Media Watch promotes The Greens

On Monday night the ABC’s MediaWatch show made this false claim:

The new national security law—which was supported by all parties except the Greens—has been in the planning for the last two years, and is not a reaction to ISIS or the latest terror raids.

The ABC likes to pass itself off as a news and current affairs organisation – in fact, it alleges that 85% of the Australian population think it performs a valuable function.

Strange then that the Senate Hansard suggests that not “all parties except the Greens” voted for the new national security bill.

Maybe they made a mistake. If so, you’d think they’d quickly correct such an obvious and egregious error? Well, no – the following email exchange fell off the back of a bus.

Media Adviser: I am writing to you to request a correction.

Senator David Leyonhjelm of the Liberal Democrats has probably opposed it more energetically than anyone else in Parliament. I attach a Hansard from 25 September to support this assertion. He has also expressed his opposition to it in several media interviews for several weeks.

Media Watch: We are, and were, aware that David Leyonhjelm was among those who voted against the bill, and that he represents the Liberal Democrats in parliament (as the sole representative). We’re also aware that other senators, Nick Xenophon and John Madigan, voted against the bill.

Our comment in that part of the script was to indicate as succinctly as possible that all of the larger parties (except the Greens) supported the law, and we believe that was the point communicated to our audience.

So Media Watch knowingly and deliberately went to air with false information. In such a manner that ensured The Greens would benefit from being opposed to new legislation but nobody else would. Very naughty, very biased.

Update: Success!

ABC correction

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42 Responses to Media Watch promotes The Greens

  1. stackja

    So Media Watch knowingly and deliberately went to air with false information. In such a manner that ensured The Greens would benefit from being opposed to new legislation but nobody else would. Very naughty, very biased.

    Very ABC.

  2. Mundi

    But they gave every one equal opportunity to be a big party worth mentioning, thus their 100% non biasness remains intact.

  3. Cato the Elder

    What they meant to say was “supported by all parties that matter to the ABC except the Greens”

  4. Baldrick

    Greenfilth and ABCfilth are one in the same.

  5. Cato the Elder

    What they should have said is “supported by both major parties” but they couldn’t bring themselves to imply even indirectly that the Greens are not a major party

  6. Cato the Elder

    Factio ABC delenda est?

  7. Tom

    What they said:

    The new national security law—which was supported by all parties except the Greens—has been in the planning for the last two years, and is not a reaction to ISIS or the latest terror raids.

    What they said they said:

    Our comment in that part of the script was to indicate as succinctly as possible that all of the larger parties (except the Greens) supported the law, and we believe that was the point communicated to our audience.

    That is straight-out LYING. That is straight-out agenda-driven LYING.

    You disgraceful little weasels think the rest of us can’t see what you’re doing. You think it’s OK to spend the $1 billion p.a. we give you on promoting Greens, the ABC house religion.

    At $1 billion p.a., adherence to the ABC charter is crucial. In 2014, the ABC does not event pretend it adheres to the charter.

    You WILL be abolished or sold. It’s just a matter of how long it takes.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Classic propaganda tactics. Pick a name which sounds virtuous to the electorate and use it to tell lies over and over. Media Watch has been doing it for some time, but despite their 11 staff needed to produce an epic 15 minute a week show, the ABC before the last election decided they needed more. So they established their Fact Checking Unit with $10 million provided by a Ms J. Gillard. Same thing.

    These dishonest crap-merchants should all be fired. Why should my taxes be used to pay for these political activists?

  9. Snoopy

    It’s not difficult. The truth is whatever the ABC wants it to be. What’s so difficult to understand?

  10. Cato the Elder

    They know their 1984: “who controls the past controls the present: who controls the present, controls the future”.

  11. Cato the Elder

    Bugger. The correct quote is “who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past”

  12. Rabz

    You WILL be abolished or sold.

    Even if I have to bloody well do it myself, I tells ya! 😡

  13. H B Bear

    Exactly what you would expect from Paul Barry who was forced to return to the ALPBC staff co-op because he has no value when subject to commercial, open market competition.

    Under Mark Scott, Managing Director Dolittle, the staff co-op is effectively operating as Tubsie’s taxpayer funded media arm.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    The correct quote is…

    I liked the first one better. Fun that you Cato are being watched. Your comment is already #10 in the search…44 minutes ago. Which means Google webcrawlers also use time machines.

  15. Cato the Elder

    you Cato are being watched

    Well, damn. Fame at last!

  16. steve of glasshouse

    Now we know why the ABC is played in the dementia wards..

  17. tomix

    Media Watch? I just spent a working week being bombarded 8 hours a day by Triple J.

