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March 5, 2021

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Me think it a bit rich that you decry the Murdoch influence and at the same time espouse The Echo as ‘the voice for our whole community’.

As editor, and I assume the arbiter of final comment taken to print in the columns of The Echo, your views and perennial left wing persuasions are starkly obvious in your articles and sanctioned authors and letters. Your moulding of the content has the same insidious intention of indoctrinating the impressionable public as the tabloids you mention.

Ever critical of the Morrison government, local council rulings, decrying any National Party funding initiative for the region as pork barrelling.

Mate, you and yours can do better than waste public funds posting full page ads for the local Federal ALP member – ad nauseam and in absentia (never present or showing initiative).

One would expect The Echo to critically examine some of the more immediate issues of democracy and persecution such as that we are seeing from the CCP in China.

Human rights abuses and expansionism associated with Tibet, Uighurs, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, nations of the Sth China Sea are one small step away from Byron Bay.

This regime has no legal system for redress, no due process, Habeas corpus does not apply and one can be arrested for saying, reading, or tweeting critical views.

Starkly obvious in its omission is the outreach of support for the potential true refugees of Hong Kong.

Lighten up and be a voice for the whole community, perhaps consider giving us a break from the constant slagging and dirge of Mandy and Mungo to boot.

♦ The Echo has never sanctioned anyone’s views and is unapologetic in standing up for those who are held under the boot of tyranny, and yes tyranny comes in many forms – Editor.

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  1. The Echo was a very funny paper when I moved here 30 years ago. I always read the back page first and then would read it from cover to cover. It was our way of connecting to our shire, a light read with no complaining about how hard life is ( Happy people lived here). Now Full of ADDS, unhappy privileged people complaining about everything in the world. The Echo always had a left view on things however as a happy person I could look above that and I had my own views and still do( give your own views a go people:) Don’t let things wind you up, get over it and on with it.

  2. Greg without doubt the Echo is a Progressive
    Think tank , Credit to them because they do not
    To pretend to be anything different !! Bias ?
    Absolutely but once again they stand by that .
    The very Democracy and freedom of speech
    We enjoy today should never be taken for granted
    Because one day unfortunately the way our freedoms are being eroded you may not be able to
    Put your views regarding the Echos bias to the test
    They certainly have no problem posting my comments are they are certainly not complimentary towards the left ..the only issue i
    Have with the echo in general is .. its views on the Prime Ministers religious beliefs.. appalling and should be called out and how !!

  3. Free speech is worth several billion
    dollars. A safe haven too. The right
    to sometimes get things a mite
    wrong. However, if the boot won’t
    fit the foot at all we have the right
    to go elsewhere. Greg, Mandy &
    Mungo & the Echo aint Murdoch
    money moochers. Go read the
    Australian’s right wing whining.
    It ‘owns’ the country & it’s sad
    so-called Government.

  4. Why should a regional paper in Byron devote it’s pages to politics in China? Makes no sense to me when there’s so much crap in the shire, the region, the state and the nation to report and analyse. It’s important sure, but hardly at the expense of local, state and regional news as you seem to be implying.

    Suggest writing to your mate Murdoch with your concerns instead…… it is so important he must surely be interested…. let’s see how he handles it on behalf of Australia’s media.

  5. Matthew…… Trump’s more than got his foot in
    our front door. Just think of Nuclear weapons
    being made here for USA use & abuse. Great
    for us? What a game-show! We need to know
    what we are about to face next. And, Barrow.
    Tell your mates the truth. Our Government &
    locals like me ‘own’ the ABC [ha; wheels on
    fire] while Murdoch lip services our PM. &
    owns more of the USA than Trump-dump
    President. Yeah. Murdoch’s the man. Don’t
    take your eyes off him. Controlling ‘two’
    is not tea for two – it’s one.

  6. Need for the reminder again Stefanie the Government dos not own the ABC, and if your locals
    Are paying Tax ? Then yes they are shareholders.
    if you are paying Tax Stefanie absolutely your are a shareholder… end of story!!

  7. No Gove, no Murdoch owned anything!! They
    are running/ruining the country. The Big Boss
    Men own & abuse any opposition. I OWN the
    Aunty ABC & I say, because tax is known to
    me, that I’ve been robbed by Aunty’s grand
    2 boss-boys.


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