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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion “YUCK” Files | 28th Oct 2012 |
|The ABC’s “Insiders” chiseled faced presenter Barry Cassidy, is a senior political commentator.
As a part of his resume – Mr Cassidy served as Bob Hawke’s Press Secretary before embarking on a travelled career as an international journalist and holds a steadfast reputation built upon decades of serious journalist endeavours.
His Wikipedia profile outlines Mr Cassidy’s career further …
In recent times Cassidy’s unashamed reporting has become increasingly biased toward the Julia Gillard Government, and to the detriment in the quality of the ABC’s “Insiders” program.
It is no secret that Mr Cassidy is a ‘Labour’ man … and having spent the time with Bob Hawke as his private Press Secretary, his political persuasion is understood and to be admired in loyalty terms. Bob Hawke was a Prime Minister all Australian’s can be proud of …
But his performance this morning [28th Oct 2012] as host of ‘Insiders’ was one that was a bridge too far in the biased ABC’s support for Julia Gillard …
His interview with Joe Hockey, Opposition Treasury spokesperson made himself look utterly unprofessional when he pursued questioning of Mr Hockey in relation to Hockey’s comments during the week relating to the Government’s mini-budget, but forgot the fundamental law of media interviews – Cassidy forgot to pay heed to Mr Hockey’s response answers …
Cassidy had a script of questions in front of him that was tasked with trying to make Hockey look stupid – in the end Cassidy forgot to take his que from Mr Hockey’s responses and adjust his questioning accordingly … it was the worst possible interview and showed how Cassidy has lost his objectivity, and no longer can be trusted as a journalist to present facts, and allow the audience to draw their own conclusions.
Mr Cassidy is not alone in this biased presentation of facts – for some months now the quality of the guest commentators appearing on ‘Insiders’ has been questionable., or an odd-mix. Print journalist’s generally make up the guests commentators, and as Gillard’s leadership becomes more questionable under scrutiny from a number of angels – so does the political porous bias of the ‘Insiders’ discussion groups.
This ‘biased’ reporting does not just extend to ‘Insiders’ and Barry Cassidy – News 24, and other ABC News broadcasts on ‘Channel 21’ continue to report only parts of political stories that slant a negative bias to the Opposition, and edit broadcasts to paint the Government in a favourable light. It has become so obvious that I for one no longer trust the ABC and its News reporting.
The quality of all TV News and Current Affairs including commercial networks, and their political reporting has become a convoluted mix of hit and miss style reporting.
So much so that there are very few reporters and presenters the viewing and reading public can trust – I refer to ‘The Australian’s’ National Correspondent Hedley Thomas, and the ABC’s ‘7:30 Report’ presenter Leigh Sails, as two sources that I still hold as trustworthy. ‘Q&A’s’ Tony Jones is another that does his best to be unbiased – yet he too is a ALP supporter and allows his allegiance to flow through at times.
The Opposition is wary of where they appear on TV – i.e. The Bolt Report is equally unfriendly to the Government and you rarely see Government representatives fronting on that program.
There is definitely a ‘them’ and ‘us’ developing within the editorial ranks of TV networks and that brings all media reporting into question.
When Journalists of the Barry Cassidy experience stoop to personal agenda’s, either because he wants to, or editors and producers have told him to, then democracy and the role of the Media is no longer serving the readership, viewers, or the Australian Nation as they were so charged with doing.
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