I have my pad and pencil ready. I am about to embark on an ABC Watch.
This occurred to me as I was watching the ‘news’ on ABC 24 in the weekend. There were two attractive heads giving us the golly gosh about some scientist who had found that cyclones are fewer and weaker now than they have been in 500 years.
Now I am not sure it is news, but when the presenters start prattling on about how surprising this finding is in view of climate change, we really know that the ABC has jumped the shark.
And when the two presenters switched to interviewing said scientist, the first question was about how surprising the result was in view of climate change predictions.
This really told me a lot:
- Group think is alive and well in the ABC;
- The presenters don’t think twice about giving the audience the benefit of their presumptions;
- The choice of ‘news’ and who is interviewed are important elements of bias in the ABC. (I would like a dollar for every time Tony and I have said to each other when watching the ABC news – “this isn’t news”.)
Any tips, instances, etc. very welcome.
I noticed the Fact-Checking Unit undertaking some pathetic attempt to look at the sustainability of social welfare payments in Australia. It was so superficial and so misleading, I really don’t know why they bother. (Oh, that would be because the Labor government gave them the money.)
And another thing: has anyone noticed the logical fallacy that is regularly trotted out by ABC types – oh, we have complaints from both sides, so we must be right and balanced?