Category: Media

Could Fox ‘News’ Be Liable For Downplaying Coronavirus Risks? | Crooks and Liars

Could Fox 'News' Be Liable For Downplaying Coronavirus Risks?

All Andrew Bolt does is spin the Fox Head Office line and he calls that work. He tried to convince us he works a 60 hour week plus, plus. Nothing he says rings of truth. (ODT)

via Could Fox ‘News’ Be Liable For Downplaying Coronavirus Risks? | Crooks and Liars

Trump Uses Briefing on Coronavirus to Attack Critics

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Trump said he'd support the U.S. taking an equity stake in companies that receive coronavirus-related aid from taxpayers and prohibiting firms from increasing executive bonuses and stock buybacks. Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/Bloomberg

Controlling the media and the message the White House moderates everything (ODT)

Trump Uses Briefing on Coronavirus to Attack Critics

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Washington Post Photographer Spots Crossed-Out ‘Coronavirus’ in Favor of ‘Chinese Virus’ in Trump Notes

 

Trump administration rides to Fox’s rescue after network’s coronavirus coverage endangered viewers | Media Matters for America

HHS Head Alex Azar thanks Laura Ingraham for what she’s done “to keep us all informed”

Fox & Trump are a tag team when it comes to media wrestling (ODT)

Fox News spent crucial weeks minimizing the danger posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in order to protect President Donald Trump, and recent polls show that the network’s viewers are less likely to be concerned about it than other major media audiences. Top Trump administration officials are now praising the network for its coverage, even as Fox comes under fire from other outlets for endangering the public by actively spreading misinformation about the virus.

via Trump administration rides to Fox’s rescue after network’s coronavirus coverage endangered viewers | Media Matters for America

Eric Boehlert: ‘Fox News Is A Cancer On This Country’ | Crooks and Liars

Eric Boehlert: 'Fox News Is A Cancer On This Country'

From Hoax to Serious to Let’s blame China who has done more to stop it’s spread than Trump blowhard bragging that the USA will save the world (ODT)

Eric Boehlert: ‘Fox News Is A Cancer On This Country’ | Crooks and Liars

UK press acts as ‘appendage of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new analysis shows — RT UK News

UK press acts as ‘appendage of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new analysis shows

A new analysis of British media’s coverage of foreign policy has found that, by and large, the UK press acts as “an appendage of the state” and has been “misinforming the public” and “failing to report” completely on key issues.

The statistical analysis was carried out by Declassified UK, a new “public service journalism” project investigating Britain’s foreign,military and intelligence policies and run by journalist and historian Mark Curtis.

via UK press acts as ‘appendage of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new analysis shows — RT UK News

Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ – but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view — RT Op-ed

Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ - but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view

 

Seibt is promoted by the Heartland Institute. The Koch bros Institute seems to miss an essential point. Neither Science nor those arguing the reality of man-made Climate Change being  real are declaring it’s “all” only man made. However, the accumulated effect human activity has had on the accelerating the rate of change can’t be discounted as the trigger and  only humans can alter that over the long term.

Righteous anger is a valid response to call for a stop on CO2 emissions. Given the history of denial, which has only recently seen a psuedo shift by denialists like the Kochs and remains neither  scientific or rational but purely political, economic and self-interested the anger stems from concern for the common good of the planet. Seibt on that basis is a red herring just as Dr Bjorn Lomborg and his Coppenhagen Climate Council was when also financed by the Koch Bros to distract from the evidence science has and continues to accumulate for over the past 60 years. Today proving the negative influence CO2 emissions have on the planet’s changing climate. (ODT)

“I don’t want to get people to stop believing in man-made climate change, not at all,” she told the Washington Post on Monday, while acknowledging she found the idea that human activity alone was responsible for the warming planet “ridiculous.” The outlet’s profile of the young activist, whom it not-so-subtly dubs “the anti-Greta,” proceeds to paint her as a puppet of the Heartland Institute, which is “paying [Seibt] to question established climate science” – as if she would never have done so on her own.

Rather then give Seibt the benefit of the doubt, at least one other outlet pounced on WaPo for not being harsh enough on the German activist. Motherboard accused the outlet of “amplifying climate change denialism” from a “noted propaganda factory” that “can routinely be found peeing in the public discourse pool on behalf of its corporate donors.” Imagine what hell would break loose if anyone used such terms to describe Saint Greta…

via Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ – but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view — RT Op-ed

“Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed | Media Matters for America

Trump pointing with the words "Come one, come all, to the circus"

“Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed

via “Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed | Media Matters for America

Leaked memo shows Fox knew Hannity’s show pushed Ukraine “disinformation” — but did nothing | Media Matters for America

Hannity and Trump

Reinforcing what Fox Corp is and what it isn’t (ODT)

Fox doesn’t have much in the way of ethical standards, and the ones it has don’t apply to everyone. Just ask Hannity.

