Category: Media

Fascist-Sympathizing Newspaper Barons Were the Blueprint for Today’s Right-Wing Media

In the 1930s, six right-wing oligarchs used the US’s and UK’s largest newspapers to spout sensationalist xenophobia, and at times even boost fascist propaganda. Today, Fox News and other right-wing mass media outlets are using the very same blueprint.

Source: Fascist-Sympathizing Newspaper Barons Were the Blueprint for Today’s Right-Wing Media

Scientists Conclude Climate Change Contributed to 1/3 of Pakistan being Under Water; Calls for Debt Relief

Climate scientists are very careful about attribution. But these scientists wrote, “we found that the 5-day maximum rainfall over the provinces Sindh and Balochistan is now about 75% more intense than it would have been had the climate not warmed by 1.2C, whereas the 60-day rain across the basin is now about 50% more intense, meaning rainfall this heavy is now more likely to happen.”

Source: Scientists Conclude Climate Change Contributed to 1/3 of Pakistan being Under Water; Calls for Debt Relief

Crikey and Media Watch v Friendlyjordies and IA

One needs to ask why is IA so readily flailing away at another independent media publisher rather than putting up a united stand against mainstream white man’s media? Why aren’t the other Independents responding and supporting them in their attack on Crikey? They don’t seem to feel Donavan and Pini have an argument worth backing.

Is IA just the sound of a single mouse roaring? Wailing against a competitor in a small Independent alternative market? They seem to have taken their eyes off the ball, the greater Australian media system? Or is this simply the sound of sour grapes? Do you really have to be poor to have both integrity and Independence?

Despite its claims of being small and independent, Crikey uses its cronies in the mainstream media, including ABC Media Watch, to promote itself and its funding campaigns and attack its competitors. Another eye-opening exposé by Dave Donovan and Michelle Pini.

Source: Crikey and Media Watch v Friendlyjordies and IA

Australia’s new defamation laws should stop criminals like Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes from abusing the law to silence journalistsKangaroo Court of Australia

Australia’s new defamation laws should stop criminals like Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes from abusing the law to silence journalists By Shane Dowling on September 18, 2022 • ( Leave a comment )

Source: Australia’s new defamation laws should stop criminals like Lachlan Murdoch and Kerry Stokes from abusing the law to silence journalistsKangaroo Court of Australia

Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce

In Australia, as in Britain and the United States, professional mass media are part of the Establishment. This status even has its own name: the fourth estate. So at times like the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the pressure to conform to political and social expectations is intense.

Source: Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce

Fossil Fuel Industry Wants Free Speech for Corporations but Not Citizens

Demonstrators walks past the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 10, 2017. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders arranged for the march to protect native sovereignty, keep fossil fuels in the ground and stop construction of the DAPL project. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right to protest is forever being restricted while Fake Advertising and media propaganda is increasingly tolerated

As oil companies push to criminalize dissent, they’re also making the case that climate denialism is protected speech, not fraudulent advertising.

Source: Fossil Fuel Industry Wants Free Speech for Corporations but Not Citizens

White Man’s Media: Legacy media in the US and UK frames and conditions our thinking and actions – Pearls and Irritations

White mans media

Most political colonies have come to an end. But a colonial mind set continues in the media .That colonial media mind set in turn promotes a ‘colonisation of the mind’. The US Department of Defence maintains, in its own words ‘full spectrum dominance’ throughout the world. Legacy media in the US and the UK has the same dominance. It frames and influences how we think and particularly how governments act.

Source: White Man’s Media: Legacy media in the US and UK frames and conditions our thinking and actions – Pearls and Irritations

Is this the madness that comes with monarchy – or is it the disdain that’s over the top?

Is this the madness that comes with monarchy – or is it the disdain that’s over the top?

ITA and the ABC the Monthly Women’s Magazine is back

Is this the madness that comes with monarchy – or is it the disdain that’s over the top? by Mark Sawyer and Callum Foote | Sep 16, 2022 The ABC’s has sent its big guns to London for the funeral of the Queen. Is this a wise use of taxpayer dollars – or entirely justified by the event’s historic nature?

