Let’s deal with the second first. Last night Media Watch excelled itself unmasking yet another example of the strident, cynical, and utterly harmful vomit or two minute hate that passes for journalism whenever Today Tonight touches on a serious political issue. You think I overuse the abusive terms there? Well go to TT’s false facts fuel fear and weep – or better yet flood Channel Seven with complaints as they were up to the same kind of hysterical shit AGAIN the very same night Media Watch went to air!
Today Tonight’s entire report was aimed at fuelling the myth that refugees are given extraordinary treatment.
Margaret Thomas: Well what have they contributed to our country? Nothing. And they’re giving them more money than we get.
— Channel Seven, Today Tonight, 10th October, 2011
And where did Margaret Thomas get that idea? Well, she says, from Today Tonight. She told us that the reporter had …
…showed me on his phone the video of that bloke saying he got $400 a week. Now that just got me very angry. …
I didn’t know he was getting $400 a fortnight. I think that’s very sad and Channel 7 should not do that…I would have preferred to have been told the truth
— Margaret Thomas, 15th October, 2011
Gee, so would we.
Here’s the truth. Asylum-seekers in detention get no cash benefits. Once given visas, refugees, whether or not they arrived by boat, get the same Centrelink benefits as everyone else.
Is it surprising that so many people are concerned about boat people, when they’re fed inflammatory nonsense like this by one of the most popular programs in Australia?
Irresponsible of Today Tonight, wouldn’t you say? But it isn’t about TRUTH is it?
Let’s turn briefly to an interesting graphic from New Scientist:
That links to The 20 deadliest events in human history which in turn cites necrometrics.com.
But here in West Wollongong we had a touch of summer yesterday.