Former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane yesterday slammed the ABC for using too many white-skinned Leftists to present its news and current affairs programs.
Above a photo of white ABC personalities he tweeted: “A very long way to go before we see our diversity on screens. Let’s remember the ABC has it in its charter that it should reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community. So where is it?”
The anti-racism campaigner is right to be outraged. There will be no diversity at the ABC until journalists of every shade are presenting news from a far left-leaning perspective.
How can the taxpayer funded ABC represent the broader community while every Leftist host has a pale face?
And it is difficult to defend the ABC against charges of political bias when everyone pushing the collectivist point of view is fair-skinned.
If the ABC is to provide balanced reporting, as its charter demands, then everyone promoting the same socialist agenda cannot be of white European descent.
Where are the brown-skinned Marxists? And why isn’t the ABC showing exotic-looking, really dark-skinned progressives?
It’s not enough for ABC chair Ita Buttrose to talk about diversity, we need to see it!
Mr Soutphommasane is absolutely right to insist that the ABC provide the public with a wide variety of views.
People need to be able to view Asians and view Islanders and view Africans all saying the same woke things.
Flagship programs like Q&A and The Drum should have panellists who are diverse like a packet of M&Ms – lots of different colours and all with the same flavour.
Mr Soutphommasane should be applauded for pointing out the need for the ABC to represent Australia’s pluralistic society with a plurality of faces.
There is a real danger that when everyone in the ABC newsroom is white that reporters will start to suffer from group face. And when everyone’s looking the same, no-one’s looking different. Mr Soutphommasane is bravely ensuring that the national broadcaster does not get away with it.
But Mr Soutphommasane’s skin-deep critique of the ABC does not go far enough. Someone with a real talent for reducing everything to race would have noted that the ABC’s diversity problem is not confined to its flagship television programs.
It is to our national shame that ABC radio presenters use the same broad Australian accent to push progressive ideas.
Every ABC personality sounds exactly the same on air. And that’s not good for democracy. We need to hear lots of different voices.
Why aren’t we hearing about the climate emergency from someone with an Asian accent? Or that Trump is Hitler from someone who sounds Mexican? Or that Christians are a bunch of homophobes from someone with a really cool South American twang?
That foreign accents might make it difficult for listeners to understand ABC news and political commentary would not matter since everyone knows in advance exactly what they are going to say.
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