Source: Michael West Media – investigative journalists – always independent

More about the Crikey crowdfunding con

Is this a fight between two competitors where one, IA, fears it’s about to lose, and lose out big-time, the pot of gold- subscription money? According to them the crowdfunding of Crikey needs to be stopped why? Because they are already well funded? Well, there goes the Monthly or any other Independent publisher fighting to deliver better quality REAL News and Information. Are Murdochs funding IA or has AI merely jumped ship and joined the Murdochs of their own accord? What value is there when IA have turned to play the man and has taken it’s eyes off the ball and the man happens to be on their own team?

CRIKEY … “INDEPENDENT”? 

Long before Crikey decided to stick its head above the parapet and issue this challenge to Lachlan Murdoch, Independent Australia was being mauled by Murdoch’s minions. We were being attacked, scorned and subjected to almost innumerable legal letters from News Corp, practically all of which threatened our very continuation as a publication. That’s because we were actually broke — not pretend poor, like Crikey. IA

The deeper you dig into Crikey’s crowdfunding in its defamation case against the Murdochs, the muddier it becomes.

Source: More about the Crikey crowdfunding con

Press freedom under threat again for whistleblowers

Bearing hallmarks of the 2019 Australia Federal Police raid on the ABC over its ‘Afghan Files’, Finnish journalists are on trial for treason after reporting on Finland’s national security, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

Press freedom under threat again for whistleblowers

The truth about Crikey’s crowdfunding campaign

The truth about Crikey’s crowdfunding campaign

But this crowdfunding initiative, appealing to your better instincts by allowing them to misconceive Crikey as being a poor, independent media company up against a titan, has been launched under false pretences.

The question Australians need to ask themselves is, why would they use their hard-earned to displace one allegedly unethical media tycoon with one who also appears, from what we’ve seen here, to play it fast and loose?

The truth about Crikey’s crowdfunding campaign

Rex Patrick: will Timor Leste become China’s latest aircraft carrier? – Michael West

Meanwhile the demented idiots on Sky News Kenny and Dean were spruiking that the Conflict Islands, privately owned, are up for sale. “where’s Penny Wong where’s Wong” both screamed. In fact the islands aren’t up for sale and never were according to their owner. It seems Kenny and Dean were demanding Australia buy them and some 800 other islands between us and NG.

These claiming to be balanced news jocks just fall over and over every night for the amusement of the same audience of less than 30k half of which are probably their opposition and the other half sitting with their food trays in their laps with the TV on for their amusement.

In the wake of Scott Morrison and Marise Payne’s disastrous foreign affairs stewardship, Penny Wong jets to Timor-Leste today in what may be another rescue mission to save a Pacific neighbour from China’s expansion in the region. Rex Patrick has long warned the young nation might spurn Australia in favour of Chinese investment.

Rex Patrick: will Timor Leste become China’s latest aircraft carrier? – Michael West

Lack of scrutiny helped Morrison scandal go unnoticed

With the ABC neutered these past decade and Murdoch media, Ch9 and other mainstream organizations tied to the Government and it’s donors for financial gain political media in this country holds any oppositions to account rather than the Government. Democracy is no longer being served and an autocracy is encouraged to flourish. Grass roots politics brought an end to the slippery slide and has temporarily allowed the nation to catch its breathe.

Revelations about Scott Morrison’s power-grab of five secret ministries raise serious questions about the health of Australian media and in turn, the media’s commitment to contribute to a strong democracy.

The core function of political media is to hold power to account. The fact that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison was able to secretly sign himself in as co-minister in the portfolios of health, finance, resources, treasury and home affairs, in collusion with the Governor-General, speaks volumes of journalists’ unwillingness to scrutinise the powerful.

Lack of scrutiny helped Morrison scandal go unnoticed

Neo-Nazi pub incident more complex than it seems

Consequently, the matter has become a shitshow and is all but impossible to discuss frankly in the public arena. But I’m concerned that if we don’t try, we’ll leave a vacuum that rash people might feel the need to fill.

It’s undoubtedly been made worse by media outlets like The Herald Sun. Journalist Brianna Travers will not be collecting Walkleys for her article: ‘The Irish Times pub fires workers for spitting in neo-Nazi’s beer’. Her article begins with ‘A neo-Nazi has revealed what allegedly prompted an Irish pub’s bartender to spit in his beer’, making it sound like Brianna bravely gave voice to a neo-Nazi about what the extremist bartender did to him.

