Why did the Media Ignore March in March?
It wasn’t that long ago that the mainstream media and in particular Channel Nine and Seven widely reported the crowds of anger, and the so-called “convoy of no confidence” that descended on to the lawns of Parliament House to protest the then Labor Government’s Carbon Tax.
There, stood the diminutive attention-seeking shock jock Alan Jones, whipping the crowd of some 300 forestry workers, butchers and bogans from Ipswich declaring that the apparent late arrival of the so-called “convoy,” was due to Australian Federal Police preventing the convoy from entering the ACT at the NSW Border.
“This is the most disgraceful thing that has ever been done to democracy,” Jones told the rally.
Of course, all this turned out to be veritable bullshit, with the AFP subsequently confirming that no intervention was necessary as no convoy in fact existed.
Not to be outdone, then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott proudly stood aloft banners declaring “Ditch the Witch,” and “Bob Brown’s Bitch” in reference to then Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
At the time, the Opposition Leader felt it made “great television” (an antonym obviously), and despite the vindictive and hate-filled sentiment of the placard-wielders, the media successfully rammed home the message that the crowd were not in fact mindless thugs, but salt-of-the-mill mums and dads concerned about the nation’s future.
Fast forward a mere three years to the “Anti Abbott” political event that took place just this weekend called March in March.
In comparison to the widely-reported anti-Carbon Tax rally in Canberra in August 2011 which attracted a crowd of just 300 supporters largely buoyed with members and supporters of the National Party, and the perpetually outraged Angry Anderson, the March in March rally attracted crowds in excess of 100,000 in Australian main capital cities yet was widely ignored by commercial news broadcasters and the mainstream press.
In Melbourne alone, a crowd of some 50,000 protesters took to the city’s streets yesterday to protest the Abbott government’s stance on asylum seekers, education, welfare, the environment and climate change.
Yet, Australia’s main commercial news outlets simply ignored the rallies or belittled them.
Jacqueline Maley of the Sydney Morning Herald, slammed the protesters as “socialists” and based the focus of this rather pointless piece in the Herald on the “offensive nature of the placards”.
Poor petal…I guess she thought “Ditch the Bitch” was okay.
Meanwhile Malcolm Farr and News Limited labelled it “the most pointless protest ever.”
Really? I would’ve thought the “convoy of no confidence” won that mantle by a country mile.
But you know, never let the facts get in the way of how the media would like us to see things.