Thanks Emma, you are my favourite journalist on the ABC because you conduct your interviews with respect, integrity and without a hint, in my view, of political favouritism. You present the facts without any apparent bias and this is what I, for one, want from news presentation. I want to do my own editorial comment and not just listen to the personal views of Ulman or Sales who are increasingly driving me up the wall, to be honest! - Wendy Green
" If there is one thing that binds us, it’s an intolerance for lies."
So how come MSM have not run one story oulining the bullshit spewing forth from the LNP? ashby, slipper, Thomson et al yes you report on perceived negatives and even their you henpick bits and pieces to make a picture damaging to the government, you dont allow them oxygen to show achievements, yet you allow Abbott et al to spew their vitriol unabated. that is not being even handed Some years ago you asked the public for support to save your collective arses and stop the sale of the ABC. I dont think we will be so supportive of an organisation that no longer presents BOTH side to a story and has descended into opinionated reporting. - oldfart
Ita for once is wrong. Hazel was not the first public figure to come out about dementia. There was a prominent woman journalist on the Mike Walsh Show some years before.... Anyway what a beautiful idea in the notion we each have at least one " noble purpose" which is to be encouraged. Good on you Hazel. - ro.watson
Carol/m, the answer is simple - 'among the 83 senior editors he spoke to, 43.2% said they would vote for the Coalition. “Many” journalists, he continued, said their supervisors have a much stronger influence on their work than their personal values and beliefs.
Trust Murdoch's The Australian to twist the results. Then again, what do expect from News Corporation, the architect of hacking the phones of child murder victims. (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/19/world/europe/hacking-time-line/index.html?iid=article_sidebar)
The Lizard of Oz likes exercising his political power:
'Just before the 2012 election wrapped up, Rupert Murdoch sent a public warning to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over Twitter, telling him he needed to "re-declare" his support for Mitt Romney in the wake of his praise for President Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy. But a New York Times report on Tuesday revealed that Murdoch also pressured Christie in private.' (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/rupert-murdoch-chris-christie-obama_n_2164885.html)
We are seeing the same reptilian behaviour in the Murdoch press in Australia. - Matilda
Thanks for your work, Emma. So the old 'lefty ABC' chestnut has been rolled out again. You know they're worried when that one arrives. One side seems terrified they can't win the un-win-able while the other side is terrified it won't win the un-lose-able. I guess that means you and your colleagues can't win either.
This too shall pass. - psquared
I can see where you get your material from Kaz. So many brilliant Australian cartoonists. Just love these illuminations. - ro.watson
Kaz, you are a national treasure. No a treasure to the universe. I loved introducing Hermione to my daughter and son. And in answer to the question Why do you write books? Well, so we don't all end up like the people who asked you ridiculous questions. And in summary I quote you and Hermione 'I am not my buttocks'! Yay! keep writing, keep drawing, keep laughing. we need you. - Belinda
I've been using their foundation for years and is great for my super sensitive skin. I'm sure their face creams are just as amazing. - Mrs P
Read this letter written by a Muslim -
‘Confronting the Causes of Religion-Motivated Terrorism.
‘I'm from a Muslim family background, and I needed to write down my thoughts on this terrible and traumatic event. I feel that it raises points that would be appropriate for the excellent articles that you publish.
‘The overwhelming majority of Muslims here and throughout the world will be as horrified as anyone by the terrible events in Woolwich. Furthermore, I am certain that the overwhelming majority of Muslim organisations, imams and community leaders would describe the actions of the men concerned to be evil and un-Islamic. The accepted consensus among most scholars is that when you live in a non-Islamic country (where you are allowed live and practice your religion in peace), you are forbidden to make war on the people of that country.
‘That being said, surely it’s time for Muslims everywhere to confront some of the extreme views held within their communities and face up to the fact that such views may act as stepping-stones for some ignorant and impressionable people who go on to carry out atrocious acts of violence.
‘It is a fact that far too many Muslim scholars promote and far too many Muslims believe, interpretations of Islam that are anything but moderate. For example, that non-Muslims are morally and spiritually ‘inferior’ beings to Muslims or that in an ideal ‘Islamic’ society, the death penalty should apply for a Muslim who leaves Islam, for anyone who insults the Prophet, has sex outside of marriage or takes part in an homosexual act.
‘Whilst I’m not suggesting that any significant number of the Muslims holding such views would ever commit or even condone the events we saw in Woolwich, I am suggesting that if someone already believes such interpretations of Islam then it would be easier for them to believe that it’s morally acceptable to behead an off-duty soldier in the street.
‘As we have seen in the various media exposés, extreme views such as those outlined above are being promoted, often with impunity, in mosques, madrassas, faith schools and Islamic student societies throughout Britain. The result of this, as numerous polls have demonstrated, is that an unacceptably high minority of British Muslims support extreme and illiberal interpretations of Islam. For example, a poll carried out by Policy Exchange suggested that over a third of young British Muslims believe that the death penalty should apply for apostasy.
‘In every other aspect of our society, an ‘extremist’ is defined by both their actions and their personally held views. It is perfectly reasonable to label a racist a ‘racist’, whether or not they carry out illegal acts or promote law-breaking. For some reason, however, such rational logic isn’t generally applied when it comes to describing members of religious groups.
‘It seems that any Muslim who states that they support obeying the laws of the land is defined by default as ‘moderate’ without regard to whether he or she might hold some views that are very extreme and unpleasant indeed. However, a large section of our media and institutions appear to only label a Muslim as an ‘extremist’ if he or she breaks the law or incites others to do so.
‘This is illogical and irrational. The time has come for Muslim organisations, scholars, imams and lay-people to stand up and state unequivocally that interpretations such as those outlined above are unacceptable and should never be promoted, here or abroad. They should go further and distance themselves from anyone who promotes those views.
‘What’s more, politicians, the media and all of us should ask questions of any person who refuses to condemn such bigotry and ostracise them, just as we do with someone who refuses to condemn racism. Universities must ban Islamic societies that promote hateful views, and any mosque, madrassa or Islamic faith school that promotes extreme, illiberal interpretations of Islam should be closed down and the management prosecuted.
‘Stating that non-Muslims are inferior to Muslims or that people should be killed for leaving a religion or having gay sex is simple hate speech, whether or not the speaker believes that it is ordained by Allah. The fact that hate speech is illegal under English law recognises the fact that hateful speech can sometimes promote hateful action. Surely it’s time for the people who promote the views outlined above are treated as the criminals they are.
‘Most importantly, the time has come for our media, politicians and anti-fascist organisations to expose, name and shame any Muslim organisation, mosque, imam, scholar or spokesperson who refuses to condemn and distance themselves from the unacceptable interpretations of Islam that are far-too-often promoted without challenge in Britain today.’ - Joni
what you are too polite to point out Emma is that what the study clearly demonstrated. This was senior management/editors political leanings just happens to mirror the electorate - Ie the mouth breathers that get thier information from major newspapers & swallow the propaganda feed to them by the people who control the content. These people have engaged in a campaign of regime change. The culprits are easily identifiable - The daily terror, the OZ, the AFR, and most other news ltd publications. Fairfaxs crazy pursuit of Faux balance will send them further into the abyss - they employ imbeciles like Gerald Henderson & Peter Hartcher and let go inelligent balanced journalists to be snapped up by the guardian. - Craig