Media Musings Blog Archive Andrew Bolt Bob Brown recent criticism of Australia increasingly conservative media landscape has ignited long overdue debate over the worrying direction of Australia media.
Australia cross media laws and concentrated media ownership means, for a G20 nation, we continue to rank dismally low on the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. While online media and blogs such as New Matilda and Crikey, have diversified the voices permeating our media landscape, traditional Australian media remains largely unprogressive and cautious on issues of social importance. Crikey contributor Guy Rundle has elaborated on Murdoch partisan and calculated coverage of the news in an article he wrote for The Monthly. He described his "political media" as an "empire, a reliable conveyer belt of conservative opinion, delivering an audience and an electorate, the media dimension of Karl Rove's "permanent Republican majority". Whether this blind bias is based on Murdoch's personal beliefs or is a case of a burberry official outlet online genius businessman capitalising on a viable market, there is a very real threat that he could turn Australia into his next personal media circus. burberry uk sale is clearly a market for this kind of biased and melodramatic reporting in Australia. No doubt the recentcriticism from former United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, of our treatment of asylum seekers and the Indigenous intervention is a testament to that. The Bolt Report has been welcomed by the conservative commentariat as a beacon of hope amidst in left dominated Australian TV. This is horribly misguided. Bolt was a guest for more than 10 years on Insiders on the burberry outlet mens clothing supposedly pinko ABC, no less. Barry Cassidy spoke fondly of Andrew time there. It difficult burberry official site to imagine him returning the favour. This is because of Bolt style. If he attempting a Bill O demagogue, it because that style silences dissent. O will shout at, demean and then cut off anyone who gains an upper hand in an argument. Australia needs conservative voices on TV, but O while effective, is a poor role model. As long as we get an equivalent of John Stewart and The Daily Show so that people on left can enjoy the diatribes too. On a more serious note, I wonder if the Australian political landscape is large enough to sustain this kind political personality show. America has over fifteen times our population and probably a higher percentage of government officials per capita. I worried that poor Mr. Bolt will either have to keep harping on about the same topics or stoop to inventing controversy. The latter of which should be no trouble if he is styling himself on O and Mr. Beck. Bolt just talks common sense and raises questions that are often dismissed with ridicule when one decent answer would have sufficed. Some of the American conservatives even when they say the right thing turn it into a circus, it the American way, or the way of a large portion of the culture there.
Even those of the left are over the top. Comparing those on the other side to Hitler comes from both the left and the right, the pretense of being offended gets a bit old. Yes it a poor line but often those who complain don raise an eyebrow if it is their guys doing it.
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