Today, a journalism student contacted me with some questions as to my views on the media industry. Here’s my detailed response:
Q: What is your definition of good journalism?
A: The original role of the “Fourth Estate” (traditional journalism) was to serve as a watchdog on government and private wrongdoing, corruption, waste, fraud and abuse of power. As some would know, there are three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. The Fourth Estate, is thus designed to serve as a checks and balances system for these three other institutions.
The real mission of the once-noble profession of journalism is truth, not objectivity. Truth is not impartial, it’s not neutral and it’s not “fair and balanced.” Truth is truth. That’s how journalism started off, but over time and thanks to the rise of regressive leftist ideologies infiltrating the industry and media outlets becoming bankrolled by either the government or globalist elite figures with sinister agendas, journalists for the last half a century or more have wrongly been taught that objectivity, fairness and balance are the ideals of our profession. That is why we now have a generation of so-called journalists who can’t tell the difference between truth and fiction. They have been put out of touch with the real reason for what they do and why the concept of journalism even exists in the first place.
And truth shouldn’t be like Coco Pops floating in a sea of milk. Truth should be based on the Bible – which is the basis for everything that is deemed good, moral and right in society. For example, the democratic Westminster system of government is based on Judaeo-Christian principles. The very concept of law and order is a Christian concept. Without God, there would be no concept of what is right and what is wrong. There is no denying that everything that made the West great came from Judaeo-Christian ethos and influence. The problem today is that society has departed from these roots and thought it smart to jackhammer away these foundations.
And get this: when the printing press – something synonymous with journalism – was invented in 1440 AD by Johann Gutenberg, a German, he felt compelled to print copies of the Bible. It’s almost comical to think that today’s journalists actually owe their entire livelihoods to a process that was inspired by man’s love for God’s word. Sixty-five years later, someone got the idea of producing a “newspaper.” A press ethic slowly emerged and it wasn’t about being “fair and balanced”, it certainly wasn’t about producing hunks of paper packed with celebrity gossip and outlandish fake news hit-pieces. The key pioneers of journalism in Europe held a firm and undying commitment to the highest standards of truthful reporting. Because of their commitment to exposing that which was considered morally wrong, many early newspaper pioneers were jailed simply because they sought the truth.
The truth of the matter is that everyone has a worldview – or a lens by which we look at the world and everything that pertains to it. All of us see through the lens of who we are and what we believe regardless whether we believe in the God of the Bible or not. Not just Christians – everybody. Some people, however, prefer to pretend that they don’t. Others like to pretend they have a religion but that it doesn’t affect what they say, do and think and what choices they make. Meanwhile, others like to pretend that they don’t impose their religious values on others. In fact, when you come to think of it, every single effort to pass a new piece of legislation is an effort by someone to impose their sense of morality on others. Imposition of morals is thus a two-way street. The question is, will good values or bad values prevail? Will we choose to walk in the light or in the darkness? Will we accept fables or speak the truth? And this is true not just in the areas of public policy and politics but in our everyday lives – whatever we do. It is thus with this frame of thinking that we approach journalism for it applies as much to this profession as anything else – perhaps more so because the expectation to be truthful is very high.
My Christian faith calls me to seek truth: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Other religions don’t do that, nor have they ever established any basis for truth in society. They’ve all tried to hit the mark and missed miserably. That’s what makes Christianity so great.
Real journalism isn’t about re-writing press releases, it isn’t about libelous and sensational celebrity gossip, it isn’t about majoring on little factoids or capturing sound bytes and grabbing primary source statements in order to misconstrue or sensationalize them. That’s not what journalism is about. Real journalism is investigative, it’s thorough, it’s intrepid, it’s accurate, it’s hard-hitting, it pulls no punches, it’s not entertaining, it’s dangerous and it’s daring. It’s cold, hard and real. It seeks the truth, regardless of whom it might offend or benefit. It looks at all the facts in the light of truth. It goes where no one else wants to go. It is not beholden to agenda-driven corporate puppet-string-pullers. As George Orwell wisely said: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
Some may argue “oh but the journalism industry has evolved since the 1500’s” and I say to them “yes and no”. Yes it has grown in areas such as additional broadcast mediums, production techniques, technological expansions and has been influenced by the development of the English language but it has degenerated significantly in quality, mission and ethics. Thus, no corporate, big media outlet can claim to be the bastion of quality journalism in any way. It is because of this departure from pursuing the truth, that “news outlets” today are relegated to writing trashy celebrity gossip, meaningless and meandering opinion pieces on all manner of “non-story” topics and mass-producing fake news. Because of this, they’ve essentially dug their own graves and turned themselves into an irrelevancy… a minority lost in the din of millions of different voices.
