View Poll Results: Is the ABC's coverage of political issues biased?

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  • Yes, strongly to the left

    7 38.89%
  • Yes, slightly to the left

    2 11.11%
  • No, it is balanced

    6 33.33%
  • Yes, slightly to the right

    0 0%
  • Yes, strongly to the right

    0 0%
  • Not sure/other response

    3 16.67%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Thanks for the details of the extra polling. My favourite is the recent Essential poll on the most trusted media journalists and commentators: Tony Jones (host of Q&A) is =2nd on 51%, well ahead of Bolt (38%) and Jones (29%).
    Also note that those scores are the opinions of just those who "know the journalist" (not personally of course). Here Jones flunks out bigtime because he has 80% name recognition but 58% of that 80% distrust him. Still, he is trusted by more people (as a share of all respondents) than some of the others.

    I am mildly cautious about the Jones finding because Essential is an online-only sample. I'd expect people attracted to doing surveys online would have an ineradicable bias towards online news sources compared to talkback radio which is Jones' market.

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    It's very hard not to be biased. Very hard. The ABC does a very good job IMO, but nonetheless has a latent left lean - and has been that way for as long as I can remember. The BEEB is no different, as are myriad other large artifices constructed by government, and paid for by tax payers.
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    Fascinated that ABC management were happy enough to have Mallah as a voice of diversity notwithstanding his predilection for threatening actual death to a couple of ASIO officers. But come the revelation of promoting gang banging of two female journalists ... We're treated to a begrudging mea culpa and admission of error of judgement.

    Viva la leftist, inner-city, pseudo-intellectual soggy sayo, toss fest. It's a wonder their wrists haven't fallen off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    It's very hard not to be biased. Very hard. The ABC does a very good job IMO, but nonetheless has a latent left lean - and has been that way for as long as I can remember. The BEEB is no different, as are myriad other large artifices constructed by government, and paid for by tax payers.
    Basil, the ABC does show a concern for social justice, if you want a country where the media does not do so try the Philippines and witness the great inequalities, where union leaders are knocked off and no mention of it whatsoever. Where commo birth control is non existent so girls must flock houses of illl repute to feed themselves and family
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    Fascinated that ABC management were happy enough to have Mallah as a voice of diversity notwithstanding his predilection for threatening actual death to a couple of ASIO officers. But come the revelation of promoting gang banging of two female journalists ... We're treated to a begrudging mea culpa and admission of error of judgement.
    The death threats were made ten years ago. Mallah was sent to jail and served his time. Since then he has made repeated appearances in various media without any problems. However the tweets were made last year, so they would obviously be of more significance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    It's very hard not to be biased. Very hard. The ABC does a very good job IMO, but nonetheless has a latent left lean - and has been that way for as long as I can remember. The BEEB is no different, as are myriad other large artifices constructed by government, and paid for by tax payers.
    There seems to be a pattern emerging
    Capablanca-Fan (extremely right-wing) thinks the ABC is extremely left-wing;
    Basil (slightly right-wing) thinks the ABC is slightly left-wing;
    Myself and others (in the centre) think the ABC is unbiased; and
    Various left-wingers (left-wing) think the ABC is right-wing.
    This is the problem with determining bias - it's extremely dependent on the observer.

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    The ABC refuses to show a Palestinian film due to it having no Israeli counterpart to so called balance - never mind that all the usual media is pro-Israeli, calling the Palestinians terrorists when they are freedom fighters, just as Australians would fight back if the Japanese would have taken over during the War.

    They are trying too hard to be balanced or are afraid of the Israeli lobby that is too close to majority of Oz politicians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    The ABC refuses to show a Palestinian film due to it having no Israeli counterpart to so called balance - never mind that all the usual media is pro-Israeli, calling the Palestinians terrorists when they are freedom fighters, just as Australians would fight back if the Japanese would have taken over during the War.

    They are trying too hard to be balanced or are afraid of the Israeli lobby that is too close to majority of Oz politicians.
    The ABC does not screen foreign films - you're confusing with SBS.
    Once freedom fighters cross the line and target civilians, they are terrorists by definition.
    Japan had no plans to invade Australia during WW2, only to isolate Australia from being a potential allied base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finn McCool View Post
    The ABC does not screen foreign films - you're confusing with SBS.
    Once freedom fighters cross the line and target civilians, they are terrorists by definition.
    Japan had no plans to invade Australia during WW2, only to isolate Australia from being a potential allied base.
    Are you sure that the Japanese did not have currency printed ready for their Australian takeover? That Palestinian historical documentary not film had English subtitles as well as much English language. I will provide a link soon.

    And finally when the English invaded the Americas to create America were they also terrorists? Were the English settlers/invaders to Australia also terrorists?
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    The ABC is so biased. Which other news organisation would screen a three week documentary which rips a former Labor government to shreds and does possibly terminal damage to the current leader?

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    Not to mention putting a terrorist sympathiser on Q&A to ask a Dorothy Dixer to a government parliamentary secretary in a way which was only ever going to result in a rhetorical win for the LNP and an increased focus on national security issues which play so well for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    Are you sure that the Japanese did not have currency printed ready for their Australian takeover? That Palestinian historical documentary not film had English subtitles as well as much English language. I will provide a link soon.
    The Japanese Navy wanted to invade, but the Army wasn't interested without at least ten divisions, which they didn't have. The allies knew this from intelligence sources, but withheld it from the public to keep them focused on the war effort
    Film or doco, it's still SBS material not ABC

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    The ABC is so biased. Which other news organisation would screen a three week documentary which rips a former Labor government to shreds and does possibly terminal damage to the current leader?
    I am an ALP supporter (plus Green) and am quite satisfied that the ABC did The Killing Season, so the populace can better understand and being better informed can make better decisions at the ballot box. Also as a fighter against corruption in the ALP I am very happy that Bill Shorten is being exposed of certain things. I don't believe that the ABC pulls punches with the LNP do good on the ABC. If it all makes the ALP more transparent then whacko. In those ALP leadership rule changes a few years back they should have had a few qualifications when the leader could be challenged, if completely too low in opinion polls for solid reasons then he should be challenged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finn McCool View Post
    The Japanese Navy wanted to invade, but the Army wasn't interested without at least ten divisions, which they didn't have. The allies knew this from intelligence sources, but withheld it from the public to keep them focused on the war effort
    Film or doco, it's still SBS material not ABC
    It was the Anglo Aussies that were more responsible for creation of Israel (via Doc Evatt) so they should be confronted with the fruits of their efforts on the ABC. Migrants Abdul and Mustafa could not get a word in sideways at the UN when it was debated and decided.
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    Pitch Battle, the story of the Palestinian football team's road to the Asian Cup, was screened by ABC as a Foreign Corespondent segment
    http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2015/s4216421.htm

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