Monday, November 28, 2011

ABC: activism not journalism

ABC's refugee, climate crutches getting wobbly
The Australian's Chris Kenny looks at ABC's handling of climate and refugee news and finds activism rather than journalism. We reported similar findings in our series on ABC's climate coverage.
Some extracts below, read the rest via the link (Paywall protected).

To search for climate change references in the ABC archives is to drown in a rising tide of fear and loathing. To say the public broadcaster has campaigned on climate is now uncontroversial; even its outgoing chairman Maurice Newman spoke about the extent of its "groupthink".

With annual public funding of more than a billion dollars, it is incumbent upon our ABC to tackle significant national policy debates with an appropriate sense of objectivity and detachment and to play its part in encouraging sober, evidence-based discussion and analysis.

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