Month: September 2012

ABC’s perfect record for blowing off complaints about balance continues

The ABC’s imperviousness to any suggestion that they are politically biased or unbalanced remains. On the 13th of August, Radio National’s The World Today program interviewed Prof. James Fallows regarding the Republican Party’s selection of Paul Ryan as the candidate for Vice President.

They introduced as the national correspondent for The Atlantic and chair of US Media at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. What they didn’t mention was that he was Jimmy Carter’s speechwriter for two years, which one would think would be a pretty good indicator of his political position. In the discussion, he called Paul Ryan a ‘extreme conservative’ and made numerous judgements on him.

So, for a lark, I thought it would be interesting to see if we could get the ABC to uphold a complaint of a pretty obvious breach of transparency on its part.