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  • Don
    Don
    Posted on:
    28th Oct 2009 11:50pm

    Last Post 28th Sep 2011
    Replies     13

    Current affair reporters

    When did current affair reporters become our mentors? Why do they think that they have the 'right' to tell us what to think, and how to behave? Which politition to slaver over and which one to pour scorn on! It seems that they think that they have a better education, or degree in whatever, that they are smarter than us poor plebs, and therefore entitled to 'correct' our thinking. Why cant they just report the facts without bias? Conduct interviews, ask the hard to answer questions, but leave the comments out. Let us decide what to think...

  • queenie
    queenie
    Posted on:
    4th Mar 2010 11:06am

    queenie says: they dont they dont even want to to good honest stories half the time

  • prod001
    prod001
    Posted on:
    30th Mar 2010 12:08pm

    prod001 says: I agree... what happened to "just the facts" and forget the opinionated stories

  • jgb
    jgb
    Posted on:
    13th Apr 2010 02:12pm

    jgb says: Welcome to the real world people.
    Having worked in the industry, I know that what you get is never unbiased reporting, it is always the editors slant on the situation.
    On every subject that comes in there are multiple pages of information.
    The editor then cuts and pastes the lines he wants you to hear or even makes something up to get his opinion across.

    This then becomes the 'facts' of the situation.

    You only have to read the ABC and Andrew Bolt to see just how different the same situation can apparently be reported.

  • Don
    Don
    Posted on:
    14th Apr 2010 12:02am

    jgb says: Welcome to the real world people.
    Having worked in the industry, I know that what you get is never unbiased reporting, it is always the editors slant on the situation.
    On every subject that...

    Don says: I take your point jgb. But who tells the editor what tack to take?
    Who tells Kerrie Obrien what to say. I suggest nobody. Mate he is a comentator for the Labour party in the ABC election night coverage in every election we have so his political views are no secret. So how then can he fairly do his job?
    Then there are the supporters of the Libs who do similar jobs. How can we get unbiased interviews with political leaders?
    There doesn't appear to be any talking heads that are fair minded. Take Maxine Mc. who was an interviewer on the ABC and is now a Labour member of parliament.
    Ahhh rats. Unfortunately the 'real world' you speak of stinks.
    Thanks for your input mate.

  • Miggy
    Miggy
    Posted on:
    26th Nov 2010 04:43pm

    jgb says: Welcome to the real world people.
    Having worked in the industry, I know that what you get is never unbiased reporting, it is always the editors slant on the situation.
    On every subject that...

    Miggy says: That is exactly right. The media reflects the policy, views and opinions of the owner. You just have to look at local newspapers. There is no such thing as unbiased reporting as every reporter brings with him /her his/her own experiences and opinions and every interviewer develops his own style.

  • Lethal
    Lethal
    Posted on:
    21st Apr 2010 12:18pm

    Lethal says: Agreed.

  • Fi
    Fi
    Posted on:
    13th May 2010 03:43pm

    Fi says: I think they have the right to express their opinion and support a side as long as they also express argument for the opposition. I dont feel that I am TOLD what to believe and I make my choice based on more facts that just TV. We are smart individuals who have the choice to take or leave what a reporter is telling us, if you dont like it change channels, or even better, turn it off and read a book or go online for more information.

  • DD
    DD
    Posted on:
    16th Jun 2010 09:30pm

    DD says: Oh golly, I havn't read all the posts, but it's not just the media. I mean, I have friends who instead of using their own brains, just regurgitate exactly what their parents tell them to say. It's really quite sad because even though they might not be right or wrong, they are so convicted in their parents (which may be a good thing) that they can't be bothered to think for themselves (which is a bad thing).

  • Don
    Don
    Posted on:
    16th Jun 2010 10:58pm

    DD says: Oh golly, I havn't read all the posts, but it's not just the media. I mean, I have friends who instead of using their own brains, just regurgitate exactly what their parents tell them to say. It's...

    Don says: Well I know this is a bit off the original point, but you are correct DD. I am 65 years of age, but I STILL have friends and family that blindly follow what their parents voted for all of their lives. This is in spite of the fact that the political parties have evolved and changed a great deal in the past 50 years.
    No longer is the Labour party the voice of the "worker" or the Liberal party the voice of the "boss'".
    They both do their their job to the best of their ability, its whether they have enough ability, and ideas and policy to do the job better or worse than the opposition. Then there is the Ministers, and how competant they are in carrying out those ideas and policy.
    Everybody should make up their own minds by looking at the facts and track record of each of the partys'.
    Which brings me back to my original point, why cant we get unbiased reporting. If a commentator has strong political views, then let them tell us, openly, so that we can decide just how much those views colour their reporting.
    But I guess that is just like wanting polititions to tell the truth.
    It aint gonna happen.

  • EverOnward
    EverOnward
    Posted on:
    2nd Jan 2011 02:31pm

    EverOnward says: If an alien spacecraft landed in my street and 100 people witnessed it and an alien emerge from the vehicle, then I am confident there would be 100 different stories regarding the event. Call it human nature if you like or selective interpretation on our parts, based on what has gone on before. Reporters are no different and exist in a different place and their reporting is strongly influenced by their current environment and circle. Absolute truth is a myth.

  • CAT17
    CAT17
    Posted on:
    18th Feb 2011 02:07am

    CAT17 says: Junos - boy they are a breed unto themselves! I believe on the ladder of professions they are way down the bottom, mainly because of their attitude and absolute disregard for people's feelings,privacy etc. as long as they get their story. The way Riley, reporter for Channel 7 conveniently left most of the story out when he confronted Tony Abbott was a piece of low life journalism. I don't think I will take a lot of notice what Channel 7 reports, in fact I have stopped watching the channel.

  • lamyaa
    lamyaa
    Posted on:
    25th May 2011 12:11am

    lamyaa says: I personally don't depened on only one network or program to get my news, because everyone tell us what the want for example... one time i hear what fast food can do for us and how bad is it for our health...and the second day on the same program i hear that they celeberating which celeberity became the spoke person of that particalr fast food resaturant, and this way they engrouging us to buy it.

  • Maria
    Maria
    Posted on:
    28th Sep 2011 03:03pm

    Maria says: I agree stories should be facts and not about opinion

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