Why is it that when the media have a discussion about a current issue there are people in the public that want that discussion stopped because it doesn’t fit their narrative.
In my Daily Telegraph article, originally published on 13 April 2018, I discuss how Sunrise was the target of ongoing protests. You can read the original article here or you can read the full text of the article below.
Shutting down debate is no way to solve a problem
IF the media seems overly obsessed with opinion polls that change nothing, perhaps its because real news has become too hot to handle.
Channel 7’s Sunrise is the latest to feel the heat. The breakfast show has become a target of ongoing protests and its presenters are being bullied, just because it tried to do its job.
In the wake of the alleged rape of a two year old Aboriginal girl in Tennant Creek, the Assistant Minister for Children and Families, David Gillespie, said that he wanted to “relax rules requiring Aboriginal kids to be placed with relatives or other indigenous families”.
He told the Courier Mail this would increase opportunities for abused Aboriginal children to enter stable care arrangements, and potentially save them from ongoing rape, assault and neglect.
When Channel 7’s Sunrise put the proposal to its regular panel, mayhem ensued.
“Should white families be allowed to adopt Aboriginal children?” host Samantha Armytage asked PR Prue MacSween and radio host Ben Davies.
“Of course, it’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned,” responded MacSween.
“We can’t have another generation of young indigenous children abused in this way.”
But she followed up: “Don’t worry about the people that would cry and hand wring and say this would be another stolen generation. Just like the first stolen generation where a lot of people were taken because it was for their wellbeing … we need to do it again, perhaps.”