  18. 3d1k

    ABC has routinely failed objectivity measures in current affairs reporting (economic, environmental and political). Fortunately it’s audience is not large. However, it’s media reach is. This is unfortunate and reflection of the widespread bias existing within established media.

    Funding for current affairs (aside from nightly news) should be substantially reduced. With the growing reputation of Sky and various internet outlets, ABC services in this sphere are largely redundant. This would save money and spare Aunty allegations of/indulging in bias. Win win.

  19. Rich

    which was supported by all parties except the Greens – 9 words, deliberately misleading

    which was supported by Labour and the Liberals – 8 words, factually accurate

    Why even mention the Greens? It’s clear bias

  20. Mick of Brisbane

    It is their ABC and they can say what they like, because they’ll never be held to account. Audience views don’t matter when you have spineless governments of both persuasions footing the bill for fear of stepping out of line with the view of the ABC’s controlling clique.

  21. Matthew

    It isn’t enough that they are biased. The joy that the ABC derives from this is based on the fact that you are paying for it.

  22. Rabz

    Funding for current affairs (aside from nightly news) should be substantially reduced. With the growing reputation of Sky and various internet outlets, ABC services in this sphere are largely redundant. This would save money and spare Aunty allegations of/indulging in bias. Win win.

    The closure of the Australia Network has established a useful precedent in this instance.

    Not my solution, but the odd baby steps can’t hurt.

  23. Old School Conservative

    Are Turnbull and the LNP suffering from Stockholm Syndrome? They keep flinging bucketloads of cash at their sworn enemy.

  24. Cato the Elder

    Are Turnbull and the LNP suffering from Stockholm Syndrome? They keep flinging bucketloads of cash at their sworn enemy.

    The LNP, yes. Turncoat, not so much. He shoulda joined the ALP.

  25. Pete of Perth

    The correct way to deal with the abc/greens As per Ren and Stimpy: linky.

  26. Andrew

    If Abbott666 called an election for Sep 2016 would that trigger some kind of election law such that the ABCfilth could be persecuted for Green campaigning lies?

  27. john constantine

    So 8% is a major party?.

    If a non socialist minor party gets 8% in an overseas election, watch the abc call them a fringe party.

    It seems sarah the halal dugong and her mates gets 100% of the votes ‘of the right sort’ for the abc to back

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    Now we know why the ABC is played in the dementia wards..

    Is that cause or effect?

  29. WhaleHunt Fun

    The ABC are scum. Their only social utility is as volunteers for medical experiments. If they don’t volunteer then export them to Africa along with any other toxic waste we can’t reprocess. Problem fixed.

  30. Empire

    Pants on fire.

    Mantra.

    Turdball, aiding and abetting sedition since 7 September 2013.

  31. gabrianga

    Where the fuck is Lord Wentworth when you really need him? About time Abbott told Lord W to piss off back to Goldman’s and appoint someone with the guts to front the ABC and gut it out.

  32. Just A View

    Someone with sufficient profile needs to start a Boycott ABC News and Current Affairs campaign.

  33. Luke

    Yet again proving just how pathetic the Abbott government is. We have two prominent government funded institutions (the HRC and the ABC), one of which can even punish its enemies through prosecutions, that are openly hostile to the government and the majority of Australians and yet this government does nothing. It even backed down on removing the HRC’s main weapon to punish it’s perceived enemies (s 18C).

    Tony Abbott, a Churchill to foreign terrorists but a complete Chamberlain to the fifth column at home.

  34. The Wolf

    Someone with sufficient profile needs to start a Boycott ABC News and Current Affairs campaign.

    This of assumes that anyone of import is watching ABC News and Current Affairs in the first place.

  35. Peter H

    The reality is that most people are no longer watching the ABC. It is time their funding was cut proportionally.

  36. Steve D

    Separate the ABC out of the communications portfolio. Leave the portfolio for dealing with the hardware – RF spectrum (mobile, radio, TV, etc.) and telephony (voice, broadband, distribution, etc.).

    The content does not need to be in the mix. Perhaps the ABC should be under Education?

  37. .

    Will they extinct themselves on the next ep.?

  38. Snoopy

    Success? The DLP is not a party? If the measure of success is that the ABC fully retracts its lie, then success has not been achieved.

  39. Sinclair Davidson

    The DLP are not represented in the Federal Parliament – Madigan resigned.

  40. stackja

    Snoopy
    #1472336, posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    Success? The DLP is not a party? If the measure of success is that the ABC fully retracts its lie, then success has not been achieved.

    ABC retract? When has ABC retracted anything?

  41. stackja

    Sinclair Davidson
    #1472342, posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    The DLP are not represented in the Federal Parliament – Madigan resigned.

    And DLP wants Madigan out. And a DLP in.

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