Media

Trust in our media…

I’ve alluded to this fact in the past, but I wanted to reiterate my concerns about the current state of media and press, and raise the question as to whether we can trust these sources any longer…

From the fallout of News of the World, and other parts of the Murdoch Empire Crisis, it was inevitable that some light would shone on the media in general, but particularly I’m referring to the media in Australia.

I question whether the current media organisations have not merely become political tools themselves, weilding enormous amounts of power and influence without any serious regulation??

The likes of shock jocks, such as Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt, are given national platforms to purport false claims about a various range of issues, but particularly far-right wing propoganda against notions such as a price on carbon. Repeatedly they make statements that are unfounded, without scientific backing and downright misleading.. Their audience, no doubt, believe every word they say and don’t bother to question it’s legitimacy, yet when their claims are proven to be false, what are the consequences?? NOTHING…

These individuals, and related media organisations, are allowed to get away with misleading the public, presenting one-sided stories and directly violating their own codes of conduct, yet cannot be held accountable for their purely disgraceful actions..

Sure, some will make the claim that they aren’t journalists, so they are entitled to express their point of view, no matter whether it be true or false… Now I know this draws a very closely to the notion freedom of speech (which I am not against in any way, shape or form) but surely there must be some measure of consequences for those who have such influence over the population, that are allowed to continue to mislead the public…

If they were just the average person on the street, then there wouldn’t be an issue. It’s the mere fact that they represent media organisations that apparently have strigent codes of conducts, and they are continously allowed to violate these guidelines without repercussions…

What can we do about it? Well it’s hard to say… On a personal level I know that the most important thing I can do is boycott those programs/organisations that don’t shed light on both sides of the story..

Including any media associated with the individuals above, I am currently boycotting Channel 7 and Channel 9 news (purely because they are no longer news bulletins.. they focus more on scaring people and presenting ‘special investigations’ then actually reporting a balanced news program); further I am boycotting A Current Affair and Today Tonight as I believe these two programs instill such a level of hatred and fear within our community, particularly towards minority groups, that they are a disgrace to journalism and a disgrace to the wider media community.

Sign the petition here if you agree and would like to see change – http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/reformausnews

Now by no means am I wanting a world/country where we only see the government’s perspective, but the balance is clearly not there at present..

I love hearing both sides of the story, thus the reason for this site. Progressive Talks is about engaging with people from all sides of the argument, providing a platform to stimulate reasonable debate on the issue, and hopefully provide the opportunity to give members a balanced perspective on the issue..

I woould like to hear if people have experiences or opinions of the situation in other country’s media..

Also thoughts about the situation in Australia…

Have our current media organisations transformed into political parties outside of the parliament? Are they simply spinning propoganda and should we be concerned?

Should the government give media regulators greater power to bring media outlets into line or would these powers infringe on freedom speech? If the latter, what should we do instead?