For most of the Murdoch media, running a No campaign explicitly or by the “balance” subterfuge was a foregone conclusion given their political and social alignment with the Liberal and National parties, which in turn were always going to oppose the Voice.
The balance question also features in media that don’t operate as a political party, to use Malcolm Turnbull’s description of News Corp.
The easy example of “balance” failure is the disproportionate coverage that has tended to be given to Indigenous No campaigners when the overwhelming majority of Indigenous Australians are in the Yes camp…
The absurdity of the MAGA-like fear-and-loathing tribe preaching American-style reverence for the constitution is clear to anyone who has basic knowledge of our constitution. It borrows ideas from the US constitution but is a very different animal.
Master of basic knowledge Pascoe is confused. Americans have amended their founding document 27 times; Australians theirs only eight times. Or, in proportional terms, 122 years after its adoption (by 1911), the American constitution had been changed 16 times. Australians are therefore twice as reverential towards the constitutional status quo as Americans.