MEDIA BIAS ON SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ CONFIRMED BY MEDIA WATCH:
A call to be professional, not partisan.
“Last night’s Media Watch acknowledged the bias and censorship against our side of the marriage debate,” said Dr David van Gend, President of the Australian Marriage Forum.
Paul Barry asked,
"But aside from the ads being banned, are opponents of marriage equality getting an equal run in the media? Or at least a fair hearing. We don’t think they are… This is an important change that’s being proposed, and surely both sides of the debate have an equal right to be heard.”
“That is a very significant judgement – and we expect journalists and presenters to accept their guilty sentence and mend their errant ways,” Dr van Gend said.
“And tonight is the first chance the media have to practice the new fairness – which will be essential if we move to a national plebiscite, with its binding responsibility to give both sides of the marriage debate an equal hearing.
1. COME TO TONIGHT’S PUBLIC ADDRESS BY DR RYAN ANDERSON IN CANBERRA
The AMF is principal sponsor of the visit of the brilliant US defender of marriage, Dr Ryan Anderson. He has been the single most prominent and effective advocate in the US in recent years, acknowledged even by opponents for exceptional clarity of thought and a gracious manner. The events are being managed by the Australian Christian Lobby and co-sponsored by other pro-familiy and marriage groups. Tonight is Dr Anderson's first engagement and media are welcome to come and hear Ryan at the Parliamentary Theatre, Canberra, 7 to 9 pm. Details at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-cost-of-equality-canberra-tickets-17773308444
If you are Melbourne-based, come to Thursday night’s event, 6 to 8 pm at Cathedral Hall, 20 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. See https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-cost-of-equality-melbourne-tickets-17561772735
2. CONSIDER THIS MESSAGE FOR TONIGHT FROM THE AMF PRESIDENT
“Here is another chance for the media to start to understand their fellow citizens who oppose same-sex ‘marriage’. This video message will be shown at the Ryan Anderson events in Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane, and it deals precisely with the hostility and bias of the media – particularly in relation to the first AMF TV ad which was banned by SBS in March, leading to a big discussion of free speech and the grilling of the SBS boss by a Senate committee.
“The video message explains what we consider to be the heart of opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’ – that it makes it impossible for a child to have both a mother and a father. But take a listen, and dare to believe that your fellow citizens who oppose changing the present law are not the monsters of media fantasy but serious people with gentle child-centred reasons for their position”, Dr van Gend said.
Video at https://youtu.be/8_QWCp4qhdM