Neo-Nazi pub incident more complex than it seems

Can American Democracy Survive the “Fake News” Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

Can a nation survive as a democratic republic without an honest and trusted news ecosystem? Is it an actual fact that truthful and reliable news — combined with the kind of cultural trust people have in both government and each other as the result of a shared reality — are both historic and necessary preconditions for a democracy to work at all?

Can American Democracy Survive the “Fake News” Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

Fox complained the feds should have subpoenaed Trump’s documents before seeking a search warrant. They did. | Media Matters for America

Idiots abroad. An Australian who once shamed us and is still regarded as one of us- News Corp the Goebbellian Murdoch PR Corporation

Fox News personalities have repeatedly denounced Monday’s FBI execution of a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence by claiming that the agency should instead have subpoenaed the documents the former president illegally took from the White House, which the bureau was reportedly seeking. In their telling, Trump is a naif who may have accidentally taken some documents he should not have, but sending federal agents to seize the documents is a massive escalation which revealed that President Joe Biden’s administration is targeting a political opponent for partisan gain.

Fox complained the feds should have subpoenaed Trump’s documents before seeking a search warrant. They did. | Media Matters for America

The Morrison circus is over but the mainstream media must go on

It’s facing enormous challenges since Labor won the Federal Election and immediately embarked on a whole new way of doing governance that (so far) positions policy before politics. At first blush, this seems to be the opposite of the “flood the zone with shit” strategy practised by the now defunct L-NP Government led by the now defunct Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

It’s a challenge for voters as well, reeling as we are from years of daily chaos that rapidly became our new normal as the former Government lurched from one scandal to another, as lies went unremarked and commentators, rather than contest this cavalier abandonment of truthfulness and transparency, normalised it by declaring we were in a “post-truth” world.

The Morrison circus is over but the mainstream media must go on

Capital v labour: where is the poll on neo-liberalism? – Michael West

Illustration of zombie pigs

In Fleet Street they used to call it the Reverse Ferret, to say one thing one day then take entirely the opposite editorial stance the next. And so it is with Nine, News Corp and Anthony Albanese. Michael West on media, government and neo-liberalism.

Source: Capital v labour: where is the poll on neo-liberalism? – Michael West

Top national newspapers quickly drop front-page story of DOJ probe into Trump’s January 6 role | Media Matters for America

In the week after news broke of the Department of Justice’s criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump’s role in the January 6 riot, the top five national newspapers quickly moved on from news: Only 3 newspapers put the story on their front pages, and only The New York Times followed up with another front-page story a couple of days later. This coverage is in stark contrast to the 46 front-page stories these papers printed over a 7-day period in 2016 about the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server — a far less serious story.

Top national newspapers quickly drop front-page story of DOJ probe into Trump’s January 6 role | Media Matters for America

Right-wing media downplay climate change amid deadly extreme heat, attack idea that we are in a climate emergency | Media Matters for America

Right wing media downplay heat wave

Despite the fact that year in year out records are being smashed.

Source: Right-wing media downplay climate change amid deadly extreme heat, attack idea that we are in a climate emergency | Media Matters for America

The world won’t listen: African dream died long before a despot – Michael West

The lack of interest in the death of a former African leader wasn’t just business as usual in the story of a continent, but a reflection on what we find important in our media diet, writes Mark Sawyer.

It’s been quite a few days. The former leader of the world’s third biggest democracy was gunned down. Much-loved actors James Caan and Tony Sirico, who embodied gangsterdom in The Godfather and The Sopranos, were whacked for real, so to speak (I mean no disrespect!). Boris Johnson both quit and hung on for dear life as prime minister of the UK.

The Australian media every now and then does some hand-wringing about its whiteness. ‘’We’re going to devote more attention to the wider world, not just London and Washington,’’ is the pledge.

Well, Sri Lanka teeters on the verge of collapse, having run out of oil and money. The Marcos family is back running the Philippines, but the novelty seems to have already worn off. There’s an election in Papua New Guinea. That will draw a little attention, and then we’ll put that fragile democracy on the backburner. 

 Australians talk about our future in this part of the world but a story about Boris, or say Meghan and Harry, will smoke the latest doings in countries with 90% of the world’s population.

