The balance has not been restored

Here is a letter I have written to the ABC regarding the supposed ‘satire’ Restoring the Balance, broadcast on triple j on Sunday nights.

I would like to lodge a complaint to express my disgust at the Restoring the Balance show on triple j. To take a legitimate criticism of the ABC, and triple j in particular, that there is an element of systemic left wing bias and then turn in it into a ‘satire’ of conservatives is insulting to me as a young conservative.

I can put up with the favouritism that the Left gets on triple j, and the tokenistic approach to airing conservative views, but to have a show that lampoons that feeling amongst conservatives is like rubbing salt in the wound. It shows the contempt that triple j management has for conservatives.

If triple j were serious about restoring the balance of commentary on their station, they would either a) have a show where serious and reasonable discussion of issues are had from a conservative point of view; b) change the tone of the show to criticise the substance of conservative views rather than denigrate a stereotype for the benefit of their sniggering buddies; or c) pull the show from the air as it serves no purpose but to insult half the voting population with demeaning, lame jokes.

Restoring the Balance as it stands is a disgrace to the public broadcaster, as no other religious or political group would ever be subject to such treatment (in fact, if a commercial station do such a thing, triple j would be first to condemn them in outrage). It is not ok to think that WASP conservatives are fair game while shielding others from the same sort of vilification.

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3 comments

  1. Please reconcile this with your later post about freedom of speech: You’re free to tune out.

    I think the show is hilarious. And no, I’m not a member of “The Left”.

  2. Thanks for the comment Dude and great question.

    Firstly, whether you’re left-wing or not doesn’t make your comment any less valid.

    Second, the difference between the ABC and everything else is that I am forced to pay for the ABC through my taxes and accordingly, they have a charter that is supposed to keep them unbiased. If they were independently funded, I would choose not to pay for it and tune out but that isn’t the case. Essentially, I am being forced to pay for stuff that I find insulting.

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