“Balanced has not always been an appropriate adjective for ABC current affairs programs in recent years – but last night it was,” FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“We saw Paul Barry at his finest on Media Watch – acknowledging and providing clear evidence of blatant media bias against supporters of natural marriage in the current public debate. Paul must have read our media release last week: ‘We saw the rainbow – but where were the flowers?’
“And then we saw Tony Jones on Q&A – providing even-handed moderation of comments by a panel of five. Three supporters of same-sex marriage lined up against two supporters of natural marriage. Unbalanced? Perhaps. But Katy Faust and Brendan O’Neill were brilliant debaters. They deftly countered the hatred and bigotry thrown at them by their opponents.”
Ros Phillips said she was disappointed in Greens senator Richard Di Natale, who dismissed Katy Faust’s reference to studies showing kids do best with their natural married mum and dad as “rubbish”.
“If this is an example of the Greens’ understanding of the literature, they should get new researchers,” Ros Phillips said. “I would encourage Senator Di Natale to read the very large 2010 US study of child maltreatment. Among other things, the researchers examined child abuse in six different family types. (See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/nis4_report_congress_full_pdf_jan2010.pdf , section 5.3)
“The study found that children were safest by far, on every measure, when raised by their two natural married parents.
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