I am disappointed that politicians are listening to media companies about media reform. Here is another issue where the voters are ignored in favour of conflicted special interest groups. One only has to look at how the media companies are reporting on reform to see why at the very least a public interest advocate is a good thing.
These media companies have a vested interest – profit. The reform is about a balanced media we can trust. Trust is not part of the profit equation.
Every time I see another story about a media owner or manager lobbying a politician I wonder why smokers don’t get to lobby on tobacco or fat people on food laws or communities on fracking. Hang on, the companies that stand to profit get to do the lobbying.
Politicians go where the money is for counsel. Media companies go where the money is on lobbying.
The reporting of the debate on media reform in and of itself demonstrates the need for reform. The sad thins is that many Australians will not see this as they have been told otherwise – by some of the media companies most in need of more oversight.