Category: Media

Carl Bernstein: Fox News and Republicans are “abetting a criminal cover-up” for the Trump team

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CARL BERNSTEIN: They are abetting a cover-up. Not just Fox News of whom it might be expected — particularly Hannity and some of the commentators — there are some real reporters at Fox I think that feel very uncomfortable about this abetting a cover-up which is what this network is doing at Fox at this moment. But the Republican Party is in danger of abetting a criminal cover-up, and this is going to have real consequences.

Carl Bernstein: Fox News and Republicans are “abetting a criminal cover-up” for the Trump team

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency | The New Yorker

The man behind Breitbart,

Milo’s sponsor among other things and Trump’s  Robert Mercer loves nothing better than to sponsor clowns

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency | The New Yorker

Fox & Friends gave almost no airtime to Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets

Fox & Friends has served as a safe space for Trump, often giving him fodder for his early morning tweets. The program also allows Trump to escape challenging interviews and serves as his first line of defens Fox & Friends gave almost no airtime to Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets

Mark Latham has trolled everyone, including me, but he shouldn’t be totally silenced

Speaking outside court this week, Latham filmed a video for his sad little show, which has been forcefully migrated from Sky to the internet.Yassmin Abdel-Magied on The Project likened Australia to an abusive boyfriend.

He calls it Mark Latham’s Outsiders, bless him. He told his followership, such that it is, that Faruqi is “trying to break me financially…he’s trying to wipe us out of the political debate in Australia, so he can get away with anti-white racism”.

If anti-white racism exists, and I’m not at all sure that it does, it’s certainly not something that is imperilling the Australian way of life

Mark Latham has trolled everyone, including me, but he shouldn’t be totally silenced

Spectator Australia takes a hit with big Grantham floods payout | Media | The Guardian

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Spectator Australia, the conservative magazine already struggling to survive with paid sales of about 8,000 copies, will be deeply wounded by a $572,674 payment to a Toowoomba family who say they were defamed by the publication. Editor Rowan Dean, who was Mark Latham’s co-host on the doomed Sky News show Outsiders, has maintained his silence about the eye-watering sum and how it will affect the Australian arm of the UK magazine.

Denis Wagner, one of four brothers to take legal action, told Weekly Beast the family just wanted justice after the magazine published an article, “Dam Busters! How Cater and Jones burst Grantham’s wall of lies”, which implied they were to blame for the Grantham flood. “We are pleased with the successful resolution of the claim, which vindicates the stance we have taken in this matter,” Wagner said. “We are now focusing on vindicating our reputations in our cases against Alan Jones and Channel Nine.”

Spectator Australia takes a hit with big Grantham floods payout | Media | The Guardian

Murdoch Media batting for Trump

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On Thursday the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal ― a crown jewel in the media empire of Rupert Murdoch, a close Trump ally — went after Mueller as well. It wrote that the dossier news raises the question of whether the document helped fuel the FBI’s probe into Trump’s campaign. Since the dossier attributes allegations to “Kremlin-connected sources,” the board argues that would mean the FBI could have been essentially acting on “disinformation” provided by Russia. And if there were a need to investigate the FBI’s actions, that would make Mueller’s FBI ties a major conflict of interest.

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Holy Wars – How The Australian targets and attacks its enemies – Crikey

The behaviour of the “national broadsheet” towards its enemies is no dirty little secret. Almost all the players in politics, government, academia, science, media and policy are aware of how it works.

Source: Holy Wars – How The Australian targets and attacks its enemies – Crikey

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts | Environment | The Guardian

This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty.Last week, China announced it was stopping or postponing work on 151 coal plants that were either under, or earmarked for, construction.Last month, India reported its national coal fleet on average ran at little more than 60% of its capacity – among other things, well below what is generally considered necessary for an individual generator to be financially viable.Tony Abbott needs to explain U-turn on climate change, Julie Bishop saysRead moreNeither of these stories gained much of a foothold in the Australia media. But one story on global coal did: that 621 plants were being built across the planet

Source: The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts | Environment | The Guardian

Las Vegas shooting: How 4Chan, far-right trolls named the wrong man

algorithms that, increasingly, have come to define a person’s public-facing identities.Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThis anonymous 4Chan poster, citing Alex Jones Infowar, claims without basis, that the Las Vegas shooter was involved in …This anonymous 4Chan poster, citing Alex Jones Infowar, claims without basis, that the Las Vegas shooter was involved in a Far Left organisation. Photo: Supplied

Source: Las Vegas shooting: How 4Chan, far-right trolls named the wrong man

Adani Australia: Investigation uncovers tax haven ties to British Virgin Islands – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An investigation by the ABC’s Four Corners program uncovers previously unknown tax haven ties for Adani Group’s Australian operations.

