The Australian press and media is stricken with a terrible misunderstanding about its role, and responsibilities. It thinks that each and every view, no matter how stupid or misled, or just plain muddle-headed, needs to receive equal time. This is wrong, because there are certain things, in the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld, which are known, some are unknown, and some are just unknowable. It is up to the media, as gatekeepers, to make a call, and ignore the unbearably silly offerings of the wrong’uns.
Most of what passes for conservatism, and conservative thought in this country, is just wrong. The right wing of the Coalition seem to have trouble grasping certain facets of modern life which are ‘known knowns’.
Global warming is happening, because we all watch weather reports, and we know the difference between climate and weather. There is no connection between paedophilia and homosexuality. There is no threat to religious freedom in Australia, because most people don’t care about religion. Any religion at all, and I do not know anyone who wants to impose Islam on the St Brigid’s schoolkids. Letting a transgender kid use a particular toilet will not lead to indiscriminate gender-swapping at the next toilet break.
The massacre at Port Arthur happened, and so did the moon landing, and vaccines really are good for you. Most of the politicians and community leaders who think otherwise should be shunned, not because their opinions are wrong, but because they have the resources to better educate themselves, but they wilfully continue to believe in some sort of primitive voodooism, where all change is evil.
So let’s stop letting them on television and radio. Stop presenting the counter-view as if it carried equivalent weight. It does not. Let’s stop electing idiots to Parliament. It is embarrassing.