Source: Leaked memo shows Fox knew Hannity’s show pushed Ukraine “disinformation” — but did nothing | Media Matters for America

Angelo Carusone: “Fox Corp. is holding the Super Bowl hostage to extort Roku and its subscribers to subsidize Fox News’ propaganda” | Media Matters for America

Rupert Lachlan Murdoch

Fox Corp doesn’t need advertisers or subscribers they are indirectly subsidised. www.unfoxmycablebox.com

EVEN IF YOU
NEVER WATCH FOX NEWS
YOU’RE FUNDING THEIR PROGRAMMING

#UNFOXMYCABLEBOX

Due to the network’s toxic programming, advertisers have largely rejected Fox News. To date, Fox News has been able to ignore this advertiser exodus because it currently takes in approximately $1.8 billion annually in subscriber fees — well above industry averages for other networks.

While there are 90 million cable and satellite subscribers in the United States, Fox News averages just 3 million daily viewers at best. That means 87 million subscribers are being forced to subsidize a network they don’t watch and may not support.

via Angelo Carusone: “Fox Corp. is holding the Super Bowl hostage to extort Roku and its subscribers to subsidize Fox News’ propaganda” | Media Matters for America

John Bolton is the latest right-wing media darling-turned-enemy after crossing Trump | Media Matters for America

Donald Trump with a red background

The Right-Wing is turning on itself and it’s not just Fox Media. (ODT)

via John Bolton is the latest right-wing media darling-turned-enemy after crossing Trump | Media Matters for America

Murdoch’s Massive Media Australia-on-Fire Disinformation Crusade | The Smirking Chimp

Despite James Murdoch’s speaking up against the company’s climate change denial, nevertheless, the award for the Most Dangerous Disinformation and Misinformation Crusade goes to the Rupert Murdoch Media Empire for its tenacious and tireless climate denialism, as exemplified by its broadcast and print outlets in Australia during that country’s bushfire catastrophe.

Murdoch’s Massive Media Australia-on-Fire Disinformation Crusade | The Smirking Chimp

In media’s ‘Wild West’, news consumers struggle to find truth, trust and transparency

YouTube has emerged as one of the fastest growing social media platforms for news.

General trust in news dropped from 50 per cent to 44 per cent in 2019.

Australian Broadcasting Authority found more than 85 per cent of Australians thought commercial sponsors were very influential or somewhat influential in news coverage.

The Free TV Code of Practice currently requires broadcasters to present news fairly and impartially, and to distinguish factual material from commentary and analysis.

In radio, current affairs programs are not required to be impartial but a licensee must provide reasonable opportunities for “significant alternative viewpoints” when dealing with controversial issues of public importance.

In media’s ‘Wild West’, news consumers struggle to find truth, trust and transparency

A Murdoch does a ‘Prince Harry’: James and the climate according to News Corp

Rupert Murdoch flanked by sons Lachlan, left, and James at Rupert and Jerry Hall's wedding blessing at St Brides Church in Fleet St, London, in 2016.

What if Rupert Murdoch’s legacy is not that of being labelled the “great climate change denier” but the man who told the world: “The planet deserves the benefit of the doubt.”

 A Murdoch does a ‘Prince Harry’: James and the climate according to News Corp

James Murdoch shows News Corp climate criticism goes to top of family tree

Climate Change Isn’t The Elephant In The Room… It’s Capitalism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s national firestorm tragedy has driven many of the usual right wing, Newscorp, coal lobby, anti-science climate change denialists back into their caves.

Stark factual reality has a way of subverting ideology and belief, no matter how strongly we cling to our chosen “views”. It’s hard to argue that climate change is a greenie conspiracy when its impacts are so evident: lives lost, homes destroyed, dreams shattered. Extreme weather events are now occurring on a global scale.

Where are Malcolm Roberts, Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt, Peta Credlin, et al? Where’s that guy who regularly rings ABC Radio talkback regurgitating the dodgy claims of Rupert Murdoch’s opinionators?

The battlefield of climate change debate is now littered (figuratively) with the bodies of the denialist fallen.

