CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Propaganda Masquerading as News

Jun 22, 2006

Once upon a time a person could buy a newspaper and be fairly confident that the news covered therein was more or less reliable, factual and impartially presented. That certainly is no longer the case, especially for certain newspapers.

Consider

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Mums and Dads To Be Banned

Jun 5, 2006

It had to come to this eventually. Yes, mothers and fathers are now taboo. At least calling someone your mum or dad is verboten. Nix. Not allowed. Out of bounds.

Schools are being urged by a tax-payer funded booklet to

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Truth, the Media, and Ideology

May 17, 2006

Those who are pro-faith and pro-family have long realized that it is hard to get a fair hearing in much of today’s media. Last night on television there was a good example of this. The May 16 episode of the

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Who Edits the Editors?

Aug 15, 2003

A free press is one of the hallmarks of a democracy. The ability to allow various opinions to be heard is an important part of a free people.

Of course newspapers tend to reflect the left/right divide in politics. The

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Media Debates: Never a Dull Moment

Aug 14, 2003

Over the years I have been involved in many public debates on contentious social issues. Given that there is a left/liberal hegemony over much of the media, these debates have often been far from fair. The more politically correct a

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Breaking Through the Pink Curtain

Nov 14, 2002

There are certain taboo subjects which in an age of Political Correctness are pretty much guaranteed never to see the light of day. Many such topics come to mind. But the most obvious candidate is homosexuality and anything even remotely

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Science, Ethics and the Media

Jul 1, 2002

There has been a noticeable shift over the past fifty years concerning those whom society, and the media, look to as authority figures, as sources of truth and values. For centuries pastors and priests were seen as sources of

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Our Moral Judges at the ABC

Jun 28, 2002

One can always count on the ABC to put its politically correct two-cents worth in to its many broadcasts. This has certainly been the case with its regular Monday night offering, Media Watch. The 15 minute show is supposed

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The Betrayal of a Generation

Feb 2, 2002

An extremely revealing and disturbing television documentary was aired on America’s Public Broadcasting System in February of last year. Entitled The Merchants of Cool, the show examined the way big business and the advertising industry have targeted our young

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The Need to Overhaul the OFCL

Jun 17, 2001

The recent debacle over the classification of Hannibal by the OFLC highlights yet again the need for a major shake-up of our chief censorship body.

After strong public outcry, the gruesome film Hannibal has been given an R rating. This

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Heated IVF Debate

Aug 15, 2000

A fiery debate about allowing IVF access to singles and lesbians was aired on the Nine Network’s Sixty Minutes on Sunday August 13. What went on behind the scenes was as interesting as what was finally aired.

When called a

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Child Care Follies

May 29, 2000

Commonsense seems to count for little these days. Instead, an army of “experts” are telling us how to best run our lives. Consider the following: Staff at day care centres do a much better job of minding young children than

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The Gospel According to the ABC

Jan 10, 2000

While in Canberra recently, I had time to stroll into the local ABC Shop. Much of the content of these shops, of course, can be regarded as the cream of the politically correct crop. But I must confess I was

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Who Censures the Censors?

Jun 15, 1997

Many Australians are mystified and disturbed about the proliferation of pornographic, violent and obscene materials on television, in films and video, in magazines, in advertising etc. Many are also curious as to why our official censors and monitors seem to

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Another SBS Hatchet Job

Jun 1, 1997

The Lyons Forum is a group of Federal Parliamentarians from the Liberal and National parties who support family values. It was subjected to a 30 minute expose by the SBS Insight program on May 29.

The program was ostensibly a

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Television and Families

Jul 28, 1994

Not long ago the Pope came out with an attack on television, claiming that it was anti-family and undermined traditional values. Critics quickly responded saying the Pope was ignorant and out of touch. One newspaper editorial even claimed that if

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Australian Broadcasting Tribunal Inquiry

Jan 21, 1992

Robert Manne, writing in a recent issue of Time, (Jan. 6), said this about pornography and mass murder: “the fervor over gun control and complacency about censorship are rather odd”. Manne goes on to detail the steady diet of

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