Source: Adani Australia: Investigation uncovers tax haven ties to British Virgin Islands – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘If RT leaves the US, American media might stop broadcasting in Russia’ – RT editor-in-chief — RT America

Owing to the US campaign to have RT registered as a foreign agent, the channel will “in the worst-case scenario” be forced to stop broadcasting in America, which will trigger reciprocal measures towards US media in Russia, RT’s editor-in-chief has said.

Source: ‘If RT leaves the US, American media might stop broadcasting in Russia’ – RT editor-in-chief — RT America

Audio recording reveals how Channel 7 cadet was dismissed soon after making harassment complaint – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An extraordinary audio recording has emerged which lifts the lid on the way the Seven Network treated a young woman who made a sexual harassment complaint against an older male colleague, only to be dismissed from work soon after.

Source: Audio recording reveals how Channel 7 cadet was dismissed soon after making harassment complaint – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

Will you join us?

At this point, if a company is sponsoring Sean Hannity’s show, it is essentially supporting a Trump propaganda operation. It needs to stop.

Sean Hannity has a long record of right-wing chicanery, lies, and vitriol. But he has morphed into something more dangerous than just a partisan hack — he’s been exposed as a full-blown propagandist who conspires with the Trump administration to spread fabricated stories, smear detractors, and undercut the rule of law.

21st Century Fox (Fox News’ parent company) won’t hold him accountable. So, there are two options: 1) Do nothing; or 2) Take action to hold Hannity accountable.

Spreading misinformation is Hannity’s business model, and now he’s doing it on behalf of the Trump administration. His propagandizing has become so odious that he was condemned by some of his coworkers, who reportedly told The Daily Beast that the host was “’embarrassing’ the network” and that “some people need to be fired.”

It’s past time for Hannity to go. If Fox won’t fire Hannity, then advertisers should run as fast as they can, or else they run the risk of being complicit in his deceit and recklessness. Advertisers will get burned if they continue to associate with Hannity — plain and simple.

Sign up here to join the effort to encourage Hannity’s advertisers to stop financially supporting his propaganda.

It’s up to this grassroots movement — individuals, organizations, and hundreds of independent organizers — to keep up the pressure. Together, their efforts and your participation will have a tremendous impact.

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Here are a few of Hannity’s top advertisers:

DirecTV

Dollar Shave Club

Mercedes Benz

Mitsubishi

NutriSystem

Don’t you wish Andrew Bolt was dependant on Advertising he’d be gone in a blink.

Source: Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

Media reforms to pass the Senate, clearing the way for major mergers and acquisitions

A dramatic reshaping of Australia’s media industry is imminent after plans to scrap media ownership laws received endorsement from crucial Senate crossbenchers.

Source: Media reforms to pass the Senate, clearing the way for major mergers and acquisitions

Gordon, Murdoch in legal challenge to Ten takeover|

 

 

Network Ten backer Bruce Gordon and the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox have made last-ditch pushes to thwart the purchase of the failed network by America’s CBS.

“Network Ten collapsed in June after Mr Gordon’s Birketu and Mr Murdoch’s Illyria said they would not extend their guarantee of $200 million of the media company’s debt. This followed the exit of James Packer as a backer for the financially troubled network.

Source: Gordon, Murdoch in legal challenge to Ten takeover

US TV giant CBS to buy troubled Ten Network, creating potential streaming rival to Netflix, Stan – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The troubled Ten Network will be purchased by the US-based broadcasting giant CBS, with the company to launch the digital subscription video on-demand service CBS All Access in the Australian market.

Source: US TV giant CBS to buy troubled Ten Network, creating potential streaming rival to Netflix, Stan – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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NSW Police investigate after cast, audience of gay play in Lane Cove have tyres slashed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sydney police launch an investigation after the cast and audience of a play about a gay love story have their tyres slashed.

