ABC MEDIA WATCH HEADLINE: "Lord of the Airwaves" broadcast ABC TV 8 February 2010
ABC MEDIA WATCH REPORTED: ABC Media Watch claims that prominent climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton has been given a "free ride" by the Australian Press, ABC included.
The COMPLAINT: While Media Watch listed a number of appearances by Lord Monckton in various media outlets there is no evidence that Lord Monckton got a "free ride" (Something acquired without the ordinary effort or cost). A list of appearances does not substantiate the claim or constitute evidence that Lord Monckton was given a "free ride". In the case of ABC interviews in particular is MEDIA WATCH suggesting that the ABC gave Lord Monckton a "soft run" and failed to act in accordance with its Editorial Policies? If so I trust Media Watch has issued a formal complaint to ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs. By the same measure does MEDIA WATCH also consider that the media space provided to climate alarmist Al Gore also constitutes a "free ride"?
Unless Media Watch can produce clear evidence that Lord Monckton received a "free ride" rather than the unspecific, unsubstantiated innuendo it broadcast it should immediately provide a correction.
OUTCOME - Turned down-Media Watch allowed to make non-factual statements!
COMMENT: This Media Watch report severely tests ABC's Editorial Policies:
5.2.1 All news and current affairs content will be accurate, impartial and objective, and thereby avoid bias. Staff working on news and current affairs content are required to keep in mind the ABC’s key values: honesty, fairness, independence and respect (see Section 2).
Update 18/2/2010 It turns out that Media Watch is covered under 7.4.2 and can pretty much say what it likes.