Archive for August, 2008

Channel 9 brings Stupidity and Ignorance to US Elections

August 31, 2008

It’s probably not the surprise of the century that Channel Nine supports Senator Obama wholeheartedly but now their twisted arguments and plain bias are reaching new lows, even by their own miserable standards.

Karl on Channel 9 Today Show

Karl on Channel 9 Today Show

God knows what flew into Karl Stefanovic on the Today show last Friday morning, he went on a personal rant against McCain voters that was more appropriate for a early morning kebab queue debate. Maybe it was the news earlier in the week that McCain was now ahead in the polls, or maybe the stress from a long hard working week had got to him and made him forget about journalism ethics, what do I know, but while chatting to a guest that I forgot the name of he certainly let the viewers know where he stands.

I can’t find the clip and I can’t even recall or find the name of the guest but it went something like this:

While chatting about the Democratic convention in Denver the Guest says: “It’s still a tight race. There are so many uneducated and stupid people in the US. You know I’ve spoken to these people in the US inland states who still thinks Obama is a muslim and so on.”

Karl Stefanovic: “Yes, it’s absolutely incredible, all these simple people out in the countryside who don’t know their own good that he still has to convince.”

Karl now turns to the camera and puts on a concerned and serious face. “You know when we went to Tennessee some time ago and we went for a few drinks in the local bar we had people, on knowing we were from Australia, asking us whether it was a long drive to get here!”

Karl and his Guest shake their heads and and leave no doubts at all in the viewers’ minds that they’re backing Obama and consider McCain voters to be below par in the upstairs department.

Now hold on a bit here, for anyone who knows anything about US politics and voter demographics it’s clear that it’s rather the other way around. Of course we could find idiots among both supporter groups and no doubt there would be some pretty common folk in the US heartland who vote for the Republicans, but in general, the better educated and more politically aware have a higher propensity to vote for McCain. Indeed, one of Obama’s strategies in this election is to mobilise voters who are normally to ignorant or too lazy to vote and make them his voters. That’s fair enough, we’d expect a politicians to go out and fish for votes, that’s their job after all. But it doesn’t bode well for the Today show’s Karl and his disenlightened theories.

Most of us can probably see the same pattern among our own friends, I know I can. The group of friends who are for Obama are not usually the ones who are well informed on politics in general and when prompted for arguments can only mention Obama’s skincolour or how old that other guy (McCain) is. And thereby showing signs of racism and ageism all in one sentence we could add.

The McCain group of friends on the other hand seems, on balance, quite informed on the subject with many having been fans since his year 2000 Republican show-down with Bush, which he narrowly lost.

Why don’t we just switch over to Kochie and Mel on 7 instead. A light-hearted morning show doesn’t need to win prizes for investigative journalism, but we do expect it to be mostly unbiased or at least provide sound arguments when it’s not.

“The best guy in the world” gunned down in Parramatta

August 30, 2008

News Ltd / Daily Telegraph is mirroring the news from a very peculiar angle in the reporting on the death of a would-be-robber following a cash-in-transit armed robbery in Parramatta.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24209991-5001021,00.html

The article, written by Evelyn Yamine, goes to great lengths in order to confuse the reader and portray the armed robbers as victims of circumstances, but with little concern for the real victims i.e. the security guards and members of the public who could easily have been hurt during the robbery.

SECURITY guards opened fire on a gang of robbers last night, shooting one man who later died in hospital after having been dumped by his accomplices or a family member.

“Opened fire”? Does she mean the honourable robbers were just going about their business when the security guards opened fire on them? The truth is that the robbers were rushing towards the guard with drawn weapons whereby the guard opened fire and hit one of the robbers in the chest resulting in all three robbers fleeing.

And what concern does Evelyn show for the security guards who had loaded guns pointed at them while carrying out their work duties. She mentions them briefly here:

It was not known how many shots were fired by the guards.

The guards were taken to Parramatta police station for questioning but it was unclear if any charges were to be laid.

Uh? Ok, that’s not a falsehood, they were really questioned by NSW Police, as is standard after an incident like this.

Subsequent reporting by the Daily Telegraph on this story was more balanced and described the incident for what it was, a failed robbery attempt where one of the perpetrators was shot by a guard in self-defence. But then the Daily Telegraph was at it again, this time interviewing the relatives of the shot robber, Kales Dib, many whom had gathered outside the hospital where Mr Dib was left by his “mates” and where he later died. There were reports that up to a hundred friends and family were trying to get into the hospital, the group had to be dispersed by police.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24216907-5007132,00.html

The Daily Telegraph reported on what one of them had to say:

“He was good man. He was the best guy in the world,” one relative said.

Ok, really good guy hey? For all we know this statement could have come from one of the accomplices in the robbery, the other two have still not been found. The Daily Telegraph also seems amazed that the robber had a criminal past and was known to the police. Well, cash-in-transit armed robbery is hardly the first stepping stone into a life of crime is it.

Should our media not show more concern for the victims of crime rather than the criminals?