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Byron Shire
March 8, 2021

Taking a swipe

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In response to Tim Harrington’s letter, taking a swipe at Phillip Frazer’s FU article (18 December, 2019). After some deep breathing and lots of chamomile tea, here’s my take on the inaccuracies you expressed.

On matters that have escaped Mr Harrington’s peripheral vision; the reason Mr Frazer was perplexed as to why voters chose Slomo, is simply because he is an educated journo with a professional approach and a capability for deep, analytical, political commentary.

Regarding Hillary Clinton losing the election – she won the popular vote by three million. And Hell the British people were prepared to vote for Boris Johnson for a swift BREXIT outcome.

As for Bill (Shorten) the media indisputably staged an anti-Bill campaign from the word go.

‘It’s not terribly smart to claim the mass media and politicians are biased towards the bosses’ – so says Mr Harrington. To claim that the media is controlled by the far Left; well I do hope I live to be 157 to see that.

The Murdoch press devours most of our media and Fairfax media that he ‘assumes’ is independent, merged with Channel 9 last year. The Fairfax name is soon to be ditched.

In late 2017 the federal government changed long-standing laws to remove restrictions that prevented mass media monopoly ie owning TV, radio and newspapers. The Feds also abolished the ‘reach rule’ which prevented a single TV broadcaster reaching more than 75 per cent of the population. So much for the leftie media having any power.

To claim that our beloved ABC tells people how to think and what to think – man I wish that were true. If it was, then we would have a far more educated and enlightened voting populace. Praise the Goddess for the ABC and The Echo and Echonetdaily I say.

Last, but not least (where’s the chamomile tea trolly?), you expect the ‘lefties’ to solve the burgeoning tourist traffic issues, why not blame them for the black holes in the cosmos? Speaking of black holes in our roads, please grow up, there are many more important issues to concern yourself with. Slow down, drive around them, and as we are in a climate emergency, there won’t be that much rain any more, so there will be fewer potholes. Welcome to the Apocalypse…

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  1. As there is comment on the media here, first and foremost the media runson the dollar. The nation runs on materialism. The media exists to make money, whether that money is for business, big business or small business for commerial interests or for the government who control the ABC, it is all to make money and about bums on seats and ratings.
    What does that mean?
    It means in the media there is no left wing. The left is not catered for. It is all far-right, right, centre-right and centre. In the media if it does not rate or make money it does not get a gurnsey and not published. I am sick and tired of the right saying that the left has a show in the media.
    The ABC was once the network for sport but it was taken off the ABC as the commercial networks now stuff sport up with hours of advertising. The media is there to make money and the left wing is not commercially orientated. That does not mean the ABC is left. The ABC is being depleted of funds by the government, so how can it be left? We get more quizzes just like the commercial networks.

  2. Len the government has no money..the ABC have ventured so far left ..they have ended up in WA
    Its the owners of the ABC who have had enough.
    The taxpayer’s. The charter of the ABC is to be
    Impartial. Sadly it has become so bias.
    Have enjoyed watching the ABC for decades
    However they have lost the plot .. unfortunately.
    Australia needs a fully funded ABC and
    Management must apportion blame for this
    Impartial organisation.

  3. O Wise One, but the government must have money – they tell us they are the economic managers, and they are producing the Holy Surplus!
    It appears from your ramblings that just like Jonesy, you no longer watch the ABC, and guess what? It doesn’t matter to them or us, and it has made no difference – except to the increasing cost of your sky news echo-chamber subscription. We are proud of ‘Our ABC’ because it continues to be the only reliable, credible and impartial news organisation in the country. Along with The Echo, of course. Oh, and the Guardian and SBS – just to get you started for your inevitable apoplectic reply. And Mandy’s “predictable angry old conservative white men” will keep complaining and attacking it as they always do every time the truth, logic and reason offends them.


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