The world won’t listen: African dream died long before a despot – Michael West

‘Just asking questions’ mantra — a poor excuse for media bias

Dr Victoria Fielding analyses the “just asking questions” defence used by mainstream media journalists to avoid scrutiny and critique when their bias or poor journalism practice is exposed.

‘Just asking questions’ mantra — a poor excuse for media bias

Boris Johnson Was a Creation of the British Media

Boris Johnson Was a Creation of the British Media

They may have criticisms of him today, but the British media was all in for Boris Johnson when they saw him as a necessary alternative to Jeremy Corbyn’s socialism. And despite everything, they would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Boris Johnson Was a Creation of the British Media

Blinded by The Right: Albo Overseas – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The media and the opposition have made much of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s gall in travelling overseas. Cries of hypocrisy are flying thick and fast around criticism of Scott Morrison travelling overseas during a natural disaster when Mr Albanese is doing the same thing. This piece is intended as a follow-up/piggy-back on a great article on this site called Airbus Albo, which I encourage you all to check out.

Blinded by The Right: Albo Overseas – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian parliament: Greens push Albanese government to broaden federal anti-corruption watchdog’s scope and powers

Greens senator David Shoebridge says the party will push for the new federal anti-corruption agency to have broader powers.

One senses that Costello’s SMH, The Age and Ch9 is suggesting that the Greens and the ALP are at loggerheads on the matter of the  Anti-Corruption Watchdog more so than the LNP and Labor are. Why would that be? Why stir up problems where none exist, and in whose favour are they running this chaos theory in government as fact?

This article seems a totally confected piece of crap arguing trouble is brewing and running a “chicken little” scare campaign when in fact there is none. But rather there is normal discussion being held by two parties who fundamentally agree that an anti-corruption commission is necessary.

The Age seems to be doing its best to model itself on Murdoch media. An Opposition rather than a News and information outlet when it places AG Dreyfus having successful talks with backbenchers last rather than first in its report.

The Attorney-General declined to comment on specific features sought by the Greens. But a spokesman said Dreyfus had been encouraged by the consultations he had had with MPs and senators across the parliament.

Last month Dreyfus said Labor’s legislation would build on the model advocated by independent Indi MP Helen Haines, who introduced a widely lauded integrity bill into the last parliament, as well as draw on the anti-corruption commissions already operating in states and territories.

Source: Australian parliament: Greens push Albanese government to broaden federal anti-corruption watchdog’s scope and powers

Airbus Albo ! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s not forget how loud-mouth Andrew Bolt declared he’d take his family and holiday in Chernobyl. Guess with the war on it’s now Fukushima.

The right-wing nutters on Sky-after-Dark are beside themselves with righteous indignation that prime minister Albanese is spending so much time overseas when he should be visiting flood-inundated suburbs in Sydney.

They liken Albanese’s overseas trip to that of Scott Morrison’s family holiday in Hawaii during the 2019 bushfires – a holiday that the opposition knew nothing about and even the Deputy Prime Minister seemed unaware that he was leading the country.

Just how a so-called news organisation can equate a family holiday in Hawaii with a trip to war-torn Ukraine beggars the imagination.

Source: Airbus Albo ! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Journalists need to listen to media critique before it’s too late

Before journalists can repair their broken institution, they first need to admit they have a problem.

But while journalists behave like they are untouchable and beyond critique, Australian news media standards will continue to degrade, and audience trust will decline.

When journalists are criticised, whether it be instances of bias, misrepresentation, factual errors or terrible ethics on display, we see a familiar pattern. First, they complain of “trolling” and “abuse” from whoever it is who points out their flaws. Then their colleagues jump in to defend them and join in the chorus of criticism against those who complain. Rinse, repeat.

This collective circling of the wagons and in-group defensiveness creates an impenetrable culture that refuses to self-reflect or confront problems from within. Like a snake eating itself, this downward spiral is unsustainable.

Journalists need to listen to media critique before it’s too late

I watched all of Sky After Dark’s election coverage and have some fucking concerns | The Shot

By cruel editors, I was tasked with watching Sky After Dark’s election coverage. All of it. As if this election wasn’t painful enough on its own. After a four-week long mental breakdown we decided I had seen more than enough horror.