Source: NSW Police investigate after cast, audience of gay play in Lane Cove have tyres slashed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

News Corp channel switch leaves ABC scrambling to get with the program | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

News Corp channel switch leaves ABC scrambling. Sky News owner has ABC dumped from TV listings in its newspapers. In case you had any doubt about what it means when media power is concentrated in the hands of one company, we’ll give you a little insight. The ABC’s 24-hour news channel, now called ABC News, used to appear in the TV listings of the News Corp metropolitan newspapers along with all the other free-to-air channels. The Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun have always listed ABC News alongside ABC2, Nine, 7TWO and all the rest.That was until News Corp ordered that ABC News should no longer appear in the listings and should be replaced by Sky News programming. Sky sees ABC News as a serious rival, openly campaigning for the public broadcaster to drop its investment in rolling news.Late last year Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp fully acquired the Australian News Channel – the parent company of Sky News, which was once jointly owned by BSkyB, Seven and Nine – and the competition hotted up.This is what ABC TV publicity staff were told when they asked editors at the production house Pagemasters about the sudden disappearance of the news channel listing. (Pagemasters is a one-stop shop for media production which both News Corp and Fairfax have used as an alternative to employing in-house subeditors.) “A few months back News Corp instructed Pagemasters to remove ABC News and insert Sky News for all of their metro publications,” a Pagemasters editor told the ABC staffer. “You will need to contact them directly in regards to any issues your viewers have with not being able to view the ABC News programming.”ABC News reaches 14% of the metropolitan population weekly versus 3% for Sky News.

Source: News Corp channel switch leaves ABC scrambling to get with the program | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Breitbart News: Find out about the website Steve Bannon calls his ‘killing machine’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Steve Bannon has returned to Breitbart News after being fired from the White House. Read about the website he calls his killing machine.

Source: Breitbart News: Find out about the website Steve Bannon calls his ‘killing machine’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Nick Xenophon rejects One Nation ABC restrictions but pushes small media tax breaks – politics live | Australia news | The Guardian

“Hanson & Bolt call for Media Profit, value Uniformity over  Debate  and can’t be trusted; The ABC provides Debate, Diversity & values information for all Australians and is trusted. Privatised News is no News.” Old Dog

Source: Nick Xenophon rejects One Nation ABC restrictions but pushes small media tax breaks – politics live | Australia news | The Guardian

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Western media coverage of Russia gives journalism a bad name — RT Op-Edge

Sometimes, you have to wonder how some people become journalists. Because the quality of western reportage on Russia is frequently so poor you’d almost suspect the hacks concerned collected tokens off cereal boxes to win their positions.

Source: Western media coverage of Russia gives journalism a bad name — RT Op-Edge

Death of the Newspaper? – New Matilda

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We’re at an interesting phase in the long and catastrophic wasting disease of the English-speaking newspaper. And clinical evidence from America and Britain has lessons for Australia, where only two genuine specimens, surrounded by painted corpses, still exhibit vital signs. The main corporate event foreshadowed by New Matilda last month is the sale and break-upMore

Source: Death of the Newspaper? – New Matilda

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi: The problem with the media’s favourite Muslim – RN – ABC News | Andrew Bolt’s regular Muslim spokesperson

Mohammad Tawhidi appears on Network Seven's Sunrise program above a banner reading: 'Australia's Muslim leaders speak out'.

In just 12 months, Mohammad Tawhidi has become one of the most prominent Muslim voices in the Australian media. But is Imam Tawhidi all he seems?

Source: Imam Mohammad Tawhidi: The problem with the media’s favourite Muslim – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Channel Ten taken hostage as Parliament held to ransom on media reform| Murdoch’s grab

The current “crisis” at Ten is entirely aimed at pressuring the Senate to pass the Turnbull Government’s media reform legislation, which includes measures to repeal the 75 per cent “reach rule” that stops metropolitan broadcasters merging with regional players; and the “2 out of 3 rule”, which prevents any one proprietor owning more than two of the three services – TV, radio and print – in any one market.

Source: Channel Ten taken hostage as Parliament held to ransom on media reform