Golden Walkley tarnished by activists: PGA

30 Nov, 2011 02:00 AM
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THE awarding of this year’s Golden Walkley to ABC Four Corners for “A Bloody Business” clearly shows that the mainstream media has lost its ‘social licence’ with rural Australia, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) said yesterday.

“This is an outstanding example of how sensationalist journalism, normally associated with tabloids and TV programs such as News of the World or The Jerry Springer Show has infiltrated the halls of the ABC,” PGA President Rob Gillam said.

“Whilst the Greens and the Labor Parties are demanding inquiries into Australian media organizations like Fairfax and News Ltd over unfair reporting practices, ABC Four Corners has been rewarded for one of the most biased and unprofessional pieces of propaganda ever to be seen by the Australian public.”

“ABC Four Corners based their investigation on footage taken by Animals Australia, and even though they claim that they verified the facts and took their own footage in Java and Sumatra, many questions remain as to the validity of the initial vision of Indonesian slaughtermen whipping and beating cattle, and whether they were paid to perform these acts for the camera.”

“However what is most concerning is the fact that the tax payer funded ABC allowed such a program to air, especially one which continues to be blatantly advertised by Animals Australia, the RSPCA, and GetUp! as helping to end the livestock export industry.”

“This is evident by the Walkley judges describing the program as an example of ‘how good investigative journalism can change an entrenched, unacknowledged evil in society’,” he said.

“Australian livestock producers and their families are certainly not involved in evil practices; they simply produce food in the most efficient and humane way possible.”

“However for the ABC to allow one of its producers to promote such a belief whilst being funded by the tax dollars from the very group they wish to destroy is hypocritical at best.”

“It is time for the ABC to follow the lead of their rural and regional media programs and realize that not all of their viewers reside in urban locations and are isolated from the reality of where their food comes from, and how it is produced.”

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READER COMMENTS

Mrs Mac
30/11/2011 6:03:08 AM, on Farm Weekly

Well do we expect any more from the ABC, they are the most blatant liars on the air. Anything for ratings and sensationalism and blow the truth and as for who is hurt or damaged by this, who cares is their motto. Unfortunately many of us have no choice but to listen to them as the commercials don't have much coverage out there.
Bushfire Blonde
30/11/2011 6:46:21 AM, on Farm Weekly

Very very very well said!
mike tancock
30/11/2011 7:04:58 AM, on Farm Weekly

More gormless diatribe from the "Puffers & Grunters" Rob we have known for years that all was not well in the way our exported livestock has been processed. However, our "out of sight out of mind" attitude for the last decade is the whole reason that the situation has been aired by A.B.C. Four Corners. The perpetrators of this non-caring facet of live animal exports are like the cat who has been discovered pooing ing the corner and greets one tail up & purring and says "WHO ME?"
AJ
30/11/2011 7:12:13 AM, on Farm Weekly

At least 99.9% of the population has no idea how their nice tender cuts of prime beff, lamb, pork and poultry actually get on to those little trays in the supermarket. The reality is that "meat processing' from live animal to broken down carcase stage is an activity that the vast majority of the population could not stomach even in the most perfectly-run abbatoir, processing plant or butchery. It's time the ratbags who are dishing up the tv footage were given a lesson in maturity and learnt to accept that most of the population wants to eat meat, and that it therefore must be processed.
Denis
30/11/2011 7:12:53 AM, on Farm Weekly

And the ABC air waves are loaded with programmes where self-interested journalists are concerned that the internet blogs are taking their jobs away. All I can say is bring it on. When we see the end of this group of unrepresentative ratbags the better. Let them get a real job. We don't have a labour shortage in this country; we have people in the wrong jobs.
Dickytiger
30/11/2011 7:55:59 AM, on Farm Weekly

The Walkleys are now completely corrupted. They're in the same category as the Sydney Peace Price, since it was awarded to David Hicks, and the Nobel Peace Price, since it was awarded to Al Gore and Barack Obama. We need awards based on excellence, not political agreement.
Carole
30/11/2011 7:57:54 AM, on Farm Weekly

The barbaric slaughter of Australian cattle, as depicted by Four Corners earlier this year, was indeed an "entrenched, unacknowledged evil" and widely condemned by all sectors of Australian society, including the cattle industry. Had this programme not aired, it is likely such brutal practices would have continued, known but still unacknowledged by government and industry associates who were long aware of the appalling situation. Congratulations to ABC Four Corners and Walkley judges. Shame on PGA for such sour grapes.
sylvia
30/11/2011 8:09:15 AM, on Farm Weekly

are you saying the ABC is responsible for the cruelty? One animal being treated like that is one animal too many. What we saw wasn't just cruel, it was barbaric. What we saw was allowed, saying you didn't know is no excuse.
Ian Mott
30/11/2011 8:51:33 AM, on Farm Weekly

My fondest dream is to be the Federal Minister that shuts down the ABC and hands its entire budget to rural health services. The sight of their tears and the sound of their lamentations leaves my chest bursting with pride for a long overdue job well done.
Jude
30/11/2011 8:57:40 AM, on Farm Weekly

SHAME,SHAME,SHAME on the ABC. The only program I watch on the ABC now is the 7:00pm news and the 7:30 report, which often leaves me so very at the bias. The official public perception of the media is lower than a car salesman - maybe the ABC need to stop naval gazing and get in touch with the people who fund them to report truth and reality instead of embroidering the truth with any left slant they can put on every item they produce..
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