Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The ABC describes Congresswoman's shooter as a "radical conservative"

Jared Loughner's Tucson shooting rampage was the first topic of discussion on The Drum on the ABC Monday night, host Tim Palmer introducing the topic by referring to "vitriolic political discourse" and "Sarah Palin's infamous campaign crosshairs map". A clip of serial ranter Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik – a Democrat – condemning the state of political discourse then follows. Not satisfied that the point was made, host Palmer notes that the shooter held "right-wing beliefs", moments later describing Loughner as a "radical conservative".

It's outrageous that Australia's national broadcaster – our ABC – continually pumps out anti-right propaganda. If the ABC had a significant audience it would be a real worry.


Anonymous Ferrero Rochw said...

According to a report in the Age today:

"... Fox News quoted a Department of Homeland Security memo that suggested a possible link between Loughner and American Renaissance, the journal of an anti-immigration group. According to the department, the group promotes views that are ''anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG [Zionist Occupational Government], anti-Semitic''.

If that proves correct will the ABC then make the connection between Loughner's senseless violence and his anti-Zionist and antiSemitic views?

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps people will also make the connection between trendy so-called "Anti-Zionism" and plain old anti-Semitism. All too often, the former is simply a useful veil for the latter.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Our' ABC is pretty much entirely on its own, then.

I don't think anyone else is describing the gunman that way - not even the Leftist press in the US.

Which makes the Australian ABC what, precisely (apart from making things up as they go along, of course)?

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That anyone would attempt to project their own political frame of reference onto this deluded, demented individual says more about their own moral vacuum than anything else. That the ABC would employ such people with my taxes is disappointing, but hardly surprising, given the kind of contributions they post on the Drum, etc.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

It's funny how the PP twit's intellectual dishonest searches can only find evidence of right wing bias in ABC. This crap which is delivered by the ABC in spades simply washes over them.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given that Tim Palmer is a former EP of Media Watch, it's surprising he seems to have forgotten (or ignored) Chapter 5.17 of the ABC's editorial policies:

5.17 Labelling of groups and individuals
5.17.1 The overriding objective for the ABC is to report the facts clearly, accurately and mpartially to enable audiences to make their own judgements and form their own conclusions.
5.17.2 The ABC does not label groups or individuals except where labels provide valuable information or context. Labels, if inappropriately applied, can be seen as subjective, over simplistic or as portraying stereotypes.
5.17.3 Where labels have been ascribed to an individual or l or group by a third party, this will be made clear within the broadcast.


2:22 PM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

That little tid-bit was 'corrected' on Saturday PM/Sunday AM, US time. Someone is not doing the requisite fact-checking.

There is also a screen-grab showing Mr Loughner as a registered Republican: it's a fake.


2:36 PM  

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