News Corp was a key supporter of the Iraq War — the Murdoch War. Of the 173 Murdoch papers worldwide only one, The Hobart Mercury opposed the war. Murdoch told us in 2003: ‘I think Bush acted very morally, very correctly. US troops will soon be welcomed as liberators’. His foreign editor on The Australian, Greg Sheridan, could not contain himself. ‘The bold eagle of American power is aloft, high above the humble earth. For as it soars and sweeps it sees victory, power and opportunity’. He is still in his job. Murdoch prefers loyalty to competence in all those around him, including his family.
Even some of the legacy media apologised for their support of the illegal war in Iraq. But never Murdoch nor for that matter John Howard.
News Corp in Australia for over a decade has also led the campaign of denial on climate change.
The US military/business/security complex exercises destructive and pervasive power. Legacy media supplies a favourable frame for that complex.
Our derivative media ties us to the white legacy media of the North Atlantic. It frames our view of the world.
Most political colonies have come to an end. But a colonial mind set continues in the media and promotes a ‘colonisation of the mind’.