REPORTING CREATES FALSE IMPRESSIONS
CHARLES Wooley made a number of important points in his article in
Tasweekend (May 20-21). One particularly significant comment relates to the increased Sydney-centredness of the ABC and (in my observation) other Australian broadcasters.
Most news is covered from a Sydney-based perspective.
In my opinion, this is unfortunate for a number of reasons. Firstly, because of the extensively reported tensions that exist between various racial and ethnic groups in various parts of Sydney, many Australians treat this tension as “normal”, ignoring the fact that the relations between the various communities are far better in most other Australian cities (including Hobart and Launceston), and in most country towns.
Outside Sydney, Australians of different racial and ethnic backgrounds actually like each other. However, Sydney-skewed reporting gives a false impression of a “crisis” in Australian multiculturalism.
Secondly, because of the ultra-conservatism of many Christian denominations (and many other religious communities as well) in Sydney, Australians have a general (and highly unfair) image of the churches and other faith communities as being far more conservative, sex-mad, and outof-touch than they are in reality.
Thirdly, because of the internal shenanigans that afflict each of Australia’s political parties in New South Wales, many Australians have an unfortunately jaded perception of the integrity, competence and basic intelligence of our elected representatives.
Reporting the news from an exclusively Sydney-centric perspective has the effect of promoting an unnecessarily gloomy outlook on the life of Australia. Thank you to Charles Wooley for introducing this issue.
Bob Faser Claremont