paying for all their anti-Christian and anti-conservative bigotry. And you should be too.