The comments by the PM that ‘a lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s’, sends shivers down my spine.
I dispute that the numbers are ‘a lot’. I dispute that the ABC makes decisions that are not adequately and reasonably considered.
Most importantly I dispute that the ABC does not operate in the interests of ‘Australia’. I’d love to hear a Fact Check on that one.
I strongly support an independent national news broadcasting system that is without fear or favour, unlike the leader of the Liberal Party whose comments appear to be a very determined insult.
As for his criticism of the Fact Check stories, the Fact Check concept is innovative, informative and (probably) instrumental in keeping a whole lot of bastards (more than they otherwise would be) honest.
In the public interest there should be more of it across media boundaries.
When I was an elected councillor distributing my own newsletter to my constituents, I would always open them with the by-line that ‘A genuinely informed electorate is democracy’s greatest friend’.
The ABC is a genuine friend of democracy, no matter who the electorate choose to lead them.
The value of a free media in Australia is under attack by the very person who should be its staunchest defender.
The ABC needs us all to help resist these attacks. I say freedom is worth fighting for.
Alan Rich, Lennox Head