Q: You attack the mainstream media regularly, yet so many of your stories use information published by them. For example, a recent article of yours about the Pauline Pantsdown guy used The Australian for quotes. If you have problems with the integrity of the mainstream media, why trust them as much as to accurately report what someone said?
A: Good question. When I can establish that facts are indeed facts through checking multiple sources and often contacting sources directly, then I go with that information in my stories. The problem is not real facts themselves, it is the additional information that is often conveniently left out – information which would accurately and honestly represent what actually happened. That is why I always seek extra information that I know the mainstream media will conveniently leave out. That is why I always question that information, too.
I don’t tend to use an awful lot of mainstream media stories as I prefer to use independent sources most of the time, but I will use them whenever I see facts being reported truthfully by the smidgen of truthful reporters left on this planet. If I don’t believe a story has been researched and investigated thoroughly, I as an independent, investigative reporter will do it myself.
In the case of the Pauline Pantsdown story, I actually contacted the folk at ACL and after trying to get hold of the managing director, Lyle Shelton, I was told he was too busy to speak to me, but everything he said to The Australian was correct and accurate. I verified this myself. The article by Eternity magazine was a lot better than The Australian’s as it gave a broader view of the situation and so I used quotes from there as well as from Simon Hunt himself. For example, The Australian left out the fact that it was Hunt, a well-known terribly nasty LGBTI advocate/provocateur, who was instrumental in the shutting down of another ACL conference earlier last year. Why did they avoid mentioning that fact? Because they’re afraid that it might incite “mean responses” to the LGBTI community. Who cares? Truth is truth and I couldn’t care less about whom it offends and whom it benefits.
Q: You say the mainstream media has become a “victim of liberal bias,” have you any examples of this I could draw on? Particularly in Australia.
A: Yes, the mainstream media has definitely become a victim of liberal bias. The problem is not bias but the lack of admission on the mainstream media’s part to being biased toward senseless left-wing ideologies. I am proudly biased – biased to pursuing the truth and nothing but the truth no matter who it benefits or offends.
As I said before, the media has lost its original mission, it’s been hijacked from its founding purpose and derailed from its guiding principles. It’s been sold out to corporate and government interests. These all have the single goal of controlling the narratives and pushing regressive leftist ideologies to create chaos and brokenness in society, to divide us all into factions and pit us against each other. They’re interested in implementing a new world order – as laid out in many famous speeches, writings and documents such as Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030. Put simply, they’re marching towards the goal of enslaving the minds of humanity to make us all think what they want us to think, do what they say we have to do and be what they want us to be. That is the globalist mindset.
As for examples, well why is it that every story about something political, social, ethical or religious in nature pushes only the liberal mindset? Hang on for a moment, I thought the media was all about being “fair and balanced”? Clearly, it isn’t. That’s why the truth and the truth only must be pursued.
The latest debate on the use of renewables as a “viable alternative” to coal-fired power stations to supply power to homes around this country of ours is a perfect example where regressive leftist ideology is forced upon us. If the truth was pursued, the public would be informed about the major problems with renewables including reliability, economical efficiency, financial impact and real environmental impact. But, no that’s something the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know about.
Another example is the “Safe Schools” program that the federal and state governments have been attempting to push in schools. The mainstream media won’t report on the fact that this vile sex-ed program is not an “anti-bullying” program (as it’s deceitfully packaged) but rather a filthy campaign that encourages kids in primary that they need to do things as outlandish as penis-tucking and breast-binding because they’re “trapped in the wrong body.” Instead, the media will focus on ridiculous factoids like flawed LGBTI suicide rate statistics or “research” on why they think kids do best with lesbian or gay parents. It’s abundantly clear to me that a diabolical agenda is being pushed instead of the cold, hard truth.
And these are just two out of a myriad of other examples that I could cite.