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Neal Bowhay, Myocum

I have lived in the Shire for over 20 years and from the beginning enjoyed reading the independent and alternative local Echo. That appreciation has dramatically declined. The Echo now seems stuck in the past, arguing ‘left wing’ mainstream agendas, believing itself edgy by supporting legalisation of marijuana and adopting an outdated stance affording credibility to the theatre of two-party politics.

It seems nobody in your editorial department bothers to read outside the corporate news, resulting in you pushing vaccines with no investigation into the unelected Big Tech/ Pharmaceutical influence behind them that has censored hundreds of brave doctors and scientists, risking lives and livelihood to question what is becoming increasingly mandated (eight million videos contrary to the mainstream COVID narrative have been censored from YouTube alone).

The Echo displays no awareness of the massive protests against worldwide policies, hundreds of thousands, or millions, on the streets in the UK, Europe and to a lesser degree, Australia. Or the court challenges that are springing up internationally in the fight to preserve freedom of speech and movement. Or even the mainstream revelations about the collusion between Fauci, the CDC, Google, the CSIRO, WHO, etc, in the Wuhan Gain of Function scandal. Or the role of 5G in all of this (yes, I dared to say it, in your eyes I must be a nutter). On these fundamental issues The Echo is either mute, derisive or actively hostile, leaving a large percentage of the Byron Shire unrepresented and disenfranchised.

The Cairns News is a local newspaper that addresses issues of contemporary importance, exercising its independence. Fox and Sky news are increasingly relevant in their reporting, while The Echo falls into tired anachronism and divisiveness, which entertains only a part of its demographic.

Even worse than parochial irrelevance, The Echo is now actively trying to dob in local businesses to the police for expressing anti-Echo views! That is what inspired me to write. What kind of community newspaper have you become?

In praise of investigative journalism, diversity of opinion and a community that embraces all!

♦ Ed note: In The Echo, like the community, there are different points of view, but we are all committed to expressing this diversity of beliefs on the causes of, and best responses to COVID-19; including the conclusions of the taxpayer-funded scientists we all pay to extensively investigate these issues.

Those who read opinions they don’t agree with might gain more understanding – even if they may not agree with your opinion – that 5G played a role in what you call the ‘Wuhan Gain of Function scandal’ – at least they know what you think! People have views others would call ‘nutty’ on fundamental issues like climate change, entrenched racism in Australia, social inequality, homelessness or Middle East conflict, or even on global banking and conspiracy theories, and you’ll read many of them in The Echo, even if you prefer Murdoch’s papers, or Fox and Sky News.

One opinion, that is quite nutty, is that The Echo has ever dobbed anyone in to the police for ‘expressing anti-Echo views’ – the police would probably give them a medal.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with Neal Bowhay’s critique of the Echo’s editorial stance. Notwithstanding the rationalisation offered in Ed note, the Echo has become increasingly mediocre and conformist in its content over the last year or so. I’ve been a lover and admirer of the Echo ever since its founding in 1985, so it has been a great disappointment for me to see the way the Echo has lost its edge and succumbed to the pressures to conform to the official narrative re covid. Whereas they once printed my letters, today they no longer dare.

  2. Neal and John……….. absolutely correct.

    I have learnt much in the last year….. including how to recognise controlled opposition and fake alternative media – many reputations will never recover.
    Politics the cheapest game in town, the number one distraction…… chasing details never the foundations.

  3. Reads like a ‘bloke’ thing though whatever you are on about has damn little substance. This
    area is wide awake along with its Echo. Most of the writers/readers research & cross check
    all areas said to be facts. I even purchase the lump-of-lard [Murdoch’s Weekend Australian
    that’s both dangerous & ratty]. Sky News? Come off it. Can’t lie straight in bed & you know
    it. Forget Cret & Mister Jones – they ‘feast’ on crooked journalism’s sponge-rate reportage.
    Controlled politics. Ask the head-hunter sell-outs to explain that to you. There’s a few
    around. This land deserves better.

  4. It’s not about blokes or wokes, it’s about diversity and acceptance of alternative views.

    To suggest that any one particular media outlet, political party or fact checker for that matter, is a source of 100% truth is very naive.

    It’s wise nowadays to draw on all sources (left, right and centre) for info and compile it to form a more balanced, less divisive view.

    You have to fact check the crowd that fact check the fact checkers!

    It’s difficulty to do, especially when someone said something 30years ago that cancels out anything worthwhile that he/she says today.

    Unless of course you prefer group think, which is very easy and convenient if following suits you.

    We need alternative views to continue learning.

    E.g. Years ago, we had Sydney media making fun of the dope smoking hippies in our wonderfully diverse region… now look at the city folk exploring the benefits of cannabis to soften their ailments.

  5. Syke and fox relevant? Seems the antivaxxers and right wing conspiracy theorists are in bed together. What has happened? Pass out the Alfoil caps and do some fact checking – millions protesting- where? Or do you mean the number who are dying from COVID?

    • Hahaha you really have no idea of the millions protesting? That’s because you stick to propaganda promoting rags like The Echo has become and mainstream news channels that migh report Australian protests but not overseas protests, where yes, millions have been protesting all over Europe, including the UK, France, Italy and Greece.

  6. Neal, thank you for your letter, especially this excerpt, which the Editor’s note has not addressed…

    “It seems nobody in your editorial department bothers to read outside the corporate news, resulting in you pushing vaccines with no investigation into the unelected Big Tech/ Pharmaceutical influence behind them that has censored hundreds of brave doctors and scientists, risking lives and livelihood to question what is becoming increasingly mandated (eight million videos contrary to the mainstream COVID narrative have been censored from YouTube alone).

    The Echo displays no awareness of the massive protests against worldwide policies, hundreds of thousands, or millions, on the streets in the UK, Europe and to a lesser degree, Australia. Or the court challenges that are springing up internationally in the fight to preserve freedom of speech and movement. Or even the mainstream revelations about the collusion between Fauci, the CDC, Google, the CSIRO, WHO, etc, in the Wuhan Gain of Function scandal.

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