The Brave new world of the media

Russell Powell

Two TV channels were caught out this week in blatant breaches of impartiality. Is this the media of the future? I hope not.

First, there was the finding that Channel Nine breached the broadcasting code when two football commentators appeared to make off-the-cuff criticism of the proposed crackdown on poker machines, when it fact it was a scripted segment organised by the management. It was not the comments that got Nine into trouble but the fact they claimed they were ad-libbed rather than organised.

Next, Channel Seven's Sunrise came out in support of gay marriage in an organised promotion for Getup. It was excruciating to watch the normally even-handed hosts trying to explain they were being fair when all around them was pointing to the bias of the show. 

I'm fairly cynical about the media, having worked in it for 30 years, but even I was taken aback.

Incidentally, I think Christians who belong to Getup (I've met two in the past week) should start making their voices heard within the organisation. Many join for the campaigns on refugees and conservation and suddenly find that only some 'grass roots' views are welcome. In fact, Getup sent an email to supporters describing those who don't agree with gay marriage as 'those who seek to propagate hate'.

Meanwhile, in social media the outlook is a bit brighter. The New York Times claims Christians are powerhouses of twitter.

Other stories to mark this week - a big weekend for Sydney Anglicans with coverage of Sunday Schools in the Sun-Herald, Barney's re-opening in the SMH and Tele, and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the cathedral on TV, Radio and the newspapers.