The Daily Telegraph offered the paediatrician Paul Bauert a huge slap for likening asylum candidates on Nauru to Jews at Auschwitz– however the tabloid made a rather unappetizing comparison itself along the way.
” The main issue these people have is an absence of meaning, an absence of any end to what’s going on, a lack of certainty,” Bauert had stated about the asylum seekers on Nauru. “Even those that lastly knew they were about to be condemned to the gas chamber a minimum of discovered some sense of relief in understanding what was happening.” The medico later apologised.
To highlight the story the Daily Telegraph ran a big graphic featuring a photo of bright Nauru superimposed with a list of all the reasons the island is much better than Auschwitz. The comparison was made more stark by an inclusion of a black-and-white photo of children liberated from Auschwitz in 1945.
Clearly a stopped working attempt at humour, the graphic stated the offshore processing centre was better because, unlike the Auschwitz prisoners, the asylum applicants have tv, cooling and can even open services.
All right at the ABC
Routine ABC consumers aren’t surprised to hear the free-market views of the Centre for Independent Researches aired routinely, and it’s not simply due to the fact that the Radio National speaker Tom Switzer is the executive director of the conservative thinktank, along with the host of In between the Lines Like the Institute of Public Affairs, the CIS has a substantial footprint at Aunty.
On one recent weekend three agents of the centre were on air, in 3 separate Radio National programs.
The Right Rev Robert Forsyth, a senior fellow at the CIS, appeared on God Forbid, a religion program hosted by James Carleton; Carlos d’Abrera, a psychiatrist and research study associate at the CIS, was on Amanda Vanstone’s Counterpoint to discuss the libertarian view on homelessness; and the John Bonython lecture hosted by Switzer at the centre last year was included on Concepts The lecture by the Brexit advocate Daniel Hannan was entitled How Identity Politics Are Reversing the Knowledge.
Nick Cater, a previous editor of the Weekend Australian and now executive director of the Menzies Research Centre, likewise made a look on the show.
Today Eugenie Joseph, a senior policy expert at the CIS, was a panellist on Concepts.
A few months ago Wayne Swan said the right had invested “substantial sums of money” on getting a seat at the table of ideas. Labor’s federal president stated the Institute of Public Affairs had revenue of $6.1 m in 2016-17 and had raised $299 m since 2009, and the CIS had income of $3.9 m in 2016-17 and had raised $259 m.
” Which suggests that because the worldwide financial crisis, those 2 organisations alone have raised over $55 m to argue for less government, less financial regulation, less power for working people, less equality and less action to combat environment change,” he stated.
A RN spokesperson said the network’s program teams “guarantee they follow the ABC’s editorial policies“.
After our story last week about the veteran Canberra analyst Paul Bongiorno being targeted by Gerard Henderson in his Media Watch Pet column 9 times in 2018, we smiled at this image and headline of Hendo on the Australian’s website.
ABC workers who walked into work at their Ultimo headquarters on Wednesday might be excused for believing they were at a pharmaceutical trade fair. “The future of customised medicine is here,” said one banner.
In the lobby personnel were confronted by marketing product for the nutritional and therapeutic supplements company BioCeuticals, which is owned by Blackmores. Staffers told Weekly Beast there were signboards, leaflets and offers of seminars and DNA testing. What was going on? Had the ABC lobby been sold off to business entities?
Well, partially. The ABC’s business arm rents out studios and other areas to corporate types for functions– however in this case the business leased a studio then expanded and took over the lobby too.
An ABC spokesperson stated: “It was a basic plan by Studios and Media Production, which hires extra studios and other production resources. In this case a business worked with the area for a corporate discussion to its own personnel. It had an allocated area just outside the studio entrance to serve tea, coffee and lunch, and, of its own accord, established signage and an item screen. When the ABC became mindful of it we contacted the company and they set up to have the signage and display eliminated.”
Fairfax’s furnishings sell-off
The old Fairfax Media is being taken apart bit by bit. This week came news the regional and rural paper division had actually been put up for sale by its new owner 9, and the signage at the front of the Pyrmont offices of the Sydney Early Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review was being redone. The Nine Home Entertainment company has actually commissioned Macquarie Capital to discover a buyer for the documents, that include the Canberra Times, the Newcastle Herald, the Examiner, the Border Mail, the Courier and Illawarra Mercury, the Land, Queensland Country Life, and Stock and Land. Suffice to say, staff on those papers are fretted.
The Sky News AM Agenda presenter Laura Jayes, who also hosts Very first Edition with Kieran Gilbert, was frank in her assessment of the Sky After Dark lineup when she appeared on a panel at an Online News Association event at the Twitter headquarters in Sydney. Sitting together with 9’s Chris Uhlmann, BuzzFeed’s Alice Worker and the New York City Times’ Damien Cave, Jayes confessed that opinion was the lifeblood of Sky News Australia, and it didn’t pretend to be balanced.
” I think the individuals watching our opinion shows currently have quite firm concepts,” she said. “They’re enjoying opinion to have their own views strengthened, not to get a complete, healthy diet of viewpoints throughout the political landscape. However that belongs to what we do. From 5am to midnight you’re going to get an entire bunch of various point of views.”
This week Jayes showed that there are various opinions on Sky– before 6pm– when she stated it wasn’t true that the medical evacuation costs allowed rapists and killers to come to Australia.