Extremist left-wing lobby group Get Up! – previously described here by Andrew Leigh*
My Imagining Australia coauthor David Madden, along with the ever-energetic Jeremy Heimans, have started GetUp!, a lobbying organisation aimed at keeping the Coalition accountable after they win control of the Senate.
has organised a petition against the ABC complaining about right-wing bias!
MORE than 1000 people have signed an online petition complaining about the ABC’s political coverage, with many saying a tough interview by 7.30 anchor Chris Uhlmann with Greens leader Bob Brown is evidence of a lurch to the Right.
The petition to “get the ABC back to its charter” appeared on a website owned by lobby group GetUp! some weeks ago.
It says the ABC has become a “mouthpiece for political conservatives” and is “a sad version of (Rupert) Murdoch’s Fox News”.
Many of the signatories say Uhlmann is the problem.
Without a doubt Chris Uhlmann is a problem – he does background research, asks questions, fact-checks, and then expects answers. That certainly is not within the usual ABC tradition of giving Bob Brown a tax-payer funded forum to peddle his economic illiteracy – that is what the Parliament is for and Brown can talk as much rubbish as he likes there.
Mind you, if Get Up! push this too hard they might start getting the same sort of media attention.
* From that description Dr. Leigh knows the individuals well – perhaps he could express an opinion on the matter, after all he did write a paper ‘proving’ the ABC had right-wing bias.
Update: A commenter suggests that Get Up! are not the origin of the petition – that it is on their ‘suggestion page’ only.
Update II: Joshua Gans’ view here.