As one of our more eminent Cats would say: Please.make.it.stop. Perhaps the please is not always there.
I made the mistake of turning on ABC24 this morning to be impacted by a one Dr Peter Chen from the University of Sydney ostensibly talking about “what’s in the newspapers”.
Except it was not really about what’s in the newspapers but an opportunity for one Dr Chen (journalism academic, say no more) to give us his gratuitous opinions on three topics. And there are no prizes for guessing what those topics were and what his opinions were:
- Asylum seekers and the shifting of the Tamils from India to Nehru
- And DRUM ROLL: gay marriage
What does the ABC think it is doing having this segment. It was deeply offensive and lop-sided. But the worst of it was when the junior ABC journalists presenting the news in the weekend piped up to give their gratuitous views, violating both the spirit and the particulars of the Editorial Policies by which they are expected to abide.
The only policy implication for me is turn off the ABC. (I presume this segment of what’s in the newspapers is regular, frequented by lots of left wing tossers with presenters enthusiastically nodding in agreement.)
Here are the details on Peter Chen.
Peter John Chen teaches media politics, public policy and Australian politics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests focus on the relationship between media and politics: with a special interest in new media’s impacts on electoral politics, media regulation, social movements, and the politics of animal protection. His work includes an interest in the political content of film, the movement of political and policy ideas, and the role of networks in collective action. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics and the International Journal of Electronic Governance. Peter is currently working on a new book on the politics of animal welfare in Australia.