Thursday, December 15, 2005

Aussie Riots: Talk Radio and the silent majority.

Australia: This sounds like talk radio in the early 90's with Rush Limbaugh starting a talk revolution here in the states and reviving AM radio. The one getting the blame is Alan Jones of 2GB.

"....Talkback has indeed come of age. It is now conceded to be, albeit grudgingly on the part of mainstream media, a significant source of news and opinion. But to declare it to be an accessory to the commission of serious breaches of the law attributes to it not only gross impropriety and possibly criminal behaviour, but also unbelievable power and influence over an allegedly gullible audience. Talkback began to emerge as a force at precisely the same time as much of the mainstream "serious" media had found a vocation other than objective news reporting. Journalists were in the process of emerging from being largely unknown and working in a trade under close editorial supervision. Now enjoying their new-found celebrity status, they began to offer their personal views not only on, but inextricably mixed with, the news. (Note, for instance, how many times news reporters will describe an organisation or person as "right wing" if they are conservative but insert no qualifier if they are of the Left.) Soon, these journalists would be interpreting the events of the day according to a preconceived and generally left-wing agenda. As the doyen of Fairfax and ABC journalists David Marr argues, if a journalist does not come from a "softie Left culture", they should "get another job". This is not an isolated view. Since dispensing with the services of Gerard Henderson last June, The Age in Melbourne no longer publishes a conservative columnist on its opinion page. In the past 10 years, the ascent of John Howard has given a new impetus and authority to talkback. He chose not to have his words mediated and interpreted by a hostile media. Instead, through talkback radio and also breakfast television, he speaks directly to the people more often and more effectively than any other leader. Talkback was now not only reporting and commenting on the news, it was the news. Meanwhile, the move of much of the mainstream media to left-wing campaign journalism meant that many Australians moved to talkback radio, where opinions, often robust, are largely unfiltered and where the Left's agenda could be openly challenged. This is what so upsets the David Marrs of the media. The elites believe that once part of their agenda is in place, it should not be reversed, and that criticism is out of bounds for any reasonable person. But while they can filter their letters columns, they just cannot control talkback." ....Cronulla was a response whose violence must be deprecated, and was deprecated, on talkback; it was never planned, called for or condoned. But it was a response that followed the failure of NSW governments for many years to perform their most basic function: the proper provision of law and order. This resulted from a pincer movement. On one side, there was the progressive neutering of the police, which reached its zenith just as the most violent ethnic gangs emerged. On the other side of the pincer, the criminal justice system began to demonstrate an extraordinary bias towards the accused. The resulting and often unnecessary technicalities have made it difficult to obtain and confirm a conviction, or to impose adequate punishment. The result were increasing no-go areas across Sydney, where the criminals and the drug dealers reigned supreme. The state Government even threw in its own heroin injecting rooms. All of this was reported, discussed and almost universally condemned on talkback for years. NSW governments took little notice, apart from the ritual of an appropriate expression of indignation by the premier or some minister at a press conference timed for the evening news bulletins. After Redfern last year and Macquarie Fields earlier this year, there was widespread indignation on talkback. The bashing of the lifesavers was the last straw. In the vacuum of law and order that Bob Carr had bequeathed to the state, the youngbloods revolted and chose the only course that seemed to be left to them: the path of the vigilante.
The Multicults are moving to get something going against it.
The president of the National Ethnic Multicultural Broadcasters Council, George Zangalis, yesterday called on the Australian Communications and Media Authority to act swiftly to investigate broadcasting that encouraged hatred. Mr Zangalis condemned the authority for failing to enforce its own code of conduct. Under the commercial radio code of practice, a licensee must not broadcast a program likely to incite or encourage violence, incite or perpetuate hatred or vilify any person or group on the basis of ethnicity, nationality or race. "It is outrageous to hear well-known radio personalities like Alan Jones getting away with encouraging listeners to commit acts of violence against sections of the Australian community," Mr Zangalis said. The authority's Donald Robertson said it was rare for the authority, which acted on complaints, to initiate its own investigation and it hadn't decided to initiate an investigation in this case

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