Free speech free TV style.
The Nine Network had dumped a GetUp ad
criticising News Corporation's anti-Labor campaign despite it being approved for broadcast by Free TV Australia's Commercial Advice Unit and broadcast over the weekend. Seven and Ten have both refused outright to run the ad, which is a direct-to-camera address by a male about The Daily Telegraph
and The Courier-Mail
's propaganda campaign directed against Labor during the course of the election. Despite accepting GetUp's payments, Nine withdrew the ad from broadcast yesterday. The Seven and Ten networks refused last week to run the ads.
This isn't the first time GetUp's ads have been rejected despite passing the free-to-air industry’s own ad vetting processes. Last year the networks refused to air an ad about Coles and Woolworth’s links to gambling
. This is despite the networks’ insistence they are stout defenders of free speech. "Freedom of speech is one of the fundamental pillars of a free and open society. It is as important as parliamentary democracy and the rule of law in guaranteeing the freedom and rights of all Australians," said David Leckie in his role as head of Free TV Australia in 2007. -- Bernard Keane
Bully lives up to its name
. Stellar work from The Gold Coast Bulletin on its front page today
as it turns a fly-on-the-wall Palmer Unity Party campaign yarn into one of the biggest beat-ups since Kevin Rudd's non-hairdryer blow-up in Afghanistan. The story, by intrepid Bulletin
reporter Matthew Killoran, reports that party leader Clive was annoyed his cab was going to arrive at the same time as banners in another cab to be set up for a press conference. "Wait, wait, wait here. Just stop here," Palmer apparently "shouted". "Wait. Just stop. Don’t go off."