A story’s not a story when it doesn’t fit the left-wing agenda

A story’s not a story when it doesn’t fit the left-wing agenda, by Chris Mitchell.

It is hard not to notice the lack of curiosity and journalistic scepticism among the left-wing media lately, especially the ABC and Twitter, about stories that could have adverse effects on progressive causes.

Aka “lying by omission.”

Such media passivity in the face of potential problems for left-wing causes extends into other areas. Why are so many journalists willing to accept the anti-same sex marriage campaign will depend on violent and abusive language, when most of the violence, abuse, threats and downright lies are coming from the Yes campaign?

Last Monday night Andrew Bolt on Sky News belled the cat on a story that Melbourne was being plastered with abusive “Stop the Fags” posters from No campaigners about the issue. Bolt reported the Melbourne City Council could find no evidence of the posters, which had already attracted the condemnation of Shorten. It turned out a tweet about a single poster someone (not the person who issued the tweet) claimed to have seen in a small lane was the source of the story. Journalists and council workers have been unable to locate the single poster.

Wanting a picture to illustrate its hand-wringing report about abusive anti-gay marriage tactics, Ten News downloaded an offensive one from the US online and superimposed it in the art room on a supplied Getty image of a bus shelter. Apparently no one in the newsroom thought about doing a yarn on Yes campaigners making false complaints about non-existent posters.

Guess what side the media was on over the “no” ad on same-sex marriage?

And what about the gullible reaction of the media to the denial by the principal of Melbourne’s Frankston High School, John Albiston, of claims in the first anti-gay marriage TV ad run last week by school mum Cella White that her son was told boys could wear dresses to school? The headmaster claimed none of his teachers had said this and much of the media instantly swung into action, shooting down the whole ad.

Yet the Safe Schools curriculum material taught at Frankston High does indeed suggest it should be fine for boys to attend schools in dresses. That curriculum, designed to stop bullying of gay and transgender students, includes posters of boys and girls in opposite sex uniforms.

The ad was widely denounced by many gay rights campaigners as hateful and Cella White was criticised for having links with the Australian Christian Lobby, but in fact the ad seems a pretty fair assessment of the Safe Schools material taught at Frankston High, whether any of the teachers there specifically advocated opposite sex uniforms or not.

hat-tip Stephen Neil