From Rita Panahi’s ‘exclusives’ that are just her ripping stories from Qanon websites in America, to Chris Kenny’s crying about ‘ABC virtue signallers’, to Andrew Bolt’s ramblings about ‘the woke brigade’, to Paul Murray yelling about the ‘mad left’, to Peta Credlin’s constant name dropping of Tony Abbott, to Cory Bernardi’s hosting with all the sense and charisma of a wet Klan hood, to Piers Morgan’s nightly rants about Meghan Markle, to Joe Hildebrand existing; I suffered through it all.

 

Source: I watched all of Sky After Dark’s election coverage and have some fucking concerns | The Shot

Yes, Muslims are portrayed negatively in American Media – 2 Political Scientists reviewed over 250,000 Articles to find conclusive Evidence

In Australia, we saw how it drive Yassmin Abdel Magied out of the country. It was amplified by News Corp against Waleed Aly and his wife. It showed up as Andrew Bolt as the advocate of free speech and recruiter of hate and bigotry around the country. Currently, the LNP and the LNP have voted Peter Dutton in as their leader whose history proves him to be a grandmaster of both Islamophobia, Racism, and ethnic hatred and the Murdoch media are supporting him from the get-go.

We believe acknowledging and addressing the systemic negativity in media coverage of Muslims and Islam is vital for countering widespread stigmatization. This may, in turn, create opportunities for more humane policies that are fair to everyone regardless of their faith.The Conversation

Source: Yes, Muslims are portrayed negatively in American Media – 2 Political Scientists reviewed over 250,000 Articles to find conclusive Evidence

Election Reaction: The Media’s Tantrum – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To prove that Australia is not immune from this frankly hysterical reaction to electoral defeat, I want to look at the media’s reaction to the ALP’s recent victory. The reaction can be described as nothing short of a tantrum. There is a clear and unsubtle subtext of ‘Listen, you peasants, no one said you could vote Labor’.

Source: Election Reaction: The Media’s Tantrum – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The election outcome exposes a gaping disconnect between News Corp and voters | Malcolm Farr | The Guardian

News Corp newspaper headlines from throughout the 2022 federal election campaign

The most stupid was the mouth that was never there. Andrew Bolt put his verbal boot into, not the ALP, but Scott Morrison wishing he was more like Blair Cotteral a “real man” than a real leader. Someone who inspires dogs to fight. One thing is obvious though had the LNP followed Andrew Bolt’s advice they would have been totally obliterated.

Now Sky News after Dark is back and they’re calling for a more divided Australia and mimicking the worst of what the Republicans are currently doing in America. Inspiring mass shooters to kill. Now that’s an original idea, isn’t it? Sky News already inspired the Christchurch massacre.

What is little Matthew Guy going to do now that he only has 6 months to prepare? How far right can Sky make him swing?

And news reporters on Sky News maintained standards on interviewing during the day, although the commentary cohort known as Sky After Dark made little attempt at balance.

But there was a constant rollout of the opinion panjandrums of the News Corp titles tut-tutting uninterrupted over the menace they saw, not just of a Labor government but all those female independents. Some big name writers should worry they look rather silly.

All legacy media might worry as well.

One aspect of the election campaign, anecdotally at least, was that voters knew what they wanted in news and opinion and were open to fresh avenues of information.

They watched press conferences live on the ABC or Sky News, or as they were livestreamed from online sites. Many younger voters didn’t need the newspapers their parents relied on.

The Greens even advertised on Grindr.

Source: The election outcome exposes a gaping disconnect between News Corp and voters | Malcolm Farr | The Guardian

Murdoch columnists misrepresent the arguments and fight against a federal ICAC – Michael West

QED, Federal ICAC

Without a strong anti-corruption commission, Australians cannot trust that the government of the day is spending the nation’s money in our best interests. So why are News Corp columnists so opposed, asks jurist Stephen Charles. The Murdoch press has shown itself to be no friend of the fight against corruption in politics. The Australian columnists Gerard Henderson and Janet Albrechtsen have led the charge against a federal integrity body. Albrechtsen’s May 11 column supporting Scott Morrison’s disdain for these bodies ignores the real concerns of the public as well as most experts in the field. Before the 2019 election, this government promised to establish such a body.