Who shall fight the good fight on behalf of the billionaire class to repel those hordes of scientists, with all their researched facts and evidence, before they take the castle of the plutocrats?

Don’t worry, Gina. Don’t worry, Rupert… you still have Tony Abbott and Craig Kelly, those staunch legionnaires, out there proslytising on your behalf: “Reality be damned!” they cry. “Facts don’t matter, it’s how you interpret them.”

via Climate Change Isn’t The Elephant In The Room… It’s Capitalism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Australian: Murdoch-owned newspaper accused of downplaying bushfires in favour of picnic races | Media | The Guardian

International front pages

Meanwhile, Morrison is cutting funds to the ABC (ODT)

via The Australian: Murdoch-owned newspaper accused of downplaying bushfires in favour of picnic races | Media | The Guardian

2020 How to Kill Propaganda with Three Blows – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Digital Literacy

All Left Parties in opposition or in State Power, must make it a priority to encourage or fund digital literacy programs. If they can do neither, the Federal Leadership must be proactive in promoting this via their own channels.

The Labor Party has the power and the technology to create tools to counter claims from all types of propaganda. Speak loud and speak often, via text and video. Importantly, be bold enough to respond to claims made via comments on Social Media. Make it known that truth telling in Democracy is paramount and false claims and misrepresentations will no longer be tolerated by the voting public.

via 2020 How to Kill Propaganda with Three Blows – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let 2020 Be the Year of a Truly Free Press | The Smirking Chimp

The Washington Post reported over a year ago that the CIA had concluded, on evidence that included intercepted phone calls, that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the killing. His close friendship with Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner has certainly contributed to the impunity he has so far enjoyed. One way to punish Saudi Arabia is through sanctions and denial of military aid — options that were open until just last week, when Congress passed, and sent to the White House for Trump’s signature, the $738 billion 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Bernie Sanders and California Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna issued a joint statement calling the NDAA “a bill of astonishing moral cowardice,” in part for failing to deny aid to Saudi Arabia.

via Let 2020 Be the Year of a Truly Free Press | The Smirking Chimp

Ukraine Floodgates Open and Fox News Tries to Discredit Everyone — but It Won’t Work | The Smirking Chimp

Character assassination is what Fox News does. The problem for Trump when it comes to the impeachment scandal is that Fox News has too many characters it needs to assassinate.

via Ukraine Floodgates Open and Fox News Tries to Discredit Everyone — but It Won’t Work | The Smirking Chimp

‘Extraordinary’: There’s a new name on the list of media-unfriendly nations

Australian Federal Police raided the home of journalist Annika Smethurst.

Association for International Broadcasting is convening to explore the challenges faced by media organisations as they react to increasing infringements on media freedom in an ever greater number of territories.  What is extraordinary is that alongside the usual suspects of Iran, states in Central Asia and dictatorships across Africa where media freedom is a distant dream, Australia will feature prominently in our discussions, and for all the wrong reasons.

via ‘Extraordinary’: There’s a new name on the list of media-unfriendly nations

Trump Whines: My Murder Of A Terrorist Leader Is BIGGER Than Obama’s | Crooks and Liars

Trump Whines: My Murder Of A Terrorist Leader Is BIGGER Than Obama's

Trump Whines: My Murder Of A Terrorist Leader Is BIGGER Than Obama’s
One of the two main hallmarks of Trump’s Presidency* is his constant pathological need to outdo President Barack Obama.

via Trump Whines: My Murder Of A Terrorist Leader Is BIGGER Than Obama’s | Crooks and Liars

Catalonia ‘separatists’ bad, HK ‘pro-democracy protesters’ good: Orwell’s 1984 becomes user’s manual for Western ‘free media’ — RT Op-ed

Catalonia ‘separatists’ bad, HK ‘pro-democracy protesters’ good: Orwell’s 1984 becomes user’s manual for Western ‘free media’

George Orwell’s novel 1984 was supposed to be a dystopian work of fiction, a warning of the perversions of truth which would be required to sustain totalitarianism if we were not careful.

In 2019, it has become a User’s Manual, a play-book, and some of the worst hypocrites in the world – otherwise known as the free-media in free-countries – deploy it to the nodding approbation of the political-classes they serve.  

As Humpty Dumpty said, “The question is, which is to be master – that’s all.”

via Catalonia ‘separatists’ bad, HK ‘pro-democracy protesters’ good: Orwell’s 1984 becomes user’s manual for Western ‘free media’ — RT Op-ed