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Readers’ views on the Crows jumper fiasco, the new Adelaide TV commercial, “Come Heckle Christ” and perceptions of ABC bias.

DAVID EGAN: I hope David Washington now realizes why Port supporters “didn’t get it” (Dear Port fans: you just don’t get it, InDaily, 6 February 2014). David you are the ones that don’t get the fact that the Crows are not the team for all South Australians and it is time you respected PAFC like we are prepared to respect you. A new era is about to begin; be a part of it and the whole of SA can be proud of both of our AFL teams.

TONY ADAMS: Oh dear old Adelaide. How you resist change and swiftly reject, knock or criticise anything out of the ordinary that you don’t understand or don’t want to understand (New Adelaide ad splashes down, InDaily, 3 February 2014).

“Breathe” I suggest is merely the start of an ongoing advertising campaign to gain some initial attention and will follow through with a series of ads strongly promoting SA and all it has to offer. (Not much it would appear to the good folks on the eastern seaboard who know or care little about this state).

It’s the kwp! way of producing great award-winning, yes, but importantly, effective campaigns and I reckon they are pretty good at doing it.

Take a deep BREATH Adelaide. Watch this campaign evolve and enjoy the benefits as they are doing in the Barossa.

JUNE PRUCE: People should have free speech to express contrary and challenging views (Pre-emptive outrage becomes an Adelaide habit, InDaily, 3 February 2014). And this should extend to artistic endeavour – but should not this be equal for all?

If it is, then I’m sure the Premier, BankSA and the Fringe organisers will have no problem at all in promoting the desecration of such books as the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita, etc all in the name of artistic expression.

Just ask the opinion of any of the good folk arriving by sea from Afghanistan – I’m sure it would be revealing!

J. MELBOURNE: I agree with Tony Abbott re the bias of the ABC. Recently in Adelaide’s breakfast radio show they actually cut off a guy who tried to comment in favour of Abbott. With our poor radio reception we mainly rely on the ABC so are well aware of their bias. For an organisation which is funded by the government of the day, one would think they’d be at great pains to be unbiased and just report things as they are, and not try to fly the Labor Party flag all the time.

ANDY ALCOCK: As soon as the ABC runs a story that gives both sides of a particular government policy or an historical event, you just know that the conservatives like John Howard, Alexander Downer and now Tony Abbott are going to come out of the woodwork screaming bias. It is happening now because of the revelations of the shabby treatment meted out to our tiny neighbour, Timor-Leste, over the the oil and gas resources deal in the Timor Sea and the disgraceful treatment of asylum seekers.Now it appears that the Coalition is seeking to muzzle the media on such contentious issues..

The Coalition can usually rely on the Murdoch media, journalists like Andrew Bolt and the radio “shock jocks’’, to run the conservative line of the day along with adding their opinions which frequently are very narrow and biased and presented with little research to back them up. Australians who want wider and well researched reporting, feedback from all sides and reasonable debate about issues turn to the ABC and SBS to get their news. Is this not what democracy is supposed to be about?

In the 1930s and 1940s, there was a huge struggle waged to defeat those who wanted to burn books that they did not want ordinary people to read. Now our conservative politicians want to censor the media in Australia that promotes open and free discussion. I think that we should be wary of any attacks on the ABC and using them as an excuse to intervene in what it does and should say no to any such intended action.

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