Source: Murdoch columnists misrepresent the arguments and fight against a federal ICAC – Michael West

Fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling talks about being on the run and Australia dropping to #39 on the world press freedom index – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling (me) has been on the run since the 3rd of September 2021, in Queensland, from an arrest warrant issued by Justice Kelly Rees in the NSW Supreme Court on behalf of Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network and Seven West Media. Given that, it should be no surprise that Australia has dropped from #25 to #39 in just 12 months on the World Press Freedom Index.

Source: Fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling talks about being on the run and Australia dropping to #39 on the world press freedom index – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Right-wing media melt down over the United States sending aid to Ukraine | Media Matters for America

chyron reads, "WHY THE RUSH TO SEND $40 BILLION TO UKRAINE?"

Putin will do anything he can to get the bastards back in power.

Fox News hosts and other right-wing media figures are complaining about the $39.8 billion bipartisan bill that would aid Ukraine as it fights against the Russian invasion. The bill — which includes funds for humanitarian, economic, and defense needs in the country — passed in the House earlier this week and is now being delayed in the Senate due to opposition from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Source: Right-wing media melt down over the United States sending aid to Ukraine | Media Matters for America

Plibersek Shows The Way: Labor, The Media and The Future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just imagine the 2nd Debate was between Tanya Plibersek and Scott Morrison and you would seen a Misogynistic Neanderthal v Rationality and Steadiness in an event sponsored by, and in Media’s Side Show Alley. “Don’t let me interrupt you Scott”

Conclusion: Sass to The Max The hostility of the media, along with its total hypocrisy (deficits are now an issue again just in time for a Labor government) is hereby exposed. Your role, Mr Albanese and the Labor team, is to no longer take the crap that media dishes out. Scott Morrison has cowered the media through his screeching about bias when confronted with facts he does not like, and they are compliant lapdogs instead of the watchdogs they are meant to be. Now, I am not suggesting that Mr. Albanese manipulate the press as his counterpart has done, but I do want him to say when confronted with some partisan BS question framed in some crap fashion Nice gotcha question there. Does anyone have a serious question they would like to ask? This is not hostile to the media broadly, but it does send the message ‘serious questions only, folks’. It will be necessary for Mr. Albanese to put the media in their place from the start, because if Labor is elected on May 21st, the media will commence Operation Restore Legitimate Government from May 22nd.

Source: Plibersek Shows The Way: Labor, The Media and The Future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Headlines go hardline on Albanese while Morrison looks to the Sky | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Newspaper headlines about Anthony Albanese and his ‘blunder’ on the NDIS

One might even be lead to believe Newscorp is actually doing Albo a favor by amplifying the money, the bullies, and pork-barrelling he’s up against.

While the prime minister was given free rein, the Labor leader faced the heat on Q+A.

  Newspaper headlines about Anthony Albanese and his ‘blunder’ on the NDIS Patricia Karvelas asked: ‘Should leaders have an encyclopedic memory of every policy?

“It’s 16 days to save the country from the mad left,” was the war cry from Paul Murray leading in to his cosy pre-recorded chat with the prime minister on Sky News on Thursday night.

Source: Headlines go hardline on Albanese while Morrison looks to the Sky | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Mainstream journalists are selling their souls for the dollar

It’s no longer “Save the ABC” !It’s  “Restore the ABC give it CPR”

The death of public interest journalism will not happen at the hand of the corporate entities that wish to distort it, nor the journalists that wish to change its meaning for personal gain. Throughout this Election, journalists have been unable to provide an objective utility to the population, lacked the ability to articulate policy and have demonstrated a startling inability to incorporate this Government’s actions into their analysis. The results of this Election will determine the future of this nation and, pending the significance of the outcome, could also damage the public’s perception of the press for a generation.

Source: Mainstream journalists are selling their souls for the dollar

The cheap gotya – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even George Christensen’s jump to One Nation doesn’t out rate the Media

the winner of the ‘Gold Star of Dishonour’ for the first week of the election campaign has to go to a significant proportion of the Australian media. While we all like to expend minimum effort in the successful completion of what ever job we are attempting, in a lot of cases we have to try harder. As most of us will not have the opportunity to talk with both Albanese and Morrison during this election campaign we are relying on the media to ask meaningful and relevant questions on our behalf. So far they have generally failed miserably. What do you think?

