In the lead-up to the 2013 Federal election, The Tunnel’s team of guest bloggers will be providing regular review and analysis of the campaign so far.
Today, former Federal politician and Howard Minister, Peter Reith, discusses recent coverage of politics by the media.
Yesterday the ABC news website ran a number of stories “exposing” (pun intended) a Queensland politician who had overstepped the bounds of political correctness by photographing himself enjoying a glass of red wine. In addition to this heinous crime (he should have had chardonnay!) the politician in question, Peter Dowling, is alleged to have cheated on his wife, possibly rorted parliamentary entitlements and, worst of all (shock, horror!) been a member of the LNP.
The stories by the ABC were typical of the left-leaning Labor bias we’ve come to expect from our once great national broadcaster. To see how far the ABC has drifted from the mainstream, you need only look at some of the nation’s newspapers on the same day.
For example, the normally moderate Daily Telegraph ran this headline: ‘Finally, you now have the chance to… KICK THIS MOB OUT.’ (The useless mob in question being Federal Labor. Not that the ABC would ever tell you that.)
Saturday’s Herald Sun, a working man’s newspaper if there ever was one, ran with ‘It’s a Ruddy Mess’ and ‘Rudd Boat Hell’.
Former broadsheet and recent Australasian newspaper of the year, The Courier Mail, ran with ‘Labor Doesn’t Add Up’.
Even the traditionally sober The Advertiser in Adelaide referred to ‘Rudd’s Carr wreck’.
For the most part, these quality publications didn’t even report the so-called “sexting affair”. And yet the ABC did. Prominently.
While I admit there might be some public interest in the cheap titillation of the story, what a conservative politician does with his membership is ultimately irrelevant.
The biggest story of the week, and a story of real national interest, was Anthony Albanese having a beer with Craig Thomson. What did these two egregious gentleman talk about and what did they stick in their beers?
Thanks to media outlets like the ABC, the people of Australia will never know.
It’s enough to make a man reach for a glass of wine. Red, of course.