Everyone has an agenda or bias.
That is a fact of human nature.
I certainly do. I stand for Catholicism and its truth and beauty. If you think you will find support for something other than that on this webpage then you will be sorely disappointed.
Journalists also have an agenda as well. And, collectively, it is profoundly left of centre.
A survey of political allegiance amongst journalists has found that the overwhelming majority of them support Labor and the Greens. Surprise, surprise.
Just 14 per cent of the over 600 journalists surveyed responded that they would vote for the Coalition.
At the ABC, over 40 per cent ticked the box of the Green Loony Machine.
This means that, on the whole, journalists are completely out of touch with Australian society. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to foresee that Labor and the Greens will be put on life support by the Australian community at the next Federal Election.
Or that there will be many, many voters who actually want the machine switched off altogether, beaten into a thousand little pieces and finally buried in a toxic waste dump – hopefully somewhere in New Zealand.
However, journalists don’t like being called out of touch. They prefer another term: progressive.
That is how they justify running agendas that the Australian people just do not support. Like gay marriage.
It also explains why large exposure is given to any politician who speaks in favour of the issue, but little coverage is allowed for those who don’t.
So when the supposedly Christian Kevin Rudd jumped on the definitely anti-Christian gay marriage bandwagon yesterday it was predictably large news.
What wasn’t mentioned anywhere, however, was a referendum on whether Australians actually supported the idea of two blokes walking down the aisle together.
That is because Australians don’t support this idea and the media knows it. By the way, so does Julia Gillard. The last thing she wants is to tie the knot with a big concrete block called ‘referendum on gay marriage’ before jumping into the electoral ocean.
You might remember that there were calls for a referendum only a few weeks ago. They were loud, noisy and the story punched out by the media and pro-gay marriage activists was that Australians supported gay marriage.
The cocksure implication was that it was already a done deal – no one but a bigot would say no.
But in the little test run on this issue in Tasmania the majority did say no.
So since then the media has gone all quiet on the idea of a referendum. So have activist groups.
Now, instead, the message on gay marriage has changed. And it no longer involves the Australian people or their views.
It simply involves politicians and the media’s continuous urging that they have the utmost, urgent, vital, pressing need to re-examine their consciences (again) and then again until they vote yes.
And when they do, they will be given glowing reports and column inches to stoke their egos.
And the overwhelming majority of stories will imply that this is what Australians want and that they want it now.
And so the message will be pumped out in a fashion that would impress even Goebbels himself. It will be declared that parliamentarians need to revisit this issue before the election to satisfy the Australian people and their desire for justice, compassion and gay marriage.
But it is not true.
It is also completely hypocritical. If anyone tries to raise other social issues that threaten the victories achieved by radical progressives then they are immediately labelled as divisive. And, firmly, it is declared that the issue has already been decided.
But, as gay marriage shows, it is perfectly legitimate for the media to keep their pet agendas on the table, even after they are defeated over and again.
That means that we shouldn’t expect the gay marriage debate to disappear, even if Tony Abbott is elected on a platform opposing this radical social change.