Source: The cheap gotya – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why isn’t the Coalition’s election campaign being called a disaster?

Scott Morrison on Day 17 of the 2022 federal election campaign (Image: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Albo’s campaign is being called a gaffe-filled disaster but not Morrison’s?

With only three weeks until election day, Scott Morrison and the Coalition remain behind in the polls and aren’t making up much ground.

Source: Why isn’t the Coalition’s election campaign being called a disaster?

The Media, Ted Baillieu And Curry Recipes For Scotty – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To me, democracy is a fairly simple thing: People put forward ideas, either as a member of a party or as an individual, and everyone else votes for the person whose ideas they think are best, so it’s a matter of some concern when the media aren’t discussing these ideas but instead resemble football commentators speculating on which team is best placed to win and what last week’s result suggests about the upcoming finals.

We need to hear about what the actual plans are to ensure net-zero and an effective economy. Parroting the idea that we have lots and lots of jobs isn’t really an indication of the economy running smoothly. The fact that businesses are claiming that they can’t get workers is just as much a sign that the government is mismanaging the economy as higher unemployment.

While there’s every chance that the election will be tighter than the polls suggested a few weeks ago, there’s also a strong tendency to overlook the difficulty the Morrison government will have in holding on. Of course, it doesn’t help when the media keep asking Labor how much things will cost, while never asking the same question of the Liberals.

According to the framing, Labor spends money on things like infrastructure and education, while the Liberals invest in infrastructure and education.

 

Source: The Media, Ted Baillieu And Curry Recipes For Scotty – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Further News Corp Bias in Favour of Scott Morrison – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Earlier in the week, I published an article about what I perceived to be blatant media bias in favor of the Liberal Party and Scott Morrison during this 2022 Federal Election campaign. It has been brought to my attention by one of my fellow branch members (named Don) that The Courier Mail (CM) appears to only be publishing letters to the editor which are favoring Morrison and the Liberal Party, and normal progressive contributors like him are not having their letters published, even though he has been a regularly published contributor to the CM for many years before the 2022 Federal Election was called. As you may recall from my above-mentioned article, the CM is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia (NCA).

Source: Further News Corp Bias in Favour of Scott Morrison – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian climate change policy: What Liberal Party, Labor Party are offering

The climate policies of both major parties fall short, according to experts.

The Age claims it’s not biased. But, if it hasn’t overstated Albanese gaffe for over a week and continued to understate Morrison’s several as simply slips or supported the proposition Albanese,a once Deputy PM and politician for 25 years, is “unknown” and therefore somehow a darker figure to back than warts, and all Morrison they now suggest falsely there’s an equivalency between the ALP and the LNP on Climate. The ALP for a start wouldn’t have had us be unsigned participants in a world agreed emissions target. Australia would today not be regarded as a global pariah on Climate and wouldn’t be threatened with trade sanctions.

To what extent did LNP attitudes bring about ease with which China has now gained a presence in the Pacific?

One only needs to compare Team ALP with Team NLP and one doesn’t need to be a genius to consider which is a Team and the other a discordant self seeking set of individuals who don’t trust each other.

The disconnect is jarring when you look closely. After years of drought, fire and flood – and in the wake of a series of United Nations reports spelling out in terrible detail the catastrophic costs of inaction – Australia’s major political parties are running cold on climate action.

Source: Australian climate change policy: What Liberal Party, Labor Party are offering

Media bias and the public agenda: Gotcha questions examined – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Sunday’s episode of ABC Insiders showed viewers exactly what media bias is all about and how, come election time, even some of the most respected journalists can fall into the trap of playing double standards.

Despite some criticism of the Liberal government’s election campaign, more of the discussion focused on gotcha moments than actual policy.

Political Editor for news.com Samantha Maiden began the discussion by declaring that Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese needed to “sharpen up”, having days earlier been unable to provide the exact statistic of people currently unemployed across Australia.

In the same breath, when referring to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Maiden merely stated that he had committed a “blunder” at not knowing the price of bread and milk.

Maiden’s false equivalency between the two failings shows just how the media’s bias against the Labor party has flourished over the years.

Source: Media bias and the public agenda: Gotcha questions examined – » The